If you suffer from cataracts and have begun considering what your life will be like as those cataracts progress, there is an option available to you that can allow you to stop considering a future with limited or no eyesight and begin looking forward to a future with clear vision. Intraocular lenses can replace the progression of cataracts with a prosthetic ocular lens and allow you to see clearly for years to come.

Many aging individuals find the need for reading glasses or bifocals, but with ReSTOR IOLs, you can have the convenience of a progressive lens that allows you to see both near and far while removing the continued threat of cataracts.

History of Multifocal Lenses

Two centuries ago Benjamin Franklin was credited with the invention of a glasses lens that would allow the wearer to see both near and far. In reality, that lens was most likely two separate lenses cut in half and held together in an eyeglasses frame. In the late 1800’s the design became two lenses that were fused together, and eventually evolved into a reading segment molded into a distance lens.

Similarly, the first IOLs were single-focus only, but a tapered design allows the ReSTOR lens to simulate the changing focus of your natural eyes, enabling both near and far vision.


The ReSTOR intraocular lens is an in-eye lens that replaces your eye’s natural lens. Rather than a strictly bifocal lens, ReSTOR allows you to see at virtually any distance. Though the lens itself does not change shape, your eyes will learn to look through different parts of the lens to focus at different distances. Many patients find that they do not need reading glasses after receiving ReSTOR lenses.

Lens Replacement Procedure

The procedure for replacing the eye’s natural lens with a ReSTOR lens is identical to any other lens replacement surgery. A small incision is made on the surface of the eye, usually using an ocular laser, and the natural lens removed. The ReSTOR lens is placed where the natural lens used to be in a procedure that typically takes 30 minutes for each eye.

Recovery from lens replacement surgery takes about three weeks, and you should avoid any strenuous activity that would increase your blood pressure. You should also avoid activities that change the pressure inside your eyes.

Please contact cataract surgeon Dr. James R. Kelly to learn more about intraocular lenses and to find out if you are a good candidate for the ReSTOR lens. Kelly Laser Center serves patients from New York City in our Manhattan and Long Island offices.