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With the all-clear from your eye care specialist, Clear Lens Exchange can help you correct vision issues and enjoy an active lifestyle.

Although LASIK offers patients quick vision correction with minimal recovery time, it’s not right for everyone. According to eye care specialists, LASIK can be risky for those with certain conditions — especially patients with thin corneas.

Thankfully, Clear Lens Exchange (CLE) offers an effective alternative that can correct vision issues and help patients enjoy activities that may have been affected by poor eyesight. A procedure similar to cataract surgery and lens replacement, CLE involves the insertion of an intraocular lens inside the eye to correct issues ranging from astigmatism to near- or farsightedness.

If you’re interested in reducing or eliminating your need for glasses or contact lenses, this surgery may be the ideal option for you. Read further to learn more about CLE, and consider whether it’s time to talk to an eye care specialist about this procedure.

Who Should Consider CRE?

As an alternative to LASIK, PRK, and other vision correction procedures, CLE may be ideal for certain kinds of vision surgery candidates. Patients over the age of 40, for instance, are prospects for CLE if they’re hoping to eliminate the need for reading glasses as their eyesight worsens.

CLE is also recommended for patients without cataracts who want to correct other vision issues. Because the surgery replaces the eye’s natural lens with an artificial one, those who undergo CLE will no longer be at risk of developing cataracts as they age. Importantly, patients who are just beginning to experience early-onset cataracts can elect to have CLE if they want to prevent the condition from deteriorating as they age.

What You Can Expect from a CRE Procedure

CLE uses sophisticated laser technology to deliver the best results for each patient’s individual needs. After consultation, your eye care specialist can determine which intraocular lens will help you see better, reducing or eliminating the need for glasses or contact lenses.

Because intraocular lenses sit inside your eye instead of on the surface like contact lenses, you won’t see or feels the new insert. Instead, you’ll be able to resume activities that have been become difficult because of vision issues, such as going outdoors or settling in with a good book, all without the hassle of glasses or contact lenses.

When You’ll See Results

After undergoing CLE, patients can expect a relatively brief recovery time. Many can return to work within three days of the procedure, depending on your line of work. Over the next few weeks, you will begin to notice a gradual improvement in your vision. Finally, within four to six weeks, patients can expect to see the optimal and long-term results of CLE.

If you’re curious about CLE and whether it might be the right solution for your vision issues, schedule a free consultation today. At ICON Eyecare, our specialists have the expertise you need to resolve deteriorating eyesights and resume a happy, active lifestyle.

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