The Laser ReSTOR® IOL Procedure
Millions of Baby Boomers have more in common than just nostalgia for the 1960s when the Beach Boys and the Beatles were popular, Tie-Dye T-shirts were in style and VW buses were new.
They’re also the largest generation of Americans to reach the magic age of 40 and find their near vision is failing (Presbyopia) while those in their 50s and 60s may also be experiencing a clouding of their vision due to cataracts.
For the first time, they may need reading glasses, bifocals or progressive lenses to see clearly at all distances. Presbyopia is the name of that dreaded condition, which is simply a matter of the aging of the eye – a situation where both the lens and the ciliary muscle of the eye become less flexible. Unfortunately, Presbyopia usually happens to everyone at some point. An estimated 90 million Americans either have Presbyopia or will have it by 2014.
If you don’t relish the prospect of wearing corrective eyewear for Presbyopia, or if you already have reading glasses and find it annoying when you can’t find them to read the paper, or frustrated when you realize you forgot them at home, there is a solution.
The FDA-approved laser ReSTOR procedure is a landmark in vision correction technology for people with Presbyopia with or without Cataracts that may restore the eyesight of your youth. During U.S. clinical trials, the results with laser ReSTOR Procedure were remarkable:
• With laser ReSTOR®, 99% of patients could see well enough to drive a car without glasses or contacts
The majority of Dr. Christenbury’s laser ReSTOR patients can read from 12 inches to 28 inches on the 20/20 or 20/25 line – which is the functional range for reading material and computer distance. Laser ReSTOR also corrects or maintains distance vision, since both a distance and near optic are part of the dual optic design.
What is unique about the laser ReSTOR Procedure? The Intraocular lens is a multi-focal design that has the ability to consistently offer patients improved vision at a range of distances, from close-up to middle and far. Because the laser ReSTOR Procedure doesn’t rely on the movement of the muscles of the eye, it is not dependent on a mechanical process or the movement of the lens to give clear vision.
Instead, the laser ReSTOR Procedure features lenses that use a technique called apodized diffractive technology. A unique proprietary lens configuration allows a specific distribution of light in response to how wide or small the pupil of the eye is at that moment. The optical design of the lens distributes light between near vision and distant vision to accommodate vision at a range of distances.
The laser ReSTOR Procedure provides consistent and permanent results and allows satisfied patients to enjoy activities like reading, sewing, playing cards or looking at the fine print, all without the hassle of reading glasses, bifocals, progressive lenses or contact lenses.
It is important to understand that while multifocal lenses are a newer technology, intraocular lenses are not new. Lens implant surgery for cataracts has been used for more than 30 years and is the most commonly performed surgery in the U.S. Dr. Christenbury has been performing artificial lens implant surgery for over 20 years, and has implanted more than 5,000 multifocal lens implants. He began performing the laser ReSTOR procedure in 2005. He loved the results so much he even got it himself!
Worldwide, more than 50 million lenses with the acrylic Acrysof material used in laser ReSTOR have been implanted in patients’ eyes since 1990. For years, medical researchers have been eager to find a lens that would not only treat cataracts but give patients the range of vision they wanted. Until recently, the only lens implant available was a “monofocal” lens that accommodated sight at a fixed distance, typically medium range. laser ReSTOR® is a “multifocal” lens that offers the exciting promise of freedom from corrective eyewear.
Contact us today to learn more about the laser ReSTOR multifocal lens procedure and if you are a candidate. Call 1 (877) 702-2020 to schedule a consultation and learn how the laser ReSTOR® procedure can benefit you by eliminating your reading glasses and bifocals!