Our Unique Eyesight

Not all guests are candidates for LASIK; if so you might be better suited for the new world of vision with Refractive Lens Exchange.

Refractive Lens Exchange, or “RLE”, offers a precise and long-lasting solution to the age-related changes to your natural lens, and can turn back the clock to provide you with a more youthful range of vision and eliminate a future with cataracts.  

The Age of Dysfunction?

After the age of 45, the most common reason your glasses or contact lens prescription changes is that the natural lens inside your eye changes shape, stiffness, and clarity. You develop what’s called: “dysfunctional lens syndrome.”

How does you natural lens become “dysfunctional”?

You natural lens becomes stiffer, and progressively changes shape, resulting in a decreased range of vision; this is the reason that many people need reading glasses or bifocals as they approach the age of 50.

What is Refractive Lens Exchange?

With Refractive Lens Exchange, or “RLE”, we replace your natural lens with a lens implant that does not change in shape. As a result, you won’t have to worry about this part of the natural aging process causing your prescription to drift after RLE. 

A Zero Cataract Future? 

Cataract development is a natural part of the aging process. The only question is when it will happen in you. Most guests spend years dealing with the symptoms and poor quality of vision, glare symptoms, have difficulty driving at night time, and have a hard time in dim lighting conditions.

After RLE, you won’t have to worry about cataract development impacting your vision for the rest of your life!


RLE Vision “Styles”:

There are 3 options for your vision after RLE. There is no one-size-fits-all answer here. All are great options for different people. The best answer for you is the one that suits your lifestyle and the visual demands of your lifestyle the best. Part of your consultation will be discussing these options in depth, and customizing your procedure to your lifestyle.

Style #1: 

“Best Distance”

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This option is designed to help you see the best at distance with both eyes. Distance vision includes activities such as driving, watching television, playing most sports, like tracking a golf ball or following a high speed tennis ball.

With this option you will need correction for near activities. This is most commonly accomplished in the form of over-the-counter reading glasses for anything from the computer screen and closer.

Style #2: 

“Blended Vision”

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The goal of this options, also know as “monovision” is to be able to accomplish both your distance vision activities, plus most near and intermediate vision activities without the need for glasses or contact lenses. 

Intermediate range activities include computer vision, dashboard in the car, kitchen countertop, shelf at the grocery store.

Style #3: 

“Multifocal”

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A “multi-focal lens” is a lens designed to give each eye “multiple focal points”.

There are many factors to consider when it comes to multifocal implants including things like lifestyle, work activities, leisure activities, history of LASIK or other surgery on your eyes, other medical or eye problems, such as moderate-to-severe dry eyes, glaucoma, or macular degeneration.*

*COMPLETE TRANSPARENCY — These lenses tend to be the most expensive, and as a result there may be many practices who want to rush guests into these lenses. As part of your consultation, we’ll discuss in depth why these lenses may or may not be right for you.


The RLE Process:

Consultation.

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Magruder Laser Vision prides itself on our comprehensive evaluation by your surgeon. In discussion with your surgeon, we’ll discuss which is the best option for your eyes taking into account your unique lifestyle and vision goals.

Measurements.

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During this visit, you’ll have a series of measurements taken with a variety of the most state-of-the-art equipment in the field. These measurements are used in selecting the custom implant to hit the bulls-eye to get you the best vision possible. 

Procedure day.

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Refractive lens exchange take approximately 10-minutes to perform. Most of your procedure day is spent preparing you for the procedure, while the procedure itself is quite short. 


Benefits of RLE:

Convenience: 

Reduce or eliminate your need for glasses and contact lenses

Safety: 

No more worrying about contact lens infections. No more worrying about updating your glasses every time your lens grows a little and changes your prescription.

Money: 

Designer frames and prescription aren’t cheap – every year it becomes more expensive. Just think — a few pairs of these glasses can add up to more than the cost of RLE! The you delete the expense of cataract surgery when the time comes. RLE allows you to save money over the long term.