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Clear Lens Extraction VS LASIK: Which is Right for Me?

Clear Lens Extraction VS LASIK: Which is Right for Me?

When it comes to vision correction procedures, patients have no shortage of options available. It is understandable that there may be some confusion about the differences between these treatments, and determining the best procedure for your unique needs can be even more challenging. For many patients, the choice often includes two effective treatments: laser eye surgery and clear lens extraction. Laser eye surgery is a popular option, having corrected the vision of many satisfied patients. However, it is not the only solution for refractive errors. Clear lens extraction offers a host of benefits and may be more appropriate in certain cases. The doctors at Laser Eye Center of Miami are here to help you make the right decision for your eye health. Continue below as they detail the two procedures.

Clear Lens Extraction

Clear lens extraction is also referred to as refractive lens exchange. This procedure is like cataract surgery in that both procedures involve removing the eye’s lens and inserting a specialized lens to function in its place. However, unlike cataract surgery, which replaces a cloudy lens, the lens replaced during CLE is still clear. The synthetic lens that is inserted into the eye is referred to as an intraocular lens, which comes in a variety of types meant for correcting a range of vision problems. This procedure is ideal in the following cases:

  • Patients that may not qualify for LASIK
  • Patients that require correction for high myopia
  • Patients that are interested in avoiding cataracts later in life


LASIK is a renowned vision correction surgery that uses a specialized laser to correct the shape of the cornea, which is the dome-shaped, outermost portion of the eye. It works in tandem with the lens to bend light entering the eye. When the cornea is misshapen or otherwise unable to refract light correctly, it causes vision issues such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. LASIK corrects this issue, leaving patients with crisp vision.

Which Procedure is More Effective?

Both CLE and LASIK have a common goal — to improve vision and reduce reliance on eyeglasses and contact lenses — and both surgeries are effective solutions for correcting vision problems. However, the procedures take vastly different approaches to achieve this goal. Age is often a factor that is considered when determining candidacy, as well as the degree of correction needed for clear vision. If you are currently weighing your vision correction options, discuss your questions and concerns with one of our doctors at your next appointment.

Clear Vision in Miami

Take a step closer to sharp vision at Laser Eye Center of Miami. Contact our office today to set up your vision correction consultation.