Multifocal IOL lens implants enable patients to see at near far and intermediate distances after surgery. The 2 major brand names in this category are The AcrySof® ReSTOR® IOL by Alcon and Tecnis® by AMO. (Recently acquired by Abbott
The AcrySof® ReSTOR® lens is a breakthrough intraocular lens (IOL) that corrects cataracts, with or without presbyopia. Presbyopia is the reason many patients need reading glasses as their eyes age. The result is clear vision near, far, and everywhere in between. In fact, 4 out of 5 patients in the supporting clinical study who had the AcrySof® ReSTOR® lens implanted in both eyes reported never wearing glasses again.
How does the AcrySof® ReSTOR® lens differ from other IOLs?
The AcrySof® ReSTOR® lens is a multifocal IOL. Traditional IOLs are monofocal. As the name implies, monofocal lenses can only give you clear distance vision, which means reading glasses are still needed. Even if you don’t wear reading glasses now, you’d have to with a traditional IOL.
Patients are so pleased with their vision, nearly 94% of the patients in the supporting clinical study said they would have the AcrySof® ReSTOR® lens implanted again. Given the simplicity of the procedure and the life-changing results, many wish they’d acted sooner.