Restor multifocal lens
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Lee

AOL

#1 Jan 28, 2008
Just had cataract surgery on one eye last week. Next surgery in a few weeks. Am thrilled with distance vision, but so far I'm worried about being able to see to put on makeup, do hair, etc. I know the midvision is supposed to improve. Is there anyone who has had the Restor implanted and can comment?
winsel

United States

#2 May 3, 2009
Lee wrote:
Just had cataract surgery on one eye last week. Next surgery in a few weeks. Am thrilled with distance vision, but so far I'm worried about being able to see to put on makeup, do hair, etc. I know the midvision is supposed to improve. Is there anyone who has had the Restor implanted and can comment?
I'm considering Restor for my surgery soon. Please let me know your experience/reccomendation.
Thanks
winsel

United States

#3 May 3, 2009
My eye guy says I need cataract surgery soon (eventually on both eyes), and I agree it is time. I'm 75, male, no health problems of concern, excellent general health, DV -2, NV +2.5 both eyes, no astigmatism to speak of.

I'm trying to decide which lens type I want, but reliable info is scarce.

The usually prescribed monofocal lenses (distance-focused, near focused, or one near, one far) is unappealing to me.

The accomodating IOL (B&L Crystalens) seems somewhat hit or miss.

The mult-focal IOL (ReStor, Rezoom, Tecnis, etc) seem a decent compromise, albeit halos, glare, contrast sensitivity, etc could be a handicap, depending on severity. Maybe one of these IOL's is better that the other in these regards.

Please give me feedback on your long-term experience with your IOL's as to overall satisfaction and reccomendation; in particular, being able to see near and far. Please report on any pre-op health issues that may have compromised your results. Be sure to let me know your lens type and brand name. Please reply; I need help.

Thanks much.
bob782

Seattle, WA

#4 Aug 13, 2009
I've had ReStor lenses in both eyes for nearly a year and they are a huge mistake.I'm seriously considering having them removed.Anyone considering these lenses needs to carefully locate blogs and other online postings about them that spell out many problems that come with the lenses.
janet

Michigan City, IN

#5 Sep 22, 2009
where can I find info about restor multifocal lens for one eye only... i don't have a cataract in the other eye
janet

Michigan City, IN

#6 Sep 22, 2009
bob782 wrote:
I've had ReStor lenses in both eyes for nearly a year and they are a huge mistake.I'm seriously considering having them removed.Anyone considering these lenses needs to carefully locate blogs and other online postings about them that spell out many problems that come with the lenses.
Bob, what problems are you having..I'm really confused about which lens to go with....
pen

Key Largo, FL

#7 Sep 23, 2009
janet wrote:
where can I find info about restor multifocal lens for one eye only... i don't have a cataract in the other eye
I received a Restor lens in my left eye last month becaus of a cataract it is working out wonderfully, my right eye is getting used to a multi focal lens and i could not be happier. Not everybody is a canditate for it and a good doctor will tell you. But my vision is 20 20 now because of the Restor lens, I dont know where you live but the doctors do it in Miami ( I'm one of the uninsured so I had to leae the good old USA to get this
Charles

Naples, FL

#8 Sep 27, 2009
My take on the Restor implants is that they are for folks who just cannot abide wearing glasses. They have too many visual artifacts, for others.

If you can live with reading glasses, forget Restor.

Yes, I have them and I hate them! Night driving is awful!
pen

Key Largo, FL

#9 Sep 28, 2009
Charles what do you mean by "visual artifacts" I have the Restor in left eye, now 20/20 and i wear a multi focus contactlens in right eye for reading and computer. I can skip it for driving. Nite vision was weird in the beginning but doctor told me it would improve and it has I had the surgery around the middle of august, Glasses wee not my thing, but I wore them for 7 years before ReStor. I am only 52 and my cataract was induced by ultra violet rays ( a lifetime of sunshine with no sunglasses.... I am sorry you hate your new lens
Charles

Naples, FL

#10 Sep 28, 2009
pen, the visual artifacts include halos around bright lights and ghost images of the annular rings that make up the Restor topology. Night driving is scary! Headlights (and street lights) have expanding, bright rings around them that can obscure street signs and other important details.

I am happy for you as I have nothing approaching 20/20 in either eye (both with Restor implants) and am having a lot of trouble driving, even in the daytime.

For reading, I am fine ... great work there, Restor!

For computer work, I am using 1.25 magnification reading glasses and that works fine.

For low-light, I am kind of screwed. I think that the Restor implant lenses are very compromised, in this regard. They are not very efficient in terms of light transmission to the retina.
Ron

Philadelphia, PA

#11 Oct 7, 2009
I had the Restor lens implanted in my left eye one week ago. I'm going to get the right eye done today. I'm EXTREMELY happy with the vision in my left eye. The first night after the operation I did have halos and a pink tint to my vision. My doctor advised that the eye was super dilated and that the slight pink color was from the operating microscope. He said that both would resolve as the pupil returned to normal. During this time distance vision got clearer first and near vision cleared exactly two days later as the pupil contracted. I am experiencing the best vision I have ever had in my left eye. As I'm typing this message I am putting in the dilating drops into my right eye for surgury this afternoon. I had reservations about the multifocal lens and even my eye doctor recommended the monofocal lens. My surgeon, however, didn't even offer or consider the monofocal and I'm glad about that. I had no pain at all. A paper cut is 100 times worse than cataract surgury. I'll post the results for my right eye soon. Good luck to all....
jacob

Bromley, UK

#12 Oct 17, 2009
My eye specialist suggested me having a multifocal lens transplant. I'm 66 but still very active and working.
Few words about my life style: I read a lot facing PC, papers and books. I watch TV not to much and drive not often. I travel very often and attend meetings and conferences and meet with a lot of people.
I will appreciate very much to hear from people’s personal experience with multifocal transplant.
Thanks in advance
Jacob
TBD

Ewa Beach, HI

#15 Jan 10, 2010
I just had both eyes implanted with the Restor lens. I went from blurred vision from cataracts to razor sharp. My eyes are now 20/15 vision. Incredible! I can see branches on the trees miles away in the mountains. The leaves on the trees are sharp. Colors are incredible. Near vision flawless. I would pay 10x the amount I paid for these lens.
Charles

Naples, FL

#16 Jan 10, 2010
TBD wrote:
I just had both eyes implanted with the Restor lens. I went from blurred vision from cataracts to razor sharp. My eyes are now 20/15 vision. Incredible! I can see branches on the trees miles away in the mountains. The leaves on the trees are sharp. Colors are incredible. Near vision flawless. I would pay 10x the amount I paid for these lens.
Good for you, but it hardly represents what most patients have experienced.
polemonium

Fairfax, VA

#17 Jan 24, 2010
If you are interested in a netural assessment of a largish survey of customer satisfaction with monofocal vs multifocal implants, take a look at this article:

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/709887_5

The statements regarding satisfaction with night vision are a bit startling, because they go against the prevailing opinion, in spite of the optics involved.
Wanda

Abbotsford, Canada

#18 Feb 27, 2010
bob782 wrote:
I've had ReStor lenses in both eyes for nearly a year and they are a huge mistake.I'm seriously considering having them removed.Anyone considering these lenses needs to carefully locate blogs and other online postings about them that spell out many problems that come with the lenses.
I had them put in one year ago and big mistake-saw optomitrist today and he said they are crap and only 30% success-0most of the time they don't work properly and cause much distortions. If I could I would get some other kind. I have to wear glasses now and they won;'t get rid of the distortions. pay more for less vision. great deal
Greg

New Boston, TX

#19 Feb 27, 2010
I had the Restor inplanted early October. If I have ever made a worse decision in my life I can't think of it. I paid a lot of money to have my eyesight screwed up. Huge halos, anything that is illuminesant is very blury, and everything has a shadow or "ghost image". But I can read a monitor great!!! as long as I'm in the right focal range. I will not stay like this even if I have to have these removed and the traditional lens implanted. Oh, the "doctor" didn't mention the possiblity of these things happening to me.
Bill

United States

#20 Mar 10, 2010
TBD wrote:
I just had both eyes implanted with the Restor lens. I went from blurred vision from cataracts to razor sharp. My eyes are now 20/15 vision. Incredible! I can see branches on the trees miles away in the mountains. The leaves on the trees are sharp. Colors are incredible. Near vision flawless. I would pay 10x the amount I paid for these lens.
I had Restor Lenses implanted in 2007 when I was 52 due to severe cataracts. I was also very near sighted (-5.50). These lenses have worked as expected and I am more than satisified. My distance vision is 20/25 which for me is terrific. I can read without glasses under normal light. I work on a computer most of the day and can read the monitor just fine. There are some limitations which I knew of from the start. First, reading in limited light is difficult. Second, I do have to read at a certain distance for best results but this is something I have adjusted to. Much better in my opinion than needing reading glasses at any distance. My night vision is just fine with very minor halo effect (not nearly as bad as when I used contact lenses). The bottom line after 2 1/2 years is that these implants have greatly improved my quality of life. Hope it lasts!!!
Restorvision

Sheboygan, WI

#21 Mar 15, 2010
Hi,
I had restor +3.0's done in January 2010 for clear lens replacement. I love them. Vision is 20/20 reading and distance. I have one "less crisp" spot at about 3 feet. Can't even call it fuzzy. If I move my head forward or back a couple inches, it goes away. I does not interfere with anything I do. I work on the computer most of the day, and I see it fine with no eye stress. The only reason I found it was "experimenting" with my new vision when I first got it.

Headlights and traffic lights at night, at a distance 1/4 to 1/2 mile?)look like "fuzz balls", but get clearer as they approch. At a stop light, the car lights across an intersection look like normal headlights. Actually, my night vision is better than when I had glasses. If you call fuzz balls halos, I guess I have them; I'd call them super mild.

I may have lost a little contrast sensitivity.... If there is small black writing on a red background in dim lighting for instance, it can be hard to read. If I move it into more light, it is not a problem.

All in all, it's not like perfect 20 year old vision, but the side effects are slight. I am so happy to have great vision after wearing glasses since I was 7. After the presbyopia started kicking in, my vision was very annoying (I couldn't read with my distance glasses on). I don't think an eye doctor ever pinpointed my distance vision before this procedure, but always said I was "Oh, 20/300, 20/400... somewhere in there". You can imagine my delight daily!!!!
elizabethlarowe

Dallas, TX

#22 Apr 18, 2010
How does "tecnis" multifocal lens compare to restore? Heard it is a much better lens. Must have cataract surgery in about 2 weeks. Big decision!

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