Relying on glasses or contact lenses for a long time can be tiresome. Fortunately, modern advancements in medical technology have made it possible to correct vision using a simple surgical procedure called clear lens exchange (CLE).
CLE is a procedure that replaces the natural eye lens with an artificial lens. It is like cataract surgery. However, the difference is that the natural lens gets removed before it develops into a cataract. The procedure is gaining popularity among individuals who want to get rid of their glasses or contact lenses for good.
As you age, your natural lens becomes less flexible and less transparent. This leads to vision problems such as cataracts and presbyopia. CLE removes the natural lens and replaces it with an artificial lens customized to your needs. The procedure lasts about 20 to 30 minutes per eye.
During the procedure, your surgeon will make a small incision in your eye and use ultrasound energy to break up and remove the natural lens. Your artificial lens will be inserted through the same incision and positioned in the same place where the natural lens was. The incision will heal naturally, and no stitches will be necessary.
CLE is ideal for individuals over 40 experiencing age-related vision problems like presbyopia and cataracts. However, not everyone is a good candidate for this procedure. Your eye doctor will evaluate your medical history and perform a thorough eye exam to determine if CLE is best for you.
Factors that can affect your candidacy include age and health. Your eye health and the severity of your vision problems also determine your eligibility for the procedure.
CLE benefits are numerous. It helps improve vision by giving you clear and sharp sight without needing glasses and contact lenses. You also do not need to worry about carrying around glasses or contact lenses, cleaning and maintaining them, or replacing them regularly.
The artificial lens implanted during CLE can last a lifetime—you do not have to worry about replacing it in the future. CLE reduces your chances of developing cataracts in the future because the natural lens has been replaced by an artificial lens.
Clear lens exchange also improves your quality of life. It makes it easier to perform daily tasks and enjoy your hobbies.
CLE carries some risks and potential side effects like any surgical procedure. These include:
Decreased contrast sensitivity
Glare or halos around lights
However, the risk of complications is low, and most patients experience little to no side effects.
The recovery time for CLE is relatively short. Most people can return to their normal activities within a few days. However, avoid activities that may increase the pressure in your eye, such as lifting heavy objects or bending over.
You should also avoid rubbing your eye or getting water in your eye. Use eye drops as prescribed by your surgeon to prevent infection and inflammation. Attend follow-up appointments to monitor progress and ensure your eye heals properly.
For more about clear lens exchange, visit Santa Barbara Eyecare at our offices in Santa Barbara, California. Call (805) 967-9990 or (805) 451-8180 to book an appointment today.