Lens Implants

Lens Implants

Cataract and Nearsighted Lens Implants: ReSTOR®, Crystalens®, Toric, ICL – Springfield, Massachusetts

At Papale Eye Center, we rely on the latest innovations in lens implant technology, intraocular lenses (IOLs), to help reduce or completely eliminate the need for glasses for our cataract and nearsighted patients. IOLs are implantable lenses that restore a patient’s vision by either replacing the natural lens (during cataract surgery), or by inserting an artificial lens in front of the natural lens (to correct nearsightedness).

Treatments for Nearsighted Patients

Individuals with myopia (nearsightedness) now have many options for vision correction. With advances in lens implants, our practice in Springfield, Massachusetts is able to offer nearsighted patients freedom from glasses and contact lenses with safe, simple procedures.

ICL – Implantable Contact Lens

What is an ICL?

If you’ve been told that you’re not a candidate for LASIK… or if you’ve been waiting for a more advanced, safe, and effective technology that may eliminate your need for glasses or contacts - the Visian ICL, otherwise known as the implantable contact lens, could be right for you. Dr John Papale is one of the most experienced ophthalmologists in New England performing this procedure.

The Visian ICL is an Implantable Collamer Lens that works with the eye to correct vision.  Unlike traditional contact lenses that go on the surface of the eye, the Visian ICL is positioned inside the eye between the iris (the colored part of the eye) and the natural lens where it stays indefinitely.  If your vision changes dramatically, however, it can be removed from the eye.   There have been over 375,000 patient eyes treated worldwide with the Visian ICL.

How does an ICL work?

An ICL works by bending the light that passes through the eye’s natural lens to sharpen the focus on the retina. While most intraocular lenses (IOLs) replace the eye’s natural lens to correct the patient’s vision, an ICL works in conjunction with the eye’s natural crystalline lens to permanently improve vision. Each lens is specifically selected for the patient’s unique vision correction needs, so that optimal focusing power can be achieved after one short procedure.

ICL surgery generally lasts less than 15 minutes, and patients enjoy improved vision in a number of hours.  Additionally, ICLs can be removed later in life for cataract surgery. To find out if you are a good candidate for myopia treatment with ICL, contact our Springfield, Massachusetts office today.

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Treatments for Patients with Cataracts

Our experienced eye surgeons offer lens implant surgery for cataracts using ReSTOR® multifocal lens implants. With safe, effective lens implants, we are very often able to “restore” glasses-free vision for patients over the age of 40 who struggle with close-up reading – and for those who have never experienced clear vision in their lives!

Traditional lens implants (IOLs) are monofocal, meaning they offer vision at one distance only (far, intermediate, or near). These traditional lenses mean that after cataract surgery, patients will need to wear eyeglasses or contact lenses in order to read, use a computer, or view objects at middle-range distance. At Papale Eye Center, we offer the most advanced technology in lens implants – presbyopia-correcting multifocal lens implants. These lens implants provide excellent vision after cataract surgery at a variety of distances.

The RESTOR multifocal lens implants correct both your distance vision and your near vision after cataract surgery. For the vast majority of patients, the RESTOR multifocal lens implants correct their distance and reading vision, providing greater freedom from glasses or contact lenses.

ReSTOR® Lens Implants

What is the ReSTOR® lens?

The ReSTOR® lens is an artificial lens implant that is designed to replace the natural lens of the eye. Made of a soft, flexible plastic material, the ReSTOR® lens has a patented design that allows it to focus light on the retina for clear vision at near, far, and intermediate distances. In just a few hours, the ReSTOR® lens can be inserted in the eye, then quickly and easily unfolded to restore vision during a brief visit to our Springfield, Massachusetts office. The result is a remarkable improvement in both the quality (sharp, clear images at all distances) and quantity (a full range) of vision.

Who is a candidate for ReSTOR® lens implants?

The ReSTOR® lens is FDA approved for the treatment of cataracts. ReSTOR® lens implants are available at our Springfield, Massachusetts eye center to all patients with cataracts and/or presbyopia (difficulty with close-up vision). The ideal candidate for the ReSTOR® lens is someone who is seeking better vision at all distances – near, far, and intermediate – without the hassle of glasses or contact lenses.

How does the ReSTOR® lens treat presbyopia?

Patients in their 40s who have trouble with close-up reading are generally experiencing the first effects of presbyopia. Presbyopia is essentially a problem with the lens of the eye. As the lens hardens and becomes inflexible with age, it becomes more and more difficult to focus on nearby objects for reading and other activities. By replacing the hardened lenses with flexible lens implants like ReSTOR®, the eye surgeons at our practice can almost completely restore vision affected by presbyopia.

What results can I expect after ReSTOR® lens implant surgery?

In a clinical study, approximately 80 percent of patients who received the ReSTOR® lens indicated that after surgery, they never had to wear glasses again!

With the ReSTOR® lens, most patients can read the newspaper, play sports, and drive their cars (even at night) without glasses or contact lenses. In practical terms, the ReSTOR® lens decreases or completely eliminates dependence on prescription lenses. Patients suffering from cataracts and/or presbyopia are typically very satisfied with the ReSTOR® lens. In fact, more than 90 percent have indicated they would choose ReSTOR® lens implants again if given the choice! At our practice, we recommend the ReSTOR® lens because we are confident in the results. To find out what ReSTOR® lens implants can do for you, contact Papale Eye Center in Springfield, Massachusetts today.


What is the Crystalens®?

Crystalens® Accommodating IOLs “flex” or “accommodate” like your natural lens to deliver a continuous range of vision at near, intermediate and distance in all lighting conditions. Crystalens® has flexible hinges that allow it to move with your eye. Unlike standard IOLs, Crystalens® is designed to treat both cataracts and presbyopia. Crystalens® can even reduce or eliminate your need for glasses during most activities.

How is Crystalens® different from a standard IOL?

Standard IOLs used in cataract surgery are designed to only treat cataracts, so you will probably still need glasses for many daily tasks, especially computer and reading up close. Crystalens® is designed to correct more then just your cataracts. Crystalens® can offer a more natural range of vision then a standard IOL, and in many cases reduce your dependence on glasses.

Will I really be able to see without glasses?

If you are like many Crystalens® patients, you should experience improved vision at all distances, with minimal or no dependence on glasses after Crystalens® surgery. Since everyone’s vision, expectations and lifestyles differ, it is difficult to determine how much you will be dependent on glasses.

Who is a candidate for Crystalens® lens implants?

Only your doctor can determine if Crystalens® is right for you. To find out if you’re a Crystalens® candidate, Dr. Papale will perform a thorough exam. You may be a candidate even if you had prior eye surgery.

Toric IOLs

Many cataract patients suffer from astigmatism and have required glasses or contact lenses to drive or read for much of their adult lives. Toric lens implants correct for astigmatism when positioned in the eye. Toric IOLs are placed in the patient’s eye during routine cataract surgery just as the other intraocular lenses used at Papale Eye Center.

In the same way that Toric contact lenses reduce or correct astigmatism, patients can receive Toric intraocular lens implants to restore sharper distance vision. When the eye’s natural lens (cataract) is removed and replaced with a Toric IOL, imperfections in the eye’s shape are improved, resulting in clearer vision without the need for multiple incisions, as is common in other astigmatism surgeries. In addition, recovery time is shorter and more comfortable than with older methods .

If you are interested in learning more about lens implants, including the ReSTOR® lens, Toric lens, and ICL contact our Springfield, Massachusetts eye surgery center. Our experienced doctors can help restore your vision so you can enjoy freedom from glasses and contact lenses. At your evaluation appointment, our doctors will discuss your visual goals with you and help you select a lens implant that suits your needs.