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    ReSTOR Implantable Lens Can Save Cataract Patients' Vision

    Dallas Cataract Sufferers Have Options Beyond Surgery

    William Boothe, M.D.
    Dallas, TX

    Frequently Asked Questions About ReSTOR

    Who is a candidate for ReSTOR?

    If you’ve already had cataract surgery, you’re not a candidate for the ReSTOR procedure. Virtually everyone who has cataracts and is in good general health may be candidate for implant surgery, but people with chronic infections, uncontrolled diabetes, or other health problems may have to wait until these conditions are under control prior to surgery.

    People who have had prior corneal refractive surgery (i.e. LASIK or PRK) may be acceptable candidates for ReSTOR implantation as long as their eyes are in good health. After a thorough examination, we will be able to better advise you if you qualify for the ReSTOR implant.

    What is the ReSTOR lens?

    The AcrySof ReSTOR Apodized Diffractive Optic Posterior IOL (ReSTOR) is a permanent artificial lens implanted in the eye to restore vision after the natural lens is removed because of cataract, either with or without presbyopia (over 40 vision).

    How is the lens implanted?

    The convex ReSTOR lens is made of a soft plastic and folded and inserted into the eye through a tiny incision smaller than the optic diameter of the lens. After insertion, the lens gently unfolds to restore vision. The supporting arms (haptics) of the lens maintain proper positioning within the eye.

    How does it work?

    The Restor lens replaces the natural lens. It has a patented optic design using apodization, diffraction and refraction technologies. The apodized diffractive optic design gives it the ability to focus light correctly on the retina for images at various distances without mechanical movement of the lens.

    What is Apodization?

    Apodization is a gradual reduction or blending of the diffractive step heights. This unique technology optimally manages light energy delivered to the retina because it distributes the appropriate amount of light to near and distant focal points, regardless of the lighting situation. Apodized diffractive optics are designed to improve image quality while minimizing visual disturbances. The result is an increased range of quality vision that delivers a high level of spectacle freedom.

    When is it used?

    The AcrySof ReSTOR IOL is used in adult patients with and without presbyopia, who desire near, intermediate and distance vision with increased independence from glasses following cataract surgery.

    What will it accomplish?

    The AcrySof ReSTOR IOL has been shown in a clinical study to provide good near, intermediate and distance vision with increased independence from glasses in patients who have undergone cataract surgery.

    What will my vision be like after the surgery?

    Everyone’s focusing ability is different. Most people will be able to see clearly in the distance, have very good reading vision and good middle vision without glasses, but some people may be more comfortable with additional correction, particularly at night or in dim light or for long periods of computer work.

    It is important to remember that implant surgery cannot resolve pre-existing visual conditions such as floaters, flashes, or visual field loss that are a result of conditions of the eye and not related to the lens. While virtually everyone experiences much improved vision after cataract surgery, some people will have better uncorrected vision than others.

    It may be necessary for some people to wear glasses for distance, intermediate and/or near vision to obtain optimal visual acuity. The difference from standard lenses is that most people will not be dependent on these supplemental vision aids to function normally.

    How much does is cost? Consider the price you pay for not choosing ReSTOR. What is the price you put on reading the print in a book? Or on a menu? To clearly follow your golf ball as it sails over the fairway? Your vision connects you to your world and your loved ones in so many ways. With ReSTOR, you don’t have to miss any of it.

    Will insurance cover any part of the ReSTOR procedure? Insurance coverage varies greatly from policy to policy and state to state. Generally speaking, private insurance may cover the cataract surgical procedure and anesthesia; and may also allow a certain additional amount for the artificial lens implant. The insured is then required to pay a deductible as well as any additional amount above the primary coverage. (Some patients are responsible for the total payment ­ not all insurance companies will cover some.)

    Your surgical counselor will review your insurance coverage and your surgical alternatives prior to your cataract surgery. It may also be beneficial for you to contact your insurance carrier.

    Facts and Figures

  • 80% of patients reported that after lens implant surgery with ReSTOR lenses, they never needed glasses or contact lenses to see clearly at all distances.
  • 94% reported being able to drive or read the newspaper with glasses or contacts
  • Nearly 94% were so satisfied that they would have the procedure again. In addition, the quality of vision compared to wearing bifocals and/or trifocals is significantly improved. You’ll have a full range of vision, without having to tilt your head to find that portion of your glasses that allows you to see clearly.


    If you would like to learn more about ReSTOR, have email questions, or would like to set a time for your free consultation, please fill out the adjacent form.

    About Dr. William A. Boothe

    For nearly twenty years, noted cornea specialist William A. Boothe, M.D., has brought the world into focus with more than 67,000 LASIK laser vision correction procedures. Dr. Boothe has personally performed more VISX CustomVue 3-Dimensional Wavefront Customized laser vision correction procedures than any other surgeon in the world and in 1999, the manufacturer named him VISX Surgeon of the Year. Having performed over 29,000 IntraLASIK procedures, Dr. Boothe also continues to be the busiest IntraLASIK surgeon in the world.

    During his fellowship, Dr. Boothe was one of the first cornea specialists to be trained in vision correction techniques. He was also the first cornea-trained surgeon in the Dallas area to use an FDA-approved Excimer laser for refractive surgery. Dr. Boothe was among the first three surgeons in the Dallas area (and one of the first in the country) to use a microkeratome, the instrument that creates the flap during the initial part of ALK and LASIK surgery. The delicate procedure of precisely lifting the flap is critical to overall success of the surgery.

    This is where his peers recognize Dr. Boothe’s experience and he has taught other surgeons his technique in performing LASIK. Dr. Boothe is Board Certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. Dr. William Boothe’s love of medicine and passion for advancing technologies combined to make him a pioneer in ophthalmology.

    A native Texan, Dr. Boothe received his undergraduate degree from Rice University with honors and completed his residency at Texas Tech University School of Ophthalmology. He attended the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, before serving an internship at Presbyterian Hospital in Internal Medicine. Dr. Boothe completed a cornea fellowship at Jules Stein Eye Institute (University of California Los Angeles Medical School) where he specialized in refractive surgery.

    Before choosing ophthalmology as his specialty, Dr. Boothe worked as an emergency room physician. He was the director of the Plano Emergency Center, as well as the director of the Angelo Association Emergency Center in San Angelo, Texas. “I wanted to work in an interesting specialty,” Dr. Boothe said. “Ophthalmology certainly qualified, since it is a fast-paced field that is continually evolving.”

    In the early 1990s, Dr. Boothe began performing LASIK laser vision correction surgery, a major breakthrough in the field. In fact, he says, he was the first cornea surgeon in the area to use a laser that was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. “I insist upon being able to offer my patients the latest advances in the field of laser technology,” Dr. Boothe says. “I research every new device and protocol continually, to ensure I can meet the goal of achieving 20/20 or better vision for every patient.”

    As he adopts new, advanced technologies, Dr. Boothe sets high standards for safety, accuracy and precision. When he decides that a device can perform a procedure according to the strictest standards possible, he works with the device until he is confident it will produce excellent results for patients.

    Professional Affiliations:

  • The American Medical Association
  • The Texas Medical Association The Texas Ophthalmologic Association
  • The Texas Medical Foundation
  • The Dallas Academy of Ophthalmology
  • The Dallas County Medical Society
  • The International Society of Refractive Surgery
  • The American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
  • A Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology
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