Clear lens extraction CLE or refractive lens exchange
A clear lens extraction CLE or refractive lens exchange surgery is performed by an ophthalmologist in order to offer patients who do not qualify for LASIK surgery but meet the requirements for CLE. Patients over 40 or possibly younger may not be an ideal candidate for LASIK, yet a clear lens extraction can provide amazing vision correction through this alternative procedure. Similar to LASIK, CLE reduces the need for glasses or contact lenses through a process that’s similar to cataract surgery.
A key benefit for those who undergo a clear lens extraction will, in general, avoid the need for cataract surgery in the future as the natural lens will be replaced with an artificial lens. Cataracts will only continue to build upon a natural lens but not an artificial lens.
Other candidates who could opt for this type of refractive correction can include those with high myopia (or nearsightedness), high hyperopia (or farsightedness), and anybody with high astigmatism. All of these candidates might prove difficult for LASIK surgery, yet ideal candidates for a clear lens exchange as the surgery utilizes an alternative method of correction.
Clear lens extraction acquired its name as the exchange of the natural lens is still clear, unlike cataract surgery where the lens has become clouded. Another side benefit of a CLE is the option to utilize advanced IOL or intraocular lenses.