5 Benefits of Clear Lens Exchange to Improve Vision

July 27th, 2021

LASIK surgery allows millions of people around the world to see clearly again. However, not everyone can take advantage of this treatment option for improved vision. Fortunately, there are other solutions for refractive errors for those who want to become less dependent on contact lenses and eyeglasses.

Clear Lens Exchange or CLE is one of these alternatives to LASIK. For a thorough consultation on the best options available to you, make an appointment with our eye doctors at Grand Junction ICON Eyecare. We attract the best eye doctors in Grand Junction, and they are all at your disposal when it comes to making choices about your vision.

Who Should Consider CLE?

Good candidates for clear lens exchange include the following:

  • People who can’t have laser vision correction.
  • Those looking for freedom from eyeglasses and contact lenses
  • Clients who are a poor match for PRK and other LASIK alternatives
  • Candidates with early cataracts

At Grand Junction ICON Eyecare, we specialize in CLE, cataract, and LASIK surgery in Grand Junction. So, we can help you find the best solution to improve your vision.

What Is Clear Lens Exchange?

Clear lens exchange closely resembles cataract surgery whether you have cataracts or not. During the CLE procedure, your eye surgeon in Grand Junction removes the natural crystalline lens and replaces it with an artificial lens that fits your prescription. The lens remains in place permanently and allows you to see clearly without contacts or eyeglasses.

We will schedule separate CLE procedures for each eye. To begin, we give you relaxants and place numbing drops in the treated eye. You will remain awake but comfortable throughout the clear lens exchange. The surgeon makes a tiny incision in the cornea to replace your natural lens with the durable artificial one. Typically, the procedure takes about 10 minutes, and you won’t need any stitches.

It takes about a week to fully recover from clear lens exchange. However, it might take a bit longer for your eyesight to stabilize. Assuming normal healing with the first procedure, you can schedule the clear lens exchange for the second eye as soon as your doctor clears it.

Throughout every stage of the process, our expert team at Grand Junction ICON Eyecare remains available for questions and concerns. We want you to feel fully comfortable with your decision prior to going ahead with the CLE.

Benefits of Clear Lens Exchange

Clear lens exchange corrects refractive errors such as nearsightedness or farsightedness. It also corrects astigmatism. Here are some of the benefits of CLE:

  • Increased ability to read books and computer text without reading glasses
  • Increased independence from corrective eyewear
  • Eliminates the need for cataract surgery in the future

We often recommend clear lens exchange for patients with high refractive errors and those who cannot wear contact lenses, among other reasons.

You are in good hands with our highly experienced eye doctors in Grand Junction. We offer one-stop shopping for vision and eye health needs for your entire family. When it comes to cataract and LASIK surgery in Grand Junction, we provide a comprehensive consultation. If you are a good candidate for LASIK, will let you know up front and make suggestions for other options such as clear lens exchange.

Contact Grand Junction ICON Eyecare to make an appointment or ask any questions you may have about your vision needs.

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