Restor IOL v/s Monofocal IOL

Discussion in 'Optometry Archives' started by Me, Aug 10, 2007.

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    Me Guest

    Someone in my family is undergoing cataract operation and there is an option
    to consider Restor IOL. This IOL apparently helps reduce probability of
    wearing glasses after the surgery is considered an advanced invention in
    this field. The side effects quoted are halo effect, glares and potentially
    reduced vision/clarity at intermediate ranges.

    So for someone in my family who has just presbiopia (reading only glasses),
    is going for Restor an overkill or a good investment in eyesight? Of course
    money is an issue but if one were to not consider that (its a matter of
    one's sight after all), would be factors to consider a typical Monofocal

    I wonder what the group thinks!

    Me, Aug 10, 2007
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    Jane Guest

    According to the EyeQ report on the 2007 symposium of the American
    Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, sales of ReStor have been
    on the decline. Some of the reasons mentioned include the associated
    glare and halos, "Vaseline" vision, loss of contract sensitivity, and
    the long (12 month) period to neuroadapt to the lenses. (An online
    article in Eye World reports that about 10% of the multifocal
    recipients NEVER neuroadapt to their lenses.) When asked which
    multifocal/accomodating lens they would want in their own eyes, not
    too many of the eye surgeons chose ReStor.

    Online forums (such as Med Help International) are filled with posts
    about multifocal complaints and horror stories. Personally, it's hard
    for me to understand why anyone who has done their research would
    choose ReStor (or ReZoom).
    Jane, Aug 10, 2007
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