What is a Cataract?
When your eye has a clear, normal lens, images are focused on the retina; vision is clear. If cataracts occur, the lens is cloudy causing images to appear to be blurred and yellowed. The cataract will also cause the images to be faded, and cause constant problems with everyday vision.
A tiny (no stitch) incision is made in the side of the cornea. This incision promotes faster healing and increased comfort during recovery.
The back of the lens is opened, and a special ultrasonic probe (phacoemulsifier) removes the blurred lens.
A small foldable artificial lens is inserted through the incision replacing the cloudy lens. The final replacement lens is now in place. No stitches are required to close the (no stitch) incision.
The blurred vision that was a problem before the surgery is now a thing of the past. Vision is clear, and the patient can resume normal activities that may have been a challenge before the procedure.
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What is Crystalens?
Crystalens is a revolutionary new procedure for vision enhancement. This IOL (intraocular lens) replacement focuses like the eye’s natural lens. This new technology allows the eye to focus up close, far away, and all distances in between, utilizing the eye’s muscle to focus naturally. Crystalens, manufactured by Eyeonics, enables the eye to focus continuously through a range of distances.
Patients experience the vision they had when they were younger, for most without the need for corrective glasses (although individual results may vary).
It is important to note, however, that low light vision may not receive the same benefits. Age will play an important in this, as we naturally have less low light vision as we get older. Not everyone will gain 20/20 vision at all distances with this procedure. The overall health of each patient will also be a deciding factor in the success of IOL replacement.
The Crystalens implant is a proven refractive procedure that can be safely performed in an outpatient facility. Recovery time is quick and comfortable for this pain free, no stitch procedure.
The procedure is normally performed during two separate appointments, with the dominant eye being enhanced first. The surgeon inserts the second implant about two weeks later to assure proper balance for reading and distance vision for both eyes.
Are YOU a Candidate?
For patients who want to increase both vision clarity near, intermediate and distance vision, Crystalens is the ideal choice. Healthy patients with cataracts and no serious eye diseases are usually good candidates. Even those who have had previous refractive surgery may be a candidate.