|Scott Jaben, MD, Is Offering the Newest In Cataract Lens Technology:
The AcrySof® ReSTOR® and the AMO ReZOOM Lens Implants
These intraocular lens implants (IOLs) are designed for people with cataracts and presbyopia (the need for reading glasses).
As we age into our 40s, we begin to notice that our near vision is failing. These people find themselves needing glasses, maybe for the first time in their lives. Presbyopia is a condition where near vision is compromised and reading glasses or bifocals are necessary. Millions of Americans become presbyopic each year.
People at any age and especially those entering into their 60s may start to notice their vision is not as crisp as it once was indicating a cataract may be forming or growing. Cataracts affect millions of Americans. It is the clouding of the eye's natural lens, which is positioned behind the iris (the colored part of your eye). It works like the lens of a camera focusing light images on the retina which sends the image to your brain. People with a cataract begin to notice that images are blurred, bright colors seem dull and seeing at night is difficult. The best way to treat a cataract is to remove the clouded lens and replace it.
Until recently, most patients had their vision improved with a monofocal IOL. It improved the quality of their distance vision, but most patients still needed to wear reading glasses. With the introduction of the new FDA-approved AcrySof® ReSTOR® IOL and the AMO ReZOOM IOL, many people will enjoy freedom from glasses and contacts. This new lens provides a full range of vision, decreasing or eliminating dependency on reading glasses or bifocals. Let??s discuss these lenses further.
Whether for cataracts or presbyopia, all surgery patients will notice their vision is significantly better when the clouded lens is removed and an artificial lens called an intraocular lens implant (IOL) is surgically implanted. The traditional or most commonly used IOL is the monofocal type or single vision implant. It is usually designed to correct just distance vision. It improves the quality of the distance vision often without the use of any glasses after surgery, however, up to 90 percent or more of patients need glasses for reading and approximately 50 percent will still need glasses for distance. Most patients resort to bifocal glasses, similar to the ones they were using prior to surgery.
Not all patients who receive the AcrySof® ReSTOR® IOL and the AMO ReZOOM IOL will be spectacle free. Proper patient selection and screening must be employed to be successful. Age, functional and occupational requirements, degree of general alertness, and ocular health must all be taken into account. Patient satisfaction with this technology will be based on setting realistic expectations.
The AcrySof® ReSTOR® and the AMO ReZOOM multifocal lenses offer most patients what monofocal lenses cannot...the ability to have both near and distance vision without glasses. If the idea of wearing corrective eyewear is frustrating and unappealing, this may be the solution for you. Ask your eye doctor if you are a candidate for the AcrySof® ReSTOR® and the AMO ReZOOM multifocal lens implants.