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Clear Lens Exchange (CLE)

During clear lens exchange (CLE) surgery, a patient’s natural lens is replaced with an artificial intraocular lens implant (IOL). The main purpose of this procedure is to achieve sharper focus at various distances and reduce a patient’s dependence on glasses. CLE procedure is similar to lens exchange performed as part of cataract surgery. However, the two procedures are different in that during the CLE procedure the natural lens is removed before it can become a cataract. After removing the natural lens, Dr. Lippman replaces it with a special intraocular lens implant (IOL). Among the IOLs he uses more often are the leading-edge Crystalens IOLs, as well as Toric IOLs — the only IOL that can correct significant astigmatism.

While CLE is usually requested by older patients in order to avoid cataract surgery in the future, more and more younger patients opt for this treatment. Among patients under 40, the main reason for undergoing CLE is extreme hyperopia (farsightedness). While LASIK can help many farsighted patients achieve clear vision without glasses, this procedures is not appropriate for individuals with hyperopia exceeding +6.00 diopters. However, these patients often qualify for CLE procedure, which can deliver vision correction results that are similar to or better than those achieved through LASIK.

If you have been told that you cannot undergo LASIK due to extreme hyperopia, CLE in Westchester County might be an alternative way to achieve your dream of clear vision without glasses. Please use our contact page to schedule a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Lippman, during which time he will help you decide if you can benefit from CLE or any other refractive vision correction procedure.

Advantages of Clear Lens Exchange (CLE)
While each patient chooses CLE for slightly different reasons, some important benefits of clear lens exchange with leading-edge IOLs include:

  • Permanent. IOLs implanted during CLE procedure do not need to be replaced as they become permanent part of the eyes.
  • No Cataract Surgery. Patients who undergo CLE usually do not require cataract surgery in the future.
  • Freedom from Glasses. CLE significantly reduces a patient’s dependence on glasses. This is because many IOLs, such as Crystalens, allow you to see both near and far.
  • Candidacy. CLE can be performed for many patients who do not qualify for LASIK in Westchester County due to thin corneas, dry eyes, large pupils and/or keratoconus (abnormally bulging corneas).
  • Fast Recovery. Westchester County patients who receive refractive IOLs typically recover fairly quickly (within a few days).


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