Crytalens Review

An estimated 10.5 million Americans over the age of 40 have cataracts. Unlike a standard intraocular lens implant, the Bausch & Lomb Crystalens intraocular lens implant gives a fuller, more natural range of vision.

Dr. Hecht performs the Crystalens intraocular lens implant surgery every week for his Marina del Rey, Torrance and Beverly Hills patients. His patients have found new freedom with this innovative intraocular lens implant.


Dr. Hecht provides thorough Crystalens review

The Crystalens intraocular lens implant replaces patients’ cataracts and provides some amount of flexibility. Many patients can see in the distance as well as some intermediate and near vision due to the flexibility.

The Crystalens intraocular lens implant may allow you to have a more natural range of vision; more likely to provide clearer vision for reading a book, working on the computer, and driving a car than a standard intraocular lens implant, which has no flexibility. In this way, the Crystalens intraocular lens implant attempts to mimic the young human lens inside of the eye and functions more like a natural lens.

Crystalens review:

• The first and only FDA-approved accommodating intraocular lens implant
• Uses the natural focusing ability of the eye
• Only FDA-approved presbyopia correcting IOL for cataract patients that provides a single focal point throughout a continuous range of vision

Further Crystalens Review:

88.4% of patients implanted with a Crystalens could see better at all distances than 35.9% of patients implanted with a standard intraocular lens implant.

Most patients have continued to report excellent vision 7 years after implantation with the Crystalens. More than 200,000 Crystalens intraocular lens implants have been implanted worldwide, and that number is growing daily.

The Crystalens accommodates like the natural lens. After implantation of the Crystalens, most patients will see brighter and clearer across a wider range of distances more like they did when they were younger.

Every patient is different and Dr. Hecht can fully explain the details of your Crystalens procedure. However, the following information may be helpful.


Full Crystalens review in our office

A few questions that people ask about Crystalens:

How long will the surgery take?
The actual surgery itself is usually approximately 15-20 minutes.

Will I feel anything during the surgery?

No. Topical numbing drops will be placed in your eye and oral medications may be administered to help you relax.

When can I return to normal activity?

Typically you will be able to return to normal activities within several days. You should be able to drive and return to work usually within 2-3 days.

After surgery:

• Your eyes may be sensitive to the touch for a few days
• Avoid taxing activity that would strain or put pressure on the eye
• Don’t rub your eyes
• Avoid getting soap in your eyes
• Don’t wear eye make-up for several weeks
• Avoid public pools and hot tubs

What should I expect during the recovery period?

Patients vary in their recovery times. Some people take longer for their near vision to come into focus, while others have near vision almost immediately.

How often will I need to have my eyes checked after surgery?

Typically, Dr. Hecht will see you one day after surgery, after 1-4 weeks and again around 3-6 months after surgery. Usually an annual visit is expected.

Will I have to have cataract surgery again?

Once your cataracts are removed and replaced with an IOL, you most likely won’t need to have cataract surgery again. There are other factors to consider and Dr. Hecht can explain all of them during your consultation.

For a full Crystalens review, see Dr. Hecht for a comprehensive consultation.


Ziemer Laser Eye Surgery

There are lots of new laser eye surgery technologies and the good news for Hecht Eye Institute patients is that we have the very latest technology available for our Marina del Rey, Torrance and Beverly Hills patients.


Ziemer laser eye surgery safely done for our patients

There are a couple of types of laser technologies:


Blade-free LASIK using the new Swiss Ziemer laser to make a corneal flap, rather than a traditional blade.

Intralase LASIK:

Both the Intralase and the Ziemer devices allow elimination of a blade to make a physical cut in the cornea. Instead they use millions of precise laser pulses to create a very accurate flap, removing the potential risks associated with a metal-blade mechanical system.

Is Ziemer Laser Eye Surgery for you?

Ziemer laser eye surgery is a newer procedure with potential advances upon the older American Intralase laser flap maker. Ziemer laser surgery eliminates occasional complications found with iLASIK. Some iLASIK patients (around 7%) experience mild discomfort and mild aversion to light for several days after laser vision correction, know as “transient light sensitivity”.

This side effect is not seen with Ziemer laser surgery, possibly because of a much more tightly focused laser energy pulse and greatly reduced energy per pulse, compared to Intralase’s looser focus and wider dispersion of energy through the cornea.

Make an appointment with Dr. Hecht to see if Ziemer laser eye surgery works for you.


In a LASIK procedure, the first stage is creating the corneal flap. Treatment to correct your eyesight is actually done on the corneal tissue that’s below the surface. Access to the cornea is accomplished by making a surface flap and folding it back. This is totally painless!

The creation of this flap is critical for a successful result of your Ziemer laser eye surgery. The flap needs to be of exactly the right thickness and in exactly the right place. When the surgery is completed, it’s easily folded back into position and acts as a delicate bandage over the treated eye.

The microkeratome devices used in traditional LASIK surgery are hand-held tools with a steel blade that oscillates, moving back and forth at very high speeds. Dr. Hecht is highly skilled in Ziemer laser eye surgery and generally uses this technology for his patients.

Ziemer laser eye surgery complications are quite rare. Use of new femtosecond lasers (Ziemer or Intralase) greatly reduces the likelihood of any such complications.


Allergretto Wave Laser

The Allegretto Wave laser provides a treatment that not only corrects nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism but also maintains the cornea’s natural shape.


Allegretto Wave laser technology for Hecht Eye Institute patients

Torrance ophthalmologist Dr. Hecht uses the Allegretto technology for his Marina del Rey, Torrance, and Beverly Hills patients. The Allegretto Wave laser is one of the first lasers in which patients reported a reduction in post-operative glare. The Allegretto Wave Laser is also quite impressive with its pupil tracking abilities.

The Allegretto Wave laser has been successfully used in Europe since the late 90s, where it has been the leader in international sales for the past three years. In the U.S., it was the first new laser platform to be approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in nearly five years. That clearance was for the highest-ever ranges of nearsightedness and farsightedness.


• Fast and efficient
• FDA-approved
• Accounts for the cornea’s natural shape

No other conventional LASIK treatment takes into account the exclusive curve and slope of a person’s cornea. “We can now provide a more consistent surgery over the entire treatment area, not just in the center,” Dr. Hecht says.

Equipped with all these proven advantages, the Alllegretto Wave laser is one step closer to optimal laser vision correction.

• Vision accuracy, total control
• Superior performance
• Excellent clinical results
• Safe with PerfectPulse Technology
• Smart energy control
• Eye tracking technology
• Speed

The Allegretto Wave laser is capable of producing some of the largest available optical zones. The optical zone refers to the portion of the cornea that has been corrected by the laser. A larger than normal optical zone is especially important for night vision and for patients with very large pupils.

If a patient’s pupil is larger than the optical zone, they may experience less sharp peripheral vision than if the optical zone is larger. Better night vision and less “halos” and glare may result from larger optical zones. The larger optical zones have improved patients’ vision.

To find out more about the Allegretto Wave laser, come and see Dr. Hecht.