Adults over age 45 often complain of losing the ability to focus on items
close up. This vision loss is due to a condition called presbyopia or
“aging eyes.” It is an inevitable, gradual progression that
weakens the ability of the lens of the eye to focus in the field of vision.
Presbyopia is a natural part of aging and a frustrating one at that. Though
it cannot be prevented, aging adults do have options for clear vision
in addition to eyeglasses.
Presbyopia isn’t the only condition afflicting older adults. Many
aging adults suffer from cataracts, a clouding of the lens of the eye.
To treat cataracts, the lens must be removed and replaced with an implant.
Trulign®, both by Bausch + Lomb, are two types of
intraocular lens implants (IOLs) available to patients suffering from natural vision loss due to
presbyopia or cataracts. Crystalens allows patients to enjoy a wider,
more natural range of vision for most activities, including: reading a
book, working on the computer and driving a car. Trulign allows for the
same and includes toric treatment for patients with astigmatism.
Traditional IOLs are fixed within the eye and only provide singular vision
correction (usually distance correction). Multifocal lenses add near vision
correction to the equation but neglect the intermediate field of vision.
Did you know that most daily activities, such as seeing products and prices
on grocery store aisles, writing a letter or ironing clothes require clear
intermediate vision (a range of distance between 26 and 32 inches)? Crystalens
and Trulign address the need for clear intermediate sight and provide
patients with a continuous range of vision.
Are you a candidate?
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
issues to stabilize before you are able to undergo the surgery.
Patients who have had vision correction surgery such as LASIK are also
eligible for Crystalens and Trulign, however, patients who have had previous
cataract surgery are not a candidate for the procedure.
Are there risks?
Risks of complications from the surgery range from mild, temporary side
effects to more serious (and extremely rare) complications. People with
existing health conditions are at higher risk of experiencing complications.
Research indicates that 98 percent of patients have no complications following
lens implant surgery and more than 95 percent have improved vision.
During your pre-surgery consultation, your doctor will discuss your specific risks.
If you would like to learn more about Crystalens or Trulign or find out
if you are a candidate,
contact the Key-Whitman Eye Center today.