Around the age of 40, most people begin to lose the ability to read comfortably without reading glasses. This condition known as presbyopia leaves nearly everyone around 50 years of age-dependent on some form of reading correction. During the early days of cataract surgery, we could only implant mono-focal lenses, meaning that patients only had the option of correcting their vision for up close (near vision) or for far away (distance vision).
Today, with the wonderful advances in intraocular lens (IOL) technology, Coastal Vision Medical Group is able to provide patients with premium multifocal lenses (also known as presbyopia-correcting lenses). Implantation of these lenses after cataract surgery may provide patients with the advantages of reducing or even eliminating dependence on glasses altogether.
At Coastal Vision, we believe in providing our patients with the very best in vision care. We are proud to offer the latest advancements in technology including the Acrysof® ReSTOR® IOL. The ReSTOR® IOL provides patients with better vision after cataract surgery and they are less dependent on their glasses. ReSTOR® is a vast improvement from the traditional mono-focal lenses which only allow patients to see clearly at one distance following cataract surgery. Cataract surgery with ReSTOR® can potentially eliminate a patient’s need for glasses or bifocals.
As we age it becomes difficult to focus at various distances and that is when glasses become necessary. The ReSTOR® lens changes the focus which allows patients to see at various distances. ReSTOR® can help cataract patients eliminate these difficulties and be able to see at a multitude of distances.
ReSTOR® IOL is considered one of the first premium lens implants to achieve a high level of success among cataract patients. Most patients have had a positive experience with the ReSTOR® and they either do not have to wear glasses anymore or only for a few small tasks. FDA data released states that 80% of patients were glasses-free following cataract surgery with ReSTOR®. Patients are provided with better vision and their eyes feel young again.
The Tecnis® Multi-Focal IOL is a premium intraocular lens that is specifically designed to offer both distance and near vision. This lens is typically implanted at the time of cataract removal. It is also sometimes used during an elective refractive lens exchange procedure. The goal in choosing the Tecnis® Multi-Focal IOL is to achieve less dependence on glasses or contact lenses. The Tecnis® Multi-Focal IOL brings objects at varying distances into focus using a technology called diffraction. A series of rings on the entire inner surface of the Tecnis® Multi-Focal IOL focuses the light from objects in our vision at varying distances. This allows for a smooth transition of focus between distant, intermediate, and near targets.
After surgery, nearly 9 out of 10 patients did not require glasses for any activity. 93.8% of bilaterally implanted patients stated that they functioned comfortably without glasses at all distances—near, intermediate, and far—at 1 year. 88% of bilaterally implanted patients reported never wearing glasses.
Most patients achieved excellent image quality at all distances, under any lighting condition.
Over 94% of study patients would choose Tecnis® Multi-Focal IOL again.
In traditional cataract surgery, the surgeon implants a monofocal artificial lens commonly called an intraocular lens or IOL. If you have astigmatism, however, you may still experience blurred and distorted vision because a standard IOL cannot correct corneal astigmatism. The Medicare-approved AcrySof Toric IOL corrects for both cataracts and astigmatism simultaneously.
The Acrysof Toric IOL is a foldable, single-piece lens that is implanted during cataract surgery to replace the clouded lens. The unique design of the AcrySof Toric IOL makes it possible to reduce or eliminate corneal astigmatism and significantly improve uncorrected distance vision.
Since the Acrysof Toric IOL is a monofocal lens, it will still be necessary for patients to use reading glasses for the fine print. However, distance vision will be greatly improved especially since a patient’s astigmatism will also be corrected.
To receive more information on cataract surgery and multi-focal lenses, please call (888) 501-4496 or fill out our online contact form.