Clear Lens Exchange
Clear Lens Exchange also known as the Clear Lens Replacement (CLR) is a procedure analagous to cataract surgery. Just like modern cataract surgery it is performed under topical anesthesia, with minimal sedation in an outpatient setting. The procedure takes about 5 to 10 minutes and in the process the natural lens is extracted and is replaced with an implant which corrects for nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism.
The only difference between CLR and cataract extraction is that during cataract surgery it is the cloudy lens that is replaced whereas in CLR the lens is replaced before it had a chance to turn into a cataract.
With the use of the latest generation of presbyopia correcting lenses such as ReSTOR, Tecnis Multifocal or Crystalens, patients achieve spectacle freedom at all distances, far and near.
Modern lens replacement surgery provides the ophthalmologist with a great arsenal of lens implants that allows for restoration of multifocality. We are born with an intrinsic ability to change focus from far to near. As we age, the mechanism responsible for this process loses its effectiveness. This loss of accommodative ability is termed presbyopia, and eventually progresses to the point where the use of bifocal or progressive lenses is necessary. Lens replacement procedures provide an excellent opportunity to regain the ability to focus at distance and near without the aid of glasses or contacts. There are a number of FDA approved presbyopia correcting IOLs available. At the Benjamin Eye Institute we offer the full range of presbyopia correcting IOLs. As with all premium/refractive services at BEI, the presbyopia lenses are we backed up with oury free LASIK enhancements for a year.