The ReSTOR® lens is one of the new lenses that can be used to decrease the dependence on reading glasses or bifocals for New York and Manhattan residents. The ReSTOR® lens provides both near and distance vision, using a specific distribution of light in response to how wide or small the eye’s pupil might be. In studies, 80 percent of patients who received the ReSTOR® lens implant did not use glasses for any activities after surgery. The ReSTOR® lens is not designed to give perfect intermediate (computer) vision. However, Dr. Bonanni can implant the ReSTOR® lens in one eye for reading and the ReZoom™ lens in the other eye to give better computer and intermediate distance vision.

If I’ve had Lasik, can I have a ReSTOR® to be able to see up close?

The answer is that in most circumstance, yes; New York and Manhattan residents can safely have a ReSTOR® following LASIK.

If I’m not a candidate for LASIK, am I possibly a candidate for a ReSTOR®?

In many cases, the answer is yes. If you were told that the reason you were not a candidate for LASIK was due to limitations to your prescription, a ReSTOR® may be the right fit for you. In order to determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure, there are several factors to consider. The conditions that can prevent you from being a good candidate for a ReSTOR® or LASIK include:

  • Unstable diabetes
  • Auto immune disorders
  • History of eye trauma

Can I have a ReSTOR® if I have astigmatism?

Because small amounts of astigmatism are not necessarily a problem, it depends. Astigmatism is usually present in the cornea, but can also be present in the lens itself. Larger amounts of corneal astigmatism may require excimer laser correction (i.e. LASIK) to create a spherical cornea to allow a ReSTOR® to function optimally. Dr. Bonanni will be able to better answer this question during a consultation.

Is ReSTOR® surgery safe?

There are risks with any type of surgery, however, since ReSTOR® involves the exact same process of cataract surgery (removing the aging crystalline lens), which is performed millions of times a year worldwide, the procedure should be considered relatively safe.

How are LASIK and ReSTOR® different?

LASIK reshapes the cornea, but does not treat the aging lens. Around the age of 40 to 45, people who have had LASIK still experience presbyopia. The lens becomes presbyopic and also cataractous over time. Cataract surgery will remove the clouded lens and replace it with a ReSTOR® that can provide both good distance AND near vision.