What is Crystalens®?
Crystalens® is an intraocular lens (IOL) that replaces the eye’s natural lens. Unlike a standard IOL, it is designed to both correct your cataracts and to give you back your full range of vision. In many cases, Crystalens® can reduce or eliminate your need for glasses at all distances.
How does it work?
Crystalens® is designed to mimic the focusing ability of a healthy lens. As with the natural lens, Crystalens® accommodates, or moves and flexes, in response to muscle contractions in the eye. These contractions drive the movements of the lens, allowing the eye to focus on near, intermediate and far-away objects.
How is this different from cataract surgery with a standard IOL?
Cataract surgery with a standard lens is only able to treat cataracts, so you will probably still need glasses for most of your daily activities, especially for up-close and intermediate activities. Crystalens® is designed to correct more than just your cataracts, Crystalens® can offer you a fuller range of vision, and in many cases, reduce or eliminate your dependence on glasses.
How long will the surgery take?
Cataract surgery is typically an outpatient procedure. The actual surgery takes approximately 15-20 minutes.
Will I feel anything?
No. Topical anesthetic drops will be placed in your eye and medications may be administered to help you relax.
When will I be able to return to my normal activities?
Typically, you will be able to return to normal activities within several days. You should be able to drive and return to work within 2-3 days.
Will I really be able to see without glasses?
If you are like many Crystalens® patients, you should experience improved vision at all distances, with minimal or no dependence on glasses after Crystalens surgery. Since everyone’s vision, expectations and lifestyles differ, it is difficult to determine how much you will be dependent on glasses.
How often will I need to have my eyes checked after surgery?
Your doctor will advise you based on your procedure. Typically, the doctor will see you one day after surgery with follow-ups after 2-4 weeks and again after 3-6 months. Thereafter, an annual exam is sufficient.
Will Crystalens® stop working over time?
Crystalens® surgery is permanent and there is no evidence that the lens will stop working over time. It is an extremely well-tested and durable design. In fact, there is clinical evidence to support that most patients’ vision continues to improve with time.
Will I need to have cataract surgery again?
Once your cataracts are removed and replaced with an IOL, you probably won’t need to have cataract surgery again.
Occasionally, several months after the lens has been placed in the eye, your vision may start to become cloudy again. This can happen with any type of IOL and is called a secondary cataract. Your surgeon will go in and quickly remove the clouded cells. This is done painlessly in an outpatient environment and usually takes just a few minutes.
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