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Clear Lens Exchange

Tired of glasses and contact lenses? We can help!

At Weinstock Laser Eye Center, a division of The Eye Institute of West Florida, we offer the most advanced laser surgery procedures to improve your vision and say goodbye to glasses.

Trust Your Eyes To Experience

Our team of board-certified and fellowship-trained surgeons, Dr. Stephen WeinstockDr. Robert Weinstock and Dr. Neel Desai, are board certified and fellowship trained in refractive laser surgery. Each of our surgeons are nationally recognized for their surgical skills and are internationally known for their expertise in ophthalmology. This means the best vision results possible for you!

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Advanced Technology For Better Vision Results

Weinstock Laser Eye Center is one of the few centers in the country that has two laser platforms for vision correction:

  • LENSAR femtosecond laser
  • LenSx laser

We invest in the latest equipment available to help our patients achieve better vision. Replacing the traditional blade, these lasers create the most precise incision possible.  Having these choices of lasers allows our surgeons to customize the Clear Lens Exchange procedure to the patient’s specific ocular structure and visual needs.

Our team uses Optiwave Refractive Analysis (ORA) during your cataract surgery. ORA takes real-time measurements to determine lens power, lens position, and astigmatism correction in order to optimize your results and minimize the need for further refinement.

ORA delivers real-time analysis of lens power, lens position, and astigmatism correction to optimize results and minimizes the need for further refinement.

Our operating rooms are equipped with TrueVision®, an advanced 3D stereoscopic high-definition visualization system that provides surgeons a better view of what is happening during the procedure.

Even with advanced laser technology, the skills and experience of your surgeon matter.

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About Clear Lens Exchange

Clear lens exchange (CLE, also commonly referred to as refractive lens exchange) is a procedure very similar to cataract surgery and is ideal for patients over the age of 40 who have not yet developed cataracts.

This procedure involves the implantation of an intraocular lens to replace the eye’s natural lens. The difference between CLE and cataract surgery is that the natural lens being replaced during the CLE procedure is clear, while a cataract lens is cloudy. This refractive procedure is often the best option for patients with high degrees of farsightedness and may be appropriate for certain other patients, depending on age, visual concerns, and lifestyle.

If you are over the age of 40, call one of our refractive specialists at (727) 518-2020 to see if this procedure is right for you.

Benefits of Clear Lens Exchange

Vision correction provides the freedom from glasses and contact lenses at any age.  The ideal candidate for Clear Lens Exchange procedure is after the age of 40 and before developing cataracts.

Doctor with a patient in an eye exam room

The Aging Process for the Eyes: Presbyopia

After the age of 40, the natural lens in the eyes begins to harden, which is why reading becomes more difficult, and you may require reading classes. Early signs of presbyopia are eyestrain, difficulty seeing well in dim light, and trouble focusing on small objects or fine print. Vision continues to change and often worsen as people age during their 40s, 50s and 60s.

Benefits of choosing Clear Lens Exchange:

  • Eliminate the need for glasses or contact lenses
  • Stop spending money on new glasses, lost contact lenses and repairing broken glasses
  • Never develop cataracts: therefore, never need to undergo cataract surgery when you are in your 60s, 70s or 80s
  • Freedom to participate in new activities
  • Stop the process of presbyopia that causes progressive problems reading

Enjoy 20/20 vision without glasses!


Clear Lens Exchange is considered an elective procedure and is normally not covered by insurance.  The cost of the surgery varies due to the cost of the Intraocular Lens Implants selected.

Our pricing is all inclusive – pre-surgery testing and consultations, laser surgery, lens implants and all follow-up appointments needed for each eye.  We offer a variety of financing options for patients.

The benefits of having this surgery allow cost savings on the purchase of new glasses and contact lenses. Having this surgery before cataracts appears, allows you to avoid having cataract surgery and costs associated with this surgery later in life.

Call (727) 518-2020 today to set up your consultation to consider vision correction surgery.