What is ReSTOR?
If your doctor has recommended that you undergo eye surgery to correct cataracts in one or both eyes, you will need to decide which intraocular lens (IOL) is right for you. During cataract surgery, the damaged crystalline lens of your eye will be removed and replaced with an artificial lens to restore your vision. The AcrySof® ReSTOR® IOL is an excellent option that has been approved by the FDA for patients who suffer from cataracts with or without presbyopia. During your pre-surgical consultation, your optometrist will discuss the types of IOLs available and help you determine which one will be right for you.
The ReSTOR IOL utilizes several advanced optical technologies to provide patients with clear vision after their surgery. The unique design of this IOL allows for clear vision for objects in the near and far ranges of vision and everything in between. ReSTOR lenses are also able to correct presbyopia, a condition in which the ability to see objects in the near range of vision diminishes with age, causing many people to begin using reading glasses. After receiving ReSTOR implants, many patients are able to stop using eyeglass altogether – in clinical trials, about 80% of patients reported that they were able to forego corrective lenses altogether. ReSTOR lenses are unique in that they do not depend upon mechanical movements of the artificial lens, as required by other types of IOLs, to provide clear vision. Thanks to the unique apodized diffractive optic, the ReSTOR lens acts like two lenses in one, providing clear vision at all distances.
Although originally approved for cataract patients with or without presbyopia, patients with healthy eyes who wish to gain freedom from corrective lenses may also be candidates for ReSTOR IOLs. Ideal candidates will be in good overall health and have realistic expectations. In some cases, patients report instances of glares, halos, and diminished night vision after receiving ReSTOR IOLs; however, these side effects typically diminish within a short period of time, and most patients report satisfaction with their improved vision and independence from corrective lenses.
Patients who have had life-long problems with glare may not be good candidates for ReSTOR, as this condition may be aggravated by the IOLs. Additionally, it is not recommend that pilots or those who depend on good night vision for a living (such truck or taxi drivers) receive ReSTOR lenses. ReSTOR IOLs may also not be the right choice for individuals who are hypercritical and/or who have excessive complaints about their current corrective lenses.
ReSTOR lenses have successfully given numerous cataract patients clearer vision and reduced dependence on corrective lenses for many others. ReSTOR IOLs are an excellent option for some people, but they are not right for everyone. Call us today to set up an initial consultation and learn more about how this exciting optical technology can improve your vision. Our optometrists will explain the benefits and risks associated with ReSTOR IOLs in great detail so you can make an informed decision before undergoing surgery.