Accommodative Intraocular Lens (IOL)
Imagine being able to see your world as well as you did when you were younger, without the help of glasses or contact lenses. Being seen the way you want people to see you.
Youthful. Energetic. Vibrant.
Being able to see the way you want to see. Near, far and all distances in between. Seamlessly. Effortlessly. Naturally. Never missing a child’s smile, the sparkle of a diamond, a cloud that looks like a face, an important plot twist in a mystery novel. Imagine a way to do it. Through your own eyes. Imagine all the possibilities.
What is an Accommodative IOL?
An accommodative IOL is a replacement lens that works naturally with your eyes’ muscles to give you the quality of vision you enjoyed when you were younger. The revolutionary new design includes “hinges,” which are designed to allow the lens to move, or accommodate to focus on objects near, far and all distances in-between seamlessly.
Unlike old-style fixed focal lenses, which didn’t move, new IOLs, such as Crystalens has the ability to move, thus focusing as your eye’s natural lens does. Your doctor will take precise measurements to insure the correct power selection.
The Accommodative IOL Procedure
The medical procedure to implant the IOLs is the same safe, proven cataract surgery performed annually on over 7 million eyes globally. Over 65 million procedures have been done in the US in the last 25 years.
Typically performed in an outpatient surgical facility, the actual surgery takes less than twenty minutes. In a pain free procedure, your doctor will place a few drops in your eye, then use an ultrasonic probe to remove the cloudy lens from your eye. The IOL is then gently placed where your original lens used to be.
Once surgery is complete, your doctor will place additional drops in your eye to prevent infection and decrease inflammation. Because the opening into the eye is so small, it heals quickly on its own, without any need for stitches.
Why we offer our patients the Accommodative IOL:
These lenses offers significant advantages over other kinds of lens implants and corrective lenses.
- Standard (single vision) lens implants don’t have the ability to provide a full range of vision. Most people who have single vision lens implants MUST wear glasses for middle and near vision.
- The lens has the unique ability to focus on objects at varying distances using the eye’s natural muscle. This means the Crystalens can provide sharper vision, without corrective lenses, throughout a full range of vision from near to far and everything in between.
- The FDA one-year clinical study results indicate that 92% of the people enrolled in the study (implanted bilaterally) could see 20/25 or better at distance, 96% could see 20/20 at arm’s length and 73% could see 20/25 at near without glasses or contact lenses. What is more exciting is that 98% of these people could pass their drivers test, 100% could see their computer or put on their makeup, and 98% could read a magazine, all without glasses or contact lenses. Also, your ability to see at approximately arm’s length (middle vision) will be greatly enhanced with the lens.
- The quality of vision compared to wearing bifocals and/or trifocals is significantly improved. You’ll have a full range of vision, without having to tilt your head to find that portion of your glasses that allows you to see clearly. You simply look at something and the lens, mimicking the natural focusing ability of your eye, will automatically focus your eye at near, arm’s length, or distance.
Williams Eye Institute will be glad to answer any questions you have about the Accommodative IOLs.