If you have cataracts and are in good health, you may be a good candidate for implant surgery that will restore your eyes to a healthier state and reduce the risk of future cataracts. ReSTOR lenses are among the latest options for cataract patients, and are designed for those who have not already had cataract surgery.
These lenses can help to restore vision after the natural lens is removed because of cataract, and offer a number of benefits. Here’s a close look at how ReSTOR lenses work, and if what the key benefits of the ReSTOR procedure are:
How ReSTOR Lenses Work
ReSTOR lenses are permanent, artificial lenses designed for people with or without presbyopia. The AcrySof ReSTORe Apodized Diffractive Optic Postierior IOL (ReSTOR) is helps to restore vision after the natural lens is removed, and the convex lens is made of a soft plastic that can be folded and inserted into the eye through a tiny incision.
The eye surgeon makes a small incision that is smaller than the optic diameter of the lens in the eye, inserts the folded lens, and then gently unfolds it right over the eye to restore vision. The haptics of the lens support the lens after it has been unfolded, and help to maintain its position.
ReSTOR lenses are different from other types of artificial lenses because they are designed using apodization, diffraction and refraction technologies. The diffractive optic design means that the lens can focus light on the retina clearly at various distances, and provides a higher level of vision.
Key Benefits of ReSTOR Lenses
The ReSTOR lens offers a number of benefits for cataract patients. These include:
Simple implantation process
Better vision immediately after procedure
Similar to two lenses in one
More consistent results than other lenses
Discomfort after surgery resolves itself within hours
In clinical studies, 80% of patients reported that after lens implant surgery with ReSTOR lenses, they never needed glasses or contact lenses again to see clearly at all distances. 99% of patients could see well enough to drive a car without glasses or contacts, and 80% of patients could stop wearing glasses for any activities after their surgery.
Ultimately, ReSTOR lenses allow people to become less dependent on supplemental vision aids such as glasses or contacts in order to see clearly, and can enjoy a higher quality of life shortly after their procedure. The best candidates for the ReSTOR lens procedure are those that are in good general health, and have cataracts or presbyopia.
Even those who have undergone corneal refractive surgery such as LASIK, PRK, IntraLASIK or RK can be good candidates for ReSTOR implantation, as long as their eyes are in good health and they have undergone a thorough examination.
Learn more about cataract surgery in our information guide, or consult with a vision specialist in your area to find out if you may be a good candidate for the ReSTOR lens procedure.