Identifying Candidates for Multifocal Lenses

Many factors must be taken into account when you assess a patient’s candidacy for multifocal IOLs. From ocular pathology and biometric candidacy to lifestyle needs, vision goals and personality, knowing what to look for is the key to success.

Explore the tabs below to learn more about how to identify ideal candidates for multifocal IOL implantation.

Multifocal Lens Patient Selection Based on Personality and Vision Goals

Multifocal lenses like the AcrySof® IQ ReSTOR® family of IOLs offer a number of advantages to patients who wish to increase their spectacle independence, but it may take them a little time to adapt to their new lenses postoperatively. Read the profiles below to find out how to tell if your patient may be a candidate.


Potential candidates:
  • Enjoy activities and hobbies that require visual acuity at multiple distances, such as reading, driving and attending sporting or theater events
  • Want to be less dependent on spectacles
  • Have a relaxed, adaptable personality
  • Have presbyopia or myopia
  • Fall within the available IOL power range
  • Qualify for bilateral implantation
  • Have no preexisting ocular pathology
  • Have had no previous refractive surgery
Patients who may not be ideal candidates:
  • Are not opposed to (or even enjoy) wearing glasses
  • Are impatient, unwilling or unable to adapt
  • Have unrealistic expectations about their outcomes
  • Have a preexisting ocular pathology, such as dry eye, uncontrolled glaucoma and keratoconus
  • Have had prior refractive surgery

These patients may be better candidates for a monofocal IOL.

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AcrySof® IQ ReSTOR® Family of IOLs +

ACRYSOF® IQ RESTOR® FAMILY OF INTRAOCULAR LENSES IMPORTANT PRODUCT INFORMATION

CAUTION: Federal (USA) law restricts this device to the sale by or on the order of a physician.

INDICATIONS: The AcrySof® IQ ReSTOR® Posterior Chamber Intraocular Lens (IOL) is intended for primary implantation for the visual correction of aphakia secondary to removal of a cataractous lens in adult patients with and without presbyopia, who desire near, intermediate and distance vision with increased spectacle independence. The lens is intended to be placed in the capsular bag.

WARNINGS/PRECAUTIONS: Careful preoperative evaluation and sound clinical judgment should be used by the surgeon to decide the risk/benefit ratio before implanting a lens in a patient with any of the conditions described in the Directions for Use labeling. Physicians should target emmetropia, and ensure that IOL centration is achieved. Care should be taken to remove viscoelastic from the eye at the close of surgery.

Some patients may experience visual disturbances and/or discomfort due to multifocality, especially under dim light conditions. As with other multifocal IOLs, visual symptoms may be significant enough that the patient will request explant of the multifocal IOL. Spectacle independence rates vary with all multifocal IOLs; as such, some patients may need glasses when reading small print or looking at small objects.

Clinical studies with the AcrySof® ReSTOR® lens indicated that posterior capsule opacification (PCO), when present, developed earlier into clinically significant PCO. Prior to surgery, physicians should provide prospective patients with a copy of the Patient Information Brochure available from Alcon for this product informing them of possible risks and benefits associated with the AcrySof® IQ ReSTOR® IOLs.

Studies have shown that color vision discrimination is not adversely affected in individuals with the AcrySof® Natural IOL and normal color vision. The effect on vision of the AcrySof® Natural IOL in subjects with hereditary color vision defects and acquired color vision defects secondary to ocular disease (e.g., glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, chronic uveitis, and other retinal or optic nerve diseases) has not been studied. Do not resterilize; do not store over 45° C; use only sterile irrigating solutions such as BSS® or BSS PLUS® Sterile Intraocular Irrigating Solutions.

ATTENTION: Reference the Directions for Use labeling for a complete listing of indications, warnings and precautions.

Click here to view the AcrySof® IQ ReSTOR® +2.5 D IOL Directions for Use (DFU).

Click here to view the AcrySof® IQ ReSTOR® +3.0 D IOL Directions for Use (DFU).

ACRYSOF® IQ RESTOR® FAMILY OF INTRAOCULAR LENSES IMPORTANT PRODUCT INFORMATION

CAUTION: Federal (USA) law restricts this device to the sale by or on the order of a physician.

INDICATIONS: The AcrySof® IQ ReSTOR® Posterior Chamber Intraocular Lens (IOL) is intended for primary implantation for the visual correction of aphakia secondary to removal of a cataractous lens in adult patients with and without presbyopia, who desire near, intermediate and distance vision with increased spectacle independence. The lens is intended to be placed in the capsular bag.

WARNINGS/PRECAUTIONS: Careful preoperative evaluation and sound clinical judgment should be used by the surgeon to decide the risk/benefit ratio before implanting a lens in a patient with any of the conditions described in the Directions for Use labeling. Physicians should target emmetropia, and ensure that IOL centration is achieved. Care should be taken to remove viscoelastic from the eye at the close of surgery.

Some patients may experience visual disturbances and/or discomfort due to multifocality, especially under dim light conditions. As with other multifocal IOLs, visual symptoms may be significant enough that the patient will request explant of the multifocal IOL. Spectacle independence rates vary with all multifocal IOLs; as such, some patients may need glasses when reading small print or looking at small objects.

Clinical studies with the AcrySof® ReSTOR® lens indicated that posterior capsule opacification (PCO), when present, developed earlier into clinically significant PCO. Prior to surgery, physicians should provide prospective patients with a copy of the Patient Information Brochure available from Alcon for this product informing them of possible risks and benefits associated with the AcrySof® IQ ReSTOR® IOLs.

Studies have shown that color vision discrimination is not adversely affected in individuals with the AcrySof® Natural IOL and normal color vision. The effect on vision of the AcrySof® Natural IOL in subjects with hereditary color vision defects and acquired color vision defects secondary to ocular disease (e.g., glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, chronic uveitis, and other retinal or optic nerve diseases) has not been studied. Do not resterilize; do not store over 45° C; use only sterile irrigating solutions such as BSS® or BSS PLUS® Sterile Intraocular Irrigating Solutions.

ATTENTION: Reference the Directions for Use labeling for a complete listing of indications, warnings and precautions.

Click here to view the AcrySof® IQ ReSTOR® +2.5 D IOL Directions for Use (DFU).

Click here to view the AcrySof® IQ ReSTOR® +3.0 D IOL Directions for Use (DFU).