The most advanced technology in intraocular lens implants is the soft, foldable IOL and small incision hard plastic IOLs. They are inserted through a 1/8 or 1/4 inch incision that heals with no stitch. These implants are permanent, require no maintenance, and produce clear, undistorted vision.
Traditional intraocular lenses are fixed power and generally are chosen to give you the best possible focus at a distance. Reading glasses are required for near vision tasks. However, newer intraocular lenses such as the AcrySof ReSTOR IOL and the Crystalens may reduce the need for reading glasses and are considered premium alternatives to traditional intraocular lenses.
There are a variety of lenses that can be used for cataract surgery. Below is a list and short breakdown of the different types of lenses. Your doctor will give you more information about what type of lens is best for your individual situation.
The AcrySof IQ ReSTOR Multifocal Toric Intraocular Lens is designed for patients undergoing cataract surgery who choose to address their astigmatism, far vision, and near vision at the same time. It is the only multifocal toric lens in which the central portion is 100 percent dedicated to distance vision.
Dr. Bob Williamson was the first surgeon in the state of Indiana to implant this lens. He was chosen by Alcon because of his vast experience and excellent success with both the ReSTOR and Toric lens.
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Until recently, reading glasses or bifocals were the only options for most cataract patients. Now there is another option. The AcrySof ReSTOR IOL is a unique technological innovation that can provide you with quality vision throughout the entire visual spectrum – near through distance – with increased independence from reading glasses or bifocals! In fact, with this increase in vision quality, AcrySof ReSTOR IOL patients would be able to pass the visual acuity portion of the driver’s license exam in most states.
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Patients with astigmatism now have an option for clear vision after RLE or cataract surgery. The AcrySof Toric lens treats nearsightedness or farsightedness in addition to astigmatism simultaneously. Toric IOLs may be used to provide blended vision to improve distance and near vision. Not all patients with astigmatism will require a Toric IOL because limbal relaxing incisions (LRIs) may be used to treat astigmatism when using presbyopia-correcting and aspheric IOLs.
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Crystalens is an accommodating intraocular lens that, unlike a standard IOL, can treat both a person’s cataracts and presbyopia- loss of near and intermediate vision.
Crystalens not only treats cataracts, but can also reduce or eliminate your dependence on glasses. It does so by recreating accommodation similar to your eye’s natural lens. The unique Crystalens can reduce or eliminate glasses for most activities including: reading a book, working on the computer, and driving a car.
Crystalens was modeled after the human eye. Like the natural lens, it uses the eye muscle to flex and accommodate in order to focus on objects in the environment at all distances.
Crystalens can dynamically adjust to your visual needs.