The American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) is one of the leading organizations behind many recent advances in eye surgery technology. At the annual symposium for the ASCRS, Seeta Eye Care Centers' own Highland ophthalmologist Dr. Satish S. Modi gave a presentation on a new type of intraocular lens that has the potential to help millions of patients with cataracts who are thinking of undergoing refractive surgery.
There are multiple options for intraocular lens implants that fix different eye conditions. Toric lens implants can correct astigmatism in patients, but cannot correct presbyopia, an age-related condition that makes it difficult to see nearby objects. Multi-focal lens implants can fix presbyopia and nearsightedness, but cannot correct astigmatism. Patients who suffer from both astigmatism and presbyopia don't have an option that can correct both conditions.
Dr. Modi's presentation focused on a lens that could help these patients. The AcrySof IQ ReSTOR toric lens can correct astigmatism, near vision, and presbyopia. Dr. Modi showed the results of a recent study where the lenses were shown to be effective.
"This multifocal toric IOL would fill a huge unmet need," said Dr. Modi, "considering that about 20% of patients undergoing cataract surgery have corneal astigmatism." The ReSTOR toric lens offers a new solution for these patients, many of whom "could have their near and distance vision corrected in a single procedure.”
Dr. Modi is optimistic that patients will have access to ReSTOR toric lenses soon. The new lenses were recommended by an FDA advisory committee in November 2014. Though the FDA hasn't approved it yet, reports have been positive from other countries. "Now we look forward to FDA approval for this lens that has been available since 2011 elsewhere in the world," Dr. Modi said.
To learn more about intraocular lenses, refractive lens exchange, and what they can do for you, contact Seeta Eye Care Centers today. You can use the form on this website or call 845-454-1025 to set up an appointment. We serve patients in Highland, Poughkeepsie, Yorktown, and Carmel.