Clear Vision ReSTOR®ed

Multifocal lens implant enables independence from glasses.

Debra Goldstein was in third grade when the staff detected a problem during a routine eye test at school. The New England native received her first pair of glasses as a result, and she’s worn corrective lenses ever since. That is, until recent eye surgery freed her from dependence on them.

Photo by Jordan Pysz.

With ReSTOR lenses, Debra can see clearly near and far.

“I’d worn glasses or contact lenses pretty much my entire life,” confirms the retired marketing and advertising executive. “I might have started wearing glasses in third grade, but I probably needed them before that.
“Over the years, I’ve regularly gone to the eye doctor to have my prescription updated. I was told a few years ago I had the start of cataracts.”
At that time, Debra wasn’t concerned about her cataracts. Her changes in vision could still be corrected by strengthening the prescription of her lenses. Within the past year, however, her vision became increasingly poor, even with her glasses or contacts.
“I was having a lot of difficulty driving at night,” she describes. “I was actually seeing halos. My peripheral vision was affected as well, and I had trouble seeing the signs on the side of the road. They were just shadows that looked like humans to me. I would drive slower and was always swerving to avoid hitting what I thought were people. I didn’t trust what I was seeing.
“The last time I went to my eye doctor to update my prescription and try to correct my vision, they told me there was no longer a prescription that could help me. I needed surgery.”
Debra started looking for an ophthalmic surgeon with expertise in cataract surgery. The staff at her internist’s office highly recommended the doctors at Premier Eye Clinic. That’s where she met with Craig N. Cole, MD, a board-certified ophthalmologist.
“They actually raved about Premier Eye Clinic,” says Debra of the internist’s staff. “They said they wouldn’t recommend anyplace else. It’s where they’d send their own family members, so I felt pretty confident about going there. It turned out they were right.”
When Debra arrived at Premier Eye Clinic, Dr. Cole performed a thorough examination to make sure she had no serious medical eye conditions. Diseases such as macular degeneration or advanced diabetes in the eyes could disqualify Debra for cataract surgery.
“After his exam, Dr. Cole determined I was definitely a candidate for surgery, so we decided to proceed,” Debra notes. “He did the right eye first.”
During cataract surgery, the clouded, natural lens of the eye, the cataract, is removed and replaced with a clear, synthetic, intraocular lens implant. There are a variety of lens implants available with varying capabilities. The standard lens implant corrects for distance vision primarily, so patients generally still require corrective lenses for clear near vision.
“Dr. Cole gave me options for lens implants,” relates Debra. “The standard lens would require me to wear reading glasses, where before I didn’t need glasses for reading. It would be a complete flip. I didn’t want that because I’m an avid reader. I opted to go up a level in lenses. I opted for the ReSTOR lens.”

Range of Vision

The biggest benefit of the multifocal ReSTOR lens implant, points out Dr. Cole, is that it gives the patient a larger range of vision compared to the standard implant.
“The unique technology built into the ReSTOR lens enables patients to see both near and far, where the standard lens gives them mostly distance vision,” he elaborates. “The ReSTOR technology puts whatever the patients are looking at into focus, and it results in much less dependence on reading glasses.”
Less dependence on glasses was important to Debra. That was something Dr. Cole learned during his consultation with her at their initial appointment. Dr. Cole stresses that this initial consultation is critical to the surgery’s success.
“It’s very important that doctors carefully listen to their patients and understand what their needs and desires are after cataract surgery,” he observes. “Then the surgeon can work to provide the patients with the best outcomes based on those needs.

“I don’t have to wear reading glasses at all. I don’t have to wear any
corrective lenses, and I’ve worn glasses or contacts my entire life.”-Debra

“In Debra’s case, she is an avid reader, and she was hoping to not have to use reading glasses after surgery. The best way for her to achieve that goal was to choose one of the premium lens implants. I believed the premium lens that would work best for her and make her most independent of glasses was the ReSTOR.”
Patients have an important role to play during the consultation as well, offers Dr. Cole. They need to actively participate and communicate what their needs and desires are, and what they hope to achieve from the surgery. He says the patients’ role is as important as the surgeons’. It’s what helped Debra achieve success.
“It took a few days for my right eye to focus clearly for distance,” recalls Debra. “Still, it was a little blurry for reading, so when Dr. Cole performed surgery on my left eye, he tweaked the lens just enough that now I have absolutely no problem with reading or distance vision.”

Clearly Awesome

After Debra had surgery on her second eye, she was amazed by how quickly she could read and see at a distance clearly. She appreciates that Dr. Cole listened to her and helped her achieve her goal of independence from glasses.
“Seeing so clearly so fast was just awesome,” she marvels. “As it turns out, for reading, I’m 20/10 and for distance, I’m 20/20. I have absolutely no complaints.
“I don’t have to wear reading glasses at all. I don’t have to wear any corrective lenses, and I’ve worn glasses or contacts my entire life. Dr. Cole was able to fill the need I had. I was fortunate enough to get the ReSTOR lenses, and they work beautifully for me. They’re remarkable, and I’m thrilled.”
In addition to freedom from glasses, Debra now has more freedom on the road. With her vision corrected, she’s no longer afraid to drive after dark.
“Driving is now perfect,” she reports. “Before, I wouldn’t go out and drive twenty miles at night. I would ask someone else to drive. Now, I’m comfortable driving at night. I have no qualms about it whatsoever.
“There are no more halos and no more shadows by the side of the road. The surgery even corrected the problem I was experiencing with my peripheral vision. Now, it’s just fine.
“Dr. Cole is very smart, on top of his game,” she adds. “The staff, doctors, everybody at Premier Eye Clinic is knowledgeable and friendly. I felt wonderful there. Premier Eye Clinic was recommended to me, and it was the perfect choice. I think they’re fabulous. On a scale of one to ten, I rate them a twenty-five, A-plus-plus-plus!”

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