What is the Crystalens®?
The Crystalens® is an FDA-approved intraocular lens for the visual correction of adults with cataracts (clouded lenses) with or without presbyopia, or lenses that have aged or become more rigid.
The Crystalens® was modeled after the human eye. Like the natural lens, it uses the eye muscle to flex and accommodate in order to focus on objects in the environment for an extended range of focus. The Crystalens® dynamically adjusts to your visual needs.
The Crystalens® accommodating intraocular lens is made with hinges on each side that are designed to allow the optic, or the part of the lens that you see through, to move back and forth as you constantly change focus on images around you. The Crystalens is a small lens enabling it to flex or bend as you focus your vision.
- The first and only FDA-approved accommodating intraocular lens
- The only lens that uses the natural focusing ability of the eye
- The only lens that provides a single focal point throughout a continuous range of vision from far to intermediate, and everything in between
Crystalens® vision is sharp and crisp because 100% of the light rays are available and distributed when you need it.
How well does Crystalens® work?
By now you have been diagnosed with a cataract or cloudiness of the lens. You may have also been told by your doctor that you have “presbyopia.” Both of these conditions can be treated with Crystalens®, an intraocular lens that the doctor can implant that takes about 15 minutes with new, modern cataract surgery techniques.
The effectiveness of the Crystalens® was proven in clinical trials:
- Many of patients implanted with Crystalens® in both eyes could pass a driver’s test without glasses
- Most could see intermediate (24″ to 30″) without glasses, the distance for most of life’s activities of daily living.
Significantly more patients implanted with a Crystalens® (88.4%) could see better at all distances than patients implanted with a standard IOL (35.9%).
The Crystalens® Procedure
The Crystalens® procedure is simple and allows for relatively fast healing. After a small incision is made at the edge of the cornea, the lens is liquefied and the Crystalens® is implanted. Crystalens® can usually be implanted in about 15 minutes.
The recovery period is usually short. Most patients are able to pursue normal activities almost immediately after surgery. Patients usually have a follow-up visit scheduled with the surgeon to evaluate the patient’s recovery. Discuss with your doctor beforehand what to expect before, during, and after the procedure in terms of eye drops and office visits.
If you are like most patients who have the Crystalens®, you can expect to see everything more clearly. Your focus will be sharper than it has been in years, and you can expect to see improvements immediately that will continue to improve over time.
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What is the TRULIGN Toric intraocular IOL?
TRULIGN Toric lenses are designed to correct cataracts, astigmatism and presbyopia at the same time. Like the natural lens, it uses the eye muscle to flex and accommodate in order to focus on objects in the environment for an extended range of focus. The TRULIGN Toric dynamically adjusts to your visual needs and reduces astigmatism at the same time.
The TRULIGN Toric accommodating intraocular lens is made with hinges on each side that are designed to allow the optic, or the part of the lens that you see through, to move back and forth as you constantly change focus on images around you.
Standard monofocal lenses used in cataract surgery are designed to treat cataracts only, so you will probably still need glasses for most of your daily activities, especially for up-close and intermediate activities. With the TRULIGN Toric, your cataracts, astigmatism and presbyopia will be corrected, and like many patients, you’ll experience a broader range of vision that helps gives you the ability to bring your world into clear, sharp focus. If you’re like many TRULIGN Toric patients, after surgery you’ll enjoy increased independence from your glasses.
Be sure to ask your modern cataract surgeon which treatment option is best for you.