Refractive Surgery (Refractive Lens Exchange)
A relatively new procedure to correct vision is now possible for those that might not be a candidate for LASIK, especially those over 40. Refractive surgery, or Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE), can be the best option for those with presbyopia (inability to maintain a clear focus as objects are moved closer due to reduced elasticity of the lens with increasing age). It may also be used for those with nearsightedness or myopia (inability to see distant objects as clearly as near objects), farsightedness (problems seeing up close before the age of 40) and astigmatism.
The RLE procedure is identical to cataract surgery, except the lens being replaced is clear, rather than cloudy from a cataract. It can reduce or eliminate the need for glasses or contacts for people over the age of 40. The surgeon selects the best lens for your condition to give you the best quality vision results. Patients have a very fast recovery with excellent outcomes. Since the procedure is the same as cataract surgery, an additional benefit of RLE is the patient will never need cataract surgery, since the artificial lens will not become cloudy with age.
To find out what the best option for vision correction is for you, call 843-216-2020 to schedule an individual consultation with a skilled Magill Vision Center physician.