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Refractive Lens Exchange-Dev

Have you been told you’re not a candidate for LASIK Refractive Surgery? If so, you are not alone. Many patients are not ideal candidates for cornea-based refractive laser surgery like LASIK or LASEK. However, there is another time-proven and advanced refractive surgery option: Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE).

What is Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE)?

Lens Implant Overview

Just like cataract surgery, which is performed on approximately three million Americans each year, Refractive Lens Exchange involves removing the natural lens in the eye and replacing it with a tiny permanent prescription lens implant resulting in improved vision and reduced dependency on glasses or contact lenses. This is different than most other refractive surgeries like LASIK that involve reshaping the cornea because the eye’s natural lens is liquefied, removed, and replaced with an intraocular lens implant.

As in cataract surgery, a single vision lens implant can be inserted to eliminate nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. In this scenario, a patient’s distance vision will be significantly improved, but they’ll still need reading glasses. More recently, multifocal IOLs have been developed to correct distance AND reading vision. There are a wide variety of multifocal and accommodative lens implants that allow patients to see as well as (and perhaps better than) their natural lenses.

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Dr. Cutarelli was the first LASIK surgeon in the Denver area to offer his patients All-Laser LASIK - utilizing the most exciting combination of technological LASIK advancements, delivering the best possible visual outcomes and the sharpest laser vision correction possible. Cutarelli Vision is a leader in LASIK surgery in Colorado. People travel from across the country to receive our expert care. If you're seeking world-class LASIK - Cutarelli Vision is your destination.