Refractive Lens Exchange in Bellingham, Mount Vernon, Whidbey, Stanwood & Sedro Woolley

Freedom with RLE
Freedom from glasses and contacts with Refractive Lens Exchange

Is RLE surgery for me?

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Are you are over 50 and are tired of wearing your glasses or contacts? Refractive lens exchange (RLE) is a simple and proven solution. RLE replaces your non-working lens with one that has been customized to your eyes and serves your specific vision and lifestyle needs. You can read your phone or computer, play a game with your family, or drive your car without using vision aids! With RLE, the only time you may need to wear glasses is to read very small print.

RLE works on your lens, not your cornea. Because of this, RLE custom vision correction works for many people who aren’t a candidate for LASIK surgery or who have previously had LASIK surgery. The artificial lens material will also never grow a cataract, allowing you to evade cataract surgery altogether.

Find out more about refractive lens exchange (RLE) by talking to one of our experts or taking our RLE self-test and start moving towards a clear life today!

What does RLE do for me? A patient testimonial.


What happens during RLE surgery?

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IOL lenses are about the size of a dime

The surgery itself involves making a small, microscopic incision in the eye to access the capsule that holds your natural lens. A specialized instrument uses sound waves to break up this lens and gently vacuum the pieces out of the capsule. Once the capsule is ‘polished’ and clear, your surgeon inserts a small, foldable intraocular lens (IOL) into the lens capsule. As it unfolds, the surgeon carefully positions it in the eye. The incision is so tiny it doesn’t even require stitches. The new lens is designed to last for the rest of your life and, unlike your natural lens that is subject to cataract and other disease, the IOL is not affected by age-related changes and doesn’t lose its corrective effect over time. 


Contact Cascadia Eye

If you would like to learn more, or if you would like to schedule an appointment or consultation with our talented doctors at Cascadia Eye, please contact us today or use our online scheduler. You may also pre-shop for glasses at our online pre-shopping page any time. Our entire team is committed to protecting and improving your vision and the health of your eyes. We are happy to answer any questions you might have!

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