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Lens Replacement Surgery

What you need to know

Clear Lens Extraction or CLE is an option for patients who would like to eliminate their dependency on contact lenses or glasses. CLE is a safe and highly effective treatment.

During the consultation, our doctor will review your eye history and perform a thorough eye examination. As part of this, specialised equipment is used check all parts of the eye. This will ensure you are a suitable candidate for CLE.

Like cataract surgery, a tiny excision is made in the eye and the natural lens is dissolved and removed. An artificial lens is implanted in its place. The artificial lens lasts a lifetime and you will never develop cataracts.

Treatment options

A tailored treatment plan is made depending on your needs. This includes deciding whether we will use a single focus or multifocal lens to replace your existing lens.

For CLE, the majority of patients use a multifocal or trifocal intraocular lens. This gives a good range of vision at all distances without relying on glasses. Patients may experience glare and haloes around lights at night-time, however in most cases, they become less bothersome over time. Dr Singh is one of the most experienced users of multifocal lenses in the country.

An alternative option to multifocal lenses is monovision correction. This is where we use a single focus lens and correct one eye for distance and the other eye for reading. Monovision or blended vision works well for many patients.

Surgery and postop care

CLE is a day surgery procedure and we operate on both eyes on the same day. This enables you to gain the benefit of spectacle independence as soon as you have recovered from your surgery.  The procedure itself normally takes around 20 minutes. You will be given twilight sedation which will make you feel comfortable and relaxed. After your surgery you will be able to return home the same day. The procedure is done at Charlestown Private Hospital.

The recovery time following CLE surgery is generally quite short. It’s common to have blurry vision for a few days, but after that the vision will start to clear. Most patients are fine to drive after this period. For 2 weeks after surgery you’ll need to avoid heavy lifting, strenuous exercise and stay out of dusty environments. You’ll need to keep the area dry; showering is fine, but no swimming. You will be prescribed eye drops to reduce inflammation and prevent infection.


Eye Specialists is committed to ensure you have a stress-free experience. We offer treatment by highly skilled doctors and excellent postoperative care to ensure you are completely satisfied.

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