LOS ANGELES – Bausch + Lomb, the global eye health company, today
announced its partnership with actress Florence Henderson to inform
older Americans about cataracts which are the leading cause of
diminishing vision. It is estimated that 20.5 million Americans over the
age of 40 have cataracts, a clouding of the eye's natural lens
impairing one's ability to see clearly.
Henderson, the well-known Broadway, film and TV actress, was treated with the Crystalens®
which is the only FDA-approved accommodating intraocular lens (IOL).
She will share her experiences in order to generate a larger
conversation among consumers about the symptoms, diagnosis and various
correction techniques for cataract patients. Ms. Henderson has enjoyed a
storied entertainment career that has spanned five decades. She is best
known for her role as Carol Brady in the iconic television series The Brady Bunch, which ran on network television from 1969 to 1974 and continues in syndication today.
"When my doctor told me what I could expect after the Crystalens surgery, I said, 'Wow, sign me up,' " said Henderson. "I didn't realize what I had been missing before I had my Crystalens
surgery. The colors of everything are so much brighter and the improved
sharpness and clarity of my vision are very noticeable," said Ms.
Cataracts can begin to develop as early one's mid-40s. While 91 percent
of cataracts are caused by the inevitable aging process, they can easily
be corrected. In fact, cataract surgery is one of the safest and most
common surgeries in the United States. Henderson, after consulting with
her doctor and determining she was a qualified candidate, opted for the Crystalens procedure.
"Florence Henderson is obviously a very active woman. There are many
vision correction options for the patient who is over 50 years old.
When I examined Florence, I realized she was a candidate for the Crystalens.
We discussed how it would help her vision up close, far away and
everything in between. She's doing very well since her surgery," said
Dr. James Khodabakhsh of the Beverly Hills Vision Institute in Beverly
Unlike a standard lens, the Crystalens treats the cataract while
simultaneously correcting a patient’s full range of vision, thus
reducing or eliminating the dependence on glasses.
“If something works for me like Crystalens has, I like to share
my experience. I am happy to tell the story to empower, inspire and
motivate people to take care of themselves. As with any health
condition, it’s best to gather information, know the facts and discuss
them with your doctor," said Henderson.
Ms. Henderson, who shared her experiences recently with surgeons
attending the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery in
Boston, is currently conducting a series of interviews with media
outlets around the country. She is talking about her surgery, its
results and reminding people about the importance of regular eye exams
and how important it is to talk with your doctor about picking the right
treatment for each person.
For more information about Florence Henderson, cataracts and treatment options, including the Crystalens, please visit www.crystalens.com.
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About Bausch + Lomb
Bausch + Lomb is dedicated to bringing visionary ideas to eye health.
Its core businesses include contact lenses and lens care products,
ophthalmic surgical devices and instruments, and ophthalmic
pharmaceuticals. The Bausch & Lomb name is one of the best-known and
most respected healthcare brands in the world. Founded in 1853, the
company is headquartered in Rochester, N.Y., and employs more than
10,000 people worldwide. Its products are available in more than 100
countries. More information is available at www.bausch.com.
Crystalens is a registered trademark of Bausch & Lomb.