A graduate of the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Dr. Anthony Roberts has worked as an ophthalmologist and surgeon for over two decades. At Shady Grove Ophthalmology in Rockville, Maryland, Dr. Anthony Roberts provides comprehensive eye exams and performs a variety of refractive procedures, including Lasik, laser cataract extraction, and refractive lens exchange.
Also called “clear lens exchange” or “clear lens extraction,” refractive lens exchange (RLE) is a vision-correction procedure that is typically reserved for older patients with refractive errors that cannot be adequately corrected with Lasik. During the procedure, which is very similar to cataract surgery, a surgeon removes the clear natural lens of the eye and replaces it with an artificial intraocular lens that improves the eye’s ability to focus.
RLE can provide rapid vision recovery without affecting the natural shape or thickness of the cornea. It also promotes stable vision and can greatly reduce a patient’s dependence on eyeglasses or contact lenses. Those who are candidates for the procedure include both farsighted and nearsighted adult patients with otherwise healthy eyes. Although major complications are rare, RLE risks include infection, increased eye pressure, and retinal detachment.