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AcrySof® ReSTOR® Apodized Diffractive IOL

What is the ReSTOR lens?

Restor apodized diffractive palo alto eye groupThe AcrySof ReSTOR Apodized Diffractive Intraocular Lens is a recent innovation in lens implant technology. The ReSTOR lens is implanted in the eye as a lens replacement at the time of cataract surgery (link to cataract page) or refractive lens exchange.

What makes ReSTOR different from other intraocular lenses?

The ReSTOR IOL replaces the natural lens and is implanted into the eye after the cataract is removed. It has a patented apodized diffractive optic design that works like a bifocal lens inside the eye. For long-distance vision, the ReSTOR lens creates a clear image of the far away object while at the same time a second, highly defocused image is created for near vision that is typically not perceived. For near vision, the ReSTOR lens creates a clear, sharply focused near image and a second highly defocused far away image that is typically not perceived. This apodized diffractive optic design gives it the ability to provide clear vision near, far and in-between without mechanical movement of the lens.

Results from a controlled clinical study of the AcrySof ReSTOR IOL revealed that maximum visual performance is achieved when the ReSTOR lens is implanted in both eyes. Benefits are apparent with individuals in whom the lens is used in only one eye as well. Clinical data demonstrates that AcrySof ReSTOR IOL greatly reduces dependence on glasses or bifocals:

  • 80% of patients reported that after lens implant surgery with ReSTOR lenses, they never needed glasses or contact lenses to see clearly at all distances near, far and in-between.
  • 99% of patients could see well enough to drive a car without glasses or contacts
  • 97% of patients could read the newspaper without reading glasses or bifocals
  • 90% of patients could shave or put on makeup without glasses or contacts
  • 80% of patients NEVER wear glasses for any activities

After surgery with the ReSTOR lens, it may be necessary for some people to wear glasses for distance, intermediate and/or near vision to obtain optimal visual acuity. The difference from standard lenses is that most people will not be as dependent on these supplemental vision aids to function normally.

How do I know if I am a good candidate for ReSTOR implantation?

The best candidate is the individual who is 45 or older who is dependent on glasses and/or contacts to see near, far and in-between. Your doctor will perform a thorough examination and advise you of a customized treatment plan for effectively correcting your vision. Virtually everyone with good general health is a candidate for implant surgery, but people with chronic infections, uncontrolled diabetes, or other health problems may have to wait until these conditions are under control prior to surgery. People who have had prior corneal refractive surgery are acceptable candidates for ReSTOR implantation as long as their eye is in good health. Talk to your doctor. If you have already had cataract surgery, you are not a candidate for the ReSTOR procedure.

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