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According to a recent study, 36 million people are blind and 216 stated that they have moderate to severe visual impairment.

We have good news. If your eyesight is less than perfect, you don’t have to live with the condition forever. Because of the surgical advances, patients are able to go from clouded or nearsighted vision to perfect vision, after a surgery. Two of the leading surgeries for this are RLE and Lasik.

What’s the difference between Lasik surgery and refractive lens exchange, and which one of the two is right for you?

Lasik Eye Surgery

LASIK, short for Laser-Assisted in Situ Keratomileusis, is known for being one of the most popular elective surgeries in the United States. LASIK surgery uses a high-powered laser to reshape the cornea to correct the patient’s refractive errors. This includes nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. If a LASIK surgery is successful, it will eliminate the need for glasses and contact lenses.

Because LASIK is an elective surgery, it may not be covered by insurance.

Refractive Lens Exchange

Some older adults, especially those who have never worn glasses typically believe that they are candidates for LASIK. However, due to the number or disqualifies, many over the age of 40 will not be good candidates for LASIK.

Refractive Lens Exchange replaces your eye’s natural lens with an artificial intraocular lens, or IOL. This surgery is better suited for those who have lost his or her eyesight due to aging. Over the past few years, lens exchange has become almost identical to cataract surgery

LASIK vs Refractive Lens Exchange

If you’re considering corrective eye surgery, the doctors at Shreveport Eye Specialists can further explain your options. This will give you the best conclusion as to whether LASIK or Refractive Lens Exchange is right for you.



Refractive Lens Exchange

Corrective Uses

Mild/Moderate Myopia



Moderate/Severe Hyperopia


Outpatient Procedure

15 Minutes Per Eye

Outpatient Procedure

20-30 Minutes Per Eye


2-7 Days

2-7 Days

6-12 Weeks to Adjust


Thin Cornea

Diabetic Retinopathy



Eye Disease

Autoimmune Disorders

High Corneal Astigmatism

Retinal Damage

Autoimmune Disorders

Suitable Candidate for Other Options

Corrective Eye Surgery

Every case is treated on an individual basis. Not every procedure will work for every patient. Talk to the friendly staff at Shreveport Eye Specialists about the best treatment options for your vision problems.