Monday, August 27, 2012

Crystalens® Lens Implant for Cataracts after LASIK

Question: I am 65 and had LASIK surgery 12 years ago. I am 65 now and will have cataract surgery in October on the right eye. Can I use the Crystalens® Lens Implant? After my LASIK surgery, my far vision improved to 20-20, but I had to wear reading glasses.

Answer: It may or may not be advisable for you to have a Crystalens® Accommodating Lens Implant after Cataract Surgery if you have had previous LASIK Surgery. Once you have had LASIK, the precision with which your Cataract Surgeon can measure and calculate the IOL power is somewhat diminished in certain instances. IF, you have the preoperative measurements from your LASIK procedure it will be very helpful to your Cataract Surgeon in this determination. Crystalens® Accommodating Lens Implants can actually be a bit unpredictable in their visual results for some patients even without previous LASIK, so the decision will also depend on the comfort level and consistency of results the surgeon has experienced with this IOL. Should this not be a good option then you may wish to consider Monovision Lens Implants which would also help with near vision correction.

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