Clear Lens Exchange Available for Patients in Largo & Other Tampa Bay, FL, Communities

Happy woman relaxing on couch at homeClear Lens Exchange (CLE), also known as Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE), is an outpatient procedure for vision correction that replaces the natural lens of the eye with an intraocular lens, or IOL. St. Michael’s Eye & Laser Institute in Largo, Florida, offers CLE for patients in the Tampa Bay area who want to reduce or eliminate their dependence on glasses. An effective alternative to laser vision correction, CLE can correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and even presbyopia.

Who Is a Good Candidate for Clear Lens Exchange?

CLE is ideal for people between ages 45 and 75 who have no health issues that affect the eye. The surgery is typically recommended for people with presbyopia or extreme farsightedness, and for whom LASIK vision correction is not a suitable option. For people who have both presbyopia and moderate to severe farsightedness, CLE may be the only viable option for clear vision and minimal reliance on glasses.

What Does the Procedure Entail?

Each eye is done separately, about a week apart. Topical or local anesthesia is applied to the eye to minimize discomfort during the procedure. A surgeon then removes the natural lens of the eye through a tiny incision and replaces it with an IOL. Once fully inserted, the surgeon unfolds the lens and moves into its permanent position. No stitches are needed as the incision will be able to seal on its own. CLE takes about 20 minutes to perform.

What Can Patients Expect After CLE?

Most patients report significant vision improvement immediately following the procedure. Blurry vision and scratchy eyes are not uncommon, however, and some patients may also see halos or glare around objects, but these symptoms subside as the eye heals. Initial recovery takes about a week, after which patients can generally resume normal daily activities. Full recovery can take several weeks. After a patient has fully recovered, there’s minimal risk of regression in visual acuity. The artificial lens is a permanent replacement for the natural lens and is designed to last the rest of your life.

CLE at St. Michael’s Eye & Laser Institute

As one of the most respected vision centers in the Tampa Bay area, St. Michael’s Eye & Laser Institute is committed to giving patients the best individualized treatment for their eye-care needs. Our world-class facility in Largo is equipped with technologically advanced equipment to treat a wide range of vision problems. If you’re tired of wearing glasses or contacts and would like to know whether you’re a good candidate for clear lens exchange, contact us today to schedule an appointment.