The cost of a Custom Lens Replacement (also known as Refractive Lens Exchange or RLE) is a common concern for those who are thinking about having surgery done to improve their eyesight. At Tersigni Vision, we believe in being straightforward and minimizing confusion regarding the various vision correction surgery choices available. We provide individualized treatment, and Dr. Tersigni is one of the best refractive surgeons in the Portland area, with years of experience in vision correction surgery. Contact our office now for additional information and to book an appointment to determine whether you are a good candidate for Custom Lens Replacement. You really can say goodbye to contact lenses and glasses once and for all.
What is a Custom Lens Replacement?
Custom lens replacement surgery, also known as refractive lens exchange (RLE), is a surgical procedure that replaces the eye’s natural lens with an artificial lens. A custom lens replacement procedure involves the removal of the natural lens of the eye and its replacement with an artificial lens implant. The lens used in the surgery is called an artificial intraocular lens (IOL) and is designed to correct the specific refractive error of the individual undergoing the procedure.
The procedure is also known as refractive lens exchange (RLE) and it is similar in some ways to a cataract surgery procedure but is performed on individuals who do not have cataracts. Unlike cataract surgery, which is typically performed when the natural lens of the eye has become cloudy due to the development of cataracts, custom lens replacement surgery is performed to correct refractive errors, such as nearsightedness, far-sightedness, presbyopia, or astigmatism. It also provides the wonderful benefit of preventing future cataract development.
Custom lens replacement surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure, meaning that the individual undergoing the surgery can go home the same day. The procedure is performed under local anesthesia and typically takes less than an hour to complete. During the procedure, a small incision is made in the cornea, and the natural lens of the eye is removed using advanced technology.
Once the natural lens has been removed, an artificial lens is inserted into the eye. The type of lens used will depend on a number of different factors, including the specific refractive error of the individual undergoing the surgery, the shape of their eye, as well as their visual goals. For example, if the individual is nearsighted, a lens that corrects for near-sightedness will be used. If the individual has astigmatism, a toric lens will be used to correct astigmatism. The lens selected may also depend on the individual’s lifestyle and vision goals.
After the artificial lens has been implanted, the incision is closed using a self-sealing technique. The individual will typically only need to wear a protective eye shield when they sleep for a few nights after the surgery to protect the eye while it heals.
How Much Does a Custom Lens Replacement Cost?
When it comes to custom lens replacement, the cost can vary widely depending on a number of factors. Some of these factors include the type of lens being replaced, the material used in the replacement lens, the patient’s refractive error, and the level of customization required.
There are several types of materials that can be used, including silicone, acrylic, and PMMA (polymethyl methacrylate).
The level of customization required for the replacement lens will also affect the refractive lens exchange cost. Some patients may require a simple replacement lens that is designed to correct a specific vision problem, while others may require a more complex lens that is tailored to their specific needs.
For example, patients with astigmatism may require a toric lens, which is designed to correct this specific vision problem. These lenses tend to be more expensive than standard replacement lenses. Patients who require a multifocal lens, which is designed to correct both near and far vision, will also typically pay more for their replacement lens.
There are several other factors that can affect the custom lens replacement surgery cost. These include the location of the procedure, the experience of the surgeon, and any additional fees or charges associated with the procedure.
For example, if you live in a high-cost area, such as a major city, you may pay more for your custom lens replacement than if you lived in a smaller town. Similarly, if you choose a highly experienced surgeon to perform the procedure, you may pay more for their services and expertise.
Finally, it is important to be aware of any additional fees or charges that may be associated with the procedure. For example, some surgeons may charge an additional fee for pre-operative testing, while others may charge a separate fee for anesthesia. At Tersigni Vision, we believe in upfront and transparent pricing that is all-inclusive, so there are no hidden fees or unpleasant surprises.
So, how much can you expect to pay for custom lens replacement? As we’ve seen, the cost can vary widely depending on a number of factors. However, on average, you can expect to pay anywhere from $5,000 to $10,000 per eye for refractive lens exchange.
The cost of RLE surgery is less than what the average person would spend over a lifetime on glasses, contact lenses, solutions, and related eye exams. Not to mention the additional “costs” of worrying about having enough contacts for a trip, searching for and replacing misplaced glasses, and dealing with contact lens-related infections. With glasses and contacts, your eyesight is rented over time, and developing cataracts will eventually happen to everyone. With RLE, you are able to own your vision. Use our vision correction calculator to see how affordable RLE can be at Tersigni Vision.
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More FAQ’s about Custom Lens Replacement Surgery Costs in Portland
Does Insurance Pay for Custom Lens Replacement Surgery?
In general, RLE is considered an elective procedure and is not typically covered by insurance unless it is deemed medically necessary. If the patient has a condition that affects their ability to perform daily activities, insurance may cover the procedure. However, if the patient is undergoing RLE for vision correction purposes only, insurance is unlikely to cover the cost. It is important to check with your insurance provider to determine whether RLE is covered under your plan.
Can a custom lens replacement surgery save money?
CLR surgery can be a significant investment, but for many people, it can actually save money over the long term. Here’s how:
Reduced Dependence on Glasses and Contacts
One of the biggest advantages of custom lens replacement surgery is that it can reduce or eliminate your dependence on glasses, contacts and reading glasses. Over time, the cost of these corrective lenses can add up, especially if you need to replace them frequently or if you require specialized lenses such as bifocals. When you take into account changing eyeglass prescriptions and contact lens solutions over the course of your lifetime, the expenses really start to increase. By reducing your reliance on glasses and contacts, you can save money on these ongoing expenses.
While custom lens replacement surgery may be more expensive upfront than other vision correction procedures, such as LASIK eye surgery or Photorefractive keratectomy (PRK), it can actually save you money over the long term. Unlike LASIK laser eye surgery or PRK, which typically only corrects vision until the eyes age, custom lens replacement is a permanent solution. This means that you won’t need to have the procedure repeated in the future, which can save you money on additional surgeries and ongoing corrective treatments.
Improved Quality of Life
Custom lens replacement surgery can also improve your quality of life, which can be invaluable. With improved visual perception, you may be able to perform daily tasks more easily and with less frustration, such as driving, reading, or participating in hobbies without blurred vision. This can lead to increased productivity, improved mood, and a greater sense of independence and self-esteem.
What are the payment options for custom lens replacement surgery?
The payment options for custom lens replacement surgery may vary depending on the specific clinic or surgeon you choose. In general, payment options may include paying the full cost upfront, using a credit card, using your FSA or HSA account to pay for it, or financing through a healthcare financing company, such as CareCredit or Alphaeon Credit. Some clinics may also offer payment plans or financing options to help make the out of pocket expense more manageable. It is important to speak with your surgeon or clinic about payment options and any associated fees or interest rates to determine the best option for your budget and needs.
At Tersigni Vision, our goal is to make vision correction procedures fit any budget. We offer a variety of payment options, including interest-free financing plans. Patients can choose to pay with zero down payment and 0% for 24 months or zero down payment and low monthly payments with a fixed interest rate for 60 months. In addition, we accept cash, check, debit or credit cards, HSA, FSA, MSA, and HRA. When it comes to correcting your vision in Portland, you have options. Allow our knowledgeable team at Tersigni Vision to assist you in finding the optimal solution for your eyes.
What to Expect During and After Custom Lens Replacement Surgery?
Before the surgery, the patient will typically undergo a comprehensive eye exam to determine their candidacy for the surgery. The eye exam may include a review of the individual’s medical history, a visual acuity test, a refraction test, and a dilated eye exam. The individual may also need to undergo additional testing, such as an optical coherence tomography (OCT) scan, to help the surgeon determine the appropriate type of lens to use.
During the surgery, most patients will typically feel little to no pain. The eye will be numbed using eye drops and gel, and the individual may be given medication to help them relax during the procedure. After the surgery, the patient may experience some slight irritation, such as mild pain or itching, but this can typically be managed with over-the-counter pain medication or artificial tears.
Typically, lens replacement patients can see well the next day and can resume most normal activities, with a few exceptions. It is important to follow all post-operative instructions provided by the surgeon, including using prescribed eye drops and avoiding certain activities, such as heavy lifting or swimming, for a period of time after the surgery. The individual will also need to attend follow-up appointments with the surgeon to ensure that the eye is healing properly.
Tersigni Vision is the only vision correction center in Portland that offers the full spectrum of vision correction solutions, enabling us to tailor your vision correction approach to your specific needs and provide you with clear vision. We take great pride in providing personalized care, and you will never feel forced to proceed with any type of refractive surgery unless you are ready. Dr. Tersigni will meet with you personally and answer all of your concerns and offer his expert opinion on the best course of action for you. Give us a call to learn more about the advantages of Custom Lens Replacement and to arrange an appointment for a thorough eye exam. Start your path to visual independence today, and you’ll be on your way to freedom from your glasses and contacts.