Advanced Lens Technology


Eye Care AssociatesIn the past, cataract patients only had the option of a monofocal intraocular lens implant. Monofocal meant that they would only be correcting vision for near or far and would most likely still require glasses. Thanks to recent advancements in technology, patients now have a choice in lenses.

New multifocal/accomodating intraocular lenses have the advantage of allowing people to be able to see near, far and intermediate distances after surgery, often without the use of glasses. Standard Lens Options Standard Intraocular Lens A Standard Intraocular Lens is affixed lens that is designed to deliver improved vision at just one distance (usually far). The drawback of this lens is that you will probably need to wear glasses for close and intermediate vision. The standard lens is usually covered by Medicare and private insurance. You will still be responsible for any deductible, co-pay or co-insurance.

Advanced Technology Lens Options Multifocal Intraocular Lens: ReSTOR A multifocal lens uses multiple visual zones that are built into the lens itself to provide visions at various distances. This lens is designed to give good near and distance vision. You may experience some halos with bright lights (ie: headlights).

Accommodating Intraocular Lens: Crystalens An accommodating lens is designed to flow using the eyes natural muscles to focus on subjects at various distances. This lens gives good intermediate and distance vision but you will need to wear readers for close vision.

Astigmatism Intraocular Lens: Toric This specialty lens is a fixed lens like the standard lens. It is designed to reduce corneal astigmatism and improve uncorrected functional vision. You will need to wear readers for close vision. Insurance will cover the cost of the cataract procedure but will not cover the actual cost of the multifocal, accommodating or astigmatism lenses. Ask to speak with our Patient Advisor to learn more about our Care Credit financing program.

ReSTOR® Multifocal IOL

Vision for the Way You Live!

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At last! An opportunity for visual freedom! The Acrysof® ReSTOR® IOL is now available and delivers the possibility of glasses-free vision for cataract patients. The AcrySof® ReSTOR® IOL provides a full range of vision, decreasing dependency on reading glasses or bifocals.

The AcrySof® ReSTOR® IOL was designed to provide quality near distance vision by combining strengths of apodized diffractive and refractive technologies. Apodization is the gradual tapering of the diffractive steps from the center to the outside edge of a lens to create a smooth transition of light between the distance, intermediate and near focal points. Diffraction involves the bending or spreading of light to multiple focal points as it passes through the lens.

On the AcrySof® ReSTOR® IOL, the center of the lens surface consists of an apodized diffractive optic. This means that the series of tiny steps in that center area work together to focus light for near through distance vision. The design allows for distance as well as vision for reading and computer work. However, it is possible that it will not completely eliminate your need for glasses and your near vision focus will be best at approximately 10 inches. Glares and halos at night have also been reported.

Out of 100 Patients

  • 99% Achieved Good® Distance Without Glasses (20/40 or better)
  • 82% Enjoyed Acceptable Intermediate Vision at 20 Inches without Glasses
  • 97% Enjoyed Good Near Vision without Glasses (20/40 or better)

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The Crystalens® is a revolutionary new breakthrough in vision enhancement. It is the first intraocular lens (IOL) replacement for cataracts that focuses like the eye’s natural lens, allowing for continuous vision up-close, far-away and all distances in between. Unlike standard IOL’s, the Crystalens® can improve full functional vision and in most cases decrease your need for glasses and contacts for everyday tasks, allowing patients to see well and look their best. With Crystalens®, for the first time, cataract patients will have the opportunity to potentially experience the freedom of seeing well at all distances without glasses.

By using the eye’s muscle to move the lens backward and forward naturally in response to the brain’s desire to see at all different distances, Crystalens® enables the eye to focus continuously and seamlessly through a range of distances, including near, far and everything in between. Patients experience the same vision they had when they were younger, for most without the inconvenience of corrective lenses.

In Clinical Trials:

  • 98.4% of patients implanted with Crystalens® in both eyes could pass a driver’s test without glasses
  • 100% could see intermediate (24″ to 30″) without glasses, the distance for most of life’s activities
  • 98.4% could see well enough to read the newspaper and the phone book without glasses
  • Some patients did require glasses for some tasks after implantation of the Crystalens®
  • Significantly more patients implanted with a Crystalens® (88.4%) could see better at all distances then patients implanted with a standard IOL (35.9%)

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