Crystalens Rebate Program Extended to Patients Implanting IOL Before March 31, 2011

December 21, 2010

Bausch+Lomb recently announced that it will extend its “See Better and Save” patient rebate program for patients who have the Crystalens® accommodating intraocular lens (IOL) implanted before March 31, 2011. Patients will be eligible for a rebate of up to $250 per eye. The rebate is available regardless of the patient’s choice of physician, hospital or surgical center.

Crystalens is the only FDA-approved accommodating intraocular lens. Unlike a standard IOL, Crystalens can treat both a person’s cataracts and presbyopia—loss of near and intermediate vision.

Read the full release about the extension of the rebate program here.




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9 Responses to “Crystalens Rebate Program Extended to Patients Implanting IOL Before March 31, 2011”

  • Janet Stange

    I submitted a comment, but don’t think you got it.
    Had cataract surg. on right eye 02-19-08 and left eye 03-05-08 and received crystalens. Ater about three or four years I needed glasses for distance vision and was told that this lens was only working part of the time. Today my optometrist told me it is not working at all. I am not wearing glasses for reading, but I know that is in the future. The surgeon is not longer with the practice I go to or in my state. (PA) The opthpamologist I see every four months doesn’t seem interested in
    discussing crystalens with me. The was a pricey procedure which I paid for out of
    pocket and I think there should be some sort of compensation.
    This makes me very unhappy and I feel that I have been taken advantage of.
    I understand that my practice is no longer using this lens.

  • Janet Stange

    Had crystalens put in my right eye 2-18-08 and my left eye 3-5-08 when my cataracts were removed. After a few years my distance vision was not what it
    should be and I was prescribed glasses for driving and distance. Was told by
    my optometrist today that the crystalens is not working at all. A few years back I was told that it was working part of the time. Since this was a high priced procedure I am very unhappy. I liked the surgeon who did the surgery very much but he is no longer in the practice or in our state. (PA.) The othpamologist that I see
    now doesn’t seem interested in discussing the crystalens with me. I have glocoma and see him every four months. He told me last week that my eyes were doing great, but did not tell me that the crystalens is not working at all..
    I think there should be some compensation for this . Eventually, I will be wearing glasses when I can’t see to read.

  • Ruth Bodnar

    I had a Trulign Toric lens implanted in my right eye in 9/14 and a Crystalens implanted in my left eye a month later. My close vision is good but after about 3 feet I cannot see out of either eye. I am now wearing thick glasses (I wore only reading glasses prior to surgery), and my surgeon wants to see me in February to “tweak” my vision, whatever that means. I am hoping for the best, but I don’t have much hope of ever recovering my sight. Is there an active class-action suit against Bausch & Lomb?

  • Ari

    There is no guarantee that crystalens will work. The effectiveness of this lens at near is marginal, so I’m not a big fan. Over correction can happen with ANY lens. It’s a small risk that can’t be avoided.
    Dry eye has nothing to do with the implant. It has to do with cutting nerve endings from the incision. It usually gets better in 6-12 months, but some patients never get better. No way to avoid that risk.
    Replacing implant can be tricky. I advise wearing glasses and treating dry eye aggressively. Sorry you are in the small minority of unhappy patients.

  • Thelma D. White, PhD

    I had Crystalens implanted in both eyes because of Cataracts in April, 2012. This was done two weeks apart. I have not been able to see near or far nearly as well I could before the surgery. I have developed dry eye syndrome since the surgery and require eye drops many times a day. I have used Restasis but found it no more helpful than other OTC drops. In talking with the Ophthalmologist, his comment on my last visit was, “I guess you are one of the fifteen percent for whom Crystalens does not work.” I am very frustrated. I only needed OTC lens for reading prior to the surgery. My vision is blurry and seems to float before I am finally able to focus. I have to wear glasses for reading, but it still is not easy to see. I saw a different Ophthalmologist this past week for a second opinion. I had a very thorough exam by him and his assistant. He said, “I have good news and bad news. You have beautiful, healthy eyes, but the lens in your right eye is overcorrected. You will need prescriptive glasses for both near and far vision.” He stated that removal of the lens can be complicated and he would not recommend it. He also does not recommend Crystalens. He does not believe the science for Crystalens justifies using it. He also said that Lasik in the right eye would be helpful for distant vision but I would still need readers for close use. And I am still paying for the lens…….Does anyone know of any class action suits?

  • ari

    if your surgery was uncomplicated, and your eyes are healthy, then you should see very well with the crystalens without glasses. dry eye can sometimes get worse after cataract surgery and can last almost a year. the dry eye makes the vision poor. can you at least see well with glasses?- if so, the issue simply is the prescription of your eye did not end up as expected.
    anyway, if your vision is not good after cataract surgery, you ought to get a second opinion, to make sure the surgery went well, and to confirm that the issue is dryness. its a bad idea to go through life not knowing exactly what the problem is and whether the surgeon is at fault

  • Linda

    I had the Crystalens implanted in both eyes in March of 2010 and my vision is worse than ever. My surgeon insists that my vision is bad because of dry eye syndrome and I am not consistent with eye drops. I never had dry eye before that I know of so I don’t believe him. It is far easier to blame me then his skills and/or the product. So I don’t know if my problem is the surgeon or the product. At any rate, I would not recommend the procedure at all. My vision is a hard thing to do without; it’s not like a tooth that can be replaced with an implant or partial. Why do these people continue to do this procedure? I should get a full refund of $2,780.00 per eye. Lynn
    Zephyrhills, Florida

  • ari

    not sure if i understand- respond to what

  • Ron O'Keeffe

    I have had the Crystalens AO implanted in each eye in Woodstock Ontario, Canada. I am not satisfied with the results. Long vision poor as well as close vision in right eye. Can not get to discuss results from my point of view with surgeon. Need to get appt. but have had no luck. Surgeries done in Aug and Sept 2010 Secondary for protein removal on Jan. 4, 2011. Please respond.