The Crystalens Lens Implant is a revolutionary new breakthrough in vision enhancement. It is the first and only intraocular lens (IOL) replacement that focuses like the eye’s natural lens, allowing for continuous vision up close, far away and all distances in between. By using the eye’s muscle to move the lens backwards and forwards naturally in response to the brain’s desire to see at different distances, Crystalens enables the eye to focus continuously and seamlessly through a range of distances. Patients experience the same vision they had when they were younger, for most without the inconvenience of corrective lenses. However, it is important to note that not everyone will gain 20/20 vision at all distances after this procedure. It is also important to point out that even after having this procedure, you still may not be able to read or focus on objects in low light. As we get older, we lose our ability to focus on objects under these conditions. Our health and the health of our eyes will also determine the outcome of any type of refractive surgery.
The Crystalens Procedure:
The Crystalens implant procedure is a safe and proven refractive technique performed in an outpatient surgical facility. The procedure lasts about 20 minutes and is pain free. The Crystalens implant is inserted in place of the original lens. A small incision allows for quick healing and no stitches are required.
One eye or two?
The Crystalens procedure is normally performed first in the dominant eye. The surgeon will wait two weeks before inserting the second implant to assure the proper balance for reading and distance vision is achieved with both eyes.
Who is a candidate?
The Crystalens is ideally suited for patients who want to not only restore clarity in their vision but also restore their near, intermediate and distance vision. Almost anyone who has cataracts is a candidate for the Crystalens procedure if they are healthy and do not have any serious eye diseases.You may be a candidate even if you have had previous refractive surgery. The best way to find out if you are a candidate for this procedure is to have a consultation with our center. Please call 858.455.6800 to schedule your complimentary consultation.
ReZoom™ Multifocal IOL
As we age, beginning around the age of 40, the natural lens inside the eye begins to harden and lose its flexibility. This reduces the eye’s ability to change its focus from near to intermediate, to distance, and back again. This is known as “loss of accommodation” or “presbyopia,” and its earliest symptom is difficulty seeing things up close. Bifocal and even trifocal glasses become necessary for some people to see clearly at all distances. As the natural lens of the eye continues to deteriorate, it starts to become cloudy or brown. Vision becomes blurry, and colors lose their brilliance.
At first, frequent changes in glasses prescriptions can help, but left untreated, cataracts can lead to blindness.The only way to see clearly after a cataract matures is to have it removed and then replaced with an intraocular lens, or IOL.
Until recently, patients undergoing lens implant surgery received a monofocal, or single focus IOL. Monofocal IOLs implanted in both eyes generally provide excellent distance vision, while patients often need spectacle correction for near and intermediate vision. In the late 1990s, Advanced Medical Optics (AMO) introduced its first multifocal IOL designed to provide multiple points of focus, thereby dramatically reducing the need for bifocals or trifocal glasses after surgery.
Today, with its many optical design enhancements, AMO’s second-generation ReZoom™ Multifocal IOL is providing patients with a full range of vision and greater independence from glasses or contact lenses than ever before. Clinical studies show that 92% of those receiving the ReZoom™ Lens technology “never”, or “only occasionally,” need to wear glasses.
Balanced View Optics™ Technology literally provides multiple focal points so you can see well at a variety of distances. The ReZoom™ Multifocal Lens has five uniquely proportioned visual zones designed to provide clear vision for different light and focal distances.
The First Steps To Resuming Life
If you suffer from poor vision, or think you might have a cataract, you should make an appointment to have a complete eye examination. Once it is determined that you are a good candidate for the ReZoom™ Multifocal IOL, you will be given additional information about the possible risks, complications, and costs involved with the procedure. Be sure to have all of your questions answered before giving your consent to have surgery.
ReSTOR ® Lens Implant
AcrySof® ReSTOR® multifocal IOLs can improve the full range of your vision after cataract surgery. These advanced IOLs have revolutionized cataract surgery in that they can help patients see clearly at both far and near distances, potentially reducing the need for bifocals or reading glasses. During the procedure, the cataract is removed and the ReSTOR® IOL will be placed through the same incision. A protective shield will need to be worn for a few days after surgery; however, most patients are able to resume normal daily activities the day after the procedure. Distance vision often becomes very good within about a day or two, and near vision typically improves after about one week.
For more information on our premium IOLs, or to schedule a consultation with one of our cataract surgeons, please contact us today.