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Clear Lens Extraction

Refractive Surgery or Clear Lens Extraction for Candidates without Cataracts

As we age, the lens inside our eye loses its ability to focus both near and far. Most vision correction procedures attempt to change the focusing power of the cornea. Clear Lens Extraction, on the other hand, corrects nearsightedness or farsightedness by replacing the eye's natural lens, which has the wrong power, with an artificial intraocular lens (IOL) implant that has the correct power for the eye.

Clear Lens Extraction is a surgical procedure that uses the same successful techniques of modern cataract surgery. These surgical techniques have evolved and improved dramatically over the last 20 years. Cataract surgery is now the most common surgical procedure performed in medicine today.

The main difference between standard cataract surgery and Clear Lens Extraction is that cataract surgery is primarily performed to remove a patient's cataract that is obstructing and clouding their vision, while Clear Lens Extraction is performed to reduce a person's dependence on glasses or contact lenses. Clear Lens Extraction can be combined with other procedures that treat astigmatism such as Limbal Relaxing Incisions (LRIs), Astigmatic Keratectomy (AK), or Toric Intraocular lenses.

Clear Lens Extraction is for those who want to reduce or eliminate their dependence on glasses or contacts; may not be a good candidate for laser vision correction; are 18+ years of age; and for those who have no health issues affecting their eyes. Refractive surgeries are elective procedures and therefore the patient is responsible for all costs.

While multifocal lenses are designed with the goal of providing independence from glasses and contact lenses for most activities, they do not guarantee that you will be completely free from needing some correction for certain tasks. Additional refractive adjustments, such as LASIK, may be needed to correct patients to their desired distance results.

For more information, please contact our surgical coordinator at 304-598-3301.

*As with any surgical procedure there are risks along with benefits. It is important to discuss your surgical procedure with your surgeon to fully understand the risks and benefits.