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Clear Lens Extraction

Many patients in their 40s or 50s may want to consider Clear Lens Extraction, or CLE, as a way to improve their vision. (Note that some ophthalmologists may call this procedure Refractive Lens Exchange, or RLE.)

The CLE procedure is virtually identical to that of cataract surgery – the natural lens is removed and replaced by an intraocular lens implant (IOL). The goal of the procedure is to correct the patient’s prescription using intraocular specialty lenses that correct distance, near, and intermediate vision. Certain IOLs can correct preexisting astigmatism for patients as well. In some cases, patients with severe astigmatism will require limbal relaxing incisions (LRIs) to reduce astigmatism, which can be incorporated seamlessly into the same CLE procedure. This procedure is sometimes preferred in patients who are not candidates for laser vision correction (like LASIK or PRK). Although the primary goal of CLE is to improve vision, patients also receive a secondary benefit: they will never develop cataracts (assuming their CLE procedure is bilateral, i.e. on both eyes).

It is important to note that this procedure is generally not covered by medical insurance, since the procedure itself is elective.

For more information, please call our office, or you may request a brochure by mail on the various IOL options.

Thank you for selecting Dr. Iskander for your vision care needs!

“I was scared to have cataract surgery after I was diagnosed by my optometrist. After going to several ophthalmologist in town, I decided to go with Dr. Iskander of San Antonio Eye Specialists because I felt most comfortable with him. He took the time to explain the difference between modern cataract removal and old fashion cataract surgery like my mother had. After undergoing laser-assisted cataract removal, I can see clearly again! I also chose a premium lens implant which has freed my from reading glasses and bifocals for nearly all activities! Thanks again Dr. Iskander!”

- Eloise T., Cataract Patient

"I was very pleased with my experience with Dr. Nader G. Iskander.It was good to be treated with professionalism and care. When I say the doctor and all the other employees of the Doctors Care made me feel that I was in safe hands and even made me smile when I left, then you can believe they are the best. I am truly grateful and highly recommended San Antonio Eye Specialists."

- Lina Y., Cataract Patient

I highly recommend Dr. Nader Iskander and his staff for anyone who is in need of professional vision care servicies. Dr. Iskander performed successful Cataract surgery on me for both of my eyes during 2013 when I was 64 years old. My vision improved immediately to 20/20. There was no pain or side effects. I go back once a year for an annual eye exam with Dr. Iskander. I am happy to say that I have had no problems with my vision since my Cataract surgery. I just had my annual eye exam with Dr. Iskander at SA Eye Specialists and I am glad to say my vision is still 20/20 at 70 years old.

- Fernando M., Cataract Patient


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