Many advances have been made in vision correction giving patients more choices than ever before. At The Eye Associates, we take pride in always staying on the cutting edge of technology and providing our patients with the most advanced procedures. While LASIK is still the leader in vision correction procedures, there are also other options, such as Clear Lens Replacement (CLR) is available for those who want to be less dependent on glasses and contacts.
Have you been told that you’re not a candidate for LASIK? Thanks to a procedure called Clear Lens Replacement, there is another choice for you. Clear Lens Replacement, or CLR, is a surgical procedure designed to reduce or eliminate the need for glasses or contact lenses. Unlike LASIK that changes the shape of the cornea, CLR corrects your vision by removing the natural crystalline lens in the eye and replacing it with a new artificial lens implant, called a high tech IOL. This is much like what happens in Bladeless Laser Cataract Surgery. However, in cataract surgery the removed lens, called a cataract, is clouded, whereas in CLR, the removed lens is clear. State-of-the-art ultrasound instruments are used to measure your eye for the correct lens power, taking your lifestyle and desired activities into consideration. These custom measurements are entered into sophisticated formulas to calculate your personalized treatment.
Clear Lens Replacement has been performed extensively in Europe for years with excellent results. The number of CLR procedures performed in the United States has dramatically increased in the last few years due to the elevated interest in vision correction procedures.
Have you been told you are not a candidate for LASIK due to the shape of your cornea or due to a high level of nearsightedness? Implantable Collamer Lenses (ICL) or phakic intraocular lenses may be an option. This lens is placed inside the eye in front of the natural lens, behind the iris, thereby allowing you to retain the ability to focus for near activities. ICL can be a great option for patients that are highly dependent on their glasses and who otherwise thought they were not able to have vision correction surgery.