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Renowned New York Ophthalmologists, Drs. Glen Weiss and Robert Chen of Rockland Eye Physicians Use the AcrySof IQ ReSTOR IOL to Correct Cataracts Without Glasses
Date:4/25/2011

GARNERVILLE, N.Y., April 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- New York eye doctors, Rockland Eye Physicians and Surgeons, one of the New York Metropolitan area's leading ophthalmology providers, announces the use of Alcon's cutting edge AcrySof IQ ReSTOR IOL available to patients suffering from cataracts. The lens is different from other cataract treatments in that it allows the patient to see properly at all ranges from near-to-far, without the use of bifocals or trifocals in many situations. Drs. Glen Weiss and Robert Chen, both highly respected for their surgical expertise are excited about the announcement: "The presence of the ReSTOR implant in our line of New York eye care services means that we can offer a solution for our cataract patients who do not want to  wear multi-focal glasses.  This provides our patients a quality of life that no other standard implant simply can offer," said Dr. Weiss.

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Dr. Chen outlines the specifics of how the lens adjusts a patient's vision at different viewing ranges, stating, "The center of the lens features several concentric rings, each having a different level of vision correction. This allows the lens to simulate the process of 'pseudo' accommodation, which is how the human eye naturally focuses to achieve clarity at different distances."  Many patients lose the ability to accommodate as they get older, a condition called presbyopia.  Also many cataract sufferers also lose accommodation due to their cataracts and could only get single power implants in the past, requiring the need for glasses.  However, the ReSTOR implant now makes it possible for ophthalmologists to treat both conditions at once.

"A version of the ReSTOR that also corrects astigmatisms in addition to treating the cataracts and presbyopia will be available soon," informed Dr. Weiss.  This makes the ReSTOR capable of treating three separate conditions without the need for glasses. Dr. Weiss went on, saying, "It is our goal as doctors to give patients every option to improve their quality of life without compromising safety, regardless of their conditions. Alcon's products continue to make that possible for us."  

In a nationwide study, 95% of patients who had the AcrySof IQ ReSTOR implanted said they would do so again, citing the lens' excellent visual clarity and the convenience of not having to wear glasses for numerous tasks.  In the same study, 78% were completely glasses-free six-months after the operation.

More importantly both Dr. Weiss and Dr. Chen advise that, "Having a ReSTOR IOL implanted by an experienced surgeon will result in better outcomes with fewer complications.  Having performed thousands of successful IOL implants, we recommend that patients interested in having a ReSTOR IOL option should always select an ophthalmologist who has successfully completed many cataract surgeries. Surgical volume, consistency, and focus are paramount to achieving the benefits offered by the implant."

About Rockland Eye Physicians and Surgeons

New York ophthalmologists, Rockland Eye Physicians and Surgeons, have been serving Westchester, Rockland and Orange Counties for over 40 years from their offices in Bardonia and Garnerville, NY.  Rockland Eye provides a wide range of general ophthalmology services and treatments for people of all ages including Alcon's full line of AcrySof IOLs, digital retina imaging, stichless cataract surgery, LASIK/refractive surgery, and strabismus treatment surgical procedures. More information about the practice can be found on its website, www.rocklandeye.com.

About Alcon and the AcrySof IQ ReSTOR IOL

Developed by the Switzerland based Alcon Inc., the AcrySof IQ ReSTOR IOL is aspherical in construction and as such has been designated by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services as a New Technology Intra-Occular Lens (NTIOL). Alcon has been developing cutting edge vision care products in 75 different countries since 1945.  Visit www.Alcon.com for more information on all of Alcon's latest advancements in consumer, pharmaceutical and surgical vision care.

Rockland Eye Physicians and Surgeons, +1-845-553-7060


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