Refractive Lens Exchange

Avoid the need to wear glasses

Refractive Lens Exchange can be used to correct a multitude of refractive issues. This can include patients who wear multifocal, distance and reading glasses or who wish to eliminate the need for glasses altogether.

A Refractive Lens Exchange, also known as a Clear Lens Exchange, is an almost identical procedure to cataract surgery. It replaces the natural lens of the eye with an artificial lens to correct vision (e.g. short-sightedness, long-sightedness and astigmatism).

A Refractive Lens Exchange is generally not performed on people under 45. Instead, Laser Eye Surgery is usually used on younger patients as the lens of the eye in younger people is often better than any artificial lenses on the market.

Why should I consider a Refractive Lens Exchange?

Refractive Lens Exchange surgery can be used as an alternative to laser eye surgery in older people to correct vision (e.g. short-sightedness, long-sightedness, astigmatism). While almost identical to cataract surgery, if you don’t have cataracts, it is referred to as refractive lens exchange, clear lens surgery or lens replacement surgery. The dysfunctional natural lens (with no cloudy cataract present) is removed and replaced with an artificial lens to correct vision.

Two main things happen to the lens in your eyes due to age. Firstly, the lens becomes stiffer, making it difficult to focus on close objects. Secondly, the lens will be affected by cataracts which is a gradual clouding of the lens leading to blindness.

These changes to your lens are inevitable yet happen at different times for each individual. Presbyopia can begin from age 40, with cataracts usually occurring after 60 years of age. By getting your lens replaced earlier due to age-related long-sightedness, you could also avoid the need for cataract surgery later in life. This can allow you to enjoy clear vision for longer, often without any need for glasses.

Is a Refractive Lens Exchange covered by Medicare?

Despite being the same procedure as cataract surgery, a Refractive Lens Exchange is not covered by Medicare. It is viewed as a cosmetic procedure even though it is an early and proactive step to avoid cataracts and a reliance on glasses in the future.

Refractive Lens Exchange with Envision Eye Centre

Envision Eye Centre uses the latest technology to properly assess your eye structure to achieve the best visual outcomes possible. We also provide the latest in premium Intraocular lenses which can provide both near, medium and vision and distance vision. Lastly, we offer a laser-assisted surgery procedure to replace your lens which can provide more accurate procedure with less chance of infection.

Replacement Lens Options

The replacement lens, known as an IntraOcular Lens (IOL) are a made of a soft, flexible plastic.  Premium lenses perform a range of functions to help avoid the need for wearing glasses after surgery. The range of lenses include:

Premium IntraOcular lenses we use at Envison Eye Centre





Expected vision results at Envision Eye Centre

Envision Eye Centre is proud of our results following Cataract and Refractive Lens Exchange procedures.

Visual outcomes with Envision Eye Centre

Refractive outcomes with Envision Eye Centre

Book an Appointment for Refractive Lens Exchange

If you want to book a consultation for a Refractive Lens Exchange and avoid wearing glasses, please complete the form below and one of our helpful team will get in contact to book you in for an appointment.