Crystalens offers significant advantages over other kinds of lens implants and corrective lenses. Standard (single vision) lens implants don’t have the ability to provide a full range of vision. Most people who have single vision lens implants MUST wear glasses for middle and near vision. Crystalens has the unique ability to focus on objects at varying distances using the eye’s natural muscle. This means the crystalens can provide sharper vision, without corrective lenses, throughout a full range of vision from near to far and everything in between.
Crystalens’ FDA one-year clinical study results indicate:
- 92% of the people enrolled in the study (implanted bilaterally) could see 20/25 or better at distance
- 96% could see 20/20 at arm’s length
- 73% could see 20/25 at near
- 98% of these people could pass their drivers test
- 100% could see their computer or put on their makeup
- 98% could read a magazine, all without glasses or contact lenses.
Also, your ability to see at approximately arm’s length (middle vision) will be greatly enhanced with the Crystalens. In addition, the quality of vision compared to wearing bifocals and/or trifocals is significantly improved. You’ll have a full range of vision; by simply looking at something, crystalens, mimicking the natural focusing ability of your eye, will automatically focus your eye at near, arm’s length, or distance.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Since everyone’s vision is different, results vary by patient. Distance vision will usually be very good within a day or two after surgery. Middle and near vision may be somewhat blurred, but will improve in a few days.
Drops that prevent the eye from changing focus will be applied to your eye after surgery. These drops dilate the pupil and you will notice a sensitivity to light until the drops wear off. These drops ensure the crystalens is correctly positioned in your eye as it heals. It will take 7 to 14 days for the effects of this drug to wear off. Dr. Boothe strongly recommends you wear sunglasses outdoors during this time period. You also may need reading glasses to help you read during this time.
After about 2 weeks, you will notice that your middle (arm’s length) vision and near vision are starting to improve. At this time, it is important that you discontinue the use of the reading glasses in order to strengthen the focusing muscle of your eyes.
It may take several months for your eyes to reach their full focusing potential. Try to avoid the use of reading glasses. The less you rely upon reading glasses, the sooner you will be able read without them. You may notice a difference in your vision from one eye to the other after your eyes heal. This is normal.
Everyone’s focusing ability is different. Most people will be able to see clearly at all distances, however, some people may be more comfortable with additional correction, particularly at night or in dim light. It is important to remember that implant surgery cannot resolve pre-existing visual conditions such as floaters, flashes, or visual field loss that are a result of conditions of the eye and not related to the lens. Dr. Boothe will thoroughly discuss the restoration of your vision, recommending a specific plan for optimizing your uncorrected vision.
While most patients experience much improved vision after cataract surgery, some will have better uncorrected vision than others. It may be necessary for some people to wear glasses for distance and/or near vision to obtain optimal visual acuity. The difference from standard lenses is that most crystalens patients will not be dependent on these supplemental vision aids to function normally.
Insurance coverage varies greatly depending on the policy and provider. Generally speaking, private insurance may cover the cataract surgical procedure and anesthesia. It may also allow a certain additional amount for the artificial lens implant. The insured is then required to pay a deductible as well as any additional amount above the primary coverage. (Some patients are responsible for the total payment - not all insurance companies will cover some.)
Your surgical counselor will review your insurance coverage and your surgical alternatives prior to the crystalens procedure. It may also be beneficial for you to contact your insurance carrier.
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