Aa
A
A
Close
Avatar universal
Lasik or IOL
I am being advised by the surgeon at my local clinic that the better option for me would be to have RESTOR lens's fitted rather than Lasik surgery.

They confirmed that my eyes were clear with no signs of cataracts.
I am 50 years old and my eyesight is -2.5 and -3.5

My problem is that the more I research on the internet the more confused I get. For instance, I read that the maximum for astigmatism in IOL surgery is 0.5 ... yet my eyes have -0.75 and -5.7 ... yet my local surgeon still recommends the IOL ? Who is right ?

It is a huge decision and I don't want to get it wrong.

Many thanks,

Robert

Cancel
11 Answers
Page 1 of 1
233488 tn?1310696703
You are going to need to do a lot of research. Since you have no cataract you are having a clear lens exchange essentiallly a cataract operation without a catract. Use the search feature and archives to read about all the problems with multifocal IOLs like ReStor. Get at least 3 different opinions. If you go with ReStor insist on the new aspheric +3 ReStor.

JCH MD
Comment
Cancel
Comment
Avatar universal
Comment
Comment
Comment
Post Comment
Avatar universal
Thank you for your comments.

I am very unsure about the ReStor option but I felt some pressure from my local surgeon to choose this.

I would prefer the Lasik treatment but was advised against this due to my age, 50.

Robert

Comment
Cancel
Comment
Avatar universal
Comment
Comment
Comment
Post Comment
233488 tn?1310696703
You should never feel pressured.  Everything you are talking about is elective.

You need to get two more opinion.

I don't know if you understand but if you have lasik and it works perfect you will not need glasses for distance (20 feet away or further) However at age 50 you will need glasses for reading and a different RX for shopping,computer, etc.

You will not be glasses free.  If you are able to read some now without glasses or use a computer without glasses now after lasik on both eyes you will NOT be able to do these things.

JCH MD
Comment
Cancel
Comment
Avatar universal
Comment
Comment
Comment
Post Comment
Avatar universal
Thank you very much again for your advice ... I will get another 2 opinions before I make my decision.

Many thanks.

Robert
Comment
Cancel
Comment
Avatar universal
Comment
Comment
Comment
Post Comment
Avatar universal
I have had cataract surgery, but would never have considered such a thing if I had good corrected vision with glasses. You would have to be a real glasses-hater to think of having that done. There is a risk associated with any surgery. In the case of cataract surgery, there is a risk of getting a detached retina. I found this risk to be shockingly high - something on the order of a percent or so. The multifocal IOLs also seem to have greater risk of dysphotopsia, which you can read about extensively in the various threads on this forum as the doctor suggested.
Comment
Cancel
Comment
Avatar universal
Comment
Comment
Comment
Post Comment
Avatar universal
I agree with Harold.  I am a 62 year old male, myopic with -6.25D in each eye.  If my natural lens did not have a cataract or could have been corrected with eye glasses, I would never have had cataract surgery.  Eye glasses (or contacts) for your fairly mild myopia is the way to go.  Even if you had to also have reading glasses later, keep your natural lens for as long as possible.

I do have two Restor IOL's, but they are not as good as natural lenses.
Comment
Cancel
Comment
Avatar universal
Comment
Comment
Comment
Post Comment
Avatar universal
I would like to thank everyone for taking the time to send their honest comments.

Having read the replies on this forum and other forums it has become blindingly obvious to me that I would be crazy to trade in a perfectly healthy lens for an artificial lens.

I will therefore be opting for the Lasik procedure.

Thanks again,

Robert
Comment
Cancel
Comment
Avatar universal
Comment
Comment
Comment
Post Comment
Avatar universal
Hi
I don't really understand your question. If you are going in for surgery just in order to avoid wearing glasses, ask yourself this question. How many eye surgeons have you seen who have gone in for surgery to correct vision? How many eye surgeons at your age (50?), wear glasses?
All the best
sam
Comment
Cancel
Comment
Avatar universal
Comment
Comment
Comment
Post Comment
Avatar universal
i agree with lasikiol

if your perfectly alright with glasses,why opt for laser correction as it can have complications also the procedure is irreversible so please ask yourself if you really need that
Comment
Cancel
Comment
Avatar universal
Comment
Comment
Comment
Post Comment
Avatar universal
sorry, its sam500016
Comment
Cancel
Comment
Avatar universal
Comment
Comment
Comment
Post Comment
Avatar universal
Wow... This discussion is really making me reconsider IOL even though my vision is bad there seems to be a fair chance this procedure could actually make I'd worse.  Perhaps there is another option for me short of IOL.  The TV ads make it seem so simple & that you have perfect vision!
Comment
Cancel
Comment
Avatar universal
Comment
Comment
Comment
Post Comment
Your Answer
Avatar universal
Answer
Do you know how to answer? Tap here to leave your answer...
Answer
Answer
Post Answer
A
A
Doctor Ratings & Reviews
Comprehensive info on 720K doctors.
Complete reviews, ratings & more.
Eye Care Community Resources
Top General Health Answerers
177275 tn?1511758844
Blank
Kansas City, MO
Avatar universal
Blank
Grand Prairie, TX
Avatar universal
Blank
San Diego, CA