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How Does the Crystalens® IOL Work?

Crystalens Jefferson CityAfter the age of 40 people will often start to experience serious trouble reading as the eye’s natural lens starts to harden. Prior to the age of 40 it is not uncommon that many people often experience excellent vision and are typically confused as to what is happening with their eyes. Because their vision may have been perfect they have never consulted an ophthalmologist as to what is naturally occurring. This inability to see at close distances or difficulty for the muscles in the eye to auto-focus can be very discouraging. This is known as loss of accommodation, or presbyopia. The Crystalens® lens was researched and developed specifically to help correct the aging vision condition and was engineered with a hinge design that allows the optic to move as your focus on an image changes.

 

The Crystalens® procedure is performed in a surgery center environment. After a small incision is made at the edge of the cornea, the natural lens is removed with phaecoemulsification and the Crystalens® is implanted. Crystalens® can usually be implanted in less than 15 minutes.

Crystalens Implant Jefferson CityThe recovery period is usually short. Most patients are able to pursue normal activities almost immediately after surgery. Discuss with your Jefferson City cataract surgeon beforehand what to expect before, during, and after the procedure as well as eye drops and postoperative office visits.
If you are like most patients who have the Crystalens®, you can expect to enjoy the "luxury of sight" near, far, and everywhere in between and see everything more clearly. Your focus will be sharper than it has been in years, and you can expect to see improvements over time.


FDA Clinical Trial Information

  • 98.4% of patients implanted with Crystalens® in both eyes could pass a driver's test without glasses
  • 100% could see intermediate (24" to 30") without glasses, the distance for most of life's activities
  • 98.4% could see well enough to read the newspaper and the phone book without glasses.
  • Some patients did require glasses for some tasks after implantation of the crystalens
  • Significantly more patients implanted with a Crystalens® (88.4%) could see better at all distances then patients implanted with a standard IOL (35.9%)

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