Crystalens® IOLs - FAQs
Dallas & Fort Worth, Texas
What is the crystalens®?
The crystalens® is a new technology that is designed to mimic your eye's natural ability to focus on distant, middle and near objects. Dr. Carter will replace your natural lens with crystalens® during your surgery to reduce your dependence on reading glasses and bifocals. In many patients, this is a better alternative than LASIK because it will allow you to focus clearly on near, intermediate and distant objects. After your eye examination, Dr. Carter will advise you if you are a candidate for Crystalens®.
What Makes crystalens® Different From Other Intraocular Lenses?
The Crystalens® is different from other IOLs because it has a hinge that responds to your eye's internal pressure allowing you to focus on objects at various distances. Standard (single vision) lens implants do not have the ability to provide a full range of vision. Most people who have single vision lens implants MUST wear glasses for middle and near vision.
Can my vision be corrected to 20/20, for both reading & distance with crystalens®?
Dr. Carter's results have been exceptional. Almost all of his crystalens® patients can see 20/20 or better at distances and can read without reading glasses. In the FDA studies, over 96% of people enrolled in the clinical study were able to see 20/20 at arm's length without correction.
Am I a good candidate for crystalens®?
Dr. Carter will examine your eyes thoroughly and advise you on whether crystalens® is right for you or not. Almost anyone over 40 who is in good health is a candidate for crystalens®. However, if you've had cataract surgery or lens replacement in the past, you're not a good candidate for Crystalens®.
How Long Does The Surgery Take And Is It Painful?
The surgery itself takes approximately 20 minutes. You will feel no pain, but slight pressure on your eyes. After the surgery, Dr. Carter will give you eye drops to minimize any discomfort over the next few days.
When Will I Be Able To Return To Normal Activities After crystalens® Refractive Implantation?
Typically you will be able to return to normal activities within several days after implantation with some limitations for at least a week. Your eye may be sensitive to touch and bright light, but you should be able to drive and return to work in one to two days.
What Will The crystalens® Procedure Cost? Will Insurance Cover Any Of It?
Because the Crystalens® is state-of-the-art technology it is more expensive than traditional single focus IOLs. Fortunately, Carter Eye Center offers affordable financing including financing options with no interest. Please e-mail or call us for more information.
Insurance coverage varies greatly from policy to policy. Generally speaking, private insurance may cover the cataract and lens implant surgical procedure and anesthesia; and may also allow a certain additional amount for the artificial lens implant. The insured is then required to pay a deductible as well as any additional amount above the primary coverage. (Some patients are completely responsible for payment - not all insurance companies will cover the cost).
The staff at Carter Eye Center will review your insurance coverage and your surgical alternatives prior to your crystalens® surgery. It may also be beneficial for you to contact your insurance carrier.
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If you're tired of reading glasses or bifocals and want clear vision at any distance, Crystalens® may be a solution for you.
Email us or call us at 1-800-950-2020 for a free consultation.