AcrySof® ReSTOR® IOL

ReSTOR®

Until recently, life without reading glasses or bifocals was not an option for cataract patients because traditional monofocal intraocular lenses (IOLs) could only improve distance vision. The development of the ReSTOR multifocal lens allows patients to see near, far, and everywhere in-between. The lens is designed to correct cataracts for patients with or without presbyopia (lack of reading vision).

Most patients find they can read a book, work on the computer, and drive a car – day or night – with an increased freedom from glasses. In clinical studies, 4 out of 5 patients who received the ReSTOR lens in both eyes reported never having to wear glasses.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the AcrySof® ReSTOR® IOL?
The AcrySof® ReSTOR® lens is a breakthrough intraocular lens (IOL) that corrects cataracts, with or without presbyopia. Presbyopia is the reason many patients need reading glasses as their eyes age. The result is clear vision near, far, and everywhere in between. In fact, 4 out of 5 patients in the supporting clinical study who had the AcrySof® ReSTOR® lens implanted in both eyes reported never wearing glasses again.

How does the AcrySof® ReSTOR® lens differ from other IOLs?
The AcrySof® ReSTOR® lens is a multifocal IOL. Traditional IOLs are monofocal. As the name implies, monofocal lenses can only give you clear distance vision, which means reading glasses are still needed. Even if you don’t wear reading glasses now, you’d have to with a traditional IOL.

How are IOLs inserted?
IOLs are implanted during cataract surgery, which is one of the safest and most effective procedures performed today. Your eye doctor will make a tiny incision in your eye, remove your eye’s natural clouded lens, and replace it with the AcrySof® ReSTOR® lens. Your eye doctor will implant the lens in one eye, then schedule an appointment for your second eye–usually a week later.

What’s the reaction of patients who have experienced the AcrySof® ReSTOR® lens?
Patients are so pleased with their vision, nearly 94% of the patients in the supporting clinical study said they would have the AcrySof® ReSTOR® lens implanted again. Given the simplicity of the procedure and the life-changing results, many wish they’d acted sooner.

Is the AcrySof® ReSTOR® lens proven?
The AcrySof® ReSTOR® lens comes from Alcon, the world’s leader in lenses for cataract surgery. The Alcon family of lenses is the most widely used brand: more than 25 million AcrySof® IOLs have been implanted worldwide.

Is cataract surgery painful?
Cataract surgery is generally a simple, outpatient procedure with little discomfort. The results are permanent, and the actual surgery can take only minutes. Most patients are back to their normal activities the very next day.

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