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AcrySof® ReSTOR® intraocular lens (IOL)

AcrySof® ReSTOR® intraocular lens (IOL)

The ReSTOR lens is a premium intraocular lens that is designed to provide a full range of clear vision - distance, intermediate and near - allowing for less dependence on glasses or contact lenses. The ReSTOR lens is implanted in the eye after removal of the natural crystalline lens of the eye, typically for the treatment of cataract, but may be done electively in a procedure called “refractive lens exchange”.

The FDA clinical studies identified that 80% of patients receiving the ReSTOR lens no longer require glasses for any activity. This is a truly revolutionary lens that is a good option for patients who do not like the concept of monovision (one eye focused for distance and the other for near) and would like to reduce the chance of needing distance, reading or computer glasses after surgery.

“Refractive lens exchange” refers to the removal of the natural lens of the eye and replacing it with an intraocular lens when a cataract does not exist. If you are interested in refractive surgery but have been told you are not an ideal patient for LASIK, the ReSTOR intraocular lens might be a good option for you. Individuals over the age of 50 are typically the best candidates for refractive lens exchange with the ReSTOR lens. If you have both distance and reading issues or you require bifocals, this might be a better complete vision solution than the much-respected laser vision correction procedure.

How does the AcrySof® ReSTOR® intraocular lens (IOL) work?

AcrySof® ReSTOR®Different activities require different amounts of focusing. In youth, your eyes are constantly changing focus on objects based on proximity. The ability of the eye to change focus is called accommodation. As people get older the ability to accommodate decreases and reading becomes more difficult. The end result is the need for reading glasses or bifocals.

The ReSTOR lens was specifically designed to correct this problem by focusing light for both distance and near targets. By utilizing an apodized diffractive surface design, the lens is capable of providing multifocal vision. As light passes through the lens it is diffracted, or bent to multiple focal points, by a series of tiny steps on the lens surface.

During U.S. clinical trials, it was found that:

  • 80% of patients reported that after lens implant surgery with ReSTOR lenses, they no longer needed glasses or contact lenses to see clearly at all distances.
  • 94% said they could drive and read the paper without contacts or glasses.
  • Nearly 94% were so satisfied that they would have the procedure again.
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