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Clear Lens Exchange (CLE) Surgery

Clear Lens Exchange surgery is used to treat refractive errors, like nearsightedness and farsightedness. This eye lens replacement surgery uses ultrasound to exchange your natural lens for an intraocular lens (IOL). After the surgery, you may be able to either go without glasses or contacts or minimize how often you need to wear them. Refractive surgery in McAllen can be a great alternative to laser vision correction.

Are You a Good Candidate for Clear Lens Exchange?

Unfortunately, not everyone is a good candidate for surgery. Find out if RLE is right for you by reviewing the qualifications below and discussing your eye health with our experienced vision care team.

  • Over 40 to 50 years old
  • Nearsighted or farsighted
  • Losing the ability to focus on close objects
  • Clouding of the lens—either from dysfunctional lens syndrome or cataracts
  • Want to treat presbyopia with a multifocal implant
  • Want to reduce your need for glasses or contacts
  • Want an alternative vision treatment to LASIK

What Happens on Clear Lens Exchange Surgery Day?

As you wait for surgery day to arrive, knowing exactly what happens before, during, and after your refractive lens exchange procedure can be a big help. Calm your nerves, go in determined, and have your questions answered with help from our experienced eye surgeons.

  • Arriving for Surgery

    When you arrive and check-in for a surgical procedure, our caring team will help you prepare for the procedure. Along with a mild sedative, you’ll be given an anesthetic eye drop to numb your eye. The skin around the eye will be cleaned thoroughly, and a covering will be put in place to keep the area sterile. From using numbing anesthetic eye drops to prepping the skin around your eye, our surgery team will be there to help you every step of the way. 

  • Starting the Surgery

    When you’re ready, the surgeon will use a special microscope to perform the surgery. Your eye surgeon will create a tiny hole in the eye in order to remove the natural lens and replace it with the correct intraocular lens (IOL). You and your surgeon will decide which lens is best for you before the day of the surgery. The small incision made in the eye is able to heal without stitches.

  • Recovering from Surgery

    The RLE surgery only takes about 7 to 10 minutes for each eye. After the procedure, your vision normally starts to clear within a couple of days.

Types of Intraocular Lenses (IOLs) Used for McAllen Clear Lens Exchange

These lenses are designed to clear your vision for either near or far-sightedness. You may still need to wear glasses to help you see far distances or read a book.

Toric IOLs are just like Monofocal lenses but with a special twist: these lenses can be used in cataract surgery to correct astigmatisms as well, providing a better solution than monofocal lenses for those with astigmatism.

A great built-in bifocal, these Multifocal IOLs let you see far and near without needing to wear glasses.

Just like the Toric lenses, the Toric Multifocal IOLs can treat astigmatism. But these lenses also let you see near and far without wearing glasses.

With an extended depth for sharp vision without halos or glares, the Extended Depth of Focus IOL is used to give you a continuous range for near-sightedness.

The Toric Extended Depth of Focus IOL is nearly the same design as the Extended Depth of Focus IOL, but this lens enables your eye surgeon to treat astigmatism as well as cataracts with an extended focus for near vision.


Compassionate Vision Care at Gelman Vision

Since the Refractive Lens Exchange is considered a surgery, side effects of this procedure can include blurred vision, bleeding, infection, and swelling. While these risks are uncommon, our experienced vision care team at Gelman Vision works to provide the best outcome possible to restore your vision. You can rely on us to safeguard your health during your lens replacement surgery.


Clear Lens Exchange FAQs

Like any surgery, CLE comes with some potential complications. The most serious risk posed by the surgery is retinal detachment. You may be at higher risk if you’re over the age of 50 and have a severe vision issue. Patients may also be at risk of vision loss, secondary cataracts, and a rupture of the membrane that holds your lens. Keep in mind that these complications are rare. You can talk to your eye doctor for more information.

While both LASIK and CLE can be powerful methods to treat a refractive error causing poor vision, CLE may be a better option for some patients. If you are over the age of 40, RLE may be your best option. RLE also treats presbyopia while LASIK does not.

If you’re tired of wearing contact lenses or reading glasses, come talk to us about your options for vision correction.

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