What Is The Difference Between LASIK and RLE?

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If you do not have perfectly clear vision, you are not alone. People all over the world have mild to moderate visual impairment. The good news is that you do not have to live with farsighted or nearsighted vision forever. LASIK and refractive lens exchange (RLE) procedures are two of the leading solutions for patients experiencing blurry vision.

So, what is RLE, and how does LASIK work? You can compare these simple surgeries when visiting the professionals at Young H. Choi, M.D. Eye Surgery Center near Birmingham, AL. Dr. Young H. Choi is a board-certified ophthalmologist who can perform an evaluation and let you know which laser vision surgery works best for your eyesight.

What is LASIK?

LASIK is one of the most successful eye surgeries performed in the U.S. This laser procedure reshapes the cornea to correct errors such as farsighted and nearsighted vision. This allows the cornea to bend and focus light properly onto the retina. LASIK surgery greatly reduces, and can even eliminate, the need for visual aids like glasses. Even though LASIK is considered elective, most people who choose this procedure are completely satisfied with their results.

What is RLE?

You may think LASIK is the only solution for vision correction. Actually, refractive lens exchange procedures help patients who are not qualified for LASIK. This process consists of replacing your natural lens with an artificial intraocular lens (IOL) to address common vision issues. RLE is usually reserved for patients who experience a change in vision due to natural aging. Patients appreciate this lens replacement surgery because they will not require cataract surgery later in life.

Premium lens options

Basic intraocular lenses, like the ones used in cataract surgery, generally do not change to your eyesight. Dr. Choi offers premium lenses as part of your refractive lens exchange to improve your vision and minimize your dependency on glasses. Premium IOLs help you focus on varying distances so you can read the paper and watch the TV at the same time. During your initial visit near Birmingham, AL, we will assess your needs and choose a premium lens that accommodates your favorite activities.

Which should I choose?

Both LASIK and refractive lens exchange are highly effective, safe procedures that provide successful results. However, one surgery may be better for you than the other. Young H. Choi, M.D. Eye Surgery Center will make recommendations based on your overall health, vision needs, and other factors. LASIK surgery may be better if your eyes are healthy and can undergo corneal reshaping. RLE is most often performed on individuals who were not candidates for LASIK.

Correct nearsighted vision and more

Not every laser vision surgery works for every situation. It is best to speak with a trained ophthalmologist who works with countless patients each year. Dr. Young H. Choi offers comprehensive evaluations near Birmingham, AL to determine the best treatment plan moving forward. When you are ready to make smart decisions about your vision, schedule an appointment at Young H. Choi, M.D. Eye Surgery Center. We can discuss your corrective options.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.