The most common type of IOL is the pseudophakic IOL.

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The Crystalens accommodating lens has an advantage over standard lenses in that it provides for better intermediate and near vision, but it has been shown to be slightly less effective at providing fine near vision than a multifocal lens.

Its main advantage over multifocal lenses is that it does not have the concentric rings in its body that can produce some glare or halos around lights at night, making the Crystalens a better choice in cases where vision is already compromised such as in macular diseases, diabetic retinopathy, or those who are naturally very sensitive to glare/halos. Sakauye, Ghajar, and Mendoza now are among a select number of surgeons in the country who are certified to perform laser cataract surgery, and at the California Eye Institute we are the only center in Fresno to have this technology available.

Contrary to popular belief it is not so much weakness in the muscles of the eye that prevent normal accommodation (presbyopia) in the elderly but the stiffness of the cataractous lens, and therefore a flexible lens like Crystalens attempts to overcome this.

The Crystalens may be a better option during conventional or laser cataract surgery for patients with retinal problems who still wish to have some advantage over standard intraocular lenses for near and intermediate vision.

If your macula is healthy, and at the discretion of your Cataract Surgeon, it may be possible for you to elect to have a near vision presbyopia correcting lens implant (IOL) such as a multifocal lens implant or an accommodating lens implant.

These intraocular lens implants (IOL) will offer you the advantage of reducing your dependence or possibly eliminating the need for reading glasses or bifocals after your Cataract Surgery.

In addition it is also due to the changes in the way physicians diagnose diabetes and the diagnostic criteria changes endorsed by the American Diabetes Association.

In addition with more than 1 in 4 Americans over the age of 65 having full blown diabetes, it is very likely that more and more diabetics will seek consultation with Cataract Surgeons regarding Cataracts and Cataract Surgery.

It is possible that your individual experience might be different.

None of the information provided here is meant to be a substitute for or replace your eye doctor's consultation nor does it replace the need for you to consult with your Cataract Surgeon about specific details of Cataract Surgery and Intraocular Lens (IOL) Implantation.

In addition, the use of the Len Sx laser allows for more precise incisions on the cornea, called limbal relaxing incisions, to reduce or eliminate astigmatism allowing for better vision at all distances.