Refractive Lens Exchange
in Seattle & Portland
King LASIK is the Pacific Northwest’s trusted source for lifechanging corrective vision surgeries, and one of our most popular is refractive lens exchange (RLE). Dr. King partners with Andrew Kopstein, M.D., Lorne Schlect, M.D., and our sister practice, K2 Vision, to help patients see better with this excellent alternative to LASIK.
What is RLE?
After turning 45, our vision tends to change as the eye’s lens becomes stiff — a natural aging process called presbyopia. This makes it harder for us to focus on objects up close and is why we tend to need reading glasses as we age. If this sounds familiar, you may be a perfect candidate for refractive lens exchange.
During an RLE procedure, your surgeon replaces your eye’s natural lens (which prior to surgery has the wrong “prescription” for good eyesight) with an artificial intra-optical implant (IOL) – an artificial lens that will give you clear, crisp focus across multiple distances.
Benefits of RLE
- Improved vision, particularly with premium IOL offerings
- Reduced dependency on corrective eyewear
- Leaves the cornea intact, which can prevent certain complications, such as dry eye
- RLE is permanent, so you won’t need to worry about your artificial lens degrading
- Prevents cataracts from developing in the future
Why Choose Us for Your RLE Procedure?
For RLE surgeries, King LASIK’s sister practice, K2 Vision, turns to Board Certified ophthalmologists Dr. Andrew Kopstein and Dr. Lorne Schlect. Drs. Kopstein and Schlect are regarded as the Pacific Northwest’s foremost RLE surgeons. They have performed thousands of successful RLE procedures and more than 100,000 successful eye surgeries in their over 50 years of combined experience. Dr. Kopstein’s tremendous skill has led him to become one of the few doctors in the country to run a practice entirely dedicated to RLE and ICL surgery. Dr. Schlect’s important research and specialized training have resulted in him winning many awards and accolades for his contributions to the industry.
K2 Vision is the area’s premier source for RLE surgeries, and boasts industry-leading expertise and technology for reliable and ultraprecise vision correction. We understand sometimes the best solution for our patients isn’t LASIK, which is why we offer lifechanging vision correction through this exceptional alternative to LASIK. We want our patients to have choices for how they improve their vision, and there are few choices as extraordinary as LASIK with King LASIK or RLE with K2 Vision — so speak with our doctors, and we can discover if RLE is right for your needs!