Clear Lens Exchange
Clear Lens Exchange (CLE) (sometimes called clear lens exchange, or CLE) is an alternative to LASIK, PRK, and other vision correction procedures.
The most common candidates for CLE are:
- Patients over the age of 40 who wish to eliminate the need for reading glasses permanently.
- Patients who are experiencing the early onset of cataracts and wish to have surgery before the cataract worsens.
- People under the age of 40 who have extreme prescriptions or thin corneas – CLE is generally recommended over LASIK or PRK in these cases.
Using the same intraocular lens options seen in cataract surgery (LifeStyle Lenses), Clear Lens Exchange is used to correct vision when cataracts are not present. For this reason, CLE is an elective procedure, unlike cataract surgery.
What can CLE treat?
CLE surgery can be a good option for patients with extreme prescriptions, presbyopia (farsightedness) or thin corneas. CLE effectively corrects astigmatism, nearsightedness, or farsightedness by replacing your eye’s natural lens with an artificial one that helps the eye focus correctly.
What is the CLE procedure like?
The surgery, which uses laser technology to create highly customized results, is similar to cataract surgery and lens replacement. Because the natural eye lens is no longer in place, patients who undergo CLE are no longer at risk of developing cataracts, even as they age. The intraocular lens sits inside your eye, rather than on the surface like a contact lens. This means you will not feel or see the new lens. Your vision following refractive eye surgery will depend on the intraocular lens chosen.
What types of lenses are available with CLE?
Whether you love the outdoors, work at a computer, or lead an active life, we help you select the lens to match the way you live your life. Premium intraocular lenses often result in better vision at all distances, reducing or eliminating the need for glasses or contact lenses.
At your free consultation, our skilled and expert ophthalmological surgeons will recommend which procedure is right for you. You’ll discuss which intraocular lens will give you the best results for your particular needs and lifestyle.