Sometimes it is more appropriate to remove the own eye lens and replace it with an artificial lens. This mainly happens to people over 50 or even 60 years old. We then speak of a Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE) or also of Clear Lens Extraction (CLE).
The implant lens can be unifocal, bifocal or multifocal. Each lens can also be toric or spherical.
During a preliminary examination, the type of lens or combination of lenses that is most suitable for you is always discussed in detail. This depends on many factors (your refractive error, your age, your expectations, your hobbies, whether or not you can tolerate monovision, ....).
An RLE is technically similar to a cataract operation. However, no reimbursement is provided by the NIHDI.