As we age, the eye's natural crystalline lens often stiffens and hardens, which can cloud vision and create a cataract.
But that doesn't mean a permanent loss of vision or giving up activities. After all, cataract surgery is not only safe and effective; it's the most commonly performed surgery in the United States. Over 3 million Americans have the procedure every year and successfully regain the vision they had prior to cataracts.
The Crystalens advantage
Crystalens replacement lenses don't just treat your cataracts, they are designed to correct your full range of vision - flexing like the eye's natural lens, so you can see near, far and everywhere in between. No other replacement lens comes closer to mirroring the natural focusing ability of the eye.
Crystalens is FDA approved and permanent. Performed on an outpatient basis, surgery takes approximately 15 to 20 mins. And you should be able to return to normal activities within several days. You should be even able to resume driving and return to work within just 2 or 3 days.
Near, far and everywhere in between
If you're like many Crystalens patients, after surgery you'll hardly, if ever, need your glasses or contacts to see:
NEAR: Read books or newspapers and your cell phone
FAR: See things across the room or across the beach
IN BETWEEN: Use a computer, read a dashboard and anything else you see at arm's length
Is Crystalens right for you?
Your physician will perform a through eye exam to determine the most appropriate treatment for you, but you may be a good candidate for Crystalens:
- If your eyes are healthy
- If you have not had previous cataract surgery
- If you have no major health problems
- Even if you've had a refractive procedure such as LASIK
Implantation of Crystalens is a surgical procedure. All surgical procedures entail some risk. The risks of implantation with Crystalens are generally the same potential risks that exist for implanting all intraocular lenses. Because Crystalens has a smaller optic compared to the standard IOL, glare and other visual disturbances may occur under certain lighting conditions, including at night when the pupil widely dilates. Only your surgeon can determine if Crystalens is right for you and explain the applicable risks. Your doctor will perform a thorough examination and fully inform you of any increased risk of complications. Because Crystalens only absorbs a portion of ultraviolet light, you should wear sunglasses with UV400 protection when out in daylight.
Indications For Use
The Crystalens is intended for primary implantation in the capsular bag of the eye for the visual correction of aphakia secondary to the removal of a cataractous lens in adult patients with and without presbyopia. The Crystalens provides approximately one diopter of monocular accommodation which allows for near, intermediate, and distance vision without spectacles.