Choosing Crystalens IOL's By William Goldstein on September 12, 2018

While laser cataract surgery may be the best option for most cataract and eye related issues, there are several cases whereby a patient may not be qualified to undergo laser eye surgery. When these cases arise, a special treatment plan known as the Intraocular lenses (IOL) is usually the go-to option. What does the Intraocular lenses mean? The Intraocular lenses is another name for the term Lens Implant or Lens Implant Surgery.

Intraocular lenses are a special medical lens that are implanted inside the eye to replace the eye's natural lens when it is removed during laser cataract surgery. IOLs also are used for a type of vision correction surgery called refractive lens exchange. Most of the IOL available or used today are made of silicone and acrylic materials and are coated with certain special material to help safeguard the eyes from the harmful effect of ultraviolet rays.

This medical treatment is usually used for correction of several levels of short sight, long sight, astigmatism, and is a great option when it comes to restoring optimum vision. Generally, most people will be suitable for this treatment except in individuals with severe eye diseases. 

When it comes to Intraocular lens treatment plans, Crystalens falls under the accommodative Intraocular lens types and it is a newer generation method designed for treating patients who also suffer from presbyopia which is a natural loss of near and reading vision because of age.

Traditional IOLs are fixed within the eye and only provide singular vision correction (usually distance correction). While, Crystalens which features hinges on both sides so it can be moved more easily by the ciliary muscle which is the muscles inside the eye which help it focus. Crystalens allows the eye to focus more naturally at a greater range of distances than traditional IOLs. In a nutshell, Crystalens allow cataract and presbyopia patients to enjoy a wider, more natural range of vision for most daily activities such as reading, surfing the internet, doing house chores or driving a car.

Unlike the use of traditional monofocal lens as the name implies, after a cataract surgery, patients tend to experience clear vision only at a fixed distance which is usually a great distance from them which resort to the continuous dependence on eye glasses after the surgery. But in the case of Crystalens helps clients to experience clear vision from near to distance , thereby reducing the need for glasses after undergoing cataract surgery. During the Crystalens procedure, your ophthalmologist will measure the length of your eye and the curve of your cornea. These measurements will be used to determine and set your IOLs focusing power.

Another great benefit of the Crystalens over the traditional lens implant method is the fact that the Crystalens allows for a clearer immediate vision and swiftly eliminates the cloudiness caused by cataract. For individuals experiencing astigmatism, a great IOL treatment plan is the use of Toric lens which helps correct the refractive error known as astigmatism

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Dr. William S. Goldstein

Laser Eye Care Center

William S. Goldstein, MD, has been practicing laser eye surgery since 1991. He was one of the first doctors to offer advanced eye care in all of Michigan and is a member of several prestigious organizations: 

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

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