Clear Lens Exchange (CLE) is a proactive procedure that allows patients to improve their nearsightedness and farsightedness as well as eliminate the potential for cataract development. One may choose to have CLE performed to reduce their dependence on glasses or contacts, or use it as a tool to eliminate early cataract development.
During CLE, the natural lens of the eye is removed and replaced with a state-of-the-art artificial lens. Once this lens is in place, a patient is guaranteed to never develop cataracts at a later date in time.
The procedure is the same as that performed for cataract surgery. First the surgeon creates a small incision in the eye’s outer layer. High-tech ultrasonic equipment is used to gently diffuse or emulsify the lens into fragments, which are then aspirated. The new intraocular lens (IOL), designed to match the patient’s refractive need, is then carefully implanted in its place. No laser is used, no stitches are necessary, and the eye begins its natural, rapid healing process immediately. The procedure is over in just around 10 minutes!
Clear Lens Exchange is a very popular procedure for patients looking for an effective LASIK alternative. Performed just like cataract surgery, CLE is basically considered cataract surgery for refractive benefit. Use it for high degrees of nearsightedness or farsightedness, any degree of correction combined with early cataract formation, or patients who wish to combat presbyopia.
If you’re considering improving your vision, consider clear lens exchange from Cherry Creek Eye Physicians and Surgeons, P.C. Call or email us in Denver today for your free refractive surgery consultation to discuss your eye health.