At Crane Eye Care we are here to help you see clearly throughout your entire life. Is your vision clouded or blurred? Are you seeing halos around light? These are just a few signs of cataracts. More than half of all Americans either have a cataract or have had cataract surgery by the time they reach 80 years of age. A cataract is a clouding of the lens in the eye that affects vision and are usually related to aging. We recommend having a comprehensive dilated eye exam at least once every year after you reach the age of 60 to check for cataracts and for signs of age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma and other vision disorders. When it comes to preserving your vision, early detection is key. Vision problems can often be prevented or delayed through early detection and treatment.
Intraocular Lenses for Cataract Surgery
Crane Eye Care is proud to be the only Kauai eye practice that offers its cataract patients Alcon’s premier Restor or Toric Intraocular Lenses, the most frequently trusted Intraocular Lenses (IOLs) in the world from Alcon, the leaders in IOL innovations.These incredible Intraocular Lenses (IOL) allows patients to see clearly without glasses after surgery and significantly reduces reduce their dependency on glasses and contacts due to myopia (nearsighted), hyperopia (farsighted), astigmatism and presbyopia.
The AcrySof® family of intraocular lenses (IOLs) is the result of a constant dedication to creating the most innovative and comprehensive line of cataract surgical products available. With more than 60 million implants in eyes worldwide, the AcrySof® family of lenses are the most trusted and frequently used IOLs in the world, largely because of the proven long-term results.1-3
The AcrySof® IOL Advantage is a complete spectrum of benefits for both patients and surgeons, including:
- Consistent results including good color perception and overall vision
- Proven technology with over 60 million implants worldwides1
- Enhanced satisfaction with everyday activities, such as driving
- Less frustration, worry and irritability due to vision problems
- Predictability, reliability and ease of surgical implantation for doctors
The IOL for Vision at All Distances
The AcrySof® IQ ReSTOR® IOL is designed to provide cataract patients with a full range of vision. From reading to driving and everything in between, four out of five AcrySof® IQ ReSTOR® IOL recipients reported never wearing glasses after having the lens implanted in both eyes.1
More than 93 percent of patients implanted with an AcrySof® IQ ReSTOR® IOL indicated they would have the same lens implanted again, and with good reason1:
- Patients with both cataracts and presbyopia can have both conditions corrected at the same time, eliminating the need for glasses or contact lenses in most cases.
- Medicare or private health insurance covers a portion of the surgery costs and a portion of the AcrySof® IQ ReSTOR® lens for qualifying patients.
Cataract correction with the AcrySof® IQ ReSTOR® lens enables most people to see near, far and everywhere in between, opening up a world of more possibilities for many patients1. Passengers can become drivers again. Golfers can keep their eye on the ball while they enjoy the surrounding scenery. From experiencing family celebrations and reading special birthday cards to looking at the sunset and seeing the happy faces of your loved ones, none of it has to be missed.
References: 1. AcrySof® IQ ReSTOR® IOL (Model SN6AD1). Directions for Use.
Correcting Cataracts and Astigmatism in One Procedure
The AcrySof® IQ Toric IOL is an ideal solution for patients with both cataracts and astigmatism. Astigmatism is a common condition that can result in the blurring of your vision, whether looking near or far, while cataracts develop as you age and cloud your vision. This can affect how you perform and enjoy everyday activities such as writing, using a smartphone or driving. Astigmatism usually occurs when the cornea or lens is misshapen and, if you have astigmatism, chances are you already wear glasses or contact lenses to correct the problem.
The AcrySof® IQ Toric IOL is designed to replace your clouded lens while also correcting your astigmatism in one step. This can significantly improve your functional vision for activities such as night driving.1 The AcrySof® IQ Toric IOL can greatly reduce, or even eliminate, your need to wear glasses for sharp distance vision, though you will likely still need glasses for reading.
Quality of Life: A Smart Investment
Because traditional IOLs that are not astigmatism-correcting are generally covered by private health insurance or Medicare, many patients believe that choosing a basic IOL will save them money. However, if you have astigmatism, you may still experience blurred and distorted vision because a traditional IOL cannot correct pre-existing astigmatism. In clinical trials, the majority of patients with preoperative astigmatism achieved freedom from glasses for distance vision when the AcrySof® IQ Toric IOL was implanted in both eyes.1
Choosing the AcrySof® IQ Toric IOL can also often be a better bargain. The cost of astigmatism-correcting glasses or contact lenses, disinfectant or cleaning materials and eye doctor appointments adds up over the years and can eventually outweigh the cost of toric IOLs.
If your surgeon has determined that you have cataracts, ask if you’re a candidate for AcrySof® IQ Toric IOLs and be sure to weigh your options and consider the long-term benefits.
References: 1. AcrySof® IQ Toric IOL Directions for Use.