Would you like to rid yourself of checking out glasses and improve your range vision at the same time? Are both cataracts and age-related farsightedness (presbyopia) affecting your lifestyle? If you addressed yes to either of these concerns, accommodating intraocular lens implants (IOLs) might be the solution you’ve been searching for.
Accommodating IOLs are used in two procedures: refractive lens exchange (RLE) if you do not have cataracts and refractive cataract surgery if you do. They can not be used to treat astigmatism, however you can choose to have a different laser eye surgery procedure to address your astigmatism if you want.
In the U.S., just one brand of accommodating IOL is currently readily available: Crystalens.
Check out the following video for more information, or continue checking out Crystalens risks, expenses and candidateship.
Why Choose Crystalens Accommodating IOLs?
The Crystalens Accommodating IOL is an ingenious implantable lens that can kill two birds with one stone, correcting your nearsightedness, farsightedness or cataracts while likewise treating presbyopia to decrease your reliance on reading glasses.
How does it work? When your eye’s ciliary muscle contracts, the lens moves on, increasing its magnifying power so that you can see up close (reading vision). When the muscle unwinds, the lens returns to its initial position so that you see things in the range plainly. Following surgery, you will be able to see at multiple distances.
The whole procedure takes just 15 to 20 minutes. What’s more, it is an outpatient procedure, so you can go home right after your surgery. You must see well without glasses practically immediately, and you’ll be back to your daily regular the day after surgery. It might take a several months for results to appear.
Risks & Potential Complications
All surgical procedures have possible risks, complications and disadvantages, consisting of the treatments that include implanting Crystalens accommodating IOLs. While your up-close vision will almost certainly be far much better following surgery, there is a great chance you will need to continue wearing reading glasses for some jobs, like reading the menu in the darkest restaurants. Likewise, if the ciliary muscles and zonules that attach to the lens capsule remain in especially poor condition, the procedure may be ineffective. Must this take place, the lenses will still assist you see better at distance however will not aid with near vision.
Are You a Candidate?
There are particular requirements you should meet to have RLE or refractive cataract surgery with Crystalens accommodating lenses.
First, you need to be 21 years old. Typically patients who desire this lens are over 45 and are experiencing presbyopia.
It is likewise important that your vision be stable for six months prior to your surgery, and that you have no history of eye disease (aside from cataracts).
In addition, it is imperative that you have sensible expectations. Accommodating IOLs will not restore your near vision to where it was before you developed presbyopia. And modifications associated with age might continue to affect your vision.
You likewise have to comprehend and accept the risks included with accommodating IOLs.
The best prospects for refractive cataract surgery with accommodating IOLs are those with hyperopia (farsightedness) and cataracts.
Those without cataracts who had good vision before presbyopia embeded in are also exceptional prospects.
How Much Do Accommodating IOLs Cost?
Crystalens accommodating IOLs are considered “premium” IOLs and therefore cost more than standard IOLs. If you are having refractive cataract surgery with Crystalens IOLs, you will likely need to pay the difference in between the charge for conventional monofocal IOLs and the cost of your Crystalens lenses. Rates differs, but it may cost you as much as $2,500 per eye out of pocket, or possibly more.