Crystalens Eye Surgery for Cataracts

Cataract surgery removes the natural opaque lens in the center of the eye, usually using an ultrasonic technique known as phacoemulsification. Following removal of the natural lens of the eye, an artificial lens implant is inserted into the eye. Although many lens implant types are available, one of these implants is known as Crystalens. Many top cataract surgeons in perform these surgeries using only eyedrops to anesthesize the eye, and the surgery is frequently performed without any sutures.

Compared with standard monofocal lens implants, implantation of the accommodating Crystalens lens implant (Crystalens surgery) has the potential to not only improve distance vision without glasses, but also intermediate vision (computer distance) and even reading vision in some patients. The lens is made from solid silicone and has two hinges that allow it to move as the focusing muscles of the eye contract. The company that originally sold crystalens was Eyeonics. The lens is now sold and distributed by Bausch and Lomb, based in Rochester, New York.

The Crystalens Center of Excellence award is presented to Crystalens-certified ophthalmologists. Recipients are considered nationally recognized leaders in Crystalens surgery and implantation and have implanted at least 100 Crystalens.

Medicare and most health insurance companies in the United States pay for cataract surgery, but not the additional fees required for crystalens surgery. The following doctors are widely considered to among the top Crystalens Surgeons, having received the Crystalens Center of Excellence Award for Crystalens eye surgery:

Huntington Eye Care
Paul L. Krawitz, MD
755 Park Avenue, Suite 100
Huntington, NY 11743
Phone: 631.223.0400

Stahl Eye Associates
Thierry J. Hufnagel, MD
200 Motor Parkway, Suite D-25
Hauppauge, NY 11788
Toll free: 888.557.4448
Phone: 631.316.8906

Long Island Eye Surgical Care, PC
John G. Passarelli, MD
601 Suffolk Avenue
Brentwood, NY 11717
Phone: 631.316.8904

North Shore Eye Care
Jeffrey Martin, MD
260 Middle Country Road, Suite 201
Smithtown, NY 11787
Phone: 631.780.4900

North Shore Eye Care
Lawrence Zweibel, MD
260 Middle Country Road, Suite 201
Smithtown, NY 11787
Phone: 631.780.4908