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Clear Lens Exchange: A Closer Look at Clearer Vision

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What is Clear Lens Exchange?

It's an unavoidable fact of life that aging and reading glasses go hand-in-hand.

For most people, it's a fact they would just as soon ignore. The good news is that today there are vision correction options that may be able to reduce or eliminate your dependence on glasses. One of those options is clear lens exchange, a new approach to vision correction that uses proven surgical techniques to achieve dramatically improved vision for many patients.

With this procedure, we replace your eye's natural lens with a lens implant. Using a sophisticated artificial lens, we may be able to reduce your dependence on reading glasses or bifocals and improve your distance vision. While it sounds like a-cutting-edge surgery, in fact, surgeons perform a similar procedure over two million times each year on cataract patients.

The procedure

Clear lens exchange bears many similarities to today's cataract surgery. As a medical procedure, cataract surgery is one of safest and most frequently performed procedures today. Cataract surgery, like clear lens exchange, involves the removal of the natural lens and its replacement with an artificial lens.

To replace the lens, the surgeon makes a micro incision (about 3 mm) under the cornea. The surgeon breaks up the lens using ultrasonic vibrations and then gently removes it from the eye. The natural lens is replaced by a foldable "intraocular" lens, which is inserted through the micro incision. The lens then unfolds and is placed into permanent position. Because the incision is so small, it re-seals itself and no stitches are required. Typically, the second eye will be corrected about two weeks after the first procedure is performed.