Lens Implants | Multifocal Lens | IQ ReSTOR®
How is the AcroSof® IQ ReSTOR® IOL different from monofocal lenses?
Monofocal IOLs focus at only one distance, meaning that you will likely need glasses following surgery either for distance or near, and sometimes for both. The IQ ReSTOR® IOL differs from regular monofocal IOLs in that it focuses at distance and near, decreasing your dependency on glasses at all distances.
Have there been any recent technological breakthroughs in implantable replacement lenses?
Apodized Diffractive Technology
Diffraction involves the spreading of light as it passes through a lens. On the AcroSof IQ ReSTOR IOL, the center of the lens surface consists of a series of tiny rings - this is known as the apodized diffractive optic. Apodization is the gradual tapering of different diffractive levels (or steps) on a lens, creating a smooth transition of light between distant, intermediate and near focal points. This means that the series of tiny steps in the center of the lens work together to focus light, providing excellent near, intermediate and distance vision.
Refraction involves the redirection of light as it passes through a lens. The outer ring of the IQ ReSTOR IOL is a refractive region designed for excellent distance vision. This refractive area bends light as it passes through the lens, accurately focusing it on the retina for a crisp, clear image.
New aspheric technology takes advancements in IOLs one step further with enhanced image quality and clarity. Even healthy eyes still contain some imperfections or aberrations. Spherical aberration, a type of imperfection common to cataract patients, can eventually lead to a reduction in visual acuity and function.With the addition of a proven aspheric optic, the IQ ReSTOR IOL can correct for these spherical aberrations, leading to enhanced clarity.
What is the difference in cost between a traditional monofocal lens and the IQ ReSTOR® IOL?
Insurance policies vary, but Medicare, supplemental insurance, and private insurance will typically still cover the basic cataract surgery procedure with a conventional IOL. However, if you decide to have a ReSTOR® IOL implanted, there may be an additional cost that is not covered by insurance or Medicare. You can elect to pay the difference for the added benefits of the ReSTOR® lens. You should ask consult with your primary insurance provider, to explain your policy coverage.
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For more information on the ReSTOR intraocular lens procedure in St. Louis through Washington University Physicians or to make an appointment, please call 314-996-3300