Refractive lens exchange

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CHAPTER 31 Refractive lens exchange


Early in the year 1890, Fukala reported on refractive lens extraction in eyes with high myopia1. This procedure was subsequently abandoned due to the 10-fold increase of post-operative retinal detachment in comparison to unoperated myopic eyes. Since 1890, ophthalmic surgery has undergone steady changes by means of innovations in intraocular lens design, application of ophthalmic viscoelastics substances, and development of phacoemulsification and microincisional surgical techniques. These innovations improved the safety and efficacy of refractive lens exchange (RLE), making it an integral part of refractive surgery today.