A new ReSTOR Multifocal Lens can potentially eliminate glasses from your life after cataract surgery. Because Norwich Ophthalmology Group cares deeply about the visual outcomes for our patients, we now offer the ReSTOR Aspheric, the latest technology in multifocal lens implants. Norwich Ophthalmology Group is one of the first eye centers in Southeastern Connecticut currently utilizing this exciting new technology. In order to better understand your options for lens implant procedures please read below.
People with progressed cataracts often describe the sensation as looking through a piece of wax paper. A cataract may make light from the sun or a lamp seem too bright, causing glare. Colors may not appear as bright as they once did. Or at night oncoming headlights may cause more glare than before.
When your physician tells you that you have a cataract and it should be removed, it may be frightening to consider. But, once you understand what a cataract is, how it will be removed, and the life-changing benefits cataract surgery can bring, you’ll likely wish you’d had the procedure sooner.
A cataract can progress until eventually there is a complete loss of vision in your eye, and neither diet nor laser treatment will make a cataract go away. However, cataract surgery can help restore your vision, long before you experience loss of vision significant enough to interfere with your daily activities.
Getting Ready for Surgery
Once it is determined that you have cataracts and that they must be removed your doctor will then work with you to decide which IOL is best for your visual needs. There are two basic types of IOLs, each designed for a specific corrective function. These types are monofocal and multifocal.
Monofocal IOL: An intraocular lens that provides patients with only one focal point. Most commonly, these lenses correct only for distance vision.
Monofocal lenses provide corrective power in only one segment of your visual range (typically distance vision).
Multifocal IOL: Multifocal lenses are designed to correct a range of vision near through distance. You may be a candidate for the AcrySof ReSTOR IOL, which is an advanced type of multifocal IOL. Ask your doctor if the AcrySof ReSTOR IOL is right for you.
Cataract surgery is an outpatient procedure that will only take a few hours. When you arrive, your eyes may be treated with eye drops and anesthetic to minimize any discomfort during the operation.
During this routine operation, a small incision is made in the eye. Your surgeon will use a tiny instrument (about the size of a pen tip) to remove your clouded lens. This can be done with either an AquaLase device, which uses gentle pulses of fluid to wash away your cloudy lens, or an ultrasonic instrument that breaks up and gently removes your cloudy lens (called phaecoemulsification).
Phaecoemulsification: Also called “phaco,” this cataract surgery procedure involves using a device with a vibrating, ultrasonic tip to gently break up the cataract and remove it from the eye.
How does the AcrySof ReSTOR IOL work?
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.
Accommodation: The ability of the eye’s lens to change shape to focus on objects at various distances.
Unfortunately, this ability diminishes as we grow older, causing us to become dependent on bifocals or reading glasses. However, the AcrySof ReSTOR IOL was designed to provide quality near to distance vision.
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