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Accommodating Intraocular Lens Implant - Crystalens HD®

Crystalens IOL West Virginia - Regional Eye Associates

Crystalens 1 The doctors at Regional Eye Associates now have the technology, experience and capability to insert a revolutionary lens implant technology known as Crystalens HD®. The Crystalens HD is the fourth generation of the only FDA approved accommodating lens. This advancement in lens technology will clearly benefit senior aged patients who may be developing cataracts. When a cataract occurs in the eye, one of the biggest issues is that the lens hardens and does not flex or move to accommodate your vision. This new lens technology is based on a man made IOL that can actually react more like your natural crystalline lens. The end result is better vision at not only one distance but multiple distances.

If your eye doctor or ophthalmologist has told you that you are at the beginning stages of developing cataracts or has suggested that refractive lens exchange would be a good vision correction option, you might want to research the new emerging lens implant technology in the field of ophthalmology. The advantages a lens like this could bring to your vision is incredible. Some patients have described the experience as returning their vision to how they could see in their twenties.

Crystalens 2 This new intraocular lens technology of modern eye surgery has created advancements that can dramatically improve a patient's ability to see with lens implants after cataract surgery. Some of these new intraocular lens implants might even be a better vision correction option than LASIK eye surgery depending on your prescription and age. In the past with LASIK eye surgery our doctors could correct myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism. Now, with the advent of premium multifocal IOL lens implants the giant burden of presbyopia can now be corrected. Presbyopia affects a vast part of our aging population and often requires bifocal glasses. People in their mid forties that have trouble with reading and typically experiencing the first effects of presbyopia. Presbyopia is an accommodation problem with the lens of the eye. As the lens hardens and becomes inflexible the ability to focus becomes harder.

Traditional Lens Implants

Prior to the new premium lens implant technologies the only option for lens implants after cataract surgery were known as MONOFOCAL. This meant that the lens implant is only capable of one distance (FAR, MIDDLE, OR NEAR). For years patients would have mono-focal lens implants but then require eyeglasses after cataract surgery. In many cases patients would opt for a good distance lens and just use glasses for reading or when needed in close proximity.

What is the Crystalens HD® Accommodative Intraocular Lens?

Crystalens 3 The Crystalens HD accommodating intraocular lens is an intraocular lens used after cataract surgery or as a lens alternative in presbyopic lens exchange. The concept of the lens was engineered with a hinge design to allow the optic, or part of the lens that you see through, to move back and forth as your focus on an image changes. The Crystalens HD® accommodative intraocular lens is permanently implanted with a surgical process and functions in a similar fashion as the natural eye. Once the surgery has been completed your eyes can focus on far or near objects in a comfortable way with no discomfort. If you are experiencing presbyopia or cataracts please feel free to consult us about the possibility of utilizing the new Crystalens® accommodative intraocular lens.

FDA Clinical Trial Information

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

How Does the Crystalens® IOL Work?

After the age of 40, people will often start to experience difficulty reading as the eye's natural lens starts to harden. Prior to this, 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 was engineered with a hinge design to allow the optic, or part of the lens that you see through, to move back and forth as your focus on an image changes.

Crystalens Doctors West Virginia

Because Regional Eye Associates is committed to providing our patients with the best in eye care and the latest eye technology we have trained doctors that are certified to implant this new breakthrough IOL. For more information onthe Crystalens or to analyze your candidacy for this procedure, contact us today!

For more information, please contact our surgical coordinator at 304-598-3301.

*As with any surgical procedure there are risks along with benefits. It is important to discuss your surgical procedure with your surgeon to fully understand the risks and benefits.