REVOLUTIONARY IMPLANT MAY GET RID OF READING GLASSES AND BIFOCALS AVAILABLE EXCLUSIVELY AT THE WILLIAMSON EYE CENTER - WAFB 9 News Baton Rouge, Louisiana News, Weather, Sports

REVOLUTIONARY IMPLANT MAY GET RID OF READING GLASSES AND BIFOCALS AVAILABLE EXCLUSIVELY AT THE WILLIAMSON EYE CENTER

REVOLUTIONARY IMPLANT MAY GET RID OF READING GLASSES AND BIFOCALS AVAILABLE EXCLUSIVELY AT THE WILLIAMSON EYE CENTER

FDA-Approved Crystalens ® Restores Up-Close, Far-Away and Everything-In-Between-Vision to Patients

Baton Rouge, LA - (February, 2005) - Crystalens® , the first and only accommodating intraocular lens that allows patients to focus automatically and seamlessly at all distances, is now available in the Baton Rouge area exclusively at the Williamson Eye Center.

Dr. Charles H. Williamson, FACS at Williamson Eye Center who has implanted over 40,000 lenses in the past 25 years, and is the only ophthalmic and refractive surgeon in Baton Rouge authorized to perform this procedure, is now evaluating patients who are interested in receiving this lens.

The Crystalens received FDA approval on November 14, 2003. This unique lens has gained widespread acceptance over the last year.

"For patients who want to get rid of their reading glasses, the Crystalens is the only procedure that allows the eyes to restore their ability to focus clearly so that patients can regain their ability to read without glasses," explained Dr. Charles Williamson of the Williamson Eye Center.

The Crystalens works by using the eye's muscle to move the lens backwards and forwards naturally. Patients can focus through a continuous range of vision including near, far and intermediate vision. Most patients are able to experience the same vision they had when they were younger, without the inconvenience of corrective lenses or eyeglasses.

This procedure is the only one of its kind that turns back time by mimicking the eye's natural process of accommodation and reducing or eliminating the dependence on contact lenses, bifocals or reading glasses.

The revolutionary design element that makes Crystalens the state-of-the-art replacement lens are "hinges" which are designed to allow the lens to move, or accommodate to focus on objects near, far and all distances in-between seamlessly. Eyeonics, Inc., the developer of the Crystalens, stated that the hinge was tested extensively and demonstrated no fatigue after a million cycles.

The medical procedure to implant the Crystalens is the same safe, proven cataract surgery performed annually on over 7 million eyes globally. Typically performed in our outpatient surgical facility, the actual surgery takes less than ten minutes.

Clinical study results of the Crystalens indicated that most of the patients implanted in both eyes had excellent functional vision.

  • 98.4% of patients passed driver's licensure exam after surgery
  • 98.4% of patients could read print the size of the stock quotes in the newspaper without glasses
  • 100% of patients had good intermediate vision (24" to 30"), which means they could see their computer screen or items at arm's length without glasses
  • 93.8% of patients stated that they can perform most daily activities without glasses.
Candidates include persons over the age of 45, who need their glasses to see up close and or at a distance.

People who have had prior corneal refractive surgery (for example, LASIK) are acceptable candidates for Crystalens implantation as long as their eye is in good health.

Many younger cataract patients under the age of 65 are excellent candidates for Crystalens. They can have a lens implant with the added benefit of not needing reading glasses.

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