DNU: Local surgeon uses new intraocular lens for cataract patients with presbyopia

VERO BEACH – Dr. Val Zudans, M.D. of the Florida Eye Institute in Vero Beach has announced he is one of just four surgeons in the state of Florida and one of just thirty-five surgeons in the United States to be selected as an investigator in Bausch & Lomb Surgical’s Field Observation Study for their new Crystalens AO model. This lens will be released to the general public in 2010.

“With the new Bausch & Lomb Crystalens AO IOL, patients have the potential to see well near, far and everywhere in between,” said Dr. Zudans. “This new lens with an aspheric optic is a breakthrough in cataract surgery that we are proud to offer our patients.”

Bausch & Lomb Crystalens AO is a foldable IOL and represents breakthrough technology because of its new aspheric optic design. According to Dr. Zudans, “The Crystalens platform for a dynamic flexible lens that moves within the eye to change focus from far to near has been around for about seven years. It has gone through several generations of enhancements. The newest generation which is to be released to the general public in 2010 has an aspheric optic design that is intended to improve the optic quality.” The end benefit for patients is an increased range of quality vision that results in a high level of spectacle freedom. Through his participation in the Crystalens AO Field Observation Study, Dr. Zudans has already implanted ten lenses with this latest technology. He is now scheduling consultations at the Florida Eye Institute for patients interested in this lens once it is released to the general public in 2010.

A cataract is a “clouding” of the eye’s natural lens, which results in blurred or defocused vision. According to a recent article published in the Archives of Ophthalmology, more than 20 million adults in the U.S. have developed cataracts making it the number one cause of poor vision in the United States. While not all cataracts require surgery, nearly 3 million cataract procedures are annually performed in the U.S. Cataracts cannot be prevented and are the leading cause of treatable blindness worldwide. According to the National Eye Institute, the number of Americans with cataracts is expected to rise to over 30 million people by the year 2020.Information: Call (772) 569-9500

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