Our Laser Lens Treatment:
RLE Eye Surgery
in San Antonio, TX

We at Parkhurst NuVision believe in providing a premier, concierge-style patient experience for every person we treat. That means not only offering compassionate care and advanced vision correction procedures, but also, ensuring that we personalize your procedure to your needs.

We’re proud to offer a leading-edge Laser Lens Treatment. Correct presbyopia, protect against cataracts, and customize your vision — all with one simple, outpatient procedure.

What Is Laser Lens Treatment?

Laser Lens Treatment is the term we use for a procedure known as RLE (refractive lens exchange) or CLE (clear lens exchange), because we believe that Laser Lens Treatment more clearly describes what this procedure is and how it works.

By the time most people hit their early 40s, they begin to experience more difficulty with close-up (reading) vision. This is called “presbyopia”, and it’s caused by the eye’s natural lens becoming less flexible with age. Presbyopia makes it more difficult to change focus (or zoom), and as a result, many people need to wear reading glasses as they age.

What makes Laser Lens Treatment such a life-changing solution is that it can reverse the effects of presbyopia and prevent cataracts in one procedure! By substituting the eye’s faulty lens with an artificial replacement, we can restore vision across a range of distances — while making sure cataracts never have a chance to form.

What Are the Benefits of Laser Lens Treatment?

RLE is, in essence, the same procedure as cataract surgery: the main difference is that in Laser Lens Treatment, the cataract has not yet developed. But with advancements in the technology, safety, and vision correction possible with this procedure, more and more patients are choosing to have their dysfunctional lenses replaced at earlier ages. Here are just a few reasons why:

  • Improved vision across all distances. Depending on which presbyopia-correcting lens you choose after surgery, we’re able to correct your nearby, middle-distance, and faraway vision with a combination of the Laser Lens Treatment itself and your premium artificial lens.
  • Future-proofed against cataracts. Most people develop cataracts at some point in their life. With Laser Lens Treatment, patients can correct their presbyopia now, and never have to worry about cataracts or experience a progressive decline in vision quality in the future.
  • A permanent upgrade. Your advanced technology lens won’t require a replacement or maintenance. It doesn’t degrade over time. While your vision may change in other ways as you continue to age, you can rely on the improvement your artificial lens provides.

Who Is a Candidate for RLE Vision Correction?

Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE) is gaining popularity as an affordable treatment option, typically for people over 40 who want to decrease or eliminate their dependence on glasses or contacts. It’s especially valuable for anyone who doesn’t want to worry about cataracts and progressive vision loss: after all, you can’t put a price tag on years of clearer vision and better quality of life.

You’re likely to benefit from Laser Lens Treatment if you are experiencing these visual changes:

  • Difficulty reading without reading glasses or bifocals
  • Difficulty seeing near objects
  • Difficulty seeing to drive, especially at night
  • Changing glasses prescriptions
  • Have been diagnosed with early cataract formation
  • High degree of farsightedness (hyperopia)

Why Choose Parkhurst NuVision for Laser Lens Treatment?

Parkhurst NuVision is one of the most trusted RLE eye surgery providers, and eye surgery practices in general, in all of Texas and beyond. Our team is led by Gregory Parkhurst, M.D., an accomplished surgeon who was chosen to be the first eye surgeon in the US to use the state-of-the-art LENSAR laser for lens treatment and replacement.

The LENSAR system provides more precise lens centering and astigmatism treatment, offers a clearer cornea post-surgery, and can take in-the-moment readings of our patients’ eyes to ensure optimal results. In other words, in the hands of our experienced and compassionate team, the LENSAR helps us to provide one of the safest, most comfortable, and most effective Laser Lens Treatments possible.

The Most Advanced Selection of IOLs

PAn advanced technology lens, also known as an intraocular lens (IOL), is many things. It’s the key to Laser Lens Treatment’s vision correction. It’s a lifestyle choice, to bring your daily activities into focus. And it’s a customizable solution that we can use to tailor your vision correction to your preferences.

We’re proud to offer a wide variety of lenses that help correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and presbyopia, capable of focusing vision in a range of different distances to suit your individual preference.

Click to learn more about our intraocular lens (IOL) options!

What to Expect on the Procedure Day

Laser Lens Treatment is an outpatient experience, and usually takes less than 10-15 minutes to complete. When you arrive, we’ll administer numbing eye drops and a mild sedative to make sure you are comfortable during this completely painless procedure. You may notice a pressure sensation and a “light show” during surgery, but that should be all.

No sutures will be needed, as the lens is replaced through a self-sealing temporary opening. Our doctors and detail-oriented staff will provide easy-to-follow instructions once the Laser Lens Treatment is complete, as well as a written hand-out on how to use drops and medications after your procedure.

For the next few days, it is important to take it easy and get plenty of rest. Patients recovering from RLE vision correction are advised to avoid rubbing their eyes, as this could disrupt healing. Most patients see improved visual recovery within just a few days.


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