Skyline Vision Clinic & Laser Center adopts only the very best technology for correcting our patient’s vision disorders. Our doctors have chosen the Crystalens® AO Intraocular Lens (IOL) to provide the best vision possible at all distances for patients well-suited for this lens.
Crystalens is an artificial lens implant that, unlike a standard IOL, can treat both cataracts and presbyopia – the loss of near and intermediate vision. You probably noticed that in your 40s you started to lose some of your up-close vision and had to start wearing reading glasses. Crystalens not only treats your cataracts (a clouding or hardening of your lens), but many patients hardly, if ever, have to wear glasses after surgery. This is because Crystalens recreates accommodation similar to your eye’s natural lens. The unique Crystalens is designed to allow you to enjoy a fuller, more natural range of vision for most activities, including reading a book, working on the computer and driving a car.
How Crystalens Works
Crystalens was modeled after the human eye. Like the natural lens, it is a lens implant that uses the eye muscle to flex and accommodate in order to focus on objects in the environment at all distances. Crystalens dynamically adjusts to your visual needs. Crystalens focuses only one image to the back of the eye, unlike a Multifocal lens that projects multiple images, requiring your brain to “adjust” to the differences.
Crystalens is designed to allow the optic (central circular part of the lens that you see through) to move back and forth as you constantly change focus on images around you. Crystalens, like your natural lens, flexes as you focus your vision.
The Crystalens AO is implanted during a simple outpatient cataract procedure.
- The eye is numbed in order for the surgeon to make a small incision on the edge of the cornea.
- Once the incision has been made, the natural eye lens is removed and the Crystalens AO is put into place, normally without any discomfort.
- Most patients will return to visit their doctor the day after surgery for a follow-up.
Crystalens Surgery Recovery
Crystalens cataract surgery patients usually have a short recovery time. Most normal activities can be performed immediately after surgery but your doctor will discuss with you any activities that you should wait before doing. The doctor will also provide you with instructions for the healing process, such as eye drops and instructions for keeping the eye in good health while it heals.
Every surgical procedure presents some risks for the patients. With the Crystalens AO there are generally the same risks that are associated with all Intraocular lenses. The Crystalens AO has a smaller optic area compared to most standard IOLs, therefore glare and other visual disturbances may occur in certain lighting conditions. Few patients with Crystalens have experienced problems with glare, halos and night vision.
Your surgeon will be able to determine if Crystalens AO is right for you and if there are any risks or complication that you should be made aware of before surgery.
The Effectiveness of Crystalens was Proven in Clinical Trials.
- Significantly more patients implanted with a Crystalens (88.4%) could see better at all distances than patients implanted with a standard IOL (35.9%).
- Most patients have continued to report excellent vision 7 years after implantation with Crystalens. More than 200,000 Crystalens IOLs have been implanted worldwide, and that number is growing daily.
Benefits of Crystalens
- The first and only FDA-approved Accommodating Intraocular Lens (IOL)
- The only FDA-approved IOL that uses the natural focusing ability of the eye
- The only FDA-approved presbyopia-correcting IOL for cataract patients that provides a single focal point throughout a continuous range of vision
- Provides a Broad Range of Vision: Crystalens moves and changes shape using the eye’s natural focusing mechanism instead of remaining fixed and stationary within the eye. This movement, or accommodation, allows the eye to focus on objects across a broad range of distances. Many patients hardly, if ever, wear glasses after surgery. In particular, this accommodation provides significant advantages in addressing intermediate vision.
- Maintains Clarity of Vision: Unlike Multifocal lenses, Crystalens directs all available light received by the eye to a single focal point, comparable to that of a healthy natural lens.
- Patient Adjustment Not Required: Crystalens produces a single image consistent with normal vision, meaning patients do not need to neuroadapt to viewing multiple images. Patients also do not need to tolerate or adjust to high levels of halos and glare often associated with Multifocal IOLs.
The design of the Crystalens AO contains zero spherical aberrations which allows for the enhancement of the depth of visual field. It is designed to improve retinal image quality without compromising depth of field and therefore provides greater quality of distance and intermediate vision.
With the increase in the depth of focus, a person’s near vision can be improved without harming their intermediate to distance vision. The change in the surface of the lens has no negative impact on night vision.
To learn more about Crystalens cataract surgery in Colorado Springs, contact us to schedule a vision screening today.