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Ophthalmologist Eliminates Cataract Patients’ Need for Glasses

Southington [June 13 2007] - Some people with cataracts may give up their glasses as the result of a surgery now being performed at The Hospital of Central Connecticut.
Ophthalmologist Ronald Bezahler, M.D., is implanting ReSTOR® intraocular lenses in some of his cataract surgery patients that improve vision even in patients who wore glasses before surgery.
With cataracts, the lens of the eye – which focuses light images on the retina – becomes cloudy. Vision becomes blurry, colors less bright and night vision more difficult. Cataracts are particularly common in older people; according to the National Eye Institute, more than half of all Americans have a cataract or have had cataract surgery by age 80.
During the surgery, the surgeon replaces the clouded lens with a manmade lens. Previously, these manmade lenses were “monofocal,” meaning they improved only distance vision. Most cataract surgery patients had to wear glasses or bifocals for reading and other close work.
The ReSTOR lens is a “multi-focal” lens, which means it allows clear distance, close-up and medium-range vision. While some patients may still need glasses to read very tiny type, “the lenses substantially reduce patients’ reliance on glasses, even if they wore them before,” says Dr. Bezahler, who performs the procedure at the hospital’s Bradley Memorial campus.
Dr. Bezahler has implanted the ReSTOR lenses in more than 30 patients at the Bradley Memorial campus, and “all of them have been really pleased,” he says.
For cataract surgery patients with astigmatism, he is implanting the Acrysof® Toric lens. A normal cornea is rounded; with astigmatism, the cornea has more of a football shape, causing blurry or distorted vision. With the Toric lens, patients may still need glasses for close work, but the lenses vastly improve distance vision without glasses.
Unlike contact lenses for patients with astigmatism, the surgically implanted Toric lenses don’t move around on the eye, Dr. Bezahler says.
“All my patients with the lenses have been thrilled,” he says.

Contact: Nancy Martin, 860-224-5900, ext. 4366

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