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.
Implantable Contact Lens
he Visian ICL procedure is a short outpatient procedure performed in our Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC). The ICL may be an excellent option for many who have been told they are “not good candidates for LASIK”. Typical candidates are between the ages of 21 and 45, and are extremely nearsighted.
This procedure involves the insertion of the ICL into the eye through a tiny incision. However, unlike the CLE the natural clear lens is not removed from the eye.
For more information visit the American Academy of Ophthalmology's website.