Celia Ponsler thought she would have to choose between her horses and having her vision corrected.
For this lifelong rider, it was an impossible choice. “I had gone to one eye doctor who told me my vision was uncorrectable,” she recalls. When her farrier gave her a brochure for Drs. Campbell, Cunningham, Taylor, and Haun, she quickly scheduled an appointment.
“Because of my cataracts, my vision was not correctable by lenses. I was 54 years old with 80-year-old cataracts and needed surgery,” Celia explains. “I also needed glasses for distance and near vision.”
A resident of Dayton, Celia decided the drive to Knoxville was worth it when the staff patiently explained her surgical options, including the Crystalens® procedure. They also cooperated with scheduling needs.
Celia chose Crystalens, an accommodating lens, partly due to her age and lifestyle demands.
“I compete in Hunter/Jumper events which is very demanding for a rider,” explains Celia. “Sweating is part of it which makes it impossible to wear contacts. Glasses are not much better due to the dirt and mud. Now, I don’t need either. It’s remarkable how much more fun riding is today.”
“I was able to have both eyes done in a week,” she explains. Soon after, Celia returned to her passion of riding and training her horses. Now, she can see their beauty clearly.
“Crystalens made my life much, much better,” offers Celia. “I would recommend that any cataract patient explore all their options before deciding which one is best for you.”