Sometimes called clear lens extraction (CLE), this procedure is essentially the same as that used to remove cataracts, with implantation of an intraocular lens (IOL) within the eye. The only difference is that the lens being removed is clear, having not yet developed into a cataract. (A cataract is the natural lens of the eye which has become cloudy, usually due to aging).
Refractive lensectomy may be a good option for patients who are moderately to highly hyperopic (farsighted), or for those in whom other refractive procedures might not provide stable vision, such as patients over 55 years old. Additionally, it may be appropriate for those seeking good uncorrected vision at both distance and near via use of multifocal intraocular lenses.