Frequently Asked Questions about the ReSTOR® Multifocal Lens

What can I expect after the ReSTOR® multifocal lens procedure?

Similar to other lens implant procedures, you can expect your vision to be good the day following surgery.

How soon after the procedure will I be able to see at varying distances?

For most patients, near vision is good the next day, and improves over the following week. Results are best when both eyes have ReSTOR® lenses implanted.

How many patients are 100% reading glasses and bifocals free after having this procedure?

The results are very good. After having ReSTOR® lenses implanted, nearly 94% were so satisfied that they would have the procedure again.

When did ReSTOR® receive FDA approval?

The AcrySof ReSTOR® received FDA-approval for cataracts with or without presbyopia on March 23, 2005. It has been approved for use in Europe since April 4, 2003.

How many people in the US have had the ReSTOR® lens procedure?

During clinical trials, 566 people received the ReSTOR® lens. However, ReSTOR® is the same type of lens implant that Dr. Lipsky has been using in cataract surgery for many years.

What are the risks/contraindications of this procedure?

The greatest risk is infection, which is very rare. Patients receive several days of preoperative antibiotics to minimize this risk. Statistically the amount of risk for the ReSTOR® multifocal lens procedure is not much different from LASIK Surgery. Lens implant surgery is one of the most commonly performed surgeries in the US.

Can both eyes be done at once?

This is one of the few eye surgery's that is recommended as best when both eyes are treated at the same time. Our patient's appear to heal faster and easier when both eyes are focused the same way. It is easier on their busy lifestyles and causes less downtime for them. Most of our patients prefer to have both eyes treated at the same time. An exception to this rule may be for patients with extreme prescriptions who have PRK. This procedure while as great as LASIK, tends to heal slower and many people chose to keep one eye working while one eye heals.

Is the ReSTOR® multifocal lens procedure a reversible procedure?

Once the natural lens is removed, it cannot be replaced. However, if one is over 40 with presbyopia and dependent on reading glasses or bifocal the lens is already not normal. It has lost its accommodation ability. If the patient desires, the ReSTOR® lens implant can be removed and replaced. In the US arm of the FDA Clinical Trials for ReSTOR®, no patient requested removal of the lens because the benefit of a full range of vision outweighed their complaints of visual disturbances. The only medical indication for lens replacement is if the lens power needs to be changed to help distance vision.

Is the ReSTOR® multifocal lens more effective than other IOLs?

The ReSTOR® lens is not dependent on the movement of the lens but has a unique Apodized Diffractive optic that is new to IOL design. The optical design of the lens distributes light between near, intermediate and distance vision to accommodate vision at all ranges. This means you may no longer need reading glasses or bifocals to see clearly after the procedure.

Similar to other lens implant procedures, you can expect your vision to be good the day following surgery. There is minimal discomfort after surgery that usually resolves within hours. Most individuals can return to a normal work schedule/routine the day after surgery.

Cataract Specialist:


Dr. Gregory Clariday


Dr. William Lipsky


Dr. William McMullen


Dr. Shaena Choi


Dr. Duc Tran
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