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    Clear Lens Extraction

    Clear Lens Extraction offers an opportunity to safely intervene in what would otherwise be a lifelong commitment to reading glasses. In this painless procedure, the natural lens inside your eye is removed through a tiny, self-sealing incision. A ReSTOR / TECNIS MF intraocular lens is then carefully implanted in the eye, unfolded, and properly positioned by your doctor. The ReSTOR / TECNIS MF is a multifocal lens meaning that it has the potential to provide good distance, intermediate, and near vision with less dependence on reading glasses.

    Ideal candidates for Clear Lens Extraction and ReSTOR / TECNIS MF implantation are:

    • Hyperopic (farsighted) in a range too high for laser vision correction
    • Good candidates for laser vision correction who desire less dependence on both distance and near corrective lenses

    Pros:

    • An alternative for patients who are not eligible for laser surgery
    • Corrects high myopia (nearsightedness) and hyperopia (farsightedness) that is out of the range of laser surgery and phakic IOLs.
    • You will no longer develop a cataract as the lens has been removed and replaced by a clear implant
    • Minimal postoperative discomfort

    Cons:

    • Lose your ability to accommodate – you may need reading glasses for near vision
    • More invasive than laser refractive surgery. This procedure is done in the operating room with topical and/or general anesthesia
    • More difficult to remove than phakic IOLs
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