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Clear Lens Extraction / Exchange

Another way of performing refractive surgery is by removing the natural crystalline lens and replacing it with intraocular lens implant. This type of surgery is performed every day when patients undergo cataract surgery. The natural crystalline lens become clouded as we age. This clouded lens (or cataract) is removed and replaced with an intraocular lens implant (IOL). The IOL corrects your vision from inside the eye. The same procedure used to remove the cataract can also be performed to correct vision in people who do not have cataracts yet. In this case, the natural crystalline lens is removed before it becomes clouded. This procedure is referred to as a CLEAR LENS EXTRACTION or EXCHANGE (CLE). In certain instances this procedure would be used instead of LASIK to correct vision. Along with the decision to have CLE, the surgeon and patient must decide on the type of IOL that will be used following the procedure.

CLE is performed on an out-patient basis under intravenous sedation at Baker Ambulatory Surgery Center.  Only one eye at a time will be corrected.

Toric IOL

Toric lens implants help to correct distance vision and astigmatism, but reading glasses will be needed.

Multifocal lens implants are the latest in IOL technology and allow patients to see both near and far without glasses.

Monofocal (or standard) lens implants will correct vision for distance, but reading glasses will still be needed.

Dr. Baker will discuss with you the different vision treatment options available with these types of lenses based on your eyes and your lifestyle.



At Baker Eye Institute in Conway, cataract surgery has benefited countless patients whose vision was fading, many who were nearly blind. Our experienced cataract surgeon, Dr. David Littleton Baker, can help reintroduce you to a world of clear vision. We are more than happy to answer any questions you may have about cataract surgery and the difference in IOLs.

If you live in the Conway or Little Rock, Arkansas region and would like further information about cataract surgery, schedule a vision consultation at Baker Eye Institute today. We pride ourselves on offering the latest advances in cataract surgery, including premium lens technology.


Providing excellence in eye care for over 18 years, Baker Eye Institute offers advanced treatment for medical and surgical diseases of the eye and eyelid. Dr. Baker helps restore the vision for patients throughout the state with an advanced no-stitch cataract surgery. You likely know someone who has already had the procedure done and is enjoying their renewed vision.


Schedule your eye care appointment with Baker Eye Institute by simply filling out our online form. For your convenience we have provided patient forms online so that you may print them and fill them out prior to your appointment.


Baker Eye Institute values the importance of vision. We have taken great length to provide our patients with Financing Options so that their vision doesn't become a burden to their lifestyle.