If you are suffering from cataracts, cataract surgery will improve your vision immensely. Your ability to see clearly, pick out shapes, and distinguish colors will all be improved. However, the final quality of your vision after cataract surgery will depend greatly on the type of lens you elect to use to replace your eye’s natural crystalline lens. Crystalens is the only FDA-approved lens that operates the same way your natural lens does, changing focus so you can see objects at different distances.

This page will give you some basic information about Crystalens, but the only way to learn whether it is the best solution for you is to discuss your specific vision demands with an ophthalmologist experienced in performing Crystalens procedures. Please call us today to talk to New York ophthalmologist James Kelly, MD of the Kelly Laser Center.

Cataract Surgery and Lens Options

Cataracts represent a clouding of the eye’s natural clear lens. Currently, the only treatment for cataracts is cataract surgery in which the clouded lens is removed and replaced with a new clear lens. Traditionally, a monofocal lens was used, which allows people to get either good near vision or distance vision. However, at Kelly Laser Center, we offer two different solutions to allow you to get better quality vision after your cataract surgery.

Acrysof’s ReSTOR is a multifocal lens, which allows you to see objects at different distances by having a number of different focal zones, each dedicated to seeing objects at a different distance. Though all these focal zones are constantly placing images on the retina, your mind is able to select the clearest image of the object, which is the one that you see.

Crystalens is a different solution. It is an accommodating lens, which mimics the way your eye’s natural lens focuses on objects at different distances.

How Crystalens Works

Your natural lens is flexible and surrounded by a special muscle. When you look at objects at different distances, this muscle changes the shape of your natural lens to focus light from the object on your retina so you see a clear image. This is known as accommodation.

When Crystalens used to replace your eye’s natural lens, it functions in a similar fashion. Crystalens is not flexible. Instead, when the eye’s muscles move to respond to your vision demands, it moves Crystalens forward or backward, focusing light on the retina and allowing for clear vision.

Is Crystalens Right for You?

Crystalens gives people more flexible vision than monofocal lenses. Many people who get Crystalens do not require glasses for any task after cataract surgery. However, Crystalens is not right for everyone. The best way to learn whether Crystalens is right for you is to talk to New York ophthalmologist Dr. James Kelly. Please call or email us today to schedule your consultation at the Kelly Laser Center.