Are those bifocals and reading glasses getting on your very last nerve? Virginia Eye Consultants has the solution for you! Intraocular lens implants (IOLs) can improve a range of vision conditions and have you seeing much more clearly, without heavy reliance on corrective eyewear. IOLs are typically placed during cataract surgery procedures, and they can often serve as alternatives for patients who may not be candidates for laser vision correction.
Below, you will find helpful descriptions of the many advanced intraocular lenses we offer. If you have questions, or if you would like to schedule a consultation to learn more about our options, please contact us today.
Multifocal intraocular lenses can provide clearer focus at a range of distances. Some of the multifocal IOLs available include:
Today, due to amazing technological advances, you may be able to see as well as you saw in your 20’s and 30’s. You can read your newspaper, keep pace with your computer, and see far or near without the need for annoying bifocals and contact lenses… all because of Virginia Eye Consultants and Crystalens technology.
Crystalens Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What is Crystalens?
A. Crystalens is an actual lens, a perfect lens, placed in the eye, that focuses exactly like your natural lens. It is the first intraocular lens replacement that provides continuous vision, intermediate and distance. Crystalens restores full functional vision and, generally, completely eliminates the need for glasses, bifocals or contact lenses.
Q. How does Crystalens work?
A. By using the muscles of your eyes, Crystalens moves just as your eye lens, naturally, in response to messages from the brain. At all different distances, Crystalens enables you to focus just as your natural eye. Patients experience their youthful vision, most without the inconvenience of corrective eyewear.
Q. What is an accommodating Intraocular Lens (IOL)?
A. Standard lens implants afford vision at a fixed distance. Most patients with single-vision implants need to wear glasses for near vision as well as intermediate vision.
However, Crystalens, an accommodating intraocular lens focuses like the eye’s natural lens. Crystalens restores near, intermediate and distance vision – eliminating your need for glasses or contacts. You’ll see better, feel younger and look more youthful without those glasses.
Q. Who is a good candidate for Crystalens?
A. Men or women, 45 to 50 years of age (even older) who want to see as well as they did years ago – before they had to push their bifocals back into place. Virginia Eye Consultants can advise if you’re a candidate for this wonderful advancement. Just schedule a consultation and you’re on your way to youthful eyesight.
Q. Can I have Crystalens if I’ve had LASIK?
A. Yes! The good news is that if you’ve had previous corneal refractive surgery you may be a candidate. Virginia Eye Consultants can best determine your candidacy during your consultation.
Previously, generations of intraocular lenses did not have the capability of responding to your eyes’ muscles. They could only give you single-distance focus. As a consequence, it was necessary to have glasses or contact lenses for near or middle vision. Or, your ophthalmologist, during cataract surgery, had to focus one eye for distance and the other for near vision.
More About Crystalens
Crystalens gives you full range vision by naturally responding to your eyes’ muscles . You will have the very best vision possible – focusing at near, arms-length, or far distances.
The two-year FDA clinical study of Crystalens reported:
- 100% of the patients could read newsletters without glasses or contact lenses,
- 98% passed the driving test without glasses, and
- 92% could see 20/25 or better at distance.
New Medicare Policy Allows Seniors Access to Crystalens and ReSTOR® Advanced Lens Technology at Virginia Eye Consultants
Presbyopia-correcting Crystalens and ReSTOR® intraocular lenses are now available options for senior citizens on Medicare. These options can be utilized for cataract surgery with lens replacement (a treatment that is typically covered under Medicare) and the correction of presbyopia (a treatment that is not covered under Medicare). Individuals who choose the Crystalens or ReSTOR® IOL for cataract surgery can receive the standard Medicare reimbursement for that portion of the procedure, and private payment will be accepted for the presbyopic portion of treatment.
Presbyopia is an extraordinarily common vision condition that typically manifests at around the age of 40. The condition causes blurry vision while trying to see objects at a close distance, and often results in the need for reading glasses or bifocals. Typically the first sign of cataract development, presbyopia occurs when the crystalline lens of the eye loses its elasticity and flexibility. This ultimately makes it gradually more difficult for the eyes to focus, particularly on up-close objects.
With the AcrySof ReSTOR® IOL (intraocular lens), patients can attain significantly improved vision at a full range of distances without heavy reliance on corrective eyewear. This revolutionary IOL is a permanent lens implant that allows you to see much more clearly at near, far, and intermediate distances.
The ReSTOR® IOL is designed to allow for a smooth distribution of light as it is absorbed by the eye, regardless of the point of focus. Clinical studies have shown that 80 percent of patients who had the ReSTOR® lens said the need for glasses was eliminated, and almost 94 percent of patients said they would undergo the treatment again.
During the ReSTOR® procedure, anesthetic eye drops will be placed on the eyes to maximize your comfort. Our experienced eye surgeon will make a small incision and replace the eye’s natural lens with the ReSTOR® implant. The incision should heal by itself, which means no stitches are typically necessary. Most patients experience virtually no pain and recover quickly from this procedure. Vision improvement is often apparent about a day or two after the ReSTOR® lens has been placed, with continued improvement over the next week.
Another excited ReSTOR patient talks about her results after her lens replacement procedure by Dr. Stephen Scoper of Virginia Eye Consultants.
For presbyopia and cataract patients with astigmatism, traditional IOL implants only correct half the problem for regaining quality vision. Glasses and contact lenses have previously been the only viable options to correct astigmatism after cataract surgery… until now. The AcrySof® Toric Intraocular Lens (IOL) is an advanced technology that makes it possible to correct presbyopia and cataracts that disrupt your vision — AND the corneal astigmatism distorting your vision — all at the same time. Our doctors will talk with you about your options and determine if the Toric IOL is right for your needs.
TORIC lens patient Kay Cuthbertson explains why it was worth the hour drive to come to Virginia Eye Consultants for her procedure.
TORIC Lens Patient Kay Cuthbertson
Virginia Eye Consultants now offers the advanced LensTec™ Softec lens for blended vision correction. Blended vision is similar to monovision – the correction of far-distance vision in one eye and near- or intermediate-distance vision in the other – although it is typically milder than monovision. The LensTec™ Softec lens allows for a “mini-monovision” approach, which can provide a greater depth of focus when compared with a traditional monofocal lens. Blended vision can be more adaptable than monovision in some patients, and has helped many individuals improve their vision while reducing dependence on glasses and contact lenses.
Contact Virginia Eye Consultants
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