Accommodating IOL - Crystalens

Are you tired of wearing reading glasses or contatcts? Are you a Florida resident in the Sun City, Bushnell or Tampa Bay area and are you considering cataract surgery or a refractive lens exchange procedure?  Now there's a new way to see at all distances by having the opportunity to not have to depend on your eye wear. is a new premium lens that offers many benefits in correcting your vision after cataract or refractive lens exchange surgery.

It used to be that after cataract surgery, monofocal lens implants were the only options available to help achieve even greater visual results after cataract surgery.  Monofocal lens is a lens that when light enters the actual lens, it is bent to a specific focal point.  The light is bent to focus on the retina of the eye.  It is called a monofocal lens because the light can only be bent to one focus point at a time.  This type of lens can provide excellent vision, but only at a distance, and the patient may still be required to wear reading glasses after surgery.  With new advancements in technology, there are many options to choose from when it comes to selecting an intraocular lens implant.  The new premium lenses can provide near, intermediate, and far distances and can eliminate the dependency of reading glasses after cataract surgery.  

Crystalens® IOL is an accommodating lens that allows a patient to see at near and far distances all in one lens and this is what makes the accommodating premium lens even more beneficial then a monofocal lens.  The accommodating Crystalens IOL was modeled after the human eye and it's movements so that the lens can accommodate for all types of vision.   If you are seeking clearer vision in Florida after cataract surgery, Dr. Kaufman will help you choose the best intraocular lens implant for your specific situation.  


  • 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. Imagine Crystalens®. Imagine lifestyle lens implants.

What is Crystalens®?

After the age of 40, the natural lens of the eye starts to harden and this makes tasks like reading difficult.  Cyrstalens is an accommodating IOL.  This lens is designed for patients who struggle with reading, and it allows distance vision, close vision, and everywhere in between in one single lens.  The lens has two hinges that move slightly forward and backward in the eye and this allows the lens power to change.  This lens is made to work like the natural lens in our eye and it accommodates all different types of vision distances.

CrystalensCrystalens®, a single-focus lens, is a cataract replacement lens that works naturally with your eyes’ muscles to give you the quality of vision you enjoyed when you were younger.

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.

Unlike old-style fixed focal lenses, which didn’t move, Crystalens® has the ability to move, thus focusing as your eye’s natural lens does.

The Crystalens® Procedure

CrystalensThe medical procedure to implant the Crystalens® 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. It is important to choose a lens power that matches the lens power in your natural eye for the Crystalens® to work its best.  The accommodating lens uses the natural muscles of the eye to focus at various distances which gives the patient a much more natural sense of sight.  The Kaufman Eye Institute will help you choose the right lens power for your specific situation.

The actual surgery takes less than twenty minutes and is typically performed in an outpatient surgical facility. In a pain free procedure, Dr. Stuart Kaufman will place a few drops in your eye and this will clean and numb your eye, preparing you for surgery.  A small micro incision is made at the edge of the cornea.  To remove the cataract, an ultrasonic probe is used.  The ultrasonic probe pulverizes the cloudy lens from your eye which will allow the cataract to be easily removed. The Crystalens® is then gently placed where your original lens used to be into the small incision. Once the surgery is complete, Dr. Stuart Kaufman 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.  The Crystalens® is permanent and having this accommodating lens in your eye will prevent you from having a cataract again.  The recovery time is short and most patients can return to their daily activities almost immediately.  Dr. Stuart Kaufman will schedule a follow-up appointment with you the day after surgery to make sure that everything is working properly.

With Crystalens®, the Advantages are Clear

The Crystalens® 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.  With Crystalens®, you may have the opportunity to be glasses free when it comes to reading, driving, or even working on a computer.
  • The Crystalens® 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.  If you are looking for a full range of vision at all times, ask the Kaufman Eye Institute and they will give you a thorough examination to determine which premium lens is right for you.
  • The Crystalens® 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.
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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 Crystalens®.

In addition, 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 Crystalens®, mimicking the natural focusing ability of your eye, will automatically focus your eye at near, arm’s length, or distance.

Kaufman Eye Institute is a certified center of Crystalens® excellence in the Tampa Bay area. We would be glad to answer any questions you have about the Crystalens®.  We know that with so many options out there for intraocular lens implants, choosing the right one for you specific situation can be tough.  The Kaufman Eye Institute has the experience and technology to thoroughly examine the patients eyes and then to choose the right path for our patients best visual outcome.  If you or a loved one has cataracts and you are searching for the right cataract surgeons in Florida, call the Kaufman Eye Institute today and we will help you get started on your new life with your new vision.