Waite Vision

Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE)

Lens Replacement Surgery

The human lens is a marvel of nature. Allowing us to autofocus on near and far objects and everything in between. Around age 47, this autofocus starts to diminish. Resulting in a lens that is clear but dysfunctional. This leads to the need for reading glasses and bifocals. Replacing the dysfunctional lens with a new artificial lens can remove the need for bifocals or readers. The new lens will last forever.

“Dr. Waite performed refractive lens exchange, I am extremely satisfied with my experience. I don't miss the hassle of contacts or glasses.”

Refractive Lens Exchange Utah

How it works.

During the procedure, your dysfunctional natural lens is replaced by a new artificial lens called an intraocular lens (IOL). The implant will not alter the outward appearance of your eye, but it does drastically improve your vision. We offer different options for intraocular lenses. These lenses can be customized to meet your specific visual needs.

You may be a good RLE candidate if:

You are presbyopic and need readers or bifocals to see

You are ready to get rid of those readers or bifocals

Top reasons patients choose us for RLE.


You’ll enjoy the benefits of your RLE procedure for years to come.


Our RLE pricing is all-inclusive, with no upsells or extra charges.


We are dedicated to providing the best results with RLE. You will love your new visual freedom.


You won’t have to worry about picking up your recovery meds. We’ll have everything here for you.


You will meet directly with Dr. Waite, your surgeon, to formulate the best plan for your eyes.


When you arrive, you become the center of attention.


You receive a comprehensive personalized diagnostic of your eyes during your consultation.


RLE takes only a few minutes from start to finish, and your vision recovers quickly afterwards.


Your RLE procedure is performed with the most advanced technology and techniques available today.


You will have the most personable, caring staff through your RLE procedure and subsequent follow up care.

“Lenses are also available for younger patients who don’t have cataracts and simply want to eliminate the need for distance, computer and reading glasses.”

PRK Consultation

It starts with a RLE consultation.

The cost of a consultation is $150, because we do more than a quick “screening.” Your initial consultation includes a full diagnostic workup using seven different tests and the latest technology. You’ll then sit down personally with Dr. Waite, your surgeon, and discuss the PERFECT vision correction procedure tailored specifically for you along with other valuable information regarding the health of your eyes. Your $150 investment then goes towards your vision correction procedure.

How much are glasses and contacts costing you?

The average person spends $25,000+ on glasses, contact lenses, solution, eye exams, etc. It’s like renting “good” vision from the glasses and contacts lenses industry. Worst of all, these will NEVER improve your vision. Use our affordability calculator and see how much you can save by getting RLE.

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The elegant simplicity of Waite Vision.

Waite Vision is a work of art — featuring crisp, clean lines, and abundant natural lighting with a stunning, third-floor view of the Wasatch Mountains. The moment you enter our reception area, you’ll experience the difference of Waite Vision.

RLE questions? We've got answers.

Is RLE surgery covered by insurance?

RLE, also called lens replacement surgery is an elective procedure not covered by insurance companies. We will gladly discuss with you some of our excellent financial options including 24-month interest-free financing. You’re also able to use your HSA or FSA.

How long does RLE last?

Forever! Refractive Lens Exchange is a permanent vision correction solution. You will not need to replace the intraocular lens because it is designed to last the rest of your life.

Does RLE surgery hurt?

No. Refractive lens exchange takes about 15 minutes per eye. You will not feel any discomfort during the process.

How long does RLE take?

Refractive lens exchange takes about 15 minutes and the results are almost instant. You will need to arrange to have someone drive you home after the procedure.

Will RLE affect my future eye health?

RLE surgery will correct your vision and prevent cataracts from developing in the future. It will not affect other health conditions and will allow you to see clearly for a lifetime.

Why was RLE recommended to me?

RLE can effectively correct high amounts of nearsightedness and farsightedness along with presbyopia (need for readers or bifocals) that may not be adequately corrected by other procedures like LASIK or ICLs.

What are the main benefits of RLE?

RLE is designed to make you no longer dependent on glasses and contact lenses and is suitable for many patients who are not candidates for other vision correction procedures.

When would I recover from RLE?

Recovery is quick. In fact, many individuals are able to return to normal routines within the next day or two. Each patient is different, so Dr. Waite will carefully monitor your healing after surgery.

Can I Use My HSA or FSA for RLE?

Yes. RLE is a Health Savings Account or Flexible Spending Account procedure. If your company offers a health or flexible spending account you can use it to pay for RLE.

Start living life in focus.

If you’ve always wanted clear, crisp vision, now is the best time. The value offered by Refractive Lens Exchange is much greater than the dollar amount invested. Read what others have to say…
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