Dr. Steven Dell explains how Refractive Lens Exchange can improve near, intermediate, and distance vision in patients suffering from Presbyopia and for those who are not candidates for other vision correction procedures.

Austin, TX — Presbyopia is a type of farsightedness that occurs when lens elasticity deteriorates as a result of the natural aging process. This condition typically develops in people around age 40. Dr. Steven Dell, an ophthalmologist in Austin, reveals that Refractive Lens Exchange, also called RLE, can restore near vision in qualified patients with presbyopia. This technique, he says, can also serve as a laser vision correction alternative for patients who are trying to reduce their reliance on corrective lenses to see clearly at a range of distances.

RLE has become more popular among presbyopia patients and others with common visual refractive errors in the last few years, Dr. Dell reveals. The reason for the interest, he explains, appears to be the myriad benefits. RLE can significantly improve “full-focus” vision — near, intermediate, and distance — often without the need for glasses or contacts.

Dr. Dell says that only an experienced ophthalmologist performing a physical examination can determine if a patient is a qualified candidate for RLE. During the procedure, the eye surgeon will replace, or “exchange,” the existing lens with an artificial intraocular lens, or IOL. Ideal patients for RLE typically include those who are:

  • Over the age of 40
  • Experiencing Presbyopia
  • Do not have signs of cataract development
  • Looking to improve near- and/or far-distance vision

Dr. Dell notes that patients who are not qualified for RLE may be candidates for another vision correction treatment. For patients diagnosed with cataracts, he says, RLE will typically be performed once the cataracts have been removed.

Ultimately, Dr. Dell believes that RLE can offer abundant benefits for individuals dealing with presbyopia. He says that, with this treatment, many people can regain the ability to see clearly, which can substantially enhance their quality of life. He advises patients who think they may have presbyopia to contact a board certified ophthalmologist to learn more about this innovative procedure.

About Steven Dell, MD

Dr. Dell is a board certified ophthalmologist and the Medical Director of Dell Laser Consultants, located in Austin, Texas. He is an advocate of continuing education, and he has been a featured lecturer on subjects including LASER cataract surgery, RLE, and LASIK eye surgery at conferences around the world. In addition to services as a researcher for the FDA in laser eye treatment, he is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Dr. Dell has received many accolades, including being named a “Super Doctor” by Texas Monthly Magazine for five consecutive years. He is available for interview upon request.

For more information about Dr. Dell and his practice, please visit dellvision.com and facebook.com/pages/Dell-Laser-Consultants/54727638417.


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