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Reduce dependence on glasses with RLE Surgery

Refractive Lens Exchange is a procedure virtually identical to cataract surgery (the most common operation in the Western World), only for a slightly different reason. Instead of a cloudy lens in the case of cataracts, this procedure replaces your eye’s clear, natural, but ‘focally challenged’ lens with an artificial intraocular lens (IOL) to reduce your dependence on those annoying glasses.

As your own pre-cataract lens is removed with Refractive Lens Exchange, there will never be the need for cataract surgery in the future. Double win. The Refractive Lens Exchange procedure is most suitable for people who suffer from presbyopia and hyperopia (longsightedness), over the age of 50 years. An added advantage of refractive lens exchange surgery is that you won’t develop a cataract later in life.

RLE surgery is a painless, quick, proven method of enhancing vision and can be completed by our specialist surgeons at Re:Vision Day-Case Theatre in Auckland.

  • No needle, no injection, no patch surgery
  • Same-day treatment for both eyes
  • Safe surgery and fast recovery

Our Process :



Detailed measurements of the eyes are taken for safety and accuracy, and the team will discuss your options. If you wear contact lenses, please leave them out and wear glasses for two full days prior to the day of your assessment.

Meet your surgeon

Meet your surgeon

Usually, at the same visit, you will meet your surgeon who will thoroughly examine the front and back of the eye and discuss your eyesight problems and lens options. Our surgeons have also published widely on the safety of cataract surgery with various lens options.



The procedure is comfortable and quick, usually less than 20 minutes for each eye. IV sedation is provided by an anaesthetist for maximal comfort. Both eyes are typically done on the same day.



A follow-up appointment the next day will check how you are feeling and measure how much better your eyesight is. The vision recovers quickly, with the vast majoirty of patients regaining driving standard vision without glasses the next day but most people have 1 or 2 quiet days afterwards.


Saving money

The hidden costs: what could you save?

What could that money have done?

The $40,000 you'd potentially spend on glasses and contact lenses over the next 30 years could have given you 15 luxurious holidays.

Est- 15 Holidays

Est - 15 Holidays

Average holiday cost: $2600
Calculation: 40,000 / $2600 = 15

Saving time

The hidden cost of wearing glasses or contact lenses.

Did you know?

The time you'd spend handling glasses and contact lenses over the next 30 years is enough to have could have taken you around our planet over 30 times!

Est - 526 hours

Est- 526 hours

Cleaning: 3 minutes/day
Finding misplaced glasses: 2 minutes/day
Repair, shopping: 2 hours/year
Total: 526 hours (over 30 years)

Est- 526 hours

Inserting and Removing: 3 minutes/day
Cleaning: 2 minutes/day
Renewing & Check-ups: 2 hours/year
Total: 1,012 hours (over 30 years)

Saving planet

Reducing our carbon footprint

The environmental perspective

Over 30 years, using glasses and contact lenses contributes to 876lb of CO2 emissions. Opt for vision correction and take a stand for our planet!

Est - 876.6lb C02 emissions

Est- 876.6 CO2 emissions

Combined plastic waste:

0.525 kg (glasses)+65.7 kg (contact lenses)=66.225 kilograms over three decades.

Total: 66.225 kilograms of plastic×6=397.35 kilograms = 876Lb of CO2 emissions(over 30 years)

Benefits for RLE:


We use the newest lens removal technology available in New Zealand to provide unequaled safety, care, and quality of vision. Our surgeons have also published widely on the outcomes and safety of RLE surgery.

Short Surgery Time

It only takes 10-15 minutes to perform the surgery.

Simple Surgery

The surgery is performed with drops to number the eye without the need for an injection or stitches.

Good Visual Results

Most patients achieve better than driving standard vision the next day and many achieve freedom from their glasses.

Fast Recovery

Ther surgery is very comfortable and the recovery is quick, with many able to return to work within 1-2 days.

No more Cataracts

After RLE surgery, you can not develop cataracts.

Our Technology:

Sirius Tomographer

Combines Placido disk topography with Scheimpflug tomography of the front of the eye to allow the surgeon to perform the safest version of laser vision correction customised to your eyes. The device provides highly accurate measurements of corneal thickness, curvature, power as well as pupil size measurements and is commonly used for refractive surgery planning and follow-up.

Detailed Corneal Analysis

Custom Built Surgical Facility

Re:Vision Laser & Cataract was specifically designed and created by our surgeons to provide maximum safety for patients in need of eye surgery. We are fully accredited by the Designated Auditing Agency (DAA) with an excellent scoring.

Custom Built Facility

IOL master 700

The IOLMaster 700 provides highly repeatable and accurate measurements of the eye to allow the surgeon to customise the lens implant in your eye following cataract or RLE surgery. The device provides highly accurate lens thickness, anterior chamber depth, and corneal thickness measurements of the eye. The entire process is completed in about 50 seconds, with a total of 2,000 scans taken per second. During the process, the IOLMaster 700 also performs a 1-mm central retinal scan.

Highly Accurate Measurements

Zeiss Lumera operating microscope with Callisto virtual guidance system

The integral Callisto system in this microscope provides intelligent real time image guidance for incision and toric lens alignment for better management of astigmatism during surgery.

Intelligent Real Time Image Guidance

Centurion phacoemulsification machine

This is a highly advanced device utilises cutting edge technology to reduce ultrasound energy output, fluid volume used as well as surgical time to improve safety, consistency and control during cataract surgery.

Advanced Lens Removal System

How much does RLE surgery cost?

RLE surgery is more expensive that laser vision correction but exact costs depend on the type of lens that is most suitable for your prescription and needs.

By the time I turn 45, I will have spent on contact lenses/glasses :

At Re:Vision, all types of laser vision correction
(LASIK or PRK) cost : $3,494/eye

References :

  • Tavassoli S, Ziaei H, Yadegarfar ME, Evans J, Ziaei M. Trifocal versus extended depth of focus (EDOF) intraocular lenses for cataract extraction, Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2021
  • Evans JR, de Silva SR, Ziaei M, Kirthi V, Leyland MD. Outcomes in randomised controlled trials of multifocal lenses in cataract surgery: the case for development of a core outcome set. Br J Ophthalmol. 2020.
  • McGhee CNJ, Dean S, Freundlich SEN, Gokul A, Ziaei M, Patel DV, Niederer RL, Danesh-Meyer HV. Microdroplet and spatter contamination during phacoemulsification cataract surgery in the era of COVID-19. Clin Exp Ophthalmol. 2020 
  • De Silva SR, Evans JR, Kirthi V, Ziaei M, Leyland M. Multifocal versus monofocal intraocular lenses after cataract extraction. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2016 Dec.
  • Gray TB, Keenan JI, Clemett RS, Allardyce RA. Fusidic acid prophylaxis before cataract surgery: patient self-administration. Aust N Z J Ophthalmol. 1993 May;21(2):99-103.