Crystalens® IOLs

The crystalens® is an intraocular lens (IOL) that replaces the eye’s natural lens to improve vision in adults with cataracts, presbyopia, or aging or rigid lenses. Approved by the FDA, crystalens® works naturally with muscles in the eye to retain the eye’s ability to “accommodate”—to shift focus between nearby and distant objects—after surgery. With other IOLs, patients lose this ability and require further vision correction with glasses or contact lenses.

How does the crystalens® work?

The crystalens® was modeled after the natural lens in the eye. Unlike rigid lenses, the crystalens® is made with flexible silicone and has hinges on each side that allow it to move with the eye muscle, flexing and accommodating seamlessly so you can focus on the objects around you at any distance. In other words, it dynamically adjusts to your visual needs. 

What sets it apart from other IOLs?
After using the Crystalens for over three years, I am very pleased with the excellent visual performance in these very happy patients.
- Dr. Newman
What are some of the advantages of the crystalens®?

 More than 100,000 crystalens® IOLs have been implanted worldwide.

How effective is the crystalens®? 

Clinical trials have shown that the crystalens® is highly effective in the following ways: 

Of course, effectiveness isn’t just measured immediately after surgery. Many patients continue to enjoy excellent vision up to five years or more after implantation with the crystalens®.  

How is the crystalens® implanted? 

The crystalens® is placed in the eye during the same surgery that removes the cloudy or rigid lens. First, the surgeon makes a small incision at the edge of the cornea. The damaged natural lens is liquefied and removed, and the new IOL is implanted in its place. The process typically takes about 15 minutes.  

Recovery from the surgery is usually short, and most patients return to their normal activities almost immediately. The doctor will discuss aftercare and schedule a follow-up appointment to monitor the patient’s recovery. 

What can I expect after the procedure? 

If you are like most patients who have the crystalens®, you can expect to see everything more clearly. Your focus will be sharper than it has been in years, and you can expect to see improvements over time. 

Am I a candidate for the crystalens®? 

Most people who have cataracts (with or without presbyopia), who have aged or rigid lenses, or who have had corneal refractive surgery and retained good eye health, are acceptable candidates for crystalens® implantation. Those who have already had cataract surgery are not. People with eye health problems such as chronic infections or diabetes should check with their doctors about eligibility. 

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