Vision Correction Lenses Offered at Huntsville Laser Center: Crystalens®, Visian ICL™, ReSTOR®


For patients who are not candidates for laser vision correction surgery, such as LASIK, Huntsville Laser Center offers multiple implantable lens options for vision correction. If you would like to get rid of your glasses or bifocals or have cataracts, consider an implantable lens procedure at Huntsville Laser Center. Call us today to schedule your free screening.


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At Huntsville Laser Center, we offer conventional LASIK, iLASIK, PRK, LASEK, and Visian ICL. We were the first to bring many technologies to the area, including the excimer laser and femtosecond laser. We have performed over 10,000 procedures, and offer that experience to all our new patients.

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Visian ICL

Extensive research and development preceded the introduction of the Visian ICL™.  It is now being used by more than 100,000 patients worldwide.  The satisfaction rate among patients is extremely high - above 99%!  A type of phakic IOL, the Visian ICL™ provides excellent and stable outcomes for those with a refractive error as low as -3.00 diopters up to as high as -20.00 diopters!

The Visian ICL™ implantation procedure typically takes about 15 minutes and is performed on an outpatient basis.  Please note that someone will have to drive you to and from surgery.  Normally, very little discomfort is associated with the Visian ICL™ implantation procedure.  A light topical or local anesthetic is administered and a mild sedative may be given.  Eye drops will be prescribed and you will need to come back the next day for a follow-up visit.

You will notice immediate results after this simple 15-minute procedure.  A few hours after the procedure you will be able to leave the clinic and will experience high quality vision you never thought possible!

Implantable Lenses

For many years, patients undergoing cataract removal surgery would have intraocular lens implants inserted to maintain the eye's ability to focus. However, many of these lenses were monofocal, meaning that they allowed the eyes to focus on one segment of the vision spectrum – usually for distance. Glasses were still required for near and middle vision tasks, such as reading or computer work.

Advanced developments in vision technology are starting to make the old monofocal lenses obsolete. A new generation of intraocular lens implants, including Crystalens® and ReSTOR®, are rapidly becoming the IOL of choice for people undergoing cataract removal surgery today. These lenses give the patient the ability to focus at near, middle, and far distances, without the need for additional correction such as glasses and bifocals.

Crystalens®

An unfortunate part of the aging process for many people is the loss of near vision. Usually starting in the mid-40s or early 50's, the lens of the eye begins to thicken, harden, and exhibit the signs of the condition known as presbyopia, or loss of accommodation (loss of vision at a range of distances). As the structures of the eye slowly cease to function properly, you may notice symptoms such as difficulty seeing things close up. You may have to hold your newspaper or menu far away to read clearly, and other near-vision activities become more difficult. You may even have to rely on reading glasses or bifocal lenses.

Fortunately, an effective treatment is now available to restore the function of accommodation to the eye for those struggling with presbyopia, along with other age-related lens changes. Crystalens® is an FDA-approved, accommodating intraocular lens designed to improve near, middle, and far vision. "Accommodating" means that the range of vision is stable and continuous, from near to far, just as your eyes naturally performed in your younger years. Crystalens® is inserted beneath the cornea and works with the ciliary muscle of the eye to help you focus and see clearly. Unlike single-vision implanted lenses, Crystalens® works with your eye to focus at all distances.

If you are experiencing age-related lens changes and the symptoms of presbyopia, please contact us today. Crystalens® may be just the advanced technology you need to help you keep your vision clear and sharp for many years to come!

ReSTOR®

Age-related vision changes affect many people. Presbyopia, a weakening of the muscles in the eye's lens that starts to occur around age 40, causes vision to blur during close-up tasks such as reading or typing. Most people learn to cope with presbyopic vision changes by wearing bifocal lenses or reading glasses – or squinting!

Now there is another way for presbyopic patients to restore near, middle, and distance vision: AcrySoft® ReSTOR® implantable lenses. ReSTOR® lenses use a patented design that employs adopization, diffractive, and refractive technologies. Diffraction refers to the process of "bending" light to focus on different points, while adopization refers to the tiny steps or changes in diffraction radiating out from the center of the ReSTOR® lens. In simple terms, adopized refraction means that the ReSTOR® lens interprets the level of light entering the eye and focuses the light on the appropriate part of the retina to give you clear, accurate vision at all distances. The end result is true freedom from glasses!

In clinical trials, 80% of patients receiving ReSTOR® implantable lenses did not need to wear glasses, compared with 8% of patients receiving single-vision implantable lenses. If you are interested in learning more about how ReSTOR® lenses can help you get rid of those reading glasses, give us a call today!

Contact Huntsville Laser Center to Learn More About Crystalens®, Visian ICL™, and ReSTOR®

Contact Huntsville Laser Center and schedule your free vision correction screening today!