Presbyopia is caused when the eye’s lens, normally soft and flexible,
hardens with age and results in blurred reading vision. The hardening
of the lens makes it difficult for the eye to focus on close objects.
Presbyopia is part of the normal aging process, typically affecting
adults at about 40 years of age. Reading glasses and bifocals are used
to treat presbyopia. These assist the eyes in focusing on nearby
objects. Since presbyopia affects the lens, LASIK eye surgery, which
only treats the cornea, is unable to correct the condition. Therefore, LASIK patients past their mid 40’s still need to wear reading glasses.
For those who do not to wish wear readers, the answer Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE), whereby we remove the eye’s natural aging lens and replace it with a multifocal, artificial lens (IOL). In my opinion, the ReSTOR 3.0 offers the best possible vision at all ranges. This lens can also be implanted at the time of cataract surgery to markedly reduce the need for glasses after surgery.
Many of our patients at OCLI have questions concerning the use of the ReSTOR. Because of this, we have produced a very informative video that walks you through the entire process of one of our patient’s, Ian Lang, experience with the ReSTOR implant. We hope that this video answers many of your questions! If you do decide to have a premium IOL implanted, make sure you have it done by a surgeon with vast refractive and cataract experience.