Dr. Christopher Starr implants the first accommodating intraocular lens at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center

During cataract surgery, a patient's cloudy natural lens is replaced with an artificial translucent lens implant which restores clear vision. Traditionally, the artificial intraocular lens implant, or IOL, could only provide a single uncorrected distance of vision. Most patients prefer to have their distance vision corrected with traditional, or monofocal, IOL's and they therefore need to wear corrective spectacles for up-close reading and intermediate computer distances.

The crystalens® (Bausch & Lomb, Inc.) is the first FDA-approved accommodating intraocular lens in the US and is designed to provide functional distance, intermediate and near vision after cataract surgery reducing the need for spectacles. In July 2008, Dr. Christopher Starr, Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and Director of the Ophthalmology Residency Program at Weill Cornell Medical College, became the first surgeon at NewYork-Presbyterian /Weill Cornell to implant this revolutionary lens in a patient. Dr. Starr mentioned that the patientŐs surgery was quite successful and the patient now enjoys clear vision for distance (driving) as well as intermediate (computer) and near (reading), and the patient has already requested the same surgery for the other eye. Dr. Starr cautioned, however, that such lenses are not always suitable for a given patient undergoing cataract surgery, and that careful preoperative evaluation is essential to obtain the best visual results for patients undergoing cataract surgery.


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