Clear Lens Exchange: Your Path to Freedom from Bifocals and Reading Glasses

For many people, the natural aging process can lead to a decline in vision, particularly when it comes to near-vision tasks such as reading or working on a computer. This decline, known as presbyopia, often requires the use of bifocals or reading glasses to see clearly. Fortunately, there is a cutting-edge vision correction option that can significantly reduce the need for such visual aids: clear lens exchange (CLE). 

In this comprehensive guide, we’ll explore the CLE procedure offered at Valley Laser Eye Centre, its benefits, and how it can lead to a life of visual freedom. By reading through the following sections, you’ll gain valuable insights into the details of the CLE procedure, including the ideal candidates, potential benefits and risks, and what to expect during the recovery process. We will also discuss the exceptional care and personalized approach you can count on when choosing Valley Laser Eye Centre for your vision enhancement journey.

*Disclaimer: This blog post does not replace medical advice and should not be implemented prior to consulting a fully certified medical professional.

What Is Clear Lens Exchange

Clear lens exchange (CLE), also known as refractive lens exchange or lens replacement surgery, is a vision correction procedure that involves removing the eye’s natural lens and replacing it with a premium intraocular lens (IOL). This replacement lens is designed to correct refractive errors, such as myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), astigmatism, and presbyopia (age-related near vision decline), and offer improved vision at various distances. 

CLE is similar to cataract surgery, with the difference being that CLE is performed on patients with clear natural lenses, while cataract surgery involves removing a clouded lens. It is a potential solution for those who want to eliminate or significantly reduce their dependency on bifocals, reading glasses, or contact lenses to see clearly at various distances.

Understanding Whether You Are a Good Candidate for Clear Lens Exchange

While CLE can offer remarkable vision improvement, it is essential to determine if you are a suitable candidate for the procedure. Some factors to consider include:

  • Age-Related Vision Changes: CLE is often recommended for patients over 40 who are experiencing presbyopia and seeking an alternative to reading glasses or bifocals.
  • Unsuitability for Other Procedures: If you have been deemed unsuitable for laser vision correction surgery like LASIK or PRK, CLE may be a viable option.
  • No Cataract Formation: CLE is performed on patients with clear natural lenses, as opposed to cataract surgery, which removes a clouded lens.
  • Realistic Expectations: While CLE can offer tremendous vision improvement, it is crucial to have realistic expectations regarding the results.

The Clear Lens Exchange Procedure

The CLE procedure includes several steps to ensure optimal results β€” pre-operative preparations, the surgery itself, and post-operative care.

1. Pre-Operative Preparations

Before undergoing CLE, you’ll need a comprehensive eye exam to assess the overall health of your eyes, measure your cornea and pupil size, and determine the appropriate intraocular lens power for your vision needs. This information will help the eye surgeon decide if CLE is the best treatment option for you.

2. The CLE Surgery Process

CLE is an outpatient procedure that typically takes around 15 minutes per eye. During the procedure, the eye surgeon will:

  • Administer anesthetic eye drops to numb the eye
  • Create a small incision near the edge of the cornea
  • Utilize special instruments to break up and remove the natural lens
  • Insert the premium IOL into the eye through the incision
  • Adjust and position the IOL to provide optimal vision correction

3. Post-Operative Care

Your eye surgeon will provide personalized post-operative care instructions to help you recover smoothly. These may include the use of antibiotic and anti-inflammatory eye drops and wearing eye protection like a shield or sunglasses for a short period.

Benefits of Clear Lens Exchange

There are several key advantages associated with the CLE procedure, ensuring a significant improvement in your vision quality:

1. Enhancing Vision at Multiple Distances: The premium IOLs used in CLE are designed to offer clear vision at various distances, helping you see without the need for reading glasses or bifocals.

2. Reducing Dependency on Visual Aids: By correcting your refractive errors through CLE, you can potentially eliminate or significantly minimize your reliance on reading glasses, bifocals, or contact lenses.

3. Preventing the Formation of Cataracts: As the eye’s natural lens is removed during CLE, this procedure can actually prevent the development of cataracts in the future.

Risks and Potential Complications

As with any surgical procedure, CLE carries some potential risks and complications, although they are generally rare and can be managed effectively in most cases. Some possible side effects and complications include:

  • Dry eye syndrome
  • Infection
  • Retinal detachment
  • Lens dislocation

At Valley Laser Eye Centre, we take every step to minimize these risks, ensuring that you achieve the best possible outcome from your CLE procedure.

Recovery and Healing Time

The recovery process following CLE is relatively rapid, with most patients noticing significant vision improvement within a few days. However, complete healing and vision stabilization can take several weeks. To ensure a smooth recovery, it is crucial to follow your eye surgeon’s post-operative care instructions and report any unusual symptoms or concerns.


Clear lens exchange is a life-changing vision correction option for those seeking freedom from reading glasses or bifocals. With a deep understanding of the procedure, its benefits, and potential risks, you can make a well-informed decision regarding your vision enhancement. 

Choosing us for your CLE journey means working with a team that prioritizes your comfort and satisfaction while offering state-of-the-art technology to ensure outstanding results. That’s why at Valley Laser Eye Centre, our dedicated team of ophthalmologists in Abbotsford is committed to providing exceptional care and personalized solutions for your vision needs. Let us guide you every step of the way on your journey towards visual freedom. Schedule a consultation with our team today to explore your CLE options and embark on the path to clearer, more vibrant vision!



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