Refractive Lens Exchange

Refractive Lens Exchange

Clarity Laser Vision offers Refractive Lens Exchange as a fantastic alternative for patients who are not candidates for procedures like PRK and LASIK. What makes Refractive Lens Exchange unique is its technique: instead of changing the structure of the cornea like laser vision correction, it actually exchanges the natural lens itself.

Your lens is the transparent structure behind the iris that bends light rays in order to clearly project images onto the retina. Refractive Lens Exchange offers a form of surgical vision correction by replacing the natural lens with an artificial implant called intraocular lens (IOLs.) These IOLs can improve how the light is focused on the retina, thus providing clearer vision and reducing the dependence on prescription eyewear.

Advanced Intraocular Lenses

Clarity Laser Vision will help you decide on the best IOLs for your specific treatment. We offer a wide range of IOLs with diverse features, from standard monofocal IOLs to Premium IOLs. Each IOL will have its own sets of benefits and setbacks, so it’s important to consult with an expert like Dr. Al-Ghoul to decide on the best one.

Learn more about Premium IOLs used by Clarity Laser Vision HERE

Refractive Lens Exchange Procedure

The procedure for refractive lens exchange is incredibly quick, lasting only around 10-15 minutes. You will either be given a local anesthetic or put under, so the procedure is completely painless.

Who’s A Candidate for Refractive Lens Exchange?

If a patient has a high level of nearsightedness or farsightedness that prevents them from receiving laser eye surgery are in the presbyopic age (40 and older), then refractive lens exchange may be a far more preferable and effective treatment. Refractive lens exchange is also a very common treatment for older patients. Because refractive lens exchange removes the natural lenses, it actually removes the need for primary cataract surgery.


Refractive Lens Exchange is a better treatment for presbyopia, a common vision condition that develops with age. With presbyopia, your lenses start to harden and lose flexibility, impeding your ability to focus objects nearby. By replacing the impaired natural lens, Refractive Lens Exchange corrects the refractive errors associated with presbyopia. One common variant for refractive lens exchange is the Monovision method, which uses different prescriptions on each eye to provide a wider range of clearer vision that also lets you see objects up close.

Safety of Refractive Lens Exchange

Because it is an intraocular surgery, there are slightly higher risks associated with Refractive Lens Exchange. However, having an experienced, highly-trained surgeon like Dr. Al-Ghoul can drastically lower these risks and complications while creating optimal results. Some complications of refractive lens exchange are:

  • Continued need for prescription glasses for certain distances
  • Increased risk of retinal detachment
  • Increase in surgical complications like infection, dryness, swelling, hemorrhage etc.
  • Visual disturbances from the lenses that cause haloes and glares in night vision

To learn more details on how refractive lens exchange can improve your vision, click HERE to read Frequently Asked Questions about refractive lens exchange.