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.
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.
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.
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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