Colorado accommodating iol
The question is how accommodating is your accommodating intraocular lens (that was supposed to be a joke.) Recently, a friend of mine stopped by the office to discuss cataract surgery.
She was having enough trouble with her vision that we decided to fix her cataracts.
Standard intraocular lenses are covered by and provided by your insurance company.
Advanced technology IOL’s require that you pay some amount extra to pay for the additional expenses and testing to go into a lens that provides extra benefits to your lifestyle like the Crystalens.
I have had one patient that had me exchange the implant for a different style of lens because of edge glare out of the hundreds that I have implanted so this is very rare.
I have had a handful that I have adjusted in the office with a laser because scaring had tilted the lens implant. This complication has largely disappeared with the newer models of the Crystalens.
In my experience, most patients (90%) get distance and intermediate vision without glasses and about half get distance, intermediate, AND near.
Around 10% of patients can’t flex the lens so they have distance vision and use glasses for intermediate and near vision.
She happened to get distance, intermediate, AND reading vision, so we exceeded her expectations.
What varies from one person to the next is how much it flexes.
Some can make it focus from distance to near and everywhere in between.
As you use the focusing muscles inside your eye, the Crystalens flexes to change shape and position to focus on closer objects.
A small amount of flex of the intraocular lens would bring intermediate objects, like the computer into focus while a greater amount of flex would bring near vision into focus.