CLE and ICL Lens Implantation method with illustration


Lens implantation is a surgical intervention performed intraocular, characterized by the replacement of the lens. There are two different intraocular lens implantations which are Clear Lens Extraction/Exchange (CLE) and Implantable Contact Lens (ICL).

Clear Lens Extraction/Exchange (CLE) is usually applied for the treatment of the cataract. This procedure is characterized by the complete removal of the lens and then the replacement of an intraocular lens (IOL). This method is suitable for people over 40.

Implantable Contact Lens (ICL) is characterized by the implantation of contact lenses. Contrary to CLE procedure, the patient’s own natural lenses are not removed; instead implantable contact lenses are planted on it. The patient does not need extra-care for the contact lenses, however, the durability of these intraocular lenses is restricted and do not last for a long time. This procedure can be performed for people under 21 with very high refractive errors that are not suitable for LASIK application.

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