Crystalens Cataract Surgery-What to expect after surgery By William Goldstein on December 12, 2013

If you are suffering from cataracts, you will need to undergo surgery to correct this problem. The post-operative care and follow up after a surgery for Crystalens cataract is similar to that of a traditional cataract surgery, but there are some additional factors that must be kept in mind. In particular, the increase in intermediate and near vision will be remarkable, but will take some time to reach maximum effect.


Critical factors to keep in mind

  • The increase in near vision will not be appreciated immediately after the surgery. It may not be possible for a Crystalens Cataract Surgery Troy patient to notice his or her operation outcome for the first one to four months. However, people experience an improvement in their vision with time. The distance vision will be very good in the same time frame as with a standard implant.

  • After the surgery, your physician may provide you with eye drops that will dilate the pupil to help the positioning and healing of Crystalens. It is possible that you may experience sensitivity to light and enlarged pupils that may last for up to about 3 to 7 days. This is quite normal and the symptoms will disappear as the medication effect wears off.

  • Your doctor may also advise you to wear reading glasses  for a period of one to two weeks after the procedure to help in better positioning and healing of Crystalens. As your muscles strengthen, you will use weaker readers until you are more independent of them.

  • Patients can expect a fluctuation of both distance and near vision. This is because your eye muscle was inactive for a long time and may need time to get back to normal.

  • The Crystalens offers the best possible natural vision as it is dependent on the natural focusing muscle of the eye. Reading ability improves over time as the muscle adjusts.

  • You can consider Crystalens Cataract Surgery Troy as a kind of “visual rehabilitation”. This process can be quickened with alternatively watching TV and reading, completing crossword puzzles and any kind of activity that requires looking near and far repeatedly.

Enhancements after surgery


Occasionally, the physicians may enhance the procedure to fine tune the result by the treatment of farsightedness, nearsightedness and astigmatism. Doctors do not recommend any enhancement until at least three months have passed after the initial surgery. For a few cases of astigmatism, it could be necessary to go through another procedure to treat the condition during or after Crystalens Cataract Surgery Troy.

The Crystalens is the only accommodating lens implant on the market that is approved for the purpose of decreasing the need for reading glasses. 


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  • American Board of Ophthalmology
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons

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