Lens replacement, also known as Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE) or clear lens extraction, offers a permanent alternative to glasses or contact lenses for those typically over 50. 

This allows you to experience rejuvenated eyes with improved vision for reading and intermediate distances without the need for visual aids such as reading glasses, varifocals, or contact lenses.


What is Lens Replacement (RLE)?

Lens replacement surgery is performed like a cataract procedure, where the eye’s natural crystalline lens is replaced with a pre-calculated artificial intra-ocular lens (IOL).  

Many types of lenses are available, and our surgeons will work with you to identify the right one for you, depending on your clinical and lifestyle needs.

At Vision Care Clinic, toric lenses are included to correct astigmatism, if needed and achieve optimal results.

Enhanced Procedure – to correct distance and intermediate vision to reduced day to day glasses dependency.

Premium Procedure – corrects vision at all distances for maximum visual freedom

Complex Procedures – for eyes with extreme prescriptions  or complex ophthalmic issues

Who is lens replacement for?

Lens replacement, or refractive lens exchange, can correct short-sight (myopia), long-sight (hyperopia), astigmatism, and presbyopia (the need for reading glasses). 

Lens replacement is recommended if you:

  • Are older than 40 years old*
  • Have a high prescription
  • Are experiencing difficulties reading
  • Frustrated by varifocal glasses or contact lenses
  • Have early signs of natural lens changes
  • Want a permanent vision solution

How is lens replacement performed?

Lens replacement is an outpatient procedure performed in our operating theatre.  Each eye typically takes around 10-15 minutes to perform.

  1. Numbing the eye: anaesthetic drops are given to numb the eye completely. 
  2. A small opening is created to access the eyes’ natural lens.
  3. The natural crystalline lens is removed using a small specialist ultrasound instrument.
  4. The new lens is inserted: the natural lens is replaced with the pre-calculated, artificial intra-ocular lens (IOL).
  5. No stitches are required: the small opening self-seals within days as the visual clarity improves.

How will I know if I am a suitable candidate for lens replacement?

All eye surgery methods require a thorough and detailed initial eye examination to determine whether you are a suitable candidate.

You and your doctor will choose the best option for your clinical and lifestyle vision needs.

* Lens replacement is typically suitable for people aged 40 and over. Long-sighted people are an exception, and surgery may be considered at a younger age. Contact us for more information.

Why is lens replacement a good option? 



Rejuvenates vision for over 50-year-olds



Safe and successful


Treatment range

Treats a range of vision issues, including presbyopia and cataract changes



Lens replacement lasts a lifetime



Customised vision to suit your lifestyle



Prevents cataracts in the future