Most people experience a decrease in their near vision — called presbyopia —around 40.
The other most common cause of hazy vision is cataract or clouding of the natural lens of the eye. With age, the transparent lens of the eye becomes opaque and hard and interferes with normal light transmission into the eye.
So far, cataract surgery was aimed at removing the cloudy lens and replacing it with an artificial lens that only corrected distance vision. Glasses were required for near and intermediate vision.
However, Centre for Sight was among the first to introduce an accommodating lens — the Crystalens. This lens is unique in that it not only corrects distance vision, but also provides better near and intermediate range vision.
This translates into reduced dependence on glasses for most routine activities. Reading a book, working on the computer, watching TV and driving a car can all be performed far more comfortably in people with Crystalens as compared to standard lenses.
Caroline Andersen from Canada says she got a new lease of life after Crystalens implantation in both eyes. Since childhood, she had been uncomfortable with glasses and could never adapt to them. Now, at 55, with reduced near vision due to presbyopia, life had become very difficult.
Dr Mahipal Sachdev of the centre recommended Crystalens.
“This lens combines the advantage of refractive and cataract surgery. It not only replaces the cloudy lens with a clear lens, but using the natural eye muscles, it flexes to focus on objects at all distances,” Sachdev said.
The best part is that the procedure to implant the lens takes only 10-15 minutes.