Refractive Lens Exchange

Modern RLE Surgery

No readers now & no cataract surgery later! Restore clarity and brightness to your vision with the new standard in Laser Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE)—safer, gentler, and highly customizable—quite simply, this is the best technology in the world.

Refractive Lens Exchange

Enjoy perfect vision now.

Why wait until you need cataract surgery? Laser-assisted RLE  with multifocal intra-ocular lenses make it so there are no needles, no blades, and no glasses afterward. This is the future of vision over 45!


Laser-assisted RLE surgery is a precise treatment that’s highly customized to each patient. The method allows for little to no discomfort during surgery and a more rapid recovery. Patients will experience a gentler lens removal versus traditional techniques, reduced inflammation, and no need for glasses or contacts after surgery.


One size does not fit all. There are different options for you to choose from when it comes to your replacement lens. Your doctor will help you determine the best option for you based on your anatomy, expectations, and lifestyle. RLE pricing can be found on our Pricing page. We will walk you through the process and help you fully understand the costs, including what your insurance will and won’t cover, so you can make a confident, informed decision.


These are not your parents’ lenses! Technologically advanced multi-focal lenses can give you back the eyesight of your youth. Combined with state-of-the-art laser-assisted surgical equipment and over 80,000 successful lens replacement surgeries performed, our SharpeVision surgeons take RLE surgery to a new level.

What to expect

Modern RLE: Start to Finish

Comprehensive exam

A comprehensive, dilated examination is the only way to know which vision-correction procedure is best for you. While your exam involves comprehensive 3D diagnostic testing, it is also our opportunity to learn more about you, your expectations, and your lifestyle. All of these factors play an important role in recommending if RLE is the best procedure for you:

The complete exam can take up to 90 minutes. After all the data is collected, our doctor will examine you, discuss the treatment recommendation, and answer any questions you have. Your visit will include dilation of your pupils, which will affect your eyesight for about 4-6 hours, as you may have experienced with a routine eye exam.

Laser RLE


Our state-of-the-art Surgery Suite is complete with the latest and greatest in laser-assisted surgery featuring the Ziemer Z8 laser and 3D heads-up display that allows the surgeon to view the surgery on a large screen instead of through the microscope.


Refractive Lens Exchange

What is RLE?

Candidate Quiz

Are you Eligible?

Could Refractive Lens Exchange be right for you? There are some conditions that could exclude certain patients. Take our quick and easy candidate quiz to find out if RLE surgery could be your vision correction solution.

Take our Candidate Quiz


My experience with LASIK at SharpeVision couldn’t have been better! The staff were so kind and constantly made sure I felt comfortable and all my questions were answered. Thanks for my new eyes!

William S — Chicago

If you are considering LASIK, I highly recommend SharpeVision Modern LASIK, it’s the best decision I’ve ever made!

Sam — Chicago

The whole process from the consultation to the post-operation appointment have been smooth and helpful. The office is welcoming, warm and an overall great environment.

Paulina — Chicago

The whole process was smooth and efficient and pleasant from the first call to the check up a month after the procedure. Love the lifetime guarantee as well.

Laura — Austin

SharpeVision provided me the best once-of-a-lifetime experience. Their staff is super friendly and I never once felt unwelcome. I totally recommend these guys.

Jonah — Austin

I highly recommend SharpeVision to anyone sick of glasses and contacts.

Jon — Chicago

From start to finish SharpeVision was professional, kind, informative, and beyond expectations. The staff is amazing and the doctors are incredibly knowledgeable.

Jillian — Austin

Everyone on staff is so helpful and professional and kind. I would recommend SharpeVision to anyone I know.

James V — Chicago

I literally said to Dr. Lancaster “That was it? THAT WAS IT?” I could see immediately after, and now I’m seeing better than 20/20.

Doug O — Chicago

Had a wonderful experience here for LASIK! Will be highly recommending it to all friends and family who are considering! Dr. Lancaster was phenomenal!

Conrad S — Austin

The Intraocular lens

Which IOL should I choose?

SharpeVision offers multiple types of intraocular lenses for multiple types of eyes and patient needs. The list of IOL options gets longer every year as the technology gets better. It is an encyclopedia of info on the pros & cons, design types, outcomes, and side effects that our doctors weigh based on what a patient wants to achieve with their vision, their hobbies and occupation, their eye history, and habitual use of glasses or contacts. Your doctor will then make a lens recommendation based on those factors and expectations, along with your unique eye anatomy. If a you have specific questions about the lens type that is recommended for you, your doctor will go into more detail and supply you with educational materials.

Best of the Best

Meet the RLE Doctors


Meet the Docs

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Meet the Docs

Dr. Lancaster

Refractive Lens Exchange Surgery

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