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Crystalens

Accommodating Intraocular Lens Implant - Crystalens®

If you are seeking cataract surgery then perhaps you should become familiar with the latest in accommodating intraocular lens technology. Dr. Gregory Barban now has the technology, experience and capability to insert a revolutionary lens implant technology known as Crystalens®. This advancement is 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.

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.

What is the crystalens® accommodative intraocular lens?

The crystalens 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® 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.