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Accommodating IOL’s are lenses that have the ability to change position in the eye. During our younger years (<45yrs), people without glasses are able to focus up close by changing the position of the lens within the eye. This is done through contraction or relaxation of the ciliary muscle – which changes the position and shape of the natural lens. The accommodating IOL (or the Crystalens ) has hinges that allow it to change position within the eye to increase our range of vision. It’s advantage is that it does not tend to cause halo’s or glare. However, the trade-off is that you sometimes need glasses for close work (knitting) and may lose the flexibility of the lens over time. Talk to your cataract surgeon to find out if it’s the right choice for you!
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