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Crystalens

Dr. Khodabakhsh was one of the first surgeons in California to start implanting presbyopia correcting lenses. At the Beverly Hills Vision Institute, patients have experienced successful and spectacle-free results with the implantation of the latest accommodating lenses. Dr. Khodabakhsh is also one of the first surgeons in the area to receive the Center of Excellence Award. This award is presented to Crystalens-certified ophthalmologists who have demonstrated clinical competence. Recipients are considered nationally-recognized leaders in Crystalens implantation and have implanted at least 100 Crystalens lenses.

The Crystalens procedure is simple and allows for relatively fast healing. After a small incision is made at the edge of the cornea, the lens is liquefied by Dr. Khodabakhsh using the latest in phacoemulsification technology, and the Crystalens is implanted. Crystalens lenses can usually be implanted in about 15 minutes.

The recovery period is usually short. Most patients are able to pursue normal activities almost immediately after surgery. Patients usually have multiple follow-up visits scheduled with the surgeon to evaluate their recovery.

If you are like most patients who opt for Crystalens implantation, you can expect to see everything more clearly. Your focus will be sharper than it has been in years, and you can expect to see more improvements over time.

Presbyopia (The Aging Eye)

As the eye ages, the lens looses its ability to change shape, and images become out of focus. Reading glasses or bifocals are required to help the eye focus. This condition, which begins to affect most people in their forties, is called presbyopia. Presbyopia is the inability of your eyes to accommodate to various distances.

Cataracts

A cataract is the clouding of the eye’s natural lens. The clouding in the lens disrupts transmission of light through the lens. Vision may be blurred, dark, and distorted.

Anatomy/Conditions of the Eye
Understanding Cataracts

A Natural Effect Of Aging

The eye’s natural crystalline lens helps us focus on people and things at varying distances. Unfortunately, as we grow older this lens often stiffens and hardens, and without its youthful suppleness, it loses its ability to focus, creating vision problems. This condition—for most, a natural consequence of aging—is called presbyopia. Some people begin experiencing the early effects of presbyopia (such as gradual loss of near vision) in their mid-40s.

As we age, these changes that occur to the natural crystalline lens can lead to the development of cataracts. By age 65, a large percentage of us will develop a cataract, most often typified by cloudy or fuzzy vision. With a cataract you may have difficulty seeing in extremely bright-light or low-lighted conditions.

Improving Your Vision

Developing a cataract does not mean a permanent loss of vision quality or having to give up the things you love, because cataract surgery is a safe, effective way to improve your vision. Cataract surgery is the most commonly-performed surgery in the United States, with well over 2 million Americans having the procedure every year. Performed almost exclusively on an outpatient basis, cataract surgery is microsurgery, whereby the natural lens is removed and replaced with what is called an intraocular lens (IOL). The procedure is highly successful and most people regain very good distance vision, somewhere between 20/20 and 20/40.
An Important Choice

During cataract surgery, Dr. Khodabakhsh will replace your natural lens with an IOL. Today there are multiple types of IOLs, each delivering a different performance profile based on how the lens is designed. Here are the basics about the three main types of IOLs:

Standard Monofocal IOLs

A standard monofocal IOL is a fixed lens (it does not move) that is designed to deliver improved vision at just one distance (usually far). The potential drawback is that after surgery, you will probably need to wear glasses for near and intermediate vision, even if you didn’t wear glasses before surgery.

Multifocal IOLs

A multifocal lens uses multiple visual zones that are built into the lens itself to provide vision at various distances. It is almost like the rings of a target, with some rings being dedicated to distance vision, while others are used for near vision, similar to having a bifocal or trifocal lens inside the eye. A multifocal IOL projects multiple images, requiring your brain to adjust to the differences. Some patients have difficulty adjusting to seeing this way. Additionally, intermediate vision (subjects at arms’ length) can be compromised because the technology is designed mainly for near and distance vision, at the exclusion of intermediate vision. With multifocal IOLs, patients can have potential issues of glare and halos, especially when driving at night.

Accommodating IOLs

As the name implies, an accommodating lens “flexes” or “accommodates,” using the eye’s natural muscles to focus on subjects at various distances, delivering a continuous range of vision—near, intermediate, and far. Crystalens is the one-and-only FDA-approved accommodating lens available in the United States. Crystalens can reduce or eliminate your dependence on glasses. More than twice the number of patients implanted with Crystalens could see at all distances compared to a standard IOL.