If you do not want to have LASIK surgery with its temporary results, refractive lens exchange (RLE) offers a long-term solution to improve your vision. Refractive lens exchange can correct myopia, hyperopia, and presbyopia—and can even treat astigmatisms. The procedure is safe, painless, and often takes less than 10 minutes per eye.
Your next question is likely how much does it cost? The short answer is that it varies. Every eye is unique, and so every RLE procedure is too. That, unfortunately, includes the cost.
At SightTrust Eye Institute, we strive to keep our prices competitive while providing the latest and most advanced technology and offer 24-month, same-as-cash financing plans. We aim to ensure everyone in our service area, including Palm Beach, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton, Weston, and the surrounding communities, has the option to get the corrective vision services they need.
The Cost of Refractive Lens Exchange Surgery
While we can’t give you an exact price quote for refractive lens exchange without completing a full exam, we can give you some general information. Several factors affect the out-of-pocket cost of RLE, such as the complexity of the procedure you need and the type of lens you need or opt for.
For example, multifocal lenses are generally more expensive than single focus lenses. Multifocal toric and Extended Vision Intraocular (IOL) lenses tend to cost the most. In general, prices range between $3,000.00 to $10,000 per eye in the U.S.
Will Insurance Cover RLE?
Many patients ask if their vision insurance will cover the costs. Unfortunately, insurance providers typically won’t cover RLE because it is an “elective surgical procedure.” However, Health Spending Accounts can often be used to pay for refractive lens exchange surgery. We’re happy to help you explore your options.
Is the Cost of Refractive Lens Exchange Worth It?
The cost of eyeglasses and contact lenses can add up significantly over time. Your average pair of glasses runs upwards of $300.00-$1,000.00, and a year of contacts comes at a similar cost—for life. If your prescription changes, you’ll also need to replace your glasses.
That estimate doesn’t factor in additional costs, such as exam fees, contact solution, repairs for your glasses, and more. As refractive lens exchange is a lifelong solution, you will break even at some point, but the real benefits aren’t monetary.
RLE eliminates the hassle of dealing with glasses or contacts. It’s also an effective pre-emptive strike to prevent cataracts in the future.
Is RLE Right for You?
If you are interested in improving your vision for the long term without having to keep up with eyeglasses or contact lenses, RLE is a viable solution. If you’d like a better idea of the cost of refractive lens exchange, make an appointment today with our team at SightTrust Eye Institute.
You can reach us at (866) 601-0067. We see patients from Palm Beach, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Davie, Boca Raton, Weston, and the surrounding areas.