Advancements in cataract surgery have led to new technology in 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 well beyond. Clear Lens Extraction is a vision correction surgical procedure intended to reduce or eliminate the need for glasses or contacts for people over the age of 40. Clear Lens Exchange may be a better procedure for someone who is considering LASIK, but might be over the age of 40 years old.
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.
Advantages of Clear Lens Extraction
- Very fast recovery
- Excellent predictability of outcome
- Excellent quality of vision
- May be better than LASIK for people over 40 years old
- Similar procedure to cataract surgery