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Clear Lens Exchange (CLE)

Clear lens extraction (CLE)—also known as refractive lensectomy or refractive lens exchange—is similar to cataract surgery. Both CLE and cataract surgery involve removing your eye’s natural lens and replacing it with a synthetic lens.

The number of presbyopia correcting options has increased along with the size of the presbyopic market. Clear lens exchange (CLE) is becoming a popular option as a result of the latest generation of intraocular lenses that have been shown to offer glasses independence to a high proportion of patients.

As the size of the presbyopic market has increased, so too has the number of options for correcting presbyopia. Clear lens exchange (CLE) is becoming increasingly popular mainly due to the advent of the latest generation of bi-, tri- or multifocal intraocular lenses (MIOL), which have been shown to provide an independence from spectacles to a high percentage of patients.

Unlike other procedures, such as laser eye surgery, the great advantage of CLE is that the results are permanent. The ability to see is enhanced with both eyes working together unlike monovision where one eye is focused for distance and one eye is used for reading. Patients therefore can have a more natural vision.

MIOLs may not be suitable for everyone. Poor multifocal candidates are those who are unable to accept some potential visual compromise in exchange for an improved quality of life. It is also not an option for patients with ocular pathologies that may limit their vision such as corneal scarring or dystrophies, age related macular degeneration (AMD), and other retinal pathologies.

Call Dr. Clarke’s office (920-236-4160) or Dr. Larson’s office (920-232-6650) to find out more.