At our clinic, we offer a revolutionary procedure known as Clear Lens Exchange, also called CLE or Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE). It is a safe and effective procedure that can help patients achieve improved vision without the need for glasses or contact lenses.
What is Clear Lens Exchange?
Clear Lens Exchange is a procedure that involves the removal of the natural lens of the eye and replacing it with an artificial intraocular lens (IOL). The procedure is similar to cataract surgery, but with a different goal. While cataract surgery is performed to remove a cloudy lens, Clear Lens Exchange is done to improve vision in patients with refractive errors.
Who is a Candidate for Clear Lens Exchange?
Clear Lens Exchange is an excellent option for patients who are over 50 years old and have presbyopia or age-related farsightedness. The procedure is also suitable for patients with high levels of myopia or hyperopia who may not be eligible for other vision correction procedures such as LASIK.
Benefits of Clear Lens Exchange
Improved Vision: Clear Lens Exchange can improve vision in patients with refractive errors such as myopia, hyperopia, and presbyopia. The procedure can also correct astigmatism and reduce the need for glasses or contact lenses.
Permanent Results: Unlike other vision correction procedures, Clear Lens Exchange provides permanent results. Patients who undergo this procedure do not need to worry about future vision changes or procedures.
Quick Recovery: Clear Lens Exchange is a minimally invasive procedure that requires a short recovery period. Patients can resume their normal activities within a few days of the procedure.
Reduced Risk of Cataracts: Clear Lens Exchange can also reduce the risk of developing cataracts in the future. Since the natural lens of the eye is removed and replaced with an artificial lens, patients are less likely to develop cataracts.
What to Expect During the Clear Lens Exchange Procedure
The Clear Lens Exchange procedure is performed on an outpatient basis and typically takes less than 30 minutes to complete. The procedure is painless, and patients are given local anesthesia to numb the eye.
The surgeon will make a small incision in the eye and use a special instrument to break up the natural lens. The fragmented lens is then removed, and the artificial intraocular lens is inserted in its place. The incision is then closed with a few small sutures or left to heal naturally.
After the procedure, patients will need to wear an eye patch for a few hours to protect the eye. Eye drops will also be prescribed to prevent infection and reduce inflammation.
Recovery and Aftercare
Patients may experience some discomfort and mild blurred vision after the procedure, but this is normal and should subside within a few days. It is essential to avoid rubbing the eye or engaging in strenuous activities that could cause injury to the eye during the recovery period.
Patients will need to attend follow-up appointments with the surgeon to ensure that the eye is healing correctly. Eye drops will also need to be used for several weeks after the procedure to prevent infection and reduce inflammation.
Clear Lens Exchange is an excellent option for patients who want to improve their vision and reduce their dependence on glasses or contact lenses. The procedure is safe, minimally invasive, and provides permanent results. If you are interested in Clear Lens Exchange, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced surgeons. Our team is dedicated to helping you achieve improved vision and a better quality of life.
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