Alternatives to Lasik
Clear Lens Extraction
CLE is also called Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE). IT is the removal of the clear natural lens with the replacement of an artificial lens, also called an intraocular lens(IOL).
CLE is usually for patients with higher degrees of nearsightedness or farsightedness than comfortably treated by LASIK or PRK.
This procedure is performed in our Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC). It is generally a simple, outpatient procedure with little discomfort, uses a topical anesthetic and is done in less than 10 minutes. However, patients are at our center for two or three hours.
Patients can choose from a standard IOL or they can upgrade to a premium IOL. Premium IOLs included toric lenses to correct astigmatism and multifocal lenses for vision correction up close, intermediate and at a distance. Your surgeon will help you decide which IOL would be best suited for your visual needs.
For more information visit the American Academy of Ophthalmology's website.