Many patients in their 40s or 50s may want to consider Clear Lens Extraction, or CLE, as a way to improve their vision. (Note that some ophthalmologists may call this procedure Refractive Lens Exchange, or RLE.)
The CLE procedure is virtually identical to that of cataract surgery – the natural lens is removed and replaced by an intraocular lens implant (IOL). The goal of the procedure is to correct the patient’s prescription using intraocular specialty lenses that correct distance, near, and intermediate vision. Certain IOLs can correct preexisting astigmatism for patients as well. In some cases, patients with severe astigmatism will require limbal relaxing incisions (LRIs) to reduce astigmatism, which can be incorporated seamlessly into the same CLE procedure. This procedure is sometimes preferred in patients who are not candidates for laser vision correction (like LASIK or PRK). Although the primary goal of CLE is to improve vision, patients also receive a secondary benefit: they will never develop cataracts (assuming their CLE procedure is bilateral, i.e. on both eyes).
It is important to note that this procedure is generally not covered by medical insurance, since the procedure itself is elective.
For more information, please call our office, or you may request a brochure by mail on the various IOL options.
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