The ReSTOR® Lens is a premium artificial lens that can restore a full range of vision without complete dependence on glasses or contact lenses. The AcrySof ReSTOR lens is a foldable IOL that represents breakthrough technology because of its unique, patented optic design, which allows patients to experience the highest level of freedom from glasses ever achieved in IOL clinical trials.
This is a truly revolutionary lens that is a good option for patients that do not like the concept of monovision and would like to have a chance of eliminating glasses.
If you have been told you are not an ideal patient for LASIK, the ReSTOR® intraocular lens might be the next best option. Individuals between the ages of 40 and 60 years of age are typically the best candidates for refractive lens exchange with the ReSTOR® intraocular lens. If you have both distance and reading issues or you require bifocals this might be a better complete vision solution than the much-respected LASIK eye surgery. Patients often think that they are LASIK patients but after understanding their complete visual picture it is easy to see that the ReSTOR® intraocular lens provides a better option for independence from glasses.
The AcrySof ReSTOR® IOL uses a combination of three complementary technologies: apodization, diffraction, and refraction, to allow patients to experience a full range of high-quality vision without the need for reading glasses or bifocals. This range of vision without glasses is achieved through the optical properties of the IOL. The benefit for patients is a high level of spectacle freedom. Alcon has patented the application of apodization technology to an IOL, making the AcrySof ReSTOR® lens the first and only apodized diffractive IOL.
During FDA clinical trials, the results with ReSTOR were remarkable:
- 80% of patients reported that after lens implant surgery with ReSTOR lenses, they no longer needed glasses or contact lenses to see clearly at all distances.
- 94% said they could drive and read the paper without contacts or glasses.
- Nearly 94% were so satisfied that they would have the procedure again.
How does the AcrySof® ReSTOR® lens work?
Various activities require different types of focusing. Your eyes are constantly changing focus on objects based on distance and proximity. The ability of the eye to actually change its focus is called accommodation. As people get older the ability to accommodate changes and the ability to read becomes impaired. The end result is that patients require reading glasses, and in some cases, bifocals. The ReSTOR® IOL was specifically designed to correct this exact issue. The lens actually provides both good near vision and good distance vision.
By utilizing the apodized diffractive optic, the lens is capable of providing a multifocal vision. 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 vision.
The benefit of refractive lens exchange patients is a high level of spectacle freedom. Alcon has patented the application of apodization technology to an IOL, making the AcrySof ReSTOR lens the first and only apodized diffractive IOL.