How Much Does Refractive Lens Exchange Cost?

September 8th, 2023

LASIK surgery is an excellent vision correction option for many people, but it’s not right for everyone. For patients who suffer from dry eye syndrome, have thin corneas, or are beginning to experience age-related conditions like presbyopia, refractive lens exchange (RLE) surgery may offer a more appropriate, permanent solution.

What Is Refractive Lens Exchange Surgery?

RLE, also known as clear lens exchange (CLE), is a safe and effective surgery during which the eye’s natural lens is replaced with an artificial intraocular lens (IOL) to correct refractive errors like nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), and astigmatism. It’s similar to cataract surgery, except the lens is replaced before cataracts form — and patients will never need to worry about future cataract development. Most patients will never have a need for corrective lenses or reading glasses, either.  

What Is the Cost of RLE Surgery?

RLE surgery generally costs approximately double that of LASIK and can range, on average, between $3,000 and $8,000 per eye. The cost largely depends on the region, the provider, and the type of IOL that’s used. At Swagel Wootton Eye Institute, we’re proud to offer a range of premium IOLs to fit your budget, lifestyle, and vision needs. Our experienced team will discuss the specific surgery costs, lens options, and any necessary pre- or post-operative care during your consultation. 

Making RLE Affordable for You

RLE is an elective procedure, so it’s typically not covered by insurance. But at Swagel Wootton Eye Institute, we believe every patient should have the opportunity for great vision. We’re proud to offer financing options through our preferred lenders, CareCredit and Alphaeon. These options offer deferred interest for up to 24 months and flexible payment plans spread over 60 months for those who qualify. We also accept payments made from health savings accounts (HSAs) and flexible spending accounts (FSAs). 

Learn More About RLE From Swagel Wootton Eye Institute

Our world-class doctors are here to answer your questions about RLE, see if you’re a candidate, and review your costs and payment options. We pride ourselves on our accessibility and excellent standard of eye care to help you find the best vision correction option for your unique situation. Whether it’s CLE, LASIK, or another form of refractive surgery, we’re here to guide you to better vision. Request an appointment today at one of our convenient Phoenix-area locations.