Refractive Clear Lens Extraction

(Also Known as Refractive Lens Exchange or Presbyopic IOL Exchange)


This procedure may help people with the following vision conditions:

Presbyopia: The inability to maintain a clear image (focus) as objects are moved closer. Presbyopia is due to reduced elasticity of the lens with increasing age.

Nearsightedness: The inability to see distant objects as clearly as near objects. Nearsightedness, or myopia, occurs when light entering the eye focuses in front of the retina instead of directly on it.

Farsightedness: Farsighted individuals have short eyes and have problems seeing up-close before the age of 40. The light of distant objects focuses behind the retina, and these images are blurred. Eventually, their distance vision also starts to blur as they age.

About Clear Lens Extraction

Advancements in cataract surgery have led to new technologies in lens replacement surgery designed to correct refractive error. As a result, clear lens extraction is very similar to cataract surgery, but has multiple benefits that extend well beyond. Clear Lens Extraction is a vision correction procedure intended to reduce or eliminate the need for glasses or contacts and may be a better procedure for someone who is considering LASIK that is outside the refractive limits the excimer laser can treat. For these patients, clear lens extraction (CLE) is an excellent option worthy of serious consideration.

Like cataract surgery, this procedure involves removing the natural lens of the eye and replacing it with an intraocular lens (IOL) implant, which can be either a multifocal IOL implant (ReSTOR IOL), a phakic IOL, or a Toric IOL. Please schedule a free screening to determine what IOL is right for you and your unique vision.

Other types of refractive surgery, such as LASIK or PRK, accomplish good vision by changing the shape of your cornea using an excimer laser. Unlike these refractive procedures, Corrective Lens Extraction corrects vision by removing the natural lens in the eye and replacing it with a new artificial lens of a different focusing power. This is exactly the same process used during cataract surgery. Cataract surgery is currently one of the top procedures reimbursed by Medicare, and millions of cataracts are removed every year.

Advantages of Clear Lens Extraction

  • Very fast recovery
  • Excellent predictability of outcome
  • Excellent quality of vision
  • May be better than LASIK or PRK for patients with severe refractive errors
  • Similar procedure to cataract surgery