What Are Some Known Problems With AcrySof ReSTOR?


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The AcrySof ReStor multifocal intraocular lens has helped many patients achieve vision of at least 20/25 for distance and near sight; however, intermediate vision is sometimes problematic. Also, the halo effect is not eliminated using this lens. Additionally, multifocal lenses may not be covered by insurance.

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The AcrySof ReStor lens implants have been used in the U.S. since 2005. Over 93 percent of people who had the procedure were satisfied and said they would have it done again. However, there are some limitations to consider. Most vision insurance plans only cover standard monofocal lenses for cataract surgery, making it more difficult to afford ReStor. Some people may still require glasses for optimal vision after the ReStor procedure, although they should be required less than before the surgery. The ReStor procedure has been less effective than other treatments for intermediate vision, and there is a 5 percent chance of problems with nighttime glare.

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