This health video focuses on a way to get rid of cataracts and glasses.
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Jeniffer Mathews: Rosemary Roman looks forward to life without glasses or cataracts. Rosemary Roman: And, I am so excited, and I am so glad to get rid of these. Oh, I really will be. Jeniffer Mathews: In a 15-minute procedure, Jeffrey Whitman will replace the cataract in Roman's eye with a new kind of lens. Jeffrey Whitman: We'll make the main opening in the cornea of the eye where we will end up taking the cataract out and putting the lens implant through Jeniffer Mathews:The standard fix is a lens that only allows patients to see far away. Jeffrey Whitman: The ReSTOR lens is a lens that has different zones of focus built into the plastic of the lens. When this lens is placed into the eye, it allows the patient to focus distant, intermediate and close-up, Dr. Whitman: Once it is unfolded, it has pretty much the consistency of a stick of gum. I think that would be the closest thing. It has a little pliability to it but not a lot. Rosemary Roman : I didn't feel anything Jeniffer Mathews: Dr. Whitman says Rosemary will see the results quickly. Dr. Whitman: They'll already have better vision, in most cases, the next day, but usually within a couple of weeks, they should be fully healed and off of drops. Jeniffer Mathews: Janet Wendland's cataracts were driving her crazy at work. Janet Wendland: It still was blurry and fuxxy and it's just wasn't real clear. Jeniffer Mathews: She had the ReSTOR lens put in both eyes and has seen a big difference. Janet Wendland: 20/20 in both eyes, so I don't think you can get any better than that. Jeniffer Mathews: In clinical trials, 80% of patients who got the ReSTOR lens no longer needed glasses. This is Jeniffer Mathews reporting.