New Technology Lets Cataract Patients See Better Without Glasses

Cataract patients who undergo corrective surgery at Southern Ohio Medical Center (SOMC) now are able to select uniquely designed lenses that potentially can give them freedom from reading glasses and bifocals.

The AcrySof ReSTOR intraocular lens (IOL), developed by Alcon Laboratories, is a unique lens that represents a technology breakthrough in ophthalmology, according to Dr. Robert J. Knox, an SOMC ophthalmologist.

“This premium lens is available to any patient with the desire for optimum vision following cataract surgery,” he said. “It is designed to allow vision at all distances – up close, far away and everything in-between.” Knox said he and his patients have been very pleased with the results and many patients describe the “wow” factor the lenses have provided them.

A cataract is a condition in which the natural human lens become cloudy, resulting in blurred vision, Knox explained. Intraocular lenses are designed to replace cataracts and allow clear vision.

“With a traditional monofocal lens implant, the patient would be able to see at a distance but would still need glasses for close-up vision to read a newspaper or medicine bottle,” Knox said. “With the AcrySof ReSTOR bifocal lens, 80 percent of patients would be able to see at a distance and up close, completely independent of glasses for all daily activities.”

The lens was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in March 2005 and first used by Knox in April 2008.

“The surgical procedure to implant the premium lens is no different from getting a conventional lens,” Knox said, “and is done on an outpatient basis.” As with any surgical procedure there are risks and side effects which may be outweighed by the potential benefits of restoring a patient’s vision, he added.

More information about cataract surgery and the AcrySof ReSTOR lenses is available from Knox. He may be reached at (740) 355-1161. His office is located at 1534 11th St., Portsmouth.