Until recently, refractive lens exchange patients received monofocal lens implants that had only a single power. This meant you had a choice of correction for either far or near vision. If you suffer from presbyopia like many people over the age 50 this would mean that you still need glasses for either reading or for distance vision. The multifocal IOL lens can increase your freedom from glasses for near, far, and intermediate vision. If you have worn glasses for a very long time this might be an opportunity for you to greatly reduce this hassle from your life.
What is the Crystalens® accommodative intraocular lens?
The Crystalens® accommodating intraocular lens is an intraocular lens used after cataract surgery or as a lens alternative in refractive lens exchange. The concept of the lens was engineered with a hinge design to allow the optic, or part of the lens that you see through, to move back and forth as your focus on an image changes. The Crystalens® accommodative intraocular lens is permanently implanted with a surgical process and functions in a similar fashion as the natural eye. Once the surgery has been completed your eyes can focus on far or near objects in a comfortable way with no discomfort. If you are experiencing presbyopia or cataracts please feel free to consult us about the possibility of utilizing the new Crystalens® accommodative intraocular lens.
HOW DOES THE Crystalens® IOL WORK?
After the age of 40 people will often start to experience difficulty reading as the eye’s natural lens starts to harden. Prior to this many people often experience excellent vision and are typically confused as to what is happening with their eyes. Because their vision may have been perfect they have never consulted an ophthalmologist as to what is naturally occurring. This is known as loss of accommodation, or presbyopia. The Crystalens® was engineered with a hinge design to allow the optic, or part of the lens that you see through, to move back and forth as your focus on an image changes.
Q: Can my vision be corrected to 20/20, for both reading & distance?
It is interesting to note that many people who have not had surgery, are not able to see 20/20 at both near and far even with glasses or contact lenses. This is due to a variety of ocular and physiological problems as well as lifestyle preferences, yet most of these people function quite normally although their vision is reduced.
Q: How do I know if I am a good candidate for Crystalens® implantation?
Generally, everyone with good health is a candidate for implant surgery, but people with chronic infections, uncontrolled diabetes, or other health problems may have to wait until these conditions are under control prior to surgery.
People who have had prior corneal refractive surgery are acceptable candidates for Crystalens® implantation as long as their eye is in good health.
If you have already had cataract surgery, you are not a candidate for the Crystalens® procedure.
Each deluxe lens, including Crystalens®, offers a specific focusing advantage. Because we at Parris-Castoro specialize in a wide spectrum of deluxe lenses, we are able to help you to determine which lens may be best for you.
If you have a significant cataract, a part of the procedure may be covered by your insurance plan. If you are interested in learning if you may be a candidate for the Crystalens®, we would be happy to help you through this process. Please feel free to call us at 410-836-7010.