Clear Lens Exchange

What is the CLE?

Clear LensClear Lens Exchange may be a better option than LASIK, PRK, or Visian ICL surgery for people who are currently using bifocals/readers or those who are farsighted. 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.

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

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Which Procedure Is A Great Match For You?

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The Procedure & What to Expect

CLE is performed on an outpatient basis under local anesthetic and is laser-assisted ! The surgeon will perform surgery on one eye at a time, usually two 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, where it will reside permanently.

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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. The chart below helps explain the differences in the IOLs.

ReSTOR Multifocal IOL

Toric IOL

Basic IOL


Although it’s 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 Dr. Swale 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.