Crystalens is a new cataract replacement lens (IOL) that works naturally with muscles in the eye to retain the eye's ability to "accommodate" - shift focus between nearby and distant objects - after cataract surgery. With other IOLs, patients lose this ability and require corrective measures such as glasses or contact lenses.
Unlike rigid lenses, the flexible silicone Crystalens features hinges that allow it to move with the eye's muscles and accommodate seamlessly, thereby reducing or eliminating the need for vision correction. The Crystalens is implanted using the same, nearly risk-free cataract surgery techniques as with other IOLs.
Most people with cataracts or who have had corneal refractive surgery and retained good eye health are acceptable candidates for Crystalens implantation, but those who have already had cataract surgery are not. People with eye health problems such as chronic infections or diabetes should check with our physicians about eligibility. more information