KNOXVILLE, TENN. — During just 100 minutes April 9, Campbell, Cunningham & Taylor will be one of 100 surgeons nationwide who will change the lives of 100 low-income people whose failing eyesight will go from murky to new-found clarity at all distances with crystalensÂ® cataract-lens implants … free of charge.
The program â€“ Changing 100 Lives in 100 Minutes â€“ not only can improve patientsâ€™ eyesight dramatically, but many patients may never need eyeglasses again.
Bausch & Lomb, which manufactures the innovative crystalens intraocular lens for cataracts, will donate 100 pairs of these lenses â€“ not generally covered by private insurance or Medicare. Then, from coast to coast, 100 participating ophthalmologists — including Dr. Philip D. Campbell, Dr. Leslie B. Cunningham, Dr. C. Tobin Taylor and Dr. A. Kirk Haun — will perform crystalens implantation surgeries simultaneously during the next hour and 40 minutes … at no additional charge.
This national effort will begin promptly at 7:30 a.m. Eastern daylight time with the implantation of the 100,000th crystalens.
Crystalens is the only intraocular lens that uses eye muscles to focus in much the same way as the eyeâ€™s natural lens, and is designed to provide clear vision at all distances … near, intermediate and far. The crystalens design is based on the human eye and uses the eye muscle to focus on objects at all distances. It is the only lens to use the eyeâ€™s natural focusing ability and is the first and only such lens to be approved by the FDA. Few crystalens patients have experienced problems with night vision, halos or glare.