Cataract patients have a number of high technology treatment options available.
One of those is
Crystalens®, one type of
intraocular lens implants (IOLs) developed by Bausch + Lomb.
Crystalens is designed for patients who also suffer from presbyopia, a
natural loss of vision due to age. Traditional IOLs are fixed within the
eye and only provide singular vision correction (usually distance correction).
Crystalens can allow cataract patients to enjoy a wider, more natural
range of vision for most normal activities such as reading, working on
the computer, doing housework or driving a car.
Most daily activities, such as writing a letter, ironing clothes and seeing
products and prices on the grocery store aisles require clear intermediate
vision (a distance range between 26 and 32 inches). Crystalens is an accommodating
cataract treatment option that addresses the need for clear intermediate
vision and provides patients with a continuous range of vision, from near to far.
Benefits of Crystalens
Crystalens offers a number of benefits to patients with presbyopia and
• Clear intermediate vision. Clinical data shows that 100 percent of Crystalens® patients had good
intermediate vision (26" to 32").
More improved vision over traditional IOL lenses. The FDA safety and effectiveness clinical data on the most recent multifocal
IOL lenses shows that at a distance of 70 cm (27.5"), the percentage
of eyes achieving 20/20 or better uncorrected vision and 20/25 or better
distance corrected vision was "significantly worse" than the
• Little to no gap in range of vision. Multifocal lens technology is based on splitting light rays between distances
to emphasize near and distance vision, while providing little or no support
for intermediate vision. Consequently, the vision provided by multifocal
is stepped, requiring patients to overcome a gap in their range of vision.
• Clear vision at any distance. The Crystalens® uses the eye's natural focusing muscles to accommodate
the full range of vision. As a result, 100 percent of the light rays are
focused at each distance so patients see clearly near, far and everything
Are you a candidate for Crystalens?
If you are in good general health, you are a likely candidate for implant
surgery. If you suffer from uncontrolled chronic health problems such
as diabetes or chronic infections, you may need to wait for your health
condition to get under control before you are able to undergo the surgery.
Patients who have had vision correction surgery such as LASIK are also
eligible for Crystalens, but patients who have had previous cataract surgery
are not a candidate for the procedure.
If a patient is in their late 40s and 50s – even early sixties, and
no cataracts are known and they are interested in reducing dependence
on glasses, Key-Whitman offers a free consult for Crystalens or LASIK.
For more information about Crystalens and other cataract treatment options
at Key-Whitman, please