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What is the AcrySof® IQ ReSTOR® lens?

ReSTOR® is designed to allow patients to see clearly at all distances without bifocals or reading glasses. The design gives it the ability to focus light correctly on the retina for images at various distances without mechanical movement of the lens. The ReSTOR® IOL was designed to provide quality near to distance vision by combining the strengths of apodized diffraction and refractive technologies.

Apodization is the gradual tapering of the diffractive steps from the center to the outside edge of a lens to create a smooth transition of light between the distance, intermediate and near focal points. Diffraction involves the bending or spreading of light to multiple focal points as it passes through the lens. On the AcrySof® ReSTOR® IOL, the center of the lens surface consists of an apodized diffractive optic. This means that the series of tiny steps in that center area work together to focus light for near through distant vision.

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ReSTOR® Results

In the clinical study, 80% of patients receiving the ReSTOR® IOL reported that they never wear glasses for any activities. With the ReSTOR® IOL they can read a book, work on a computer, drive a car and play golf with an increased freedom from glasses.

Common Questions

How is the AcrySof® IQ ReSTOR® IOL different from monofocal lenses?

Traditional IOLs are monofocal – that is, they only focus at one distance. As a result, after surgery, you'll likely need to continue wearing glasses for either near or distance vision, and sometimes for both. The AcrySof® IQ ReSTOR® IOL differs from traditional IOLs in that it is a multifocal lens that provides a full range of vision from near to far, decreasing your dependence on glasses at all distances.

How does the AcrySof® IQ ReSTOR® IOL work?

The AcrySof® IQ ReSTOR® IOL is divided into two main areas – a refractive outer ring that focuses light for distance vision, and a series of apodized diffractive rings in the center of the lens that focus light for near, distance and intermediate vision. Together, these areas provide you with multiple focal points, for excellent vision at all distances.

How is the AcrySof® IQ ReSTOR® IOL different from the original AcrySof® ReSTOR® lens?

Building on the proven platform of the original ReSTOR® IOL, the AcrySof® IQ ReSTOR® IOL incorporates several new innovations that can provide you with even greater visual performance. The original AcrySof® ReSTOR® IOL offered excellent near and distance vision, and good vision in the intermediate range. Now, the AcrySof® IQ ReSTOR® lens offers excellent vision at all distances – close-up, far away and everything in-between. And, with the addition of an advanced aspheric optic, the AcrySof® IQ ReSTOR® IOL offers better image quality than ever before.

What is an aspheric optic?

An aspheric optic is an advanced lens technology that corrects certain types of imperfections, or aberrations, that can develop on the eye with age. By correcting these imperfections, the aspheric optic of the AcrySof® IQ ReSTOR® IOL offers patients enhanced image quality.

What is the difference in cost between a traditional lens and the AcrySof® IQ ReSTOR® IOL?

Insurance policies vary, but Medicare, supplemental insurance and private insurance will typically cover a basic cataract surgery procedure with a conventional IOL. If, however, you decide to have an AcrySof® IQ ReSTOR® IOL implanted, there may be additional costs that are not covered by insurance or Medicare. If you're interested in the added benefits of the AcrySof® IQ ReSTOR® IOL, you can elect to pay the difference. Contact your doctor's office, or your primary insurance provider, for more information about your policy coverage.

Are there any side effects to the AcrySof® IQ ReSTOR® IOL?

With the AcrySof® IQ ReSTOR® IOL, there is a chance that you may experience halos or glare in your vision.

As with any surgical procedure, there are always inherent risks. You and your doctor should consider the potential risks and benefits of cataract surgery, and determine if the AcrySof® IQ ReSTOR® IOL is right for you.

Contact the Williamson Eye Center to set up a free consultation to determine if you are a candidate for ReSTOR®.

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