What are your options?
The standard option...
The Alcon ACRYSOF® Single-piece Monofocal IOL provides clear distant vision. This means that you will be able to see objects that are far away, but will most likely need reading glasses for near vision. The standard monofocal IOL has been successfully implanted in millions of cataract patients who have experienced clear distant vision results.
The deluxe alternative... "ReSTOR® Your Vision"
The Alcon ACRYSOF® ReSTOR® Apodized Diffractive Optic IOL is a new brand of cataract treatment that provides the highest level of spectacle freedom. The apodized diffractive IOL accommodates a full-range of vision, both near and distant, and greatly reduces the dependency on reading glasses or bi-focals. Simple stated, this lens can ReSTOR® your vision and provide you with a superior quality of life.
There is a chance that the sharpness of your visual acuity may slightly decrease. Even with glasses, this visual side effect may become worse in dim light, at night, or in fog. For optimal results, the ACRYSOF® ReSTOR® IOL, should be implanted in both eyes.
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What does this mean for you?
ACRYSOF® Single-piece Monofocal IOL vs. ACRYSOF® ReSTOR® Apodized Diffractive Optic IOL
Key points to remember regrading your choice:
It means a higher quality of life, through visual freedom. In fact, FDA clinical studies have demonstrated that 80 percent of patients never needed to wear glasses or bifocals again, compared to 8 percent of patients with monofocal lenses. Both the Alcon ACRYSOF® Monofocal and ReSTOR® IOLs can restore your vision following cataract surgery. Discussing your lifestyle or visual needs with your eye doctor can help determine which IOL is best for you. If freedom from glasses is your desired outcome, the Alcon ACRYSOF® ReSTOR® IOL may be your best choice. This IOL gives you the best possibility to have clear distance vision and be able to read and perform detail-oriented work without the need for glasses. However, there is a slightly greater chance of having severe difficulty with halos or rings around lights (5 out of 100) and glare (5 out of 100) compared to a monofocal IOL (1 or 2 out of 100). You may grow accustomed to them or continue to notice them. If you drive a considerable amount at night, or perform delicate, detailed, "up-close" work requiring closer focus than just reading, perhaps a monofocal IOL would be a better choice.
What are lens implants (INTRAOCULAR LENSES)?
Intraocular lenses (IOLs) are micro lenses that are placed inside your eye to correct cataracts, nearsightedness, farsightedness or presbyopia. There are two types of IOLs: anterior chamber lenses, which are placed in the anterior chamber of the eye between the iris and the cornea, and posterior chamber lenses, which are placed in the posterior chamber behind the iris and rest against the capsular bag.
IOLs may be used for the correction of nearsightedness, farsightedness, presbyopia, cataracts and astigmatism. The newest option available to people who are very nearsighted is the Verisyse™ Phakic Intraocular Lens (IOL).