Until recently, life without reading glasses or bifocals was not an option for most patients. You now have an option–ReStor with our vision specialist at any of our locations. The AcrySof® ReSTOR® is a unique technological innovation that can provide you with quality vision throughout the entire visual spectrum – near through distance – with increased independence from reading glasses or bifocals.
How does the AcrySof® ReSTOR® intraocular lens work?
As we perform daily activities such as reading, watching television or working at the computer, our eyes are constantly focusing on objects at varying distances – up close, far away and everything in-between. The ability to quickly change focus throughout this range of vision is called accommodation.
Unfortunately, this ability diminishes as we grow older, causing us to become dependent on bifocals or reading glasses. However, the AcrySof® ReSTOR® IOL was designed to provide quality near to distance vision using refractive technologies. Similar technology has been used for years in microscopes and telescopes to improve image quality, and has now been patented for use in intraocular lenses by Alcon.
All patients will see their very best with glasses at both distance and near. The ReSTOR® IOL simply improves your odds of functioning well without glasses.
Although 4 out 5 patients reported never wearing glasses after surgery in both eyes, 1 out of 5 patients still needed glasses after surgery.
The results are not instantaneous. Much of the healing takes place in the first 1-7 days after surgery. Your vision will continue to improve for several weeks following surgery. Your eyes may go though a subtle adjustment period as they get used to their new vision.
Both eyes need to have the ReSTOR IOL for the best outcome.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some of the most common questions about the new AcrySof® ReSTOR® IOL. Contact us for more information about how this breakthrough lens can unlock your lifestyle.
How is the AcrySof® ReSTOR® IOL different from monofocal lenses?
Monofocal intraocular lenses focus at only one distance, meaning that you will likely need glasses following surgery either for distance or near, and sometimes for both. The AcrySof® ReSTOR® IOL differs from regular monofocal IOLs in that it focuses at distance and near, decreasing your dependency on glasses at all distances.
What is the difference in cost between a traditional monofocal lens and the AcrySof® ReSTOR® IOL?
Insurance policies vary, but Medicare, supplemental insurance, and private insurance will typically still cover the basic cataract surgery procedure with a conventional IOL. However, if you decide to have an AcrySof® ReSTOR® IOL implanted, there may be an additional cost that is not covered by insurance or Medicare. You can elect to pay the difference for the added benefits of the AcrySof® ReSTOR® IOL. Feel free to call us, or ask your primary insurance provider to explain your policy coverage.