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Old 01-21-2009, 04:43 PM   #1
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Crystal lens for one eye?

I have developed a cataract in my left eye at the age of 44. Definitely need surgery, the question is whether to get a crystalens or the regular lens. I am not so much worried about the extra cost, although I do not want to throw money away. Mainly I am worried about some of the posts I have seen on the crystalens. Second, given my age and that my right eye will continue to need reading glasses and require higher strengths as I age, I had one doctor say I should get a regular lens. On the other hand, one doctor is pushing the crystalens saying that, in time, I will likely have a catract in the right eye that can be replaced by a crystalens.

Any help and info would be greatly appreciated!

 
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Old 01-22-2009, 06:53 AM   #2
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Re: Crystal lens for one eye?

When you say you've seen posts on the subject, do you mean on this forum? If not, definitely type "crystalens" into the search engine. Of course, people who are happy with the IOL don't post on forums; however, I'd be very reluctant to get a multifocal lens after reading all the complaints. With a single focus you can get glasses at any stage of life to compensate for a change.

 
Old 02-06-2009, 04:11 PM   #3
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Re: Crystal lens for one eye?

Run, don't walk, from the Dr suggesting the Crystalens.....I am going through hell after my implant 10/6/08....I am out the $$$$ and have 375/125 vision now...when I was promised 20/20....Can't drive, read, stand the light. watching TV is awful...My Dr took 3 months to admit there was a problem, I had to go to the owner of the Large Clinic, 21 clinics in all....now he has performed what is called a Yag...no improvement and not much chance in the future. I have seen a new well known dr who has referred me to a specialist in lasik. He thinks possible lasik can help the vision.. Think twice please.

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Old 02-07-2009, 01:15 PM   #4
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Re: Crystal lens for one eye?

Actually, getting the new Crystalens HD might not be a bad idea in your case. Many people have had very good results with the latest model Crystalens. Dr. Oyakawa, a cataract surgeon who has had very good results with this IOL, has emphasized (on another forum) the importance of having a surgeon who is very experienced with the Crystalens. He also stated that the surgeon must be capable of getting very close to the targeted refraction, and any astigmatism cannot be left uncorrected. I certainly wouldn't run from a surgeon who suggested it. But I'd want to know how long s/he's been using this IOL (which has been around over 3 years)--and make sure s/he has an IOL Master and refractive surgery skills.

 
Old 02-08-2009, 11:19 AM   #5
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Re: Crystal lens for one eye?

The Crystalens company (Eyeonics) and doctors who use it claim that it will let you see all distances and correct your presbyopia. They told me it will stop you from losing your closeup vision and reverse it. You'll never get worse, as you age and even get better than you are now. DON'T BELIEVE IT!

They lenses don't accomodate very much, if at all, for most people and that was the ONLY reason I chose to do this surgery and take the risk involved. When they don't do what is claimed and even make your vision much worse than it was before, I'd say that's false advertising and the doctors who so aggresively push this idea should be held accountable.

My vision overall is definitely worse than with my contacts before the surgery, and my night vision is downright dangerous. I had my surgery 1-1/2 years ago, so it's not going to get any better. I am going to a retina specialist to see if they can help me with the night vision. I'll post here if I can any help.

Don't rush into getting a Crystalens and don't believe their false claims.

 
Old 02-09-2009, 05:21 AM   #6
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Re: Crystal lens for one eye?

Jodie: Interesting post. As I said above, we don't hear from the successes.

Clint: There are other multi-focal lenses that could be considered, besides Crystalens. You might want to do a search of Serious Person's posts here to learn about the advantages/disadvantages of Crystalens and Restor lenses. She has one of each. Maybe she will post here, but I haven't seen her around lately. There are other lenses on the market as well.

 
Old 02-09-2009, 12:08 PM   #7
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Re: Crystal lens for one eye?

I've never been a big advocate of "premium" IOLs because of the terrible problems some people have had with them. So being the "defender" of Crystalens is a new role for me. (I developed a cataract as the result of a vitrectomy, and I now have aspheric monofocal implants in both eyes. I've been very pleased with them, but I do need glasses for near/intermediate vision.) Dr. Oyakawa is an experienced, board-certified cataract/refractive surgeon in California who responds to questions on another forum. He used all of the premium IOLs for several years but states that he currently uses only the Crystalens HD. (He stopped using ReStor and ReZoom mainly because he felt that an inability to neuroadapt to multifocal vision cannot be predicted before surgery. Otherwise, he felt that both multifocals could provide good outcomes--as long as the surgeon could hit the targeted refraction and astigmatism was eliminated.) He advocates setting the Crystalens for micro-monovision for best results. Some people posting report that they do not need glasses for any activity with the Crystalens HD. For someone seriously interested in reducing their dependence on glasses, the new Crystalens might be an excellent choice--as long as they chose a surgeon who was very experienced with it.

 
Old 02-09-2009, 04:21 PM   #8
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Re: Crystal lens for one eye?

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Did you have the crystallens HD?

 
Old 09-25-2009, 12:11 AM   #9
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Re: Crystal lens for one eye?

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The Crystalens company (Eyeonics) and doctors who use it claim that it will let you see all distances and correct your presbyopia. They told me it will stop you from losing your closeup vision and reverse it. You'll never get worse, as you age and even get better than you are now. DON'T BELIEVE IT!

They lenses don't accomodate very much, if at all, for most people and that was the ONLY reason I chose to do this surgery and take the risk involved. When they don't do what is claimed and even make your vision much worse than it was before, I'd say that's false advertising and the doctors who so aggresively push this idea should be held accountable.

My vision overall is definitely worse than with my contacts before the surgery, and my night vision is downright dangerous. I had my surgery 1-1/2 years ago, so it's not going to get any better. I am going to a retina specialist to see if they can help me with the night vision. I'll post here if I can any help.

Don't rush into getting a Crystalens and don't believe their false claims.
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I know just what your saying. Their dishonest and do not disclose a single thing that they have "known" for a fact. I had the HD 500 implanted in both eyes. The left has a bad shadow that cuts off my vision and the right eye has 20/100 vision. My vision is far worse than my cataracts and I'm out over 7000. I had to fly 5000 miles to have it done, all based on their dishonest promises!

 
Old 09-25-2009, 07:37 PM   #10
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Re: Crystal lens for one eye?

From everything I've read, the Crystalens HD requires a VERY experienced surgeon who has done hundreds of Crystalens implants. It is imperative that the surgeon has the skills to hit the refractive target and to eliminate astigmatism. (This IOL just won't work well with a refractive error of +.75 or -.75 or a diopter of uncorrected astigmatism.) And it's probably a poor choice for people with large pupils--who tend to be younger than the average cataract patient. Aspheric monofocal IOLs are probably the best choice if you're looking for a problem-free outcome.

 
Old 10-08-2009, 09:20 PM   #11
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Re: Crystal lens for one eye?

TO: Eye kant see, What kind of outcome did you ultimately have? I had my surgery done in Blooming IL. I had problems as well.
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Old 10-26-2009, 08:54 AM   #12
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Re: Crystal lens for one eye?

I just finished having both eyes done with the crystallens, The surgeon who
did the procedure was very proficient with them and was able to resore my
sight to 20-20 in the right eye and 20-30 in the left eye. I am free from glasses now, although if reading for a long period of time I find it more comfortable to wear reading glasses, I spent alot of time and money finding a surgeon I could trust .

 
Old 01-24-2011, 08:37 AM   #13
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Re: Crystal lens for one eye?

I had a Crystalens implanted in my left eye in August at a significant cost over and above my Medicare coverage. It did not live up to the claims and if I had it to do over (and you really can't!), I would just take the basic lens that MC covers. With the Crystalens, I cannot read the big E on the eye chart. Thank God my other eye can, so with both eyes, I can see pretty well. I can read without glasses, which is an improvement. However, the claim that you will see well at all distances is false. There are many unhappy Crystalens customers and yet the opthamologists are pushing these lenses! It doesn't matter that your surgeon has done hundreds of these operations. What does matter is that the measurements before you have surgery are precise and accurate and who can tell until it's too late? And once the lens is implanted, it IS too late. In my case, I filed a complaint with the FDA. They responded and also required Bausch and Lomb to respond. I'm sure my one complaint won't spur change, but if everyone who is complaining about their Crystalens implants on this site would contact the FDA, that would focus attention on their false advertising and false claims.

 
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