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AcrySof® ReSTOR®

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently granted approval to Alcon Inc, the world’s leading eye care company, for an intraocular lens called
AcrySof® ReSTOR® as an alternative to eye-glasses.

This innovative intraocular lens (IOL) is intended for cataract patients with and without presbyopia. It uses a revolutionary apodized diffractive technology to give patients a full range of quality vision (near, intermediate and distance) that greatly increases their independence from glasses after surgery. The clinical studies supporting the approval showed that 80 percent of patients who received the AcrySof® ReSTOR® lens did not use glasses for any activities after cataract surgery.

The clinical results also showed that 84 percent of patients who received the
AcrySof® ReSTOR® lens in both eyes achieved distance visual acuity of 20/25 or better and near visual acuity of 20/32 or better without correction by contacts or glasses while only 23 percent of the conventional or monofocal control group achieved this level. Near visual acuity of 20/32, or J2, means patients can read the very small stock quotes in the newspaper. “Approval of the AcrySof® ReSTOR® lens is a significant event for Alcon that validates the extensive development work we have done to make it the best lens possible for all of a patient’s vision needs,” said Cary Rayment, President and Chief Executive Officer of Alcon, Inc.

The company will begin training surgeons on the lens in April and expects U.S. commercial shipments to begin in May.

The AcrySof® brand of IOLs is the most frequently implanted lens in the world, with more than 21 million implants since its introduction in the early 1990s. Alcon, which has been dedicated to the ophthalmic industry for over 50 years, develops, manufactures and markets pharmaceuticals, surgical equipment and devices, contact lens solutions and other vision care products that treat diseases, disorders and other conditions of the eye.

For more information on Alcon, Inc., visit the company’s web site at

Dr. Randal Pham is the 1st surgeon in Northern California to implant the AcrySof® ReSTOR® brand lens, and according to Alcon he has the most number of AcrySof® ReSTOR® lens implanted in Northern California. Alcon notes that this surgical procedure requires perfect technique, with one step being built on the next step as the building block...which means that if a mistake is made on the 1st step, the 2nd step will not go correctly. Therefore you want to be in the hands of a "perfect" surgeon such as
Dr. Randal Pham, because it takes more than the best of the best!

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