Clear Lens Extraction / Refractive Lens Exchange

Clear Lens Extraction / Refractive Lens Exchange

Clear Lens Extraction (also known as Refractive Lens Exchange) is a surgery that is typically offered to patients with high levels of refractive error (nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism) who are not good candidates for LASIK or PRK.  This is also an excellent option for patients over the age of 50, as it can improve both distance and near vision, depending on the type of lens implant that is utilized to correct vision.

Clear lens extraction is very similar to cataract surgery.  It is typically performed on patients between the ages of 40-65, prior to the development of cataracts.  It can correct all types of refractive error, including nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), astigmatism, and presbyopia (the inability to see up close around the age of 40).  It is an excellent option to reduce or eliminate dependence on glasses for many patients.  Additionally, once performed, the patient will never develop a cataract at an older age.