Until recently, intra-ocular lenses (IOLs) used in cataract procedures provided good functional distance vision, but most cataract patients still required reading glasses or bifocals following surgery. The innovative AcrySof® ReSTOR® IOL by Alcon, popularly known as the ReSTOR® Lens, now provides cataract surgery patients with good or improved vision at near, far and all distances in between – to a degree not previously possible using conventional or standard IOLs.
The ReSTOR IOL is not moved by the ciliary muscles. Instead, built-in concentric steps create circular areas across the lens that react to light differently. The center step contributes to near vision; and as the steps move towards the periphery provide distance vision. The ReSTOR IOL is made of a proprietary material called AcrySof.
With the ReSTOR® Multi-Focal Lens, 80% of ReSTOR® Lens patients in a clinical trial reported able to read, drive and do other tasks after having the lens implanted in both eyes without having to wear glasses, compared to only 8% of patients with monofocal IOL lenses.
However, as with many things, there may be a tradeoff. Before cataract surgery, discuss all of the benefits and risks of the AcrySof® ReSTOR® IOL with your Northeastern Eye Institute ophthalmologist. Please call (800) 844-6315 to speak to a member of our team today.