New England Vision offers more intraocular lens implant (IOL) choices than any other practice in the area, which provides you with the most options for your vision following cataract surgery.
The standard monofocal lens implant is an excellent choice for many people. However, if you are motivated to reduce your dependence on glasses, several advanced-technology IOLs are available.
Standard Toric IOL
The traditional monofocal IOL does not correct astigmatism. Therefore, if you have astigmatism and you decide to have a monofocal IOL implanted into your eye, your uncorrected vision will not be clear at any distance. To achieve clear vision at any distance (far away, mid-range, or near), you will be required to wear glasses to correct astigmatism.
If you have astigmatism and you would like to avoid wearing glasses at all distances, thankfully there is another option. The Toric IOL is an intraocular lens implant that is able to correct astigmatism. With this IOL, patients with astigmatism are able to achieve clear uncorrected vision at one focal point (far away, mid-range, or close); glasses are only needed for activities done at other distances. In practice, most people choose to have clear distance vision without eyeglasses and to use glasses only for near work.
Toric IOLs come in different strengths, depending on the amount of astigmatism that you have. Your surgeon will measure your eyes before cataract surgery to ensure that you receive the proper lens.
As with all advanced-technology implants, the cost of a Toric IOL is not completely covered by your insurance plan, and you are responsible for paying some of the cost out-of-pocket. Talk to the surgeons at New England Vision to learn more about pricing. You can also visit our financing page.
ReSTOR Multifocal IOL & ReSTOR Multifocal Toric IOL
The traditional monofocal IOL and the standard Toric IOL have only a single focal point. This means that you will have a good uncorrected vision at one distance (far away, mid-range, or close), but you will need glasses for all other distances.
If you are motivated to be less reliant on your glasses at all distances (near, intermediate, and far), one option is to choose the ReSTOR multifocal lens implant. This IOL has multiple focal points within the lens implant and therefore gives you clear vision at multiple distances. The ReSTOR IOL will not completely eliminate your need for glasses in all situations, but it will greatly reduce that need. For people with astigmatism, the ReSTOR multifocal toric lens implant can be used.
The ReSTOR IOL is best suited to patients who desire clear distance vision and clear near vision, with less emphasis on intermediate vision. If you are someone who spends more time doing needlework or reading a novel than using a computer or a tablet, then the ReSTOR IOL may be a good choice for you.
It is important to realize that compared to patients with the standard monofocal IOL or the standard toric IOL, patients with the ReSTOR IOL complain more about halos around light and glare. They also have reduced contrast sensitivity (the ability to see subtle borders around objects that blend into the background – such as seeing a pedestrian while driving at night).
Clinical studies show a high rate of patient satisfaction, with over 95% of patients stating that they would have this lens implanted again.
You can learn more about the ReSTOR multifocal IOL by reviewing this brochure, or by visiting this website. You can learn more about the ReSTOR multifocal toric IOL by visiting this website.
As with all advanced-technology implants, the cost of the ReSTOR IOL is not completely covered by your insurance plan, and you are responsible for paying some of the cost out-of-pocket. Talk to the surgeons at New England Vision to learn more about pricing. You can also visit our financing page.