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RLE - An Alternative to LASIK

Our surgeon here at Providence Eye, Dr. Trey Nunnery, recommends Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE) for two types of individuals:

  • People who are between the ages of 45 + who are experiencing the effects of presbyopia, the medical term for the stiffening of the eye lenses that makes it increasingly difficult to focus on objects up-close without reading glasses
  • People between the ages of 21-45 who are not good candidates for LASIK vision correction because they are severely farsighted (have trouble focusing on up close items more than distance)

The RLE procedure involves removing your eye’s natural lens and replacing it with an artificial Intraocular Lens (IOL) that is designed to match your specific vision needs. After a comprehensive evaluation, Dr. Nunnery will help you determine which type of IOL (monofocal, multifocal, extended depth of focus, or toric) will best help you reach these goals.

How does farsightedness differ from presbyopia?

  • Farsightedness (hyperopia) occurs when an eye has a flatter cornea or is shorter, which forces light entering the eye to focus behind the retina. This causes blurry vision and typically affects reading, texting and performing other up-close visual tasks.
  • Presbyopia (from the Greek word meaning old eye) occurs to most people over age 40. It is the gradual loss of your eye’s ability to focus on nearby objects because the eye lenses become less and less flexible. When a lens slowly loses its flexibility, it struggles to focus on up-close items such as restaurant menus, prescription labels and magazines – especially in low light.

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Learn More About RLE Today

Call 704-540-9595 or complete the short form below to schedule an appointment to discuss Refractive Lens Exchange with Dr. Nunnery.

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