Clear Lens Exchange
Clear Lens Exchange
Also Known as Refractive Lens Exchange
Also Known as Presbyopic Correcting IOL Exchange
Advancements in cataract surgery have led to new technology with lens replacement surgery designed to correct refractive error. As a result, clear lens extraction is very similar to cataract surgery but has multiple benefits that extend beyond. This is a surgical procedure intended to reduce or eliminate the need for glasses or contacts for people over the age of 40, who may be experiencing new visual challenges. Clear Lens Extraction also commonly called CLE, can be used to correct presbyopia, nearsightedness or farsightedness.
For individuals over 40 who are considering refractive surgery to decrease dependence on glasses and contact lenses, clear lens extraction (CLE) is an excellent option worthy of serious consideration. Like cataract surgery, this procedure involves removing the natural lens of the eye and replacing it with an intraocular lens (IOL) implant, a multifocal IOL implant, a phakic IOL, or an accommodating IOL. Please consult directly with our doctors to determine what IOL is right for you and your unique vision.
Other types of refractive surgery, such as LASIK laser vision correction, accomplish good vision by changing the shape of your cornea. Unlike these other refractive procedures that change the shape of the cornea, CLE corrects vision by removing the natural lens in the eye and replacing it with a new artificial lens of a different focusing power. This is exactly the same process used during cataract surgery. Cataract surgery is currently one of the top procedures reimbursed by Medicare and millions of cataracts are removed every year.
For a description of the actual CLE surgical process and explanation of phacoemulsification used in cataract surgery please see the section on cataract surgery or CLICK HERE.
- Very fast recovery
- Predictability of outcome
- Excellent quality of vision
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