For most Lake Charles and southwest Louisiana cataract patients, life without reading glasses or bifocals is something they either experienced before presbyopia or they just dreamed about for most of their lives. But today, the AcrySof® ReSTOR® IOL is turning those dreams into reality with its revolutionary lens technology, which is designed to allow patients to see clearly at all distances without bifocals or reading glasses. Falgoust Eye Medical & Surgical now provides Lake Charles, Louisiana, with ReSTOR IOL lenses for cataract treatment.
According to a clinical study, 80% of patients who received the AcrySof® ReSTOR® IOL reported no longer wearing glasses for any activities. With the AcrySof® ReSTOR® IOL they can work on the computer, drive a car or read a book– day or night – and participate in their favorite leisure activities with an increased freedom from glasses. Patients were so pleased with their vision, nearly 94% of patients said they would have the AcrySof® ReSTOR® IOL implanted again, should it be required.
Cataract surgery at Falgoust Eye Medical & Surgical in Lake Charles is performed on an outpatient basis, and usually requires just a few hours of your time from beginning to end. Your eye will be treated with anesthetic prior to the procedure so you’ll feel little, if any, discomfort. A tiny incision will allow your surgeon to break up or wash away the cloudy cataract. Once the cataract is removed, the AcrySof® ReSTOR® IOL will be inserted through the same incision and set into its permanent position.
After the procedure you’ll rest for a short while before you go home. Your doctor will typically examine your eye within 24 hours. You’ll need to use prescription eye drops to guard against infection and help your eye heal. For a few days, you may need to wear a protective shield, especially at night to prevent you from rubbing your eye. Everyone heals somewhat differently, but most patients see well enough to return to most of their routine activities the day after surgery. Once both eyes have been treated, you will fully appreciate the AcrySof® ReSTOR® IOL and realize that your cataract was one thing you could definitely live without.
Similar to other lens implant procedures, you can expect your vision to be good the day following surgery.
For most patients, near vision is good the next day and improves over the following week. Results are best when both eyes have ReSTOR® lenses implanted.
The results are very good. After having ReSTOR® lenses implanted, 80% of patients say they never wear glasses. Nearly 94% were so satisfied that they would have the procedure again.
Anyone who has a normal eye exam and is dependent on reading glasses or bifocals may be a candidate. Although Lake Charles ReSTOR® lenses are a breakthrough technology initially approved for cataract patients with or without presbyopia, it is not necessary to need cataract surgery to qualify for the ReSTOR® lens, just a desire to restore eyesight at a range of distances without corrective eyewear.
There are no known contraindications. However, based on the FDA clinical trials, Alcon, the lens manufacturer, has indicated the following types of patients should not have the AcrySof® ReSTOR® Apodized Diffractive IOL:
March 23, 2005. It has been approved for use in Europe since April 4, 2003.
During clinical trials, 566 people received the ReSTOR® lens. However, ReSTOR® is the same type of lens implant that Falgoust Eye Medical & Surgical has been using in cataract surgery for many years. Dr. Falgoust has been performing lens implant surgery longer than LASIK surgery.
The greatest risk is infection, which is very rare. Patients receive several days of preoperative antibiotics to minimize this risk. Statistically, the amount of risk for the ReSTOR® lens implant procedure is not much different from LASIK Surgery. Lens implant surgery is one of the most commonly performed surgeries in the United States.
Once the natural lens is removed, it cannot be replaced. However, if one is over 40 and dependent on reading glasses or bifocals, the lens is already not normal. It has lost its accommodation ability. If the patient desires, the ReSTOR® lens implant can be removed and replaced. In the United States arm of the FDA Clinical Trials for ReSTOR®, no patient requested removal of the lens because the benefit of a full range of vision outweighed their complaints of visual disturbances. The only medical indication for lens replacement is if the lens power needs to be changed to help distance vision.
The ReSTOR® lens is like two lenses in one. One refractive lens is for distance, and the other one, a diffractive lens, is for near. ReSTOR® is not dependent on the movement of the lens but has a unique Apodized Diffractive optic that is new to IOL design. The optical design of the lens distributes light between near vision and distant vision to accommodate vision at a range of distances.