About Refractive Lens Exchange
Our seasoned ocular surgeons, Dr. Allison Young and Dr. Jana Waters, have years of extensive training in performing refractive lens exchange (RLE). This procedure is also known as clear lens extraction (CLE) and is reserved for patients who have presbyopia (age-related vision loss) or high hyperopia (severe farsightedness). RLE carefully removes the eye's natural lens and replaces it with an artificial lens known as an intraocular implant (IOL). The placement of an IOL is a simple process and enables sharper focusing power for the eye. Reach out to Stone Oak Ophthalmology Center in San Antonio, TX to schedule a private consultation with one of our skilled eye surgeons to learn more.
"I am so please that I was recommended to this office as well to Dr. Allison Young. The office and the personal are professional and cheerful. I have Sjögren’s Syndrome which drys everything in your body. I honestly though I was going blind and I was seeing another ophthalmologist in a huge chain operation and it seems like I was going in every three months. I honestly couldn’t see. Dr Young saw me on the first visit and explained that I had a very large cataract in my right eye and it needed to be removed. I was extremely petrified but Dr. Young has the type of additive you want every Doctor to have. It was such an easy operation for me, Dr. Young said that it was so big it took her awhile to get it out. The difference was amazing I see amazing I was so amazed how little I was seeing before. So excited to get the other eye done. The after care was just as through as the pre-op. I recommend this Ophthalmology Center and Dr. Young. Today is January 8th of 2021 and the day before this I had a very gritty feeling in my right eye when I woke up. Just thinking it was my Sjogren's I put in the eye drops and it helped but I had double vision for the day. Knowing I could call Stone Oak Ophthalmology and find out if I need to see a Dr or just find out what I could do. They wanted to get me in but I live a across town and they got me an appointment right away the next day. I saw Dr. Whitney and just like Dr. Young, she took her time took the tests (she explained each test and her reason for taking them) and ended up finding out that I had Shingles in my right eye. I was then told it was a very good thing that I came in because it could be worse the longer you wait. I trust this office and my eye health whole heartily. I have always been treated with respect, professionalism, COVID responsible and I know my appointment was done to it's fullest to help both of us to understand what is happening with my eyes. Again I was afraid my eyesight was going to be gone and I have walked in there and them out knowing everything was being done that could be done. I also got to meet another one of these wonderful Doctors. Thank you Dr. Whitney, I'm not thrilled with having Shingles but thank you for informing me that getting the Shingles Shot is not a 100% it just makes it less infectious. I maybe miserable but it could of been a lot worse with out your insisting we do the testing and your hands on care it could be worse. If you are someone who needs an Ophthalmologist this is the group to go to."- R.P. / Google / Jan 08, 2021
"I love Dr. Young she’s definitely a great professional and friendly! Her concerns for my eye health is a priority. The Office Staff is professional and friendly too. I would highly recommend her."- C.E. / Facebook / Jul 15, 2020
"I am so please that I was recommended to this office as well to Dr. Allison Young. The office and the personal are professional and cheerful. I have Sjögren’s Syndrome which drys everything in your body. I honestly though I was going blind and I was seeing another ophthalmologist in a huge chain operation and it seems like I was going in every three months. I honestly couldn’t see. Dr Young saw me on the first visit and explained that I had a very large cataract in my right eye and it needed to be removed. I was extremely petrified but Dr. Young has the type of additive you want every Doctor to have. It was such an easy operation for me, Dr. Young said that it was so big it took her awhile to get it out. The difference was amazing I see amazing I was so amazed how little I was seeing before. So excited to get the other eye done. The after care was just as through as the pre-op. I recommend this Ophthalmology Center and Dr. Young."- R.M. / Google / Jun 02, 2020
"Dr. Whitney is excellent, caring and very professional. Her staff is professional, helpful and caring. Dr. Whitney’s surgery provided me with a 20/20 vision and I’m very grateful for that. I highly recommend."- R.C. / Google / Nov 27, 2020
"Dr. Teresa Whitney performed cataract surgery on both my left and right eyes in August 2020, and she did an absolutely AWESOME job! Like many, I was terrified of the procedure, and had deferred it for many years, until I was nearly blind - OK, I was legally blind. With GREAT anxiety, I submitted myself to Dr. Whitney's care, and I emerged from the first surgery absolutely amazed at the results. I was back her table a week later for the other eye, FAR less concerned with both the procedure and the outcome. I am now 20:20 in both eyes, no longer need glasses of any kind, and have for the first in over a decade, had the eyeglass restriction removed from my driver's license! I can honestly say, I'm very sorry that I have but only two eyes, or I'd be a repeat patient. Thank you, Dr. Whitney, for restoring my eyesight!!"- M.D. / Google / Sep 14, 2020
The best candidates for RLE are typically over the age of 50 with severe age-related vision loss or farsightedness. Candidates may also have astigmatism or are experiencing early signs of cataracts. RLE surgery is recommended when patients have an inadequate corneal thickness, which is necessary for LASIK correction surgery. At Stone Oak Ophthalmology Center, we offer several ocular lenses (IOL) to choose from, including premium, multifocal, and toric. Prior to any treatment, our team will perform a full eye exam to determine if RLE is the best option for your unique vision needs and which IOL is ideal for your overall ocular health.
What To Expect
Refractive lens exchange is considered an outpatient procedure and is generally completed in 15 minutes. At the start of surgery, your eyes will be numbed and a sedative will be used to help keep you relaxed during the procedure. Advanced ocular technology is then used to make a small incision in the cornea to remove the eye's natural lens. Once the lens is removed, the artificial lens will be placed and the incision will be left alone to heal on its own. The incision typically heals very quickly and is so tiny that it does not require sutures. Many patients report noticeable vision improvement within just a few days.
If both eyes need treatment, two surgeries will be needed, spaced about one week apart in order to treat one eye at a time. As you heal, you may experience vision disturbances, such as blurry vision, halos, glare, and the sensation like something is in your eye. These symptoms are normal and generally improve over time. Most patients are able to return to work and other activities within about a week, but this may vary, depending on your healing progress. Optimal adjustment may take 6 – 12 weeks. Follow-up appointments will be scheduled accordingly so we can monitor your progression.
long-term clear vision
Refractive lens exchange is a cutting-edge procedure that offers great improvement for patients with mild or early signs of cataracts, age-related vision loss, and farsightedness. If you have noticed changes in your vision, and glasses or contacts aren't providing enough strength, RLE may be right for you. Contact Stone Oak Ophthalmology Center in San Antonio, TX to set up a consultation today.