Clear Lens Extraction (CLE)

Clear lens extraction replaces the natural lens with a multifocal IOL for patients wishing to correct high farsightedness, high near sightedness or presbyopia without undergoing a corneal modification procedure such as LASIK. The procedure is the same as that used in cataract surgery; the only difference is that it is performed to achieve refractive correction rather than cataract removal. CLE has a low risk of side effects, involves a rapid recovery, and offers patients dramatic improvement in vision quality. After surgery, patients enjoy clearer vision and greater focusing power.



You may be a candidate for clear lens extraction if you:


  • Want to reduce or eliminate your dependence on glasses or contacts.

  • Are over 50 years old.

  • Have high myopia (near-sightedness), high hyperopia (farsightedness), or presbyopia, with or without cataract.


  1. St Thomas' Hospital, Westminster Bridge Road, London, SE17EH

  2. BMI Shirley Oaks Hospital,  Shirley Oaks Village, CROYDON, CR98AB 

  3. Spire St Anthony's Hospital, 801 London Rd, Worcester Park, Sutton SM3 9DW

  4. Ashtead Hospital, The Warren, Ashtead KT21 2SB

  5. West Valley Hospital. Previously Croydon Day Hospital, Interchange, 81 Station Road, CR0 2RD  

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