For most cataract patients, life without reading glasses or bifocals is something they either experienced before presbyopia or they just dreamed about for most of their lives. But today, The AcrySof® ReSTOR® IOL is turning those dreams into reality with its revolutionary lens technology, which is designed to allow patients to see clearly at all distances while relying on bifocals or reading glasses much less frequently, if at all.
The AcrySof® ReSTOR® IOL is a breakthrough intraocular lens (IOL) that can provide patients a full range of vision — near through distance — and greatly reduce their reliance on reading glasses or bifocals. The AcrySof® ReSTOR® IOL is an artificial lens used in cataract surgery for patients with and without presbyopia.
Presbyopia occurs when the natural lens inside the eye loses its ability to change shape and eventually affects everyone, including those who are nearsighted, farsighted, have cataracts, or had perfect vision most of their life. Patients with a high degree of astigmatism are typically not candidates for this lens.
Why we offer our patients the Acrysof® ReSTOR® IOL
- This unique IOL results in predictable visual results, meaning patients can read prescription bottles, magazines, newspapers and computer screens, while also seeing items at a distance without reading glasses or bifocals. In fact, in clinical trials, 80 percent of patients receiving the AcrySof® ReSTOR® IOL reported that they never wear glasses for any activities. Remember that no lens is perfect, and it is very important that you receive adequate pre-operative counseling from your doctor so that your expectations are realistic. Our experience shows that vision continues to improve at distance and up close for up to several months after the surgery, as you adapt to the new lens. Most patients who choose it say “that was the best money I ever spent!” **
- The AcrySof® ReSTOR® IOL is made of the same highly-biocompatible material as Alcon’s market-leading AcrySof® family of intraocular lenses, which have been implanted in more than 21 million human eyes since 1991.
- AcrySof® ReSTOR® IOL uses a combination of three complementary technologies: apodization, diffraction and refraction. Its unique design provides the ability to focus light correctly and automatically on the retina for images at various distances without mechanical movement of the lens, which is required by other lenses designed to provide a full range of vision.
** There is an out-of-pocket charge for the ReSTOR® high technology lens, over and above what insurance will cover. No insurance plans, including medicare, pay for this premium lens technology.