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Crystalens post-op
Apr 19, 2008
Hello everyone. I had cataract surgery Thursday (4/17) in my right eye with Crystalens. It's really early but I wanted to post about my experiences so others might know what to expect.

I had a very advanced cataract which was making my vision basically non-existent in that eye - it was like Vaseline smeared over it. My left eye wears a contact lens (-6.50) for nearsightedness and I use 1.25 or 1.50 readers.

Post surgery my right eye tested 20/25 :) at the morning-after appointment, but with some fuzziness due to a slight degree of astigmatism which had never really bothered me to any extent before the cataract. This had been discussed with the surgeon and I was aware that Crystalens would not correct astigmatism - in fact I am now wondering if it exaggerates it - ??

We discussed doing limbal relaxation incisions at the time of surgery but I decided to wait and see how I was adjusting to the lens otherwise. Not sure if this was the right or wrong decision but we'll see...

Otherwise, intermediate vision (2-20 feet) excellent, couldn't ask for better. Reading vision slightly blurry but OK with readers.

With Crystalens the pupil remains dilated for some time after surgery. I had read about this - the surgeon explained it is so the lens does not "accomodate" during the initial healing process. So right now night vision is full of halos and starbursts and driving at night would be very difficult.

It will be interesting to see if the reading vision and the distance vision improve when the pupil starts functioning normally.

The other issue is some degree of an imbalanced feeling between my two eyes. My left eye is 20/20 corrected with the contact lens, but I am not sure the contact lens vision and the Crystalens vision are compatible. I had asked the surgeon about this since I had read that Crystalens works best when it is in both eyes. I would rather not implant my left eye right now since I am seeing 20/20 out of it but --- I will wait awhile to see if I adjust to this but as far as I can tell this might be a problem.

I would like others to know my experience and the pros and cons since I was apprehensive about it given the number of issues others have had.
[QUOTE=SecondSight123;3537433]Hello everyone. I had cataract surgery Thursday (4/17) in my right eye with Crystalens. It's really early but I wanted to post about my experiences so others might know what to expect.

I had a very advanced cataract which was making my vision basically non-existent in that eye - it was like Vaseline smeared over it. My left eye wears a contact lens (-6.50) for nearsightedness and I use 1.25 or 1.50 readers.

Post surgery my right eye tested 20/25 :) at the morning-after appointment, but with some fuzziness due to a slight degree of astigmatism which had never really bothered me to any extent before the cataract. This had been discussed with the surgeon and I was aware that Crystalens would not correct astigmatism - in fact I am now wondering if it exaggerates it - ??

We discussed doing limbal relaxation incisions at the time of surgery but I decided to wait and see how I was adjusting to the lens otherwise. Not sure if this was the right or wrong decision but we'll see...

Otherwise, intermediate vision (2-20 feet) excellent, couldn't ask for better. Reading vision slightly blurry but OK with readers.

With Crystalens the pupil remains dilated for some time after surgery. I had read about this - the surgeon explained it is so the lens does not "accomodate" during the initial healing process. So right now night vision is full of halos and starbursts and driving at night would be very difficult.

It will be interesting to see if the reading vision and the distance vision improve when the pupil starts functioning normally.

The other issue is some degree of an imbalanced feeling between my two eyes. My left eye is 20/20 corrected with the contact lens, but I am not sure the contact lens vision and the Crystalens vision are compatible. I had asked the surgeon about this since I had read that Crystalens works best when it is in both eyes. I would rather not implant my left eye right now since I am seeing 20/20 out of it but --- I will wait awhile to see if I adjust to this but as far as I can tell this might be a problem.

I would like others to know my experience and the pros and cons since I was apprehensive about it given the number of issues others have had.[/QUOTE]


In my opinion.. I don't want to sound adverse or anything.. But Welcome to the world of Crystalens! I am having the same problems you are having and they are progressing to where it makes it very difficult to see at night to drive . One thing I wanted to know about yours. Do you during the day when your out.. ever find yourself like double blinking as it makes you feel like your lens is out of place? or somethings in your eye. You do this just to clear up the fuzzy? Also.. do you see like bright spots in your eye on either one side of your eye or the other??





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