Cataract surgery has undergone tremendous technological advances since the days of your parents and grandparents. This year, millions of patients will choose to have both their vision and their lifestyles restored, thanks to this life-changing medical procedure. The good news is that you've encountered cataracts at a time when intraocular lens technology has taken a giant leap forward. No longer is the objective simply to restore your distance vision with a single vision lens.
Today, the goal is to enhance your vision with a lens that may provide you with a full range of vision, thus minimizing your dependence on glasses, including reading glasses or bifocals. Once you understand what a cataract is, how it will be removed, and how your vision may be improved with the AcrySof ReSTOR® lens, your concern about your diagnosis could actually turn into excitement.
How Cataracts Develop
A cataract is a clouding of the natural lens inside your eye. This lens, located behind the iris (or colored part of the eye) works like the lens of a camera - focusing light images on the retina, which sends the images to your brain. The human lens, made mostly of protein and water, can become clouded - so clouded it keeps light and images from reaching the retina. Eye injury, certain diseases, or even some medications can cause the clouding. But, in over 90% of cases, clouding is caused by the aging process. A cataract is not a "film" over the eye, and neither diet nor lasers will make it go away. The best way to treat a cataract is to remove the old, clouded lens and provide a replacement.
A cataract can be the reason sharp images become blurred, bright colors become dull, or seeing at night is more difficult. It may also be why the reading glasses or bifocals that used to help you read, or do other simple tasks, no longer seem to help. Unfortunately, cataracts can't be prevented, but removing the cataract and replacing it with an artificial lens can restore your vision and in many ways, significantly improve your quality of life. The time to have your cataracts removed is when the quality of your vision begins to put limits on your activities and enjoyment of life.
When our eyes were younger, your natural lens was both transparent and flexible. Because of this, your vision was most likely stable until you reached your forties. Around that time, you may have noticed that you hold a menu or a book farther and farther away to read it. Many people end up wearing a pair of reading glasses or bifocals to compensate for this aging of the eye. This condition is called "presbyopia" and eventually affects everyone, including those who are nearsighted, farsighted, have cataract, or had perfect vision most of their life.
What is a ReSTOR® IOL?
A ReSTOR® IOL is an intraocular implant that is specifically designed to restore BOTH distance and near vision. These IOLs are designed as an option for cataract surgery lens replacement, as well as for individuals who have lost their ability to see things up close. When people get into their early forties presbyopia develops, ReSTOR® IOLs are designed to provide a person with the ability to see objects at distance, mid and near vision ranges.
How successful is the ReSTOR® IOL procedure?
In the clinical study, 80% of patients receiving the AcrySof ReSTOR® IOL reported that they never wear glasses for any activities. With the AcrySof ReSTOR® IOL they can read a book, work on the computer, and drive a car - day or night - and play golf or tennis with an increased freedom from glasses. In fact, patients were so pleased with their vision, nearly 94% of patients said they would have the AcrySof ReSTOR® IOL implanted again, if given the choice.
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