Clear Lens Exchange


Clear Lens Exchange (CLE) may be a better option than LASIK, PRK, or Visian ICL surgery for people with presbyopia and high hyperopia (farsightedness). Clear Lens Exchange replaces your eye’s clear natural lens with an artificial lens to correct your distance and near vision, reducing your need for reading glasses or bifocals.

What is presbyopia?

Presbyopia is a condition that typically becomes noticeable for most people around age 45. In children and young adults, the lens inside the eye can easily focus on distant and near objects. With age, the lens loses its ability to focus adequately.

Although presbyopia is not completely understood, it is thought that the lens and its supporting structures lose the ability to make the lens longer during close vision effort. To compensate, affected individuals usually find that holding reading material further away makes the image clearer. Ultimately, aids such as reading glasses are typically needed by the mid-forties.

Besides glasses, presbyopia can be dealt with in a number of ways. Options include monovision and multifocal contact lenses, monovision laser vision correction, and new presbyopia correcting implant lenses.

What is farsightedness?

Farsighted individuals typically develop problems reading up close before the age of 40. The farsighted eye is usually slightly shorter than a normal eye and may have a flatter cornea. Thus, the light of distant objects focuses behind the retina unless the natural lens can compensate fully. Near objects require even greater focusing power to be seen clearly and, therefore, blur more easily.

LASIK, Clear Lens Exchange (CLE) and Contact lenses are a few of the options available to correct farsightedness.

Advance Technology Available in CLE Surgery

We offer our patients the most advanced technology available in CLE surgery. Laser-assisted surgery is a revolutionary technique to remove your natural lens more accurately and place the new Advanced Technology Lens, an intraocular lens (IOL).

ReSTOR Multifocal IOL

Toric IOL

Basic IOL

Choosing an IOL

In selecting the most appropriate intraocular lens (IOL) for you, Dr. Swale will take into account the measurements of your eye, your lifestyle and which lens is going to help you achieve your best-corrected vision.

What can you expect from CLE surgery?

CLE is performed on an outpatient basis under local anesthesia and is laser-assisted. The surgeon will perform surgery on one eye at a time, usually 2 weeks apart. The CLE procedure usually takes about 20 minutes or less to perform. During CLE surgery, small incisions are made at the edge of the cornea using the LENSAR laser. The natural lens is then broken into small pieces and removed. Next, the artificial lens is inserted, which will reside permanently.


Although it’s a common belief that lasers have been used in cataract and CLE surgery for years, this is not true. With the introduction of the LENSAR™ Laser System, laser cataract and CLE surgery have become a reality, and we can now remove your lens in a more advanced way. Laser cataract and CLE surgery are made even more precise by Augmented Reality™, a unique imaging system that provides your eye doctor with a sophisticated, 3-D view of your eye to help plan and treat your lens. With this advanced technology, we can offer you a better, more precise lens removal procedure that is customized to your eye’s own unique size and shape.

Is the LENSAR laser safe?

Yes, the LENSAR™ Laser System is safe for your eyes. The advanced technology used by LENSAR is backed by more than a decade of use by surgeons. While using a laser is new to cataract removal, the LENSAR Laser System utilizes the same laser technology used in LASIK and other well-documented procedures.

The LENSAR Laser System gives your surgeon more control and is less invasive than traditional surgery. You can have confidence and peace of mind knowing that your surgeon is guided by the precision and accuracy of the LENSAR Laser System.

Clear Lens Exchange Available at FSN Eye Center

At FSN Eye Center, we offer Clear Lens Exchange, laser-assisted surgery to replace your eye’s clear natural lens with an artificial lens to correct your distance and near vision, reducing your need for reading glasses or bifocals. Give us a call today at (815) 248-5163 to schedule an appointment. You may also request an appointment online.