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.