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ReSTOR Multifocal Lens

The Restor intraocular lens offers distinct advantages over previously available implants. You will recall that an implant is surgically placed to focus light energy replacing the previous focusing ability of the cloudy cataractous material or the poorly focusing lens material when it is removed. The doctors at Capital Eye Consultants are some of the most experienced Restor users in the United States (Data 01/09).

 

The Restor Intraocular lens utilizes the Acrosof lens platform.  Acrosof lenses were the first to use foldable material that was specifically designed for use in the human eye as an IOL.  Acrysof lenses have been available since 1994.  Due to their excellent safety and effectiveness profile, they have become the most frequently implanted lenses in cataract surgery procedures worldwide. To learn more click here.

The doctors at Capital Eye Consultants are some of the most experienced Restor users in the United States (Data 01/09).

Based on the state of the art monofocal lens, this new pseudo-accommodative lens incorporates diffractive technology and an optical technique called apodization adapted from NASA. Microscopic ridges arranged in a proprietary graded fashion divide light energy into distance and near images.

 

Our standard implant allows vision without glasses for one distance only. The ReStor design treats the refractive problem of presbyopia, the inability to focus from distance to near, the reason that reading glasses or bifocals are required, which is the hallmark of the aging eye.

 

Standard cataract surgery or refractive lens exchange with a standard monofocal implant, while restoring optimal distance vision, cannot address this problem. Blended vision with the monofocal lens where one eye is focused for distance and the other eye for intermediate near is a good compromise for average daily activities but still requires prescription glasses for fine visual tasks.

 

Unlike the multifocal lenses available until now, the ReStor has markedly minimized haloes and significantly reduced the decreased contrast sensitivity in low light conditions associated with the previous technology. Unlike the blended vision monofocal implant option there is no loss of depth perception while reading with the ReStor.

Distance vision of course meets all standards set by previous technology, while arm’s length vision is usually adequate for most casual tasks. The one place that glasses may be needed is during extended fixed distance computer work.

For the first time in the history of ophthalmology, 80% of patients who choose this technology can be completely independent of glasses for all daily activities.

The Restor lens, and the care associated with the surgery to implant it, treats the non-covered refractive diagnosis of presbyopia and results in additional costs. For the first time Medicare has allowed patients to electively choose this refractive service. Patients with a cataract will still have the basic surgery covered by Medicare and/or non-Medicare insurance but must pay out of pocket for the more expensive lens and presbyopia treatment.

 

Refractive lens exchange surgery patients without cataract who wish to be independent of glasses can also benefit from this technology.

If you are interested in seeing your best without glasses please contact Capital Eye Consultants so that we can evaluate the appropriateness of this technology for you and together we can further discuss the benefits, risks and costs.

As always all of us at CEC strive to provide the latest proven solutions to protect and restore vision for you and your loved ones.

 

For the first time in the history of ophthalmology, 80% of patients who choose this technology can be completely independent of glasses for all daily activities.