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    Old 07-01-2005, 10:30 AM   #1
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    Crystalens post-op

    Anyone who has had surgery to have a Crystalens implant, please post here.

    I had my first cataract surgery with a Crystalens implant on June 6th. The post-op is a lot more stressful than I imagined.

    My other eye is still very nearsighted (20/600 without glasses/contac lens), which makes it very different. And I work full time and drive.

    I still am seeing more poorly than before the surgery when I was able to use my glasses, though things are sharper at some distances and brighter in the left eye .
    I'm scheduled to have my right eye operated on July 25. I thought my fear would be behind me now that the first surgery was "successful."
    But no.

     
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    Old 07-01-2005, 02:00 PM   #2
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    Re: Crystalens post-op

    seriousperson

    a friend of my family's had cataract surgery about a month ago and wasn't seeing so clearly at first but she says it is getting clearer as the weeks ago by. i'm pretty sure she had the implants put in, too.

     
    Old 07-02-2005, 02:58 PM   #3
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    I think I talked to you awhile back about my Crystalens surgery. I was on the drops for several weeks. Once I finally got off all the drops the veryations in my sight stopped. I only had the one lens in. Have had some problems with the close up vision. It was great at first but then it seemed to weakened. The Dr. told me to read a lot and keep my left eye closed several times a day while reading. It has helped me some. I went back on Thurs. for my 3mo check up and I have 20/20 with just the one eye done and don't need my glasses at all. My left eye has a cataract on it and may be okay for a year or two before I need it fixed too. When in big stores like Lowes or Walmart the lights make it a little harder to read clearly. You just have to keep building your muscles in your eye up. The only restriction I have is I have to have side mirrors on my car. Shouldn't everyone??? So when I look left I have to turn my head a little more to get a crisp image. Otherwise it is a little blurred. I have been waiting for you to post about your surgery. I was away for 3 weeks and did a lot of driving and my eyes were great. Make sure you wear sun glasses when out in the sun. I could not believe all the drops you had to use. The dialating ones were the worse. One I ran out of fast and the last one seemed like it would never end!! Good luck on you other eye. Just give it time. Every day is better and it can take a whole year to reach its peak. Have to go back in Oct. for my next check up and then March will be a year. They really push me to read such tiny words and I get frustrated but it is getting better and normaly you would not read letters that small anyways.

     
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    Re: Crystalens post-op

    In Hiding, thanks for the encouragement, even though I am having a bit of trouble staying encouraged. I'm sure you understand how that can be.

    Hi OrangeCrate
    It sounds like you're doing pretty well. You might try wearing a cap with a visor when in situations where there is a lot of glare.

    I'm having my one month check-up with the ophthalmologist on Tuesday. It will be the first time I've seen him since the surgery. He has optometrists in his practice who deal with the earlier follow-up, though he is willing to meet with the patient directly if requested. I think I should have done a lot more requesting. Basically, I was sent on my way and told I could drive with the one eye still dilated for a week and the other seeing 20/550 on account of not being a contac lens wearer, and the disparity in vision being so great between the 2 eyes that the brain cannot compute the 2 different images with one corrective lens inside one eye, and the other corrective lens a distance outside of the other eye, which makes things appear smaller. Actually, wearing glasses with one lens removed wasn't so bad while my other eye was still dilated, because it was so blurry. I still can't believe they told me to drive without a corrective lens and one blurry eye not seeing 20/20!

    So, I went back very upset, and they gave me a contac lens for my other eye, which I am just now getting used to.
    But, I guess they didn't hear me or believe me when I stated that I had been unable to change my focus from near to far and far to near for 15 years. So with the contac lens in place, I have no near vision up to about a foot away unless I squint, and then the type has to be pretty big.
    The chart they gave me says I was supposed to wear "my" reading glasses for the first 2 weeks (what reading glasses?) and then read the chart 2 times each day for 10 minutes. But since I didn't get the chart until week 2, I'm guessing that the reason I can't read any of it is because I didn't have a chance to "memorize" it during the first 2 weeks with the "reading glasses" (which I had asked for but was told I wouldn't get until "later").
    I think my vision would be dramatically improved already if I'd had proper optometric care for my type of vision impairment, but as it is, I have been quite visually impaired for a month, while having to work full time, using my eyes, and driving myself. I picked up my daughter one night a few blocks away without the contac lens in my right eye, and had to make a right turn really wide because everything on that side was black.

     
    Old 07-03-2005, 05:58 PM   #5
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    My Dr. did the surgery and I have only seen him. He is really good and I am very comfortable with him. I know what you mean about the reading glasses. I was confussed about that too. He said not to wear any and don't do any close up reading for a couple of weeks. I was on the computer a lot and was worried that was going to mess things up. But I could see it from far away and I sat back as far as I could and reach the keys. The lens is not to come forward as it would do to read close for the time you are on the dialating drops. I think that was 10 days. I kept worring that it shifted because things were more blurred then the first few days. I went back twice before my one month check up just to ease my mind and they were very nice about it and didn't make me feel like I was wasting their time. I can tell that reading is making the eye see better. Don't know how that works when you get the other eye done. I tried some reading glasses on at Walmart and couldn't find anything that would work with my eye. So right now I close my left eye and read with my right. He is not sure it will stay strong without the other eye being done. I am his first monovision with Crystalens. But he is real happy with my results. Where do you live? I am in Tennessee. He was honest with me and said he didn't know how it would work for sure. I was worried I would have double vision but it worked out fine. Keep in touch on the next appointment and let me know how things are going. Request the doctor!!!

     
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    Okay. The low-down on the very brief Dr. appointment.

    He wants to implant a Restor lens in my right eye, to give me good far-distance and and very close vision in that eye; the Crystalens in my left eye would be strongest for mid-distance.

    The Restor is known for halos around lights at night. That was a big reason I had the cataract surgery in the first place.

    And he seemed to brush aside my questions. I found out I can email the surgical coordinator my questions for him, which I'm going to do.

    I'm inclined to ask for a stay of execution (whoops, I mean postponement of the surgery ) until mid-semester break at the college where I work (in October) instead of the end of this month to do the other eye. That would give my left eye more time to relearn to change focus with the Crystalens (and to see if it's going to do so). But it would also mean working through the first half of the fall semester visually impaired.

    But I'm also thinking that the left eye would have a better chance of re-developing the ability to change focus with another Crystalens in the right eye. Right now the right eye can't change focus, so it either sees clear at exactly 7" from my face (and so takes over the work of reading from my left eye, which discourages the left eye's muscle from exercising to focus), or I am wearing a contac lens in the right eye, and cannot focus with it at all up close, which could also be putting too much stress on the left eye, whose muscle can't seem to do very many push-ups yet.

    The doctor thinks I will not be happy with the (lack of) close up vision in a year if I get another Crystalens. But earlier he had suggested that the other Crystalens could be a little more near-sighted so the reading would be better. I wouldn't mind wearing glasses for driving, having been near-sighted for 40 years and unable to see without glasses, the 20/25 I now have in the left eye (in good light and not at the end of a long day) is amazing.

    And I'm not too keen on the lack of depth perception at all distances if the eyes are strong in different ways.


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    Old 07-11-2005, 08:12 PM   #7
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    Re: Crystalens post-op

    OrangeCrate, are you still out there? Or anyone else who has had a Crystalens implant?
    OC, has your reading vision continued to improve steadily, or do you see now pretty much what you saw after the dilation drops were discontinued?

    The doctor responded to my questions, and strongly urges me to get the ReStor lens in the other eye.

    But my sister pointed out that halos, whether caused by cataracts or an implant, can't be fixed by glasses, but focus can. I have some halos now with the Crystalens, but the ReStor is supposed to be worse.

    And I have to decide in just a matter of days, because they need to order and receive the lens before my July 25 appointment.

    I think I need to take a day off of work just to think.

    Any input would be greatly appreciated and cynically dissected.

     
    Old 07-12-2005, 05:31 AM   #8
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    Hello SP. I got this from the net.

    "Finally, a small percentage of subjects in the FDA trial of the Restor described halos as moderate to severe. Ophthalmologists should therefore caution individuals who must drive at night about the remote possibility of significant halos. Such patients are probably not the best initial candidates for this IOL."

    What's a small percentage? And is there any indication which patients will get the halos? Your decision is difficult enough, but this means you may not get any halos at all. Or does it mean a few people had moderate to severe halos and all the rest had slight or mild halos?

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    Old 07-14-2005, 01:30 AM   #9
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    I have had crystalens in now for 8 months. I would strongly suggest that you put off the other eye surgery for at least 6 months while you come to fully understand the results of your surgery. Here are my personal experiences.
    I had my left eye lens replaced with a Cystalens in Oct of 2004, I was very excited about the prospect of focusing in close since I read a great deal. I studied the literature and everyone seemed to have good results. I also called 3 people who had crystalens put in and they were very happy. I was somewhat concerned about the small size of the lens (4.5mm) compared to the standard lens (6.0mm) but no one seemed to have glare or halo problems.
    I had the Crystalens put in.
    I had no problems with the surgery or recovery although the eye being dialated for two weeks was a hassle. During those two weeks my vision was blurred and I had blurry vision during the day and at night I had strong halos around light sources and a diagonal streak of light intersecting the halo at about 35 degrees. I knew what was causing this, it is the the light coming through the dialated iris which is larger in diameter (approx 7 to 8mm) than the Crystalens (4.5mm). The halo is caused by by the light which passes by outside the edges of the lens and is therfore NOT focused by the Crytalens. This light is not focused properly but much to my dismay was focused enough by the cornea (the front of the eye) to make a strong halo around light sources like street lights and headlights. The halo diameter varies with the distance to the source, the further away the source the larger the halo diameter around the source. Before I had this done I had thought that this light would be too diffused to see, I was very wrong and so were the people I talked to. This will be important later. The diagonal streak which appears to shoot out from the halo in both directions at a diagonal is caused by the Haptic plates which are the arms of the Crystalens and contain the hinge next to the lens and the wire like structure at the outer edges which help it embed it in the eye. The light which is passing outside the diameter of the lens hits these two arms of the Crystalens which are clear and is bent into two streaks giving a sort of image of the two arms of the lens. There are also small spiky streaks around the night lights caused by edge effects of light hitting the edge of the lens.
    Are you still with me, we are almost through, but these concepts are critical to understanding later issues.
    Meanwhile, the light coming through the center of the iris is focused properly and gives the image on the retina we want. However, your retina sends the image of ALL the light falling on it and you see both the focused and unfocused light.
    OK - This was understandable if somewhat unexpected in that I did not think the light going around the lens would be such a problem. However with dialated eyes it is like putting a cup saucer on top of a dinner plate. Imagine that the cup saucer is the 4.5mm Cystalens and the dinner plate the opening of the iris (7 to 8mm). You can see how much area (light) is not going to be focused.
    After two weeks I stopped using the dialation drops and I was impressed by the the color brightness in my left eye caused by the lens being clearer than the old lens especially in the blue range, and now I was not seeing double from the old faulty lens.
    But I was having blurred vision at night and in the morning, an even under office lighting if half the lights are off or a slightly darkened corner. It started to annoy and frustrate me how often I would see the blurriness and and halos. I could understand having this problem at night but it was and is happening even in moderate to low light conditions. I took to studying my pupil size to see at what size would trigger the halos. It turns out that it is around 4.5mm which is about the diameter of a pencil eraser. That is pretty small and under typical indoor lighting my pupils are right on the edge of getting too large in diameter for the Crystalens to capture all of the light and focus it, leaving the remainder to cause blurred vision. At night when I watch TV in low light it has a halo around it and some blurriness to the image. Driving at night would be very difficult if I had had this done to both eyes because there are halos around all light sources (headlights,streetlights, etc) and it is very confusing.
    I complained to my Eye surgeon and they claim I am the only one having such problems and it is just me. But the physics of light are the same for everyone and I believe other people may have the same experience so I want to let you know of the downside if you are considering this proceedure.
    The big claim to fame for Crystalens is the claimed ability to focus at closer range than the standard larger non moving implant lens. I have tried every day to make the lens focus closer and at first I thought I was having some success. The page of the book would at times focus (under good light - 250 watts overhead) for a short period of time. There was just one problem, it was not like your normal focus reflex. It is almost as if you have to strain some muscle which pulls the eye in a way you have never done before. I never mastered this in a repeatable way. Over months as I continued every day to try to strengthen the muscles as the Doctors told me I found a strange thing. The focus ability became worse, not better. I can only conjecture, and it is conjecture, that the tissues surrounding the lens tend to get a better grip on the lens as you heal over time and limit if not almost eliminate any potential movement. I have a hologram in my wallet which shows how a Crystalens is supposed to flip forward and back inside the eye, remember, reality is that it is inside a sack being pressed by fluids from the front and back which strongly affect its motion.
    I have to go but let me summarize my personal experience
    1. Halos and streaks are a fact of life every night, I am fortunate in that I only have to close my left eye, the only one with a replacement lens, to see what proper vision looks like. I believe this is the result of the small size (4.5mm) of the Crystalens. My friends with the standard fixed 6mm lens do not seem to have this problem.

    2. Morning and evening inside the house and some office situations cause blurred vision if there is not enough light, and enough is brighter than I would have thought.

    3. Focus is marginally, if at all better up close than my friends with the standard 6mm lens implant. They can read at 20 inches as well as I can.
    4 Lots of light is needed for good vision.
    When my other eye eventually needs a replacement lens I am going to definitely go with the standard tried and true by millions 6mm lens. It is far cheaper, the incision to put it in is smaller, and the pupil has to open much further to see the edge and light passing by the outside of the lens effects. At my age of 51 my pupil will not open that far under any conditions except extreme darkness. I am fortunate that only one eye had the crystalens and I have the ability to see what a normal eye does under all the conditions I have mentioned. The regular eye never has halos or bluriness under any of the previous conditions mentioned. I wish I had a standard implant in my right eye so I could give you a first hand account of a side by side comparison but that will come later. In the meantime I advice is to wait until you really understand the lens and your personal experience with it. I wanted this lens taken out but they tell me it is too dangerous to remove. It does work as well as a standard lens if I have enough light and the distance focus is right on. But meantime, wait, there is no rush for this irreversible proceedure and you eyesight is for the rest of your life. Any potential problems will be forever, but if you are happy with the lens you have only lost 6 months. Live with the difference in glasses for 6 months, so one will be thicker than the other, you will be happy you did. I only wish I had a voice of experience when I was on fire to get this done. Think hard and do not let Doctors dismiss the things I have said till you prove the reality to yourself, they have an agenda and can be very intimidating. I would suggest that everyone wait a minimum of 6 months between eyes when they are trying something new, so they can fully understand how they react to the new technology, perhaps you will be very happy, but you cannot know that in three weeks either way and this is irreversible. - Marty

    PS: Please E-Mail me if you have any other questions or results. I would like to hear from anyone who can offer insights based on their PERSONAL experiences. I have heard enough from Doctors who brush off my issues with claims that I am a unique case, unique or not, I live this reality every day, and I regret my decision EVERY day since I feel there is a better, cheaper and well proven alternative. We all have different perspectives but we do live in the same world of physics.

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    Old 07-14-2005, 11:43 AM   #10
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    moderator2, we are sorry and will behave now.
    Right Marty?

    Marty, Thank you for your detailed posting. I am one of those people who can never get too much information.

    I'm a librarian, and so have been doing research on all the lenses out there. I decided yesterday to go with the doctor's recommendation to have the ReStor lens (6mm. diameter, thank you for your discussion of lens size!) put in my other eye at the end of the month (as was scheduled, though previously for the crystalens).

    He was willing to postpone, and even encouraged it if I was uncertain, but because my other eye can only see clearly at 7" away, and everything else is an indistinct blur, I would have to either wear a contac lens in that eye and not have any better reading ability than what you so thoroughly described, or not wear one and only be able to read 12pt font at 7" and not be able to drive at night. I was able to wear my eyeglass (the other lens removed) while the crystalens eye was dilated. But after that my brain could not compute the two disparate interpretations of the same distance (my remaining natural lens with cataract has a -5.50 myopia correction).

    I was upset, because I wanted to talk to the doctor about the Tecnis and ReZoom lenses, which had very favorable outcomes (though I haven't checked lens diameter on either), and my doctor's response was to postpone. But then I read that one was not so good in clinical trials, and the other had some serious, sight-threatening side effect, the exact cause of which has yet to be determined. But my interest in both was that they were supposed to work better in dim light.

    Did I mention that all of your problems with the crystalens have occurred with me too? Having read so many journal articles now (online and with my fonts set REALLY LARGE), it seems that there is a very gray area where the people doing the study are not exactly paid by the company producing the lens, but they do have a relationship with the company. Watch for a legal bru-ha-ha on that one!

    I told my boss today that I have the answer. I just need a coal miners light so I can read away from sunny windows. Evidentally there are similar lights for cyclists; I am going to check them out.

    The real problem was lack of communication with the doctor. It says, for instance, for the Restor lens, that patients must be highly motivated to see without glasses. That was never my issue. My glasses were a part of me. On before I got out of bed, and never lost. My complaint was the halos (really big & bright) and lack of low-light vision from the cataract. Had I known that the replacement was not going to be much different, I would have waited for the technology to catch up and/or for my vision to worsen to the point where the intraocular lens would definitely be an improvement. True, I now see things with that eye that I haven't seen without glasses in 40 years. But my vision that I wanted corrected wasn't without glasses.

    Okay, back to work now. I'm slow enough as it is with impaired vision.

    P.S. My mom had the standard IOLs put in 10 years ago, and she has halos and shooting stars too.

     
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    [QUOTE=seriousperson]Anyone who has had surgery to have a Crystalens implant, please post here.

    Seriousperson- I dont think my first attempt posted, here it is again
    I have had crystalens in now for 8 months. I would strongly suggest that you put off the other eye surgery for at least

    6 months while you come to fully understand the results of your surgery. Here are my personal experiences.
    I had my left eye lens replaced with a Cystalens in Oct of 2004, I was very excited about the prospect of focusing

    in close since I read a great deal. I studied the literature and everyone seemed to have good results. I also called 3

    people who had crystalens put in and they were very happy. I was somewhat concerned about the small size of the lens

    (4.5mm) compared to the standard fixed lens implant (6.0mm) but no one seemed to have glare or halo problems.
    I had the Crystalens put in.
    I had no problems with the surgery or recovery although the eye being dialated for two weeks was a hassle. During

    those two weeks my vision was blurred and I had blurry vision during the day and at night I had strong halos around

    light sources and a diagonal streak of light intersecting the halo at about 35 degrees. I knew what was causing this, it

    is the the light coming through the dialated iris which is larger in diameter (approx 7 to 8mm) than the Crystalens

    (4.5mm). The halo is caused by by the light which passes by outside the edges of the lens and is therfore NOT focused

    by the Crytalens. This light is not focused properly but much to my dismay was focused enough by the cornea (the front

    of the eye) to make a strong halo around light sources like street lights and headlights. The halo diameter varies with

    the distance to the source, the further away the source the larger the halo diameter around the source. Before I had

    this done I had thought that this light would be too diffused to see, I was very wrong and so were the people I talked to.

    This will be important later. The diagonal streak which appears to shoot out from the halo in both directions at a

    diagonal is caused by the Haptic plates which are the arms of the Crystalens and contain the hinge next to the lens and

    the wire like structure at the outer edges which help it embed it in the eye. The light which is passing outside the

    diameter of the lens hits these two arms of the Crystalens shich are clear and is bent into two streaks giving a sort
    of image of the two arms of the lens. There are also small spiky streaks around the night lights caused by edge effects

    of light hitting the edge of the lens.
    Are you still with me, we are almost through, but these concepts are critical to understanding later issues.
    Meanwhile, the light coming through the center of the iris is focused properly by the 4.5mm Crystalens and gives the

    image on the retina we want. However, your retina sends the image of ALL the light falling on it and you see both the

    focused and unfocused light.
    OK - This was understandable if somewhat unexpected in that I did not think the light going around the lens would be

    such a problem. However with dialated eyes it is like putting a cup saucer on top of a dinner plate. Imagine that the cup

    saucer is the 4.5mm Cystalens and the dinner plate the opening of the iris (7 to 8mm). You can see how much area

    (light) is not going to be focused by noticing how much of the dinner plate is not covered by the saucer plate. The

    unfocused area is as large as the focused area and they compete which gives the blurred vision.
    After two weeks I stopped using the dialation drops and I was impressed by the the color brightness in my left eye

    caused by the lens being clearer than the old lens especially in the blue range, and now I was not seeing double from

    the old faulty lens.
    But I was having blurred vision at night and in the morning, an even under office lighting if half the lights are off or a

    slightly darkened corner. It started to annoy and frustrate me how often I would see the blurriness and and halos. I

    could understand having this problem at night but it was and is happening even in moderate to low light conditions. I

    took to studying my pupil size to see at what size would trigger the halos. It turns out that it is around 4.5mm which is

    about the diameter of a pencil eraser. That is pretty small and under typical indoor lighting my pupils are right on the

    edge of getting too large in diameter for the Crystalens to capture all of the light and focus it, leaving the remainder to

    pass by outside the lens and cause blurred vision. At night when I watch TV in low light it has a halo around it and some

    blurriness to the image. Driving at night would be very difficult if I had had this done to both eyes because there are

    halos around all light sources (headlights,streetlights, etc) and it is very confusing.
    I complained to my Eye surgeon and they claim I am the only one having such problems and it is just me. But the

    physics of light are the same for everyone and I believe other people may have the same experience so I want to let you

    know of the downside if you are considering this proceedure.
    The big claim to fame for Crystalens is the claimed ability to focus at closer range than the standard larger non

    moving implant lens. I have tried every day to make the lens focus closer and at first I thought I was having some

    success. The page of the book would at times focus (under good light - 250 watts overhead) for a short period of time.

    There was just one problem, it was not like your normal focus reflex. It is almost as if you have to strain some muscle

    which pulls the eye in a way you have never done before. I never mastered this in a repeatable way. Over months as I

    continued every day to try to strengthen the muscles as the Doctors told me I found a strange thing. The focus ability

    became worse, not better. I can only conjecture, and it is conjecture, that the tissues surrounding the lens tend to get

    a better grip on the lens as you heal over time and limit if not almost eliminate any potential movement. I have a

    hologram in my wallet which shows how a Crystalens is supposed to flip forward and back inside the eye, remember,

    reality is that the lens is inside a sack being pressed by fluids from the front and back which strongly affect its motion.
    I have to go but let me summarize my personal experience
    1. Halos and streaks are a fact of life every night, I am fortunate in that I only have to close my left eye, the only one

    with a replacement lens, to see what proper vision looks like. I believe this is the result of the small size (4.5mm) of the

    Crystalens. My friends with the standard fixed 6mm lens do not seem to have this problem.

    2. Morning and evening inside the house and some office situations cause blurred vision if there is not enough light,

    and enough is brighter than I would have thought.

    3. Focus is marginally, if at all better up close than my friends with the standard 6mm lens implant. They can read at

    20 inches as well as I can.
    4 Lots of light is needed for good vision.
    When my other eye eventually needs a replacement lens I am going to definitely go with the standard tried and true

    by millions, 6mm fixed lens. It is far cheaper, the incision to put it in is smaller, and the pupil has to open much further

    to have the light passing by the outside of the lens effects. At my age of 51 my pupil will not open that far under any

    conditions except extreme darkness. I am fortunate that only one eye had the crystalens and I have the ability to see

    what a normal eye does under all the conditions I have mentioned. The regular eye never has halos or bluriness under

    any of the previous conditions mentioned. I wish I had a standard implant in my right eye so I could give you a first hand

    account of a side by side comparison, but that will come later. In the meantime, my advice is to wait until you really

    understand the lens and your personal experience with it. I wanted this lens taken out but they tell me it is too

    dangerous to remove. It does work as well as a standard lens if I have enough light, and the distance focus is right on.

    But meantime, wait, there is no rush for this irreversible proceedure and you eyesight is for the rest of your life. Any

    potential problems will be forever, but if you are happy with the lens you have only lost 6 months. Live with the

    difference in glasses for 6 months, even though one will be thicker than the other. You will be happy you did. I only wish

    I had a voice of experience when I was on fire to get this done telling me to slow down. Think hard and do not let

    Doctors dismiss the things I have said till you prove the reality to yourself, they have an agenda and can be very

    intimidating. I would suggest that everyone wait a minimum of 6 months between eyes when they are trying

    something new, so they can fully understand how they react to the new technology, perhaps you will be very happy, but

    you cannot know that in three weeks either way and this is irreversible. - Marty
    PS: Please E-Mail me if you have any other questions or results. I would like to hear from anyone who can offer insights

    based on their PERSONAL experiences. I have heard enough from Doctors who brush off my issues with claims that I

    am a unique case, unique or not I live this reality every day, and I regret my decision EVERY day since I feel there is a

    better, cheaper and well proven alternative. We all have different perspectives but we do live in the same world of

    physics.]

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    Old 07-14-2005, 10:31 PM   #12
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    Re: Crystalens post-op

    Seriosperson-
    Sorry to have resent the posting, I didnt see it posted and need to understand the post proceedure better.
    Thanks for the detailed information, especially about your mom and her problems. I see you are interested in the restore lens. I dont know much about them but I am concerned that it is a rehash of a lens that didnt work out too well in the past. These lenses use a multifocal approach where the lens is cut so that it has different focal planes that fall upon the retina at all times and your brain is supposed to pick out the properly focused one and ignore the unfocused light. This supposedly allows near and far vision, but it means that unfocused light will always be on the retina and you will have to ignore the blurred part. It is my contention that a single focal point is always best even if some glasses may be required under some conditions. I would personally stick with the standard lens which I have a couple of friends that really like the ones thay have. They can read computer screens very well and only need reading glasses for close (12" - 15" inch reading). I'll leave it at that and bear in mind it is only my opinion.
    I also want to tell you about an eye drop which shrinks the pupil size, which really helps with the Crystalens and eliminates most all of the halos and glare until it wears off. It is available with your Doctors prescription and is called Alphagan. I did not want to take an eye drop every day but if I dont want the low light issues then I must. Thanks for the write back and keep me informed on your results. - Mart21

     
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    Re: Crystalens post-op

    Marty, When you said that the shooting rays were reflection off the lens' haptics, was that a logical conclusion or a proven fact? Because my incision was at the top of the iris (yours may have been too, given that we're the same age), and there is just enough scarring still there to possibly account for the rays (picture the light hitting the irregularities at the top of the cornea on their way to the pupil).

    Right now I am very depressed over the loss of my perfect near vision. Instead I have good intermediate vison in bright light--which I already had with glasses. There is less haze now, but I really wish I had waited for the new low-light lenses to be fully developed.
    What's also really getting me down is reading that there is an "alarming" number of post-capsullary opacification with the Crystalens, which is treated by a simple YAG laser-piercing of the capsule, but which disqualifies the eye from ever having a replacement lens in the future.

     
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    Re: Crystalens post-op

    I went for a second opinion today.
    I'm going ahead with my second surgery Monday, which will be to place a Restor lens in my right eye.
    I will try to start a new "Restor lens implant" thread before then.

    For now, keeping my fingers crossed in the position of prayer (as did a main character on one of my favorite scifi shows recently).

     
    Old 07-20-2005, 04:48 AM   #15
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    Re: Crystalens post-op

    Good luck SP.
    You're doing a great service for those of us who have cataracts but haven't yet had surgery.

    T.

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