Advanced Technology Replacement Lenses

Once a cataract-clouded lens is removed, it must be replaced with an intraocular lens (IOL) to restore focus. Many patients are perfectly happy with a traditional monofocal IOL to restore focus at one distance (usually far vision). These patients require glasses for reading after surgery. Others find their lifestyle requires a boarder range of vision with less dependence on glasses and contacts. These patients often lean towards advanced technology replacement lenses, such as the Acrysof® Toric IOL and the AcrySof® ReSTOR® Multifocal IOL offered at Center for Total Eye Care.

Toric IOL

The Acrysof® Toric lens is a foldable, single-piece lens designed to replace the cataract-clouded lens and reduce or eliminate corneal astigmatism to significantly improve uncorrected distance vision. In other words, AcrySof® Toric lens provides quality distance vision, independent of glasses and contact lenses.

If you depend upon eyeglasses, you may have experienced the inconvenience of not being able to find your glasses when you really need them. Glasses are easily lost or damaged, expensive to replace, and inconvenient to clean and maintain. The more active you are, the more glasses may interfere with your lifestyle by complicating your participation in daily and recreational activities. Many people do not like the "look" of glasses and prefer another type of vision correction such as contact lenses. Toric contact lenses designed to correct astigmatism are an option; however, some users find them uncomfortable and experience difficulty in adjusting to wearing them. There are several surgical options your surgeon may choose to treat astigmatism, such as LASIK laser vision correction, astigmatic keratotomy (AK), or limbal relaxing incisions (LRI). However, if you are planning to have surgery to remove a cataract, the implantable toric lens makes it possible to treat the cataract and correct the corneal astigmatism at the same time.

Multifocal IOL

The AcrySof® ReSTOR® Multifocal IOL is a unique technological innovation that may provide you with quality vision throughout the entire visual spectrum—near through distance—with increased independence from reading glasses or bifocals!

As we perform daily activities such as reading, watching television or working at the computer, our eyes are constantly focusing on objects at varying distances—up close, far away and everything in between. The ability to quickly change focus throughout this range of vision is called accommodation. Unfortunately, this ability diminishes as we grow older, causing us to become dependent on bifocals or reading glasses. However, the AcrySof® ReSTOR® Multifocal IOL was designed to provide quality near to distance vision by combining the strengths of apodized diffractive and refractive technologies. Similar technology has been used for years in microscopes and telescopes to improve image quality, and has now been patented for use in intraocular lenses by Alcon.