Tuesday, December 13, 2011

AcrySof® IQ Lens Implant Confusion

Question: I am a bit confused by the different types of AcrySof® IQ Lens Implants for Cataract Surgery. I have seen information about the AcrySof® ReSTOR® Intraocular Lens for implantation after Cataract Surgery but my Cataract Surgeon provided a pamphlet about the AcrySof® IQ. What is the difference so I can make a wise choice of lens implant?

Answer: Indeed the choice of Lens implants for Cataract Surgery can be a little confusing but here is what you need to know. AcrySof® IQ Lens Implants for Cataract Surgery are available in three different types or designs: AcrySof® IQ Aspheric Lens Implant (IOL), AcrySof® IQ Toric Lens Implant (IOL) and AcrySof® IQ ReSTOR® Lens Implant (IOL). The AcrySof® IQ Aspheric IOL corrects distance vision only after Cataract Surgery using aspheric optics to minimize spherical aberration so that patients experience crisper distance vision especially in dime illumination or under low contrast conditions such as overcast rainy days or at dusk. It does not correct arm's length or near vision. The AcrySof® IQ Toric IOL corrects distance vision including astigmatism after Cataract Surgery using toric optics. It does not correct arm's length or near vision. The AcrySof® IQ ReSTOR® IOL corrects distance vision AND arm's length and near vision after Cataract Surgery and is considered a Multifocal Lens Implant (IOL). Hope this helps.

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