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Crystalens®

Williamson Eye Center is proud to offer its patients vision correction through a new wave in technology, Crystalens®. Designed to mimic the natural lens of the eye, this is the first and only intraocular lens (IOL) offering vision at all distances-up close, far away and in-between. Through this advanced technology, the lens gives the eye the ability to seamlessly focus at all distances. Without the hassle of glasses or contact lenses, the Crystalens® allows many patients to experience the vision of their youth. Outcomes of this procedure vary from patient to patient-after this procedure, some patients continue to struggle with their vision when they are in low light.

Performed as an outpatient procedure, the Crystalens® implant is proven safe and effective. This procedure is pain free and quick-it takes only about 20 minutes! The recovery process for Crystalens® implant is fast and requires no stitches.


 

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Testimonials

"Colors are more vibrant since Crystalens" - Gino M.

 


 "I have been in the medical field for years and since Dr. Williamson has performed my Crystalens surgery it is so wonderful to be able to read my charts without glasses!" - Ann F.

 



Common Questions

How many times has your surgeon performed this surgery?

Our surgeon has performed thousands of cataract surgeries. The only difference is our surgeons use a new lens that will restore your vision to see all distances (near, intermediate, and far). NOTE: Cataract surgery is the most common surgery in the United States. Over 2.7 million cataract procedures were performed last year. There is a very low complication rate.

How much does the Crystalens cost?

In order to provide you with an exact cost, we will need to set up a time for an eye exam to determine the health of your eye and what percentage your insurance will cover. At that time, we would be happy to provide you with an exact cost.

You mentioned this is a"new" lens, how new is it?

This lens has been in development for 15 years, and has been implanted in over 130,000 eyes in the United States. It received FDA approval November 14, 2003.

Will my insurance cover this lens?

Many insurance companies cover a percentage of the surgery cost, however an exact cost cannot be given until we have done an exam to better assess the health of your eye.

Is the Crystalens FDA approved?

Yes, November 14, 2003, and there are over 130,000 Crystalens implants in the United States.

What will I be able to read?

The Crystalens FDA data presented (497 patients):

  • 98.4% of the patients could read NYSE, Wall Street Journal, Newspaper
  • 100% of the patients could read their Email or computer screens.
  • 98.4% were 20/40 or better in the distance (most were 20/20 or 20/30)

Where can I get more information?

We would be happy to send you more information, and you are welcome to visit the Crystalens website, www.crystalens.com.

Will I be able to see immediately after surgery if I get the Crystalens?

Yes, but your near and intermediate vision will begin to come into focus two to three weeks after surgery. In order for the Crystalens to heal into place, your eye muscle will be in a relaxed state for the first two weeks due to the post-op medication. When the medication wears off after two weeks, your eye muscles will progressively get stronger, and your near and intermediate vision will start to come into focus. During the first two weeks, while your eye muscle is in a"relaxed state" you may use (+1.50) reading glasses for near/intermediate vision. But after the medication wears off, do NOT use your reading glasses anymore - this will allow your eye muscles to strengthen.

How does the Crystalens work?

The Crystalens is the only accommodating intraocular lens that restores your near, intermediate, and distance vision. The surgeon gently breaks down the old lens in your eye and replaces it with the Crystalens. As your eye muscle constricts and relaxes, it gently moves the lens forward and back depending on what you are looking at. This movement allows you to see at all distances seamlessly.

Is this procedure performed in one eye at a time?

Typically, the Crystalens® is initially implanted in the non-dominant eye first and within one to two weeks, the second implant surgery is performed. This allows the surgeon time to achieve appropriate balance for both distance vision and up-close vision.

Am I a candidate?

Patients frequently ask if prior procedures eliminate them from having Crystalens. The following table aims to answer those questions for you. Can you have Crystalens?

I have had... Can I have... Is that possible?
Radial Keratotomey (RK) LASIK Yes
Radial Keratotomey (RK) CK No
Radial Keratotomey (RK) Implant Yes
LASIK Conductive Keratoplasty (CK) Yes
LASIK Implant Yes
Conductive Keratoplasty (CK): LASIK Yes
Conductive Keratoplasty (CK): Implant Yes

If you think you may be a candidate for the Crystalens®, contact us for a free, no-risk consultation today. Ideally, the Crystalens® is best for anyone looking to restore all levels of their visual ability - near, far and in-between. If you have cataracts and are otherwise healthy or if you have even previously had refractive surgical procedures, you may be a candidate.

Call (225) 927-2020 to set up a free consultation to determine if you are a candidate for Crystalens.

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