What Is Clear Lens Exchange?

There are a lot of people who would like to get rid of their corrective lenses. One of the options that rises to the surface is usually LASIK; however, there are some people who might not be good candidates for LASIK. In this case, they might be looking for an alternative to LASIK. That is where Clear Lens Exchange can be helpful. Often shortened to CLE, this is a treatment option that is provided by eye doctors in Arizona. As an alternative to LASIK, there are a few important points that patients need to keep in mind.

An Overview of Clear Lens Exchange

Clear Lens Exchange is an effective, safe method that can be used to correct patients’ vision. This is a great way to prevent the development of cataracts and can be used to help people who might not be able to get LASIK.

Like LASIK itself, Clear Lens Exchange uses novel laser technology to help patients improve their vision. As CLE is carried out, the natural lenses of the eyes are removed. Then, these are exchanged for synthetic options. This is called an intraocular lens, often shortened to IOL, and is the same as the lenses that are used in cataract surgery. As a result, most eye doctors are very familiar with them.

While cataracts are common later in life as the lenses start to cloud, Clear Lens Exchange can be used to treat not only this condition as well as others. Sometimes, Clear Lens Exchange is even used to prevent the development of cataracts, as IOLs do not cloud. Furthermore, patients will not feel anything, as IOL is placed directly inside the eyes themselves.


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Is CLE Right for Me?

For those wondering if CLE is the answer, there are a few examples of reasons why patients might get this procedure. In some cases, Clear Lens Exchange is better than LASIK. This is true for patients who are:

  • Over the age of 40 and do not want to have to wear glasses
  • Developing cataracts
  • Under the age of 40 and are not candidates for LASIK

Some of the most common reasons why patients might not be able to receive LASIK include dry eyes, thin corneas, and prescriptions that are just too strong. In this situation, Clear Lens Exchange provides another treatment option.

What Types of Lenses Are Available with CLE?

It is important for everyone to note that some people might need different IOLs. Some of the most common examples include monofocal, multifocal, and toric lenses. It is important for everyone to make sure they get the right lenses for their needs. That is where we can help.

It is important for everyone to know that Clear Lens Exchange could be a great alternative to LASIK. As eye doctors in Arizona, we are here to help you figure out which treatment option is right for you. That is why we provide a free consultation. Schedule a visit with a member of our team today.


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