Refractive Lens Exchange

Refractive Lens Exchange in Dallas

What Is Refractive Lens Exchange?

Refractive lens exchange involves removing the natural lens and replacing it with an artificial lens, exactly like in cataract surgery, but before the cataract is fully formed. Surgery is performed in our fully accredited surgery center at our Dallas location under twilight sedation and often one of our custom high tech lenses is chosen to replace your lens to give you a wider range of vision for near, far or in-between.

Is LASIK Right for Me If I Can’t See Up Close?

Not everyone is a good candidate for LASIK. In fact, most patients over 40 are surprised to find out that LASIK is designed to only correct your distance or your far-away vision. There are other alternatives for you if you are over 40 and you are to the point that you cannot see your phone without a pair of reading glasses or bifocals.

It’s important to understand what is happening inside the eye. Everyone are born with a clear-focusing lens inside our eye. When we are young, this clear-focusing lens moves forward and backward automatically to let us focus to see near and far, just like a lens inside a camera focuses. But after about our mid-forties, the lens begins to change. It’s less flexible, the muscles and fibers that hold it in place don’t work as well and over time will only focus at one distance and that is usually at a distance.

Eventually, this progresses until the lens changes in color and develops cloudiness in places on the lens. The natural lens changes from clear, to white, to yellow and if left untreated it can even turn brown. Can you imagine trying to focus through something cloudy and discolored? When these changes progress and interfere with your daily activities, we call it a cataract.

What Can Be Done for Presbyopia?

You may have several options today if you do not want to depend on reading glasses for all your up-close work. Possibilities may include bifocal contact lenses, monovision contact lenses or refractive lens exchange.

Is Refractive Lens Exchange Covered by Insurance?

If you do meet the qualifications for cataract surgery, insurance may consider the portion of the surgery to remove the cataract. However, if it is considered elective, all costs will be out of pocket and not covered by your insurance. In either case, the custom high-tech lenses are not covered by insurance.

Risks associated with lens replacement surgery are rare and will be fully discussed with you during your consultation. Most patients enjoy improved vision as soon as the day after surgery. Another benefit is that having the RLE procedure means you will not have to deal with cataracts later.

Patient Reviews

I have been a patient of Key-Whitman for two years and I have always felt like I was the only person in the office. Their attention, professional approach and their friendly attitude makes one feel like they are family. When leaving you know your personal information about the health of your eyes and if further office visits are necessary and future plans.” – Clarissa C.

From Steven at Valet, to the lovely greeter inside& through every step of check-in to checkout, the professionalism, sincerity and thoroughness is impeccable!” –Rita M.

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To learn all your vision correction options, schedule an exam with Key-Whitman Eye Center by calling (214) 225-2577 or requesting an appointment here.

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Patients Share Their Experiences
  • “The instantaneous results were astounding and the discomfort minimal. I look forward to the medical care I will now expect from your facility in the future. Thanks again for my vision improvement.”

    - Patient
  • “Dr. Jeffrey Whitman’s skill in cataract surgery has allowed me to continue with my lifelong goal to climb the highest peaks in the World.”

    - Tedd
  • “When the quality of my diminishing eyesight began to interfere with the enjoyment of traveling, I knew it was time to see Key-Whitman. My husband had a wonderful experience with his cataract surgery. My first visit was wonderful also.”

    - Patient

Our Convenient Office Locations

All of our convenient locations throughout the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex area are ready to help with all of your eye care needs. Visit Key-Whitman Eye Center in any of the following cities:

North Fort Worth Office

3400 North Tarrant Parkway,,
Suite 110
Fort Worth, TX 76177

Dallas Office

11442 N. Central Expressway
Dallas, TX 75243

Plano Office

3060 Communications Parkway,
Suite 205
Plano, TX 75093

N. Arlington Office

910 N. Davis Drive,
Suite 400
Arlington, TX 76012

S. Arlington Office

400 W. Arbrook Boulevard,
Suite 121
Arlington, TX 76014


2821 E President George Bush Hwy Suite 100
Richardson, TX 75082

Mesquite Office

18661 Lyndon B. Johnson Fwy,
Suite 400
Mesquite, TX 75150

Rockwall Office

2380 S. Goliad Street,
Suite 100
Rockwall, TX 75032

Frisco Office

11445 Dallas Parkway,
Suite 290
Frisco, TX 75033

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