When you talk about vision correction, most people immediately think of LASIK. While this is a popular option in our practice, it isn’t the only treatment that’s available.
LASIK is not appropriate for everyone. It comes with a list of disqualifying factors. Many patients who are over age 40 are advised that they are not good candidates for the procedure.
Does that mean that you will have to wear glasses or contacts forever? Not necessarily. You may be able to have refractive lens surgery (RLE) instead.
What Is Refractive Lens Surgery?
During RLE, your ophthalmologist will replace the natural lens in your eye with an artificial intraocular lens (IOL). The procedure is very similar to cataract removal.
RLE is usually suggested for patients whose vision has deteriorated due to the aging process. Our bodies change as we grow older. For many, that can mean a loss of eyesight. RLE helps patients regain their vision so they can continue living independently and with the same quality of life.
Am I a Candidate for Refractive Lens Surgery?
You may be a candidate for RLE if you have early cataracts, presbyopia, or moderate to severe hyperopia.
Cost can also be a factor when deciding if RLE is right for you. On average, the procedure costs about twice as much as LASIK surgery. Many insurance providers do not cover it, so you may end up paying out of pocket.
The best way to find out which is better for you is to talk to our ophthalmologists. They can evaluate your vision and provide insight into your corrective options. Contact Grosinger, Spigelman & Grey’s Bloomfield Hills office today to schedule a consultation for RLE.