Refractive lens exchange is a procedure where the natural lens is removed from the eye and replaced with an intraocular lens (IOL) implant, even if there is no cataract. It is essentially the same procedure as cataract surgery in terms of technique, risk, and recovery. It is currently used in cases of extreme farsightedness or nearsightedness, which are beyond the range of LASIK, and more commonly now, as a surgical solution to the need for reading glasses (presbyopia) in appropriate patients using either the ReStor®, Tecnis ®, or the ReZoom®. Refractive lens exchange with IOL implants is quickly becoming a popular alternative to laser vision surgery.
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