Restor multifocal lens
Ernie Durawa

Saint Paul, MN

#44 Sep 19, 2010
winsel wrote:
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I'm considering Restor for my surgery soon. Please let me know your experience/reccomendation.
Thanks
awesome
Restor in 2009

Muskogee, OK

#45 Oct 14, 2010
My Restor lenses were implanted July '09. It was just amazing, perfect eyesight immediately. Here is the but..funny thing is others can see ,I will call it an illumination, in certain lighting. I have searched and never seen anyone else with this experience.
Restorvision

Sheboygan, WI

#46 Oct 20, 2010
I only had 2 people notice the IOL's, I might add that it was after they knew I had them inplanted. Both times was in dimmer lighting. I suppose the lighting needs to be low enough to dilate your pupils, yet bright enough that the other person can see them. Both smiled with a bit of amazement actually. One of them,(my best friend), just said "that's weird..." And the other, a work friend said, "I knew you were getting new lenses, but I didn't know they were bionic!". That's the only 2 occasions in the last 10 months, so I don't think it's THAT noticeable. My husband says I have bionic eyes too, but that's because of the perfect vision!
bassoonatic

Nashville, TN

#47 Nov 17, 2010
-am getting my right eye done 11/23/2010 and my left eye 11/30/2010. Dr. Horn will be performing the surgery.
I'll check back in and let you know the update!
disappointed

Marrero, LA

#48 Nov 19, 2010
Had the surgery yesterday for astigmatism and cataract removal. Restor multifocal lens was placed in my right eye. It was so scary last night when I got in the car and was able to count 18 gigantic halos in my vision. Looked like tremendous colored ferris wheels. I had to wear sunglasses at night to cut down the glare. We went to a new mexican restaurant (haven't been to before) and I heard spanish talking and looked to the side and thought what I saw was a tv on the wall with spanish kids talking and playing on it. My eyes were flickering white flashes since the surgery and what I thought was movement on tv was actually a flat picture on a wall. Went for post-op exam today, told the surgeon, and he said that was normal. I believe my vision is worst today than before surgery. And to make matters worse with the surgery the right lens on my glasses are now out of focus, which makes me have to keep one eye closed. I am hoping my vision improves in time, but hope it's not 3-6 months in the future, because if it doesn't I will never recommend this lens to anyone.
Lauri

Staten Island, NY

#49 Jan 15, 2011
Hi I just had the restore 3.0 multifocal lens
implanted in my left eye. It is 3 days since my surgery on Jan 13th. I have noticed about a 30% vision improvement in all 3 visions.

I was wondering as each week passes by how much of an improvement has everyone else experienced?
What should I expect or not expect?

I am having the right eye done in 3 weeks

Thank you so much for your responses

Lauri
Lauri

Staten Island, NY

#50 Jan 15, 2011
disappointed wrote:
Had the surgery yesterday for astigmatism and cataract removal. Restor multifocal lens was placed in my right eye. It was so scary last night when I got in the car and was able to count 18 gigantic halos in my vision. Looked like tremendous colored ferris wheels. I had to wear sunglasses at night to cut down the glare. We went to a new mexican restaurant (haven't been to before) and I heard spanish talking and looked to the side and thought what I saw was a tv on the wall with spanish kids talking and playing on it. My eyes were flickering white flashes since the surgery and what I thought was movement on tv was actually a flat picture on a wall. Went for post-op exam today, told the surgeon, and he said that was normal. I believe my vision is worst today than before surgery. And to make matters worse with the surgery the right lens on my glasses are now out of focus, which makes me have to keep one eye closed. I am hoping my vision improves in time, but hope it's not 3-6 months in the future, because if it doesn't I will never recommend this lens to anyone.
Harvey so how are you doing now with your lens. Would be great if you could post an update I just had mine done last week.

Lauri
Jerry in Atlanta

Atlanta, GA

#51 Jan 16, 2011
I was -7.5 in both eyes, with +2.5 reading correction as well. I wore multifocal contacts, which just plain failed to be efffective any longer. I'm 56. In late Aug/early Sept 2010, I had ReStor lenses implanted at the recommendation of my eye doc. My distance vision is now 20/20 uncorrected, with a slight +0.75 reading correction needed in the right eye (I use a contact lens now, could get Lasik to correct that).

THE GOOD: It was totally liberating to be able to see again clearly at a distance with no glasses or contacts. In the realm of "WOW!!" Reading correction is also excellent - when I use Pilocarpine, which the eyes are supposed to acclimate to, but has not happened yet. No irritation, procedure was pain free, no complications whatsoever.

THE BAD: Well, nothing horrible, but using the Pilocarpine reduces the total amount of light entering my eyes, casting a somewhat dark pall on things. But after the drops, reading is so sharp. The transition away from drops has not yet happened (today is Jan 16 2011). I see a yellow cast to everything, sort of like looking through a pale yellow filter. The reason: the lenses are tinted yellow to filter UV. This is my only complaint about my Doc: I wish he'd told me they were also offered untinted, which I would have selected. I also have trouble reading in low light at night. Put the light on the subject - no problem. Full disclosure: I had this problem PRIOR to ReStor as well. There's also a sort of "fuzzy zone" at about 3-4 ft from a subject....which my doc disclosed up front. You either lean in to bring into focus, or move your head back somewhat - not a huge problem, but sort of disappointing. I also see the halos at night, but I saw these with contacts & glasses; it's just more pronounced now. I drive fine at night, though I avoid Pilocarpine after 5PM since it reduces incoming light at night.

THE UGLY: Well, no ugliness at all really, it just cost me more out of pocket than I anticipated, about $6,500 after insurance payments.

On the balance: Love them. Would do it again....WITH CLEAR LENSES. My doc said most people can't tell the tinting at all. Well, I sure can. I would definitely do it again - with clear lenses.

Jerry
Cary

Chicago, IL

#52 Mar 7, 2011
Jerry, interesting post about Pilocarpine. Pilo creates a pinhole effect which is why everything is dimmer. Almost everyone has better near vision with it since the the angle of the light rays that produce blurred images is essentially shut off.

Out of curiosity, how long does your eye surgeon want you to take pilo?

I had ReSTOR implanted in left eye almost a month ago. Distance vision is pretty good -- about 20/25 or 20/30, but near vision is still a problem, even after argon laser pupilloplasty to center my pupil over the center of the lens. Like you, near vison is much better after pilocarpine, but I don't want to keep taking it long term. I'm thinking (hoping) near vision blurriness is caused by resicual astigmatism -- I had LRI along with the cataract surgery to correct about 2.5D of cylinder.
Janet in NY

Albany, NY

#53 Apr 11, 2011
Glad I found this discussion - hope to get some opinions. Sorry in advance for long post...

I am 47 year old with terrible nearsighted-ness(off the charts at -11 and -12). Wore contac lenses for 30 years and one day about a year ago I suddenly couldn't wear them anymore due to severe dry eye. I am not a lasik candidate based on combination of dry eye and high prescription. So last fall I went to ophthalmoligist to find out about phakik IOLs. After lots of thought I decided to go for it, and chunked down $5000 in a flexible spending account. Just went back to start the process for the surgery and...he now sees cataracts in both eyes. SoO the whole thing will be covered by my insurance!! Ugh.

Anyway, he began talking about Restor (which isn't covered by isnurance and will use my FSA $$), but I am really thrown by it. I do not need reading glasses yet - but that day is coming soon and I am noticing problems seeing my monitor (I work on computer all day) and have bben getting headaches, which I think is related.

People seem to love or hate Restor. I am very worried about ending up with worse vision than I have now and wish I had never started this - but I cannot lose $5000. I'd have to have cataract surgery eventually but probably not for years. Any additional thoughts on restor vs. monofocal lenses is greatly appreciated. I don't drive a lot at night - except in winter when I must drive 30 miles home after work (and picking up small child). I use computer all day at work, and wanted to lsoe the glasses so I could swim, run, play with my 5 year old without constantly having to take off the glasses. Anyway rambling now but would appreciate any thoughts. Thanks.
Bob in La

Slidell, LA

#54 Apr 12, 2011
Janet.....I've been trying to make this same decision sense December. At this point in time I'm leaning toward the fixed focal lens (there are almost no complants on fixed focal lens). I am a professional driver and have big concerns about the halos and low light problems with night driving and have read that the restor lens is not recommended in my case. After wearing glasses for the better part of 30yrs. I think I can live with having to wear them for the next 30yrs. "BUT" I am still undecided. I get all updates to this site and I hope you will keep us posted as to your decision and progress.
Janet in NY

Albany, NY

#55 Apr 25, 2011
Hi Bob - I decided to roll the dice a bit and am having the ReSTOR put in on Thursday (4/28). I am nervous, but it seems like the right thing to do for me. I was considering Crystalens as well - as it is not supposed to have the same side effects - but my doctor seemed more comfortable with the ReSTOR and I don't have to worry too much about night driving - only do it in the winter evenings pretty much. You might ask about Crystalens, but I know it's critical to have a surgeon who has a lot of experience in it to get it right.

I'll post back in a few weeks after it "settles"...

Good luck with your decision.
Counter

Rockford, IL

#56 May 7, 2011
polemonium wrote:
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.
WOW... Is that what you think is a netural assessment. That study was paid for by Alcon They make Restor. It says that at the bottom of tha article.
Betsy

Hillsboro, OH

#59 Jun 8, 2011
Hi,

I am a 34 year old female, and was born with a cataract. Yesterday I had surgery on my left eye to remove it, and had the restor lens implanted. As my vision is still pretty blurry, I was wondering if it will improve. I am a little afraid that since I was born with a cataract, my brain will never learn to use the eye and lens. My doctor today said he was optimistic...

Has anyone else had a similar experience?
adriana

Buenos Aires, Argentina

#60 Jun 8, 2011
I had the restor lens implanted on my right eye last Wednesday.24 hours after I already had perfect vision. I had to put away my glasses. I don't need them anymore. Next week I'll have surgery on the left eye, and also will have the restor lens implanted.
Betsy wrote:
Hi,
I am a 34 year old female, and was born with a cataract. Yesterday I had surgery on my left eye to remove it, and had the restor lens implanted. As my vision is still pretty blurry, I was wondering if it will improve. I am a little afraid that since I was born with a cataract, my brain will never learn to use the eye and lens. My doctor today said he was optimistic...
Has anyone else had a similar experience?
waitnsee59

Charlotte, NC

#61 Jul 11, 2011
Lonnie wrote:
Going into Duke in the AM for the right eye. Had lasik about 3 yrs. ago after unbelieveably bad vision, 20/400 or thereabouts, severe astigmatism in right eye (one with the cataract now) and severe nearsigntedness in the left. Glasses since I was 7. I am 52 now. The lasik was unbelieveable. Dr. Kim is a fantastic surgeon. Had great vision for a year then the cataract. I am going to go for the Restor so will let all know how it goes. Have been told I may have to get a tweak with the laser to get it dialed in but a minor inconvenience. I did have some haloing after lasik but got used to it. Left eye still good but a cataract is developing there aslo.
Do you like your RESTOR lens? How is your vision after the cataract surgery? Thanks for sharing your experience with us.
waitnsee59

Charlotte, NC

#62 Jul 14, 2011
Jerry in Atlanta wrote:
I was -7.5 in both eyes, with +2.5 reading correction as well. I wore multifocal contacts, which just plain failed to be efffective any longer. I'm 56. In late Aug/early Sept 2010, I had ReStor lenses implanted at the recommendation of my eye doc. My distance vision is now 20/20 uncorrected, with a slight +0.75 reading correction needed in the right eye (I use a contact lens now, could get Lasik to correct that).
THE GOOD: It was totally liberating to be able to see again clearly at a distance with no glasses or contacts. In the realm of "WOW!!" Reading correction is also excellent - when I use Pilocarpine, which the eyes are supposed to acclimate to, but has not happened yet. No irritation, procedure was pain free, no complications whatsoever.
THE BAD: Well, nothing horrible, but using the Pilocarpine reduces the total amount of light entering my eyes, casting a somewhat dark pall on things. But after the drops, reading is so sharp. The transition away from drops has not yet happened (today is Jan 16 2011). I see a yellow cast to everything, sort of like looking through a pale yellow filter. The reason: the lenses are tinted yellow to filter UV. This is my only complaint about my Doc: I wish he'd told me they were also offered untinted, which I would have selected. I also have trouble reading in low light at night. Put the light on the subject - no problem. Full disclosure: I had this problem PRIOR to ReStor as well. There's also a sort of "fuzzy zone" at about 3-4 ft from a subject....which my doc disclosed up front. You either lean in to bring into focus, or move your head back somewhat - not a huge problem, but sort of disappointing. I also see the halos at night, but I saw these with contacts & glasses; it's just more pronounced now. I drive fine at night, though I avoid Pilocarpine after 5PM since it reduces incoming light at night.
THE UGLY: Well, no ugliness at all really, it just cost me more out of pocket than I anticipated, about $6,500 after insurance payments.
On the balance: Love them. Would do it again....WITH CLEAR LENSES. My doc said most people can't tell the tinting at all. Well, I sure can. I would definitely do it again - with clear lenses.
Jerry
Glad to hear your good results. How do you see the text on computer, since it is in the "fuzz zone" range as you described. Do you have an eye glasses for this range of vision?
vision22

Denver, CO

#63 Aug 1, 2011
www.porthuroneyecare.com has some good information on eye disease
Barry

Toronto, Canada

#64 Aug 10, 2011
I broke my glasses in the fall of 2010 and decided to look for other options besides glasses. I visited a specialist who told me that I was not a candidate for laser surgery but, since I had just the start of cataracts (I am 66 so that is not unusual), it was appropriate to have a lens replacement. One of the choices was Restor lenses. After weeks of thinking and researching, I chose Restor. What a mistake! Distance vision was definitely improved (even better than my glasses) but reading vision was not comfortable. The biggest problem was glare. Fluorescent and halogen lights required me to walk with my head down when in a store or office. I couldn't sit at a dining table with a lit candle on it. Driving on a heavy overcast day when there was snow at the side of the road produced so much glare I had to wear sunglasses. This discomfort was just not tolerable. In the spring of 2011, I had both lenses removed (6 weeks apart) and replaced with distance lenses. My distance vision is amazing. I haven't had this clarity since I was a teenager. I have to wear reading glasses and working at arm's length is not clear (I wear reading glasses for that also) but I am willing to put up with that annoyance. I was told by my doctor that the problems I had with Restor lenses only happens to a small number of people but the numbers don't matter when it happens to you. I certainly couldn't recommend them.
rms

Buffalo, NY

#65 Aug 29, 2011
Had a tecnis lens implanted in left with catarats surgery 3 weeks ago. Very dissatisfied with results. Still very uncomfortable, like wearing a hard contact lens or a foreign object is in my eye. Reading is a strain and if bright lighting is not used I have to put on reading glasses. Colors are not clear unless I cover my left eye and use my rite eye with 20/70 vision and a catarat. Burgandy is purple, lt brown is mauve, etc. But my biggest problem is trying to drive at night. It is like driving into the setting sun without sunglasses. Perception is off, oncoming traffic almost seems to be heading for you. Not halos around lights more like stars bursting, have to close tecnis lens eye to get accurate vision with weak glasses on.

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