Clear Lens Exchange The permanent solution to your near- or farsightedness. CLE is a corrective
procedure that eliminates the development of future cataracts.

What Is Clear Lens Exchange (CLE)?

Clear Lens Exchange (CLE) is a surgical vision correction procedure that restores nearsightedness and farsightedness, and eliminates the need for eventual cataract surgery late in life.

Is CLE Right For Me?

If you answer “Yes” to any of these questions, you may be a good candidate for CLE. Schedule a consultation
  • Is your vision grainy?
  • Are you nearsighted or farsighted?
  • Do you have an astigmatism?
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“The morning after, I was seeing things in HD. I have new eyes.”

– JON BOESCHE, Mix 106.5 Radio DJ

Why CLE? See Jon’s Journey To Clear Vision

Frequently Asked Questions

If I have an astigmatism, can I have Clear Lens Exchange (CLE)?
In nearly all cases, yes. However, we recommend that you come in for a consultation to learn more about the CLE procedure as it relates to your vision, specifically.
How long does the initial consultation take?
About 2 hours, including the diagnostic procedures.
How safe is Clear Lens Exchange (CLE)?
Very. CLE is usually safer than wearing contact lenses.
Why don't younger patients receive Clear Lens Exchange (CLE)?
Vision problems in young people can usually be fixed for decades to come with less invasive techniques.
Do you offer premium lens implants?
Yes. Premium lenses are often used to help aid in visual correction of near-sightedness, far-sightedness, and astigmatism in some patient cases. Learn more about premium lenses here.
Do you use a laser for Clear Lens Exchange (CLE) surgery?
Yes. The most demanding part of any lens surgery is creating an incision in the eye. We use an advanced laser incision technology that minimizes the size of the slit and improves healing times.

What's It Like To Have Clear Lens Exchange


Schedule A Consultation

At a time that’s convenient for you, a Katzen ophthalmologist will meet with you to discuss the changes in your vision and help you understand available options. There is a fee for the Clear Lens Exchange (CLE) consultation and diagnostic testing. Should our doctors decide that CLE is right for you, the consultation payment is then applied as a credit towards the cost of surgery. Initial consultation certainly does not obligate you to any future service. The doctor performing your consultation will be the same doctor performing your CLE procedure.


Arrive At The Surgery Center (Dulaney Eye Institute) For Clear Lens Exchange

After being greeted by the staff, you are met by the ophthalmologist who will be performing your Clear Lens Exchange (CLE) procedure.


Travel Home For Recovery

After surgery, you must have a friend or family member provide your transportation home. You will experience improved vision right away, but we recommend not reading, driving, or using a computer for the rest of the day. After a good night’s sleep you can return to work the next day.


Come Back The Next Day For A Post-Op Checkup

It is important that you meet with your ophthalmologist the day after your Clear Lens Exchange (CLE) procedure. We will confirm that your eyes are healthy and clear you for normal activity.