For further information about clear lens exchange, schedule an appointment with Dr. Vicki Lin and Dr. Jennifer Yong at iSight Vision Care in Fountain Valley and Huntington Beach, California.
Clear lens exchange (CLE), also known as Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE), is a procedure that uses the same technology we use for cataract surgery to remove the eye’s natural lens and replace it with a stronger artificial lens (an intraocular lens) to correct vision. The focusing power of the intraocular lens can be chosen to suit your eye. Certain lenses can help you see at multiple ranges so that you can reduce your dependence on both distance glasses and readers.
Clear Lens extraction is elective. This means you can choose to proceed with it any time, or not at all. The alternative is staying in glasses or contact lenses.
Clear lens exchange is one of 3 main categories of surgeries to correct vision. The other 2 categories are laser vision correction and phakic intraocular lens (PIOL) implantation. Laser eye surgery or PIOL implantation are generally better options than CLE for younger patients. These 2 alternative options do not, however, correct for presbyopia so you will still need to wear reading glasses for near vision.