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Refractive Lens Exchange in Auburn Hills, MI

What Is Refractive Lens Exchange?

Board-certified ophthalmology specialist Dr. Leslie Emmert-Buck and her highly trained team of ocular specialists are proud to conduct RLE (refractive lens exchange) for Auburn Hills, MI clients. RLE is essentially the same thing as cataract surgery except the RLE candidate has not developed cataracts. With RLE, the natural lens is exchanged with a premium IOL (intraocular lens) to correct or significantly reduce many types of refractive problems and maximize focusing power and crisp vision at multiple ranges.

RLE is often an excellent treatment alternative for people who have abnormally severe degrees of myopia or hyperopia and who aren’t ideal candidates for other popular refractive vision procedures. In addition, an impressive benefit is that an artificial lens cannot develop cataracts; therefore, RLE alleviates that worry.

Contact or visit Capstone Vision & Aesthetics to set up your eye assessment, and find out if RLE is the best option for you. RLE is especially ideal for those who have lost near vision and are between the ages of 40 – 55.

What Is RLE Surgery Like?

Capstone Vision & Aesthetics offers refractive lens exchange as an outpatient surgery that typically is completed in 15 minutes, but if you are going to receive RLE for each eye, you should wait about 5 – 10 days between procedures.

Your RLE surgery will begin with our team applying special eye drops to fully numb the eyes. A mild sedative can also be administered to maximize comfort, if needed. Dr. Emmert-Buck will place an exceptionally small incision in the corneal tissue and use laser or ultrasound technology to delicately dissolve the patient's existing lens and suction it away. Then, she will insert the premium lens in the eye using the existing, nearly microscopic incision, which will heal without sutures in a few days.


What Are the Benefits of Refractive Lens Exchange?

There are many advantages to undergoing RLE surgery at Capstone Vision & Aesthetics. Our board-certified ophthalmologist performs this procedure with precision, and our state-of-the-art facility is equipped with advanced technology to ensure successful outcomes. Even though the synthetic lens is unaffected by cataracts, it has the potential to offer a lifetime of clear vision. This procedure may also be ideal for those who are not suitable candidates for LASIK surgery or other laser treatments due to corneal thickness. Additional benefits include:

  • A quick and minimally invasive procedure
  • Achieve clearer vision without eyeglasses or contact lenses
  • Safe and effective with minimal risk of complications

I can highly recommend Dr. Emmert-Buck. I had cataract surgery on both eyes as well as a lens inserted on both this summer and I can see 20/20 without glasses, it's a life changer. Dr Emmert-Buck is a very caring and meticulous doctor/person and explains everything before and after surgery in an easy to understand manner. She also takes her time with you when you are in her office to go through all the exams and any questions you might have. I'm recommending all my family and friends to see her for any eye needs.

C.M. Google

Dr. Emmert-Buck is truly one of the most genuinely caring doctors that I have met. She spent so much time with me during my visits and was very thorough. She was able to solve the issues with my eye quickly, trialing multiple options to see what worked best. The office manager is also an amazing lady; so kind, helpful, and organized. I highly recommend this office to anyone!

S.S. Google

My experience has been excellent going to Dr. Emmert-Buck for regular eye checkups and most recently surgery. Highly recommend

B.H. Google

I have Dr. Emmert-Buck and her staff to thank for resolving my vision issues..the office is very professional, courteous and timely, so glad I found them!

J.S. Google

This was my first time having an eye exam and Dr. Leslie was very professional and friendly at the same time. Great experience!

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Is refractive lens exchange a safe treatment?

Yes, RLE is a safe and effective treatment for correcting refractive errors. It has been used for decades with high success rates and there are few complications associated with the procedure. After treatment, Dr. Emmert-Buck can provide comprehensive aftercare instructions to ensure a smooth recovery. We have helped countless patients achieve clear and crisp vision through RLE surgery.

Is RLE surgery permanent?

RLE is designed to be a long-lasting solution for vision correction. The exchanged artificial lens cannot develop cataracts and typically does not need to be replaced. However, natural aging changes can still impact your vision over time, so it's important to attend regular eye exams and report any new or concerning symptoms to Capstone Vision & Aesthetics.

Will I need to use glasses after RLE surgery?

Most patients who undergo RLE surgery in Auburn Hills, MI find that they no longer need glasses or contacts for clear vision. Of course, some people may still need reading glasses for close-up tasks due to the natural aging process of the eyes. We can help ensure you have realistic expectations and understand the potential outcomes of RLE surgery.

Long-Term Clear Vision

RLE at Capstone Vision & Aesthetics is an amazing surgery that can dramatically enhance not just your acuity but your general feeling of independence. For adults who might not be great candidates for LASIK, LASEK, or ASA/PRK, RLE has the potential to decrease or end the dependence on corrective lenses, not to mention the possibility of having cataracts. Call or visit our Auburn Hills, MI office to set up your consultation.

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