Refractive Lens Exchange is a procedure that is essentially identical to the procedure used to treat cataracts. Patients who have some degree of cataract formation may actually benefit from having their cataracts removed as a method of eliminating their glasses prescriptions. The reason for this is that at the time of cataract removal, an implant lens can be placed which has the prescription power necessary to reduce or eliminate the need for glasses. The recovery period for this procedure is similar to LASIK; however, only one eye is treated at a time. This procedure is occasionally used for some younger patients with extremely high prescriptions, well outside the range of LASIK or ASA. During our evaluation of your eyes, we can determine if this option is appropriate for you.