Other Options

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Alternatives to laser treatment​

While laser may not be a suitable option for some people this is not the end of your  “glasses-free” opportunities.

Further advances in technology now allow us to offer a range of treatments.

Refractive Lens Exchange

Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE) surgery is most commonly provided for patients who are not suitable for laser surgery.

The aim of the procedure is to eliminate the need for distance (and sometimes reading) glasses and provide clear, functional vision for your day to day activities.

RLE is the same as cataract surgery, which involves removing the natural lens inside the eye and replacing it with an artificial one (IOL). However, with RLE the lens is removed while it is still healthy and clear and has not developed a cataract (become cloudy). After surgery it is not possible for cataracts to then develop. The risks of refractive lens exchange are identical to those of cataract surgery.

With refractive lens exchange the doctor is able to determine the best focal range of your vision to meet your needs post operatively. After assessing your distance, intermediate and reading vision the best intraocular lens (IOL) will be selected for your eye. IOLs come in single-focus and multi-focus options. Each IOL has it’s own benefits and limitations. Extensive consultation with the doctor and clinical staff will help determine the best type of IOL for you.

The cost of surgery will vary depending on the type of lens that is most suitable for your eyes. RLE is an elective procedure and therefore is not covered by Medicare or your health fund.