The Crystalens is the only FDA-approved accommodating intraocular lens implant. The natural lens of a young patient is able to accommodate. This means the young lens can change shape and allow a person to focus at near, intermediate, and far distances. At around age 42 most people notice that their natural lens is becoming stiff and losing its ability to change shape. As the lens becomes more stiff the patient is unable to focus on small print held up close. Patients will start to hold print futher and further away from themselves and eventually they require reading glasses or a bifocal lens to see at near. Traditional intraocular lens implants used in cataract surgery are designed to only correct a patient's vision at one distance. Traditional intraocular lenses cannot accommodate. Crystalens is a unique intraocular lens implant that has been designed to flex and move within the eye. With its ability to flex, the Crystalens is able to allow patients to see far and intermediate objects very well. Most patients are also able to read print at near as well.
The hinge is what allows the optic of this lens to move forward and backward depending on what distance the patient needs to focus on. Based on the studies performed to secure FDA approval, 98.4% of Crystalens patients were able to read the newspaper or a phone book without glasses. 100% were able to see at their computers, dashboards, or anything else at arm's length. 98.4% were able to see 20/40 or better at distance.
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