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The first dysfunction of your eyes' natural crystalline lens is the inability to focus on near objects or accommodate. This condition is called presbyopia. Presbyopia usually starts in the early 40’s as the natural lens begins to lose elasticity. Patients may now require reading glasses or bifocals. The second dysfunction of the lens is a clouding or opacification. This is called a cataract. Cataracts can cause a wide range of symptoms from poor night vision, glare, halos, difficulty reading fine print, and reading information on the television. For over 30 years ophthalmologists have treated cataracts by removing the clouded natural lens and replacing it with an artificial single focus lens.
Patients who undergo single focus lens implants will still require reading glasses, bifocals or progressive eye wear. That has now changed!
Now patients can select to have lifestyle lens implants such as Crystalens® that can eliminate cataracts and help presbyopia at the same time. Crystalens® is an FDA approved lifestyle lens implant which accommodates for vision like the natural lens. The lens is engineered with a hinge design to allow the optic (the portion of the implant that you see through) to move back and forth (accommodate) as you constantly change focus on images both near and far. Crystalens® provides a continuous seamless range of vision for distance, intermediate and near. Crystalens® has the same movement characteristics of a clear lens before the age of 40. "The lifestyle enhancing Crystalens® can give you a wide range of vision similar to the natural crystalline lens with which you were born. “Of all of the presbyopic reducing lifestyle lens implants available, Crystalens® may be the best choice for patients who may develop macular degeneration. It is also an excellent intraocular lens for night driving too." states Dr. Kaufman.
Stuart J. Kaufman, M.D., Medical Director of The Kaufman Eye Institute states, “for most adults over the age of 40, lifestyle enhancing implants offer an exciting and significant improvement in vision. Learning that you have cataracts was generally met with disappointment and sometimes even disbelief. Knowing that their vision is correctable is certainly reassuring. Learning that with lifestyle enhancement Intraocular lens IOL technology their need for eyeglasses will be reduced substantially changes or even eliminate their outlook." Dr. Stuart J. Kaufman, M.D.,is a Diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology, the first surgeon in Hillsborough and Pasco Counties to perform foldable lens implant surgery since FDA approval, the first ophthalmology surgeon to perform no-stitch Insta-Sight™ cataract surgery and the first to perform Crystalens® surgery on Central Florida. The Kaufman Eye Institute is a Certified Center for Crystalens® Excellence. Dr. Kaufman has been caring for patients in the Tampa Area area since 1981. He has also performed over 35,000 cataract surgeries and 80,000 eye surgeries.