• The unique optical design of the ACTIVEFOCUS toric IOL gives astigmatic cataract patients quality distance vision and an increased range of vision to potentially reduce dependence on glasses
  • The lens is based on the proven AcrySof® IQ toric IOL platform that delivers unrivaled rotational stability1
  • This extends the market-leading AcrySof® IQ platform to a broader population of the nearly 2 million cataract patients with treatable levels of astigmatism who undergo cataract surgery each year2

Basel, March 23, 2017 – Alcon, the global leader in eye care and a division of Novartis, has received approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its AcrySof® IQ ReSTOR® +2.5 Multifocal Toric intraocular lens (IOL) with ACTIVEFOCUS optical design for patients undergoing cataract surgery who choose to address their astigmatism and presbyopia at the same time. The unique optical design of the ACTIVEFOCUS toric lens delivers both crisp, clear distance vision and a range of vision for patients who desire less dependence on glasses. The ACTIVEFOCUS toric IOL is the only multifocal toric IOL in which the central portion is 100 percent dedicated to distance vision3,4. Previous presbyopia-correcting IOL designs tend to compromise on distance vision in order to provide patients with a range of vision.

“Presbyopic cataract patients with astigmatism have had limited options in the past,” said Sergio Duplan, Region President, North America for Alcon. “Alcon’s ACTIVEFOCUS toric IOL is a breakthrough for these patients, correcting astigmatism and allowing them to achieve uncompromised distance vision with an increased range of vision at the same time.”

The ACTIVEFOCUS toric IOL is also engineered for stability. Toric IOLs perform optimally if they stay on axis to correct the astigmatism. In a retrospective study of IOL orientation data,  the AcrySof® IQ toric IOL platform was 2.5 times less likely to rotate than the leading competitor lens*1. Additionally, the AcrySof® IQ toric platform is the market leader with cataract surgeons implanting more than 1.7 million AcrySof® IQ toric IOLs to date5.

“The ACTIVEFOCUS toric IOL is the marriage of the design features of my two go-to IOLs for patients wanting outstanding distance vision and less dependence on glasses after cataract surgery,” said Bret L. Fisher, M.D., Medical Director, Eye Center of North Florida. “By combining the unique optical properties of the ACTIVEFOCUS design with the unparalleled rotational stability of the AcrySof® IQ toric platform, I can now offer a range of vision to more patients.”

Nearly four million cataract surgeries are performed each year in the US, and more than 50 percent of those patients have treatable levels of astigmatism that could be addressed with AcrySof® IQ toric IOLs2, including the new ACTIVEFOCUS toric IOL. Astigmatism occurs when the cornea is misshapen, causing blurry vision and distorted images at all distances. Presbyopia occurs in most people over the age of 40 and results in needing vision correction such as reading glasses.

Alcon plans to commercialize the ACTIVEFOCUS toric IOL in the US beginning in mid-2017.

About Cataracts

A cataract is a cloudy area in the natural lens of the eye that affects vision. As a cataract develops, the eye’s lens gradually becomes hard and cloudy allowing less light to pass through, which makes it more difficult to see. The vast majority of cataracts happen as a result of normal aging but radiation exposure, taking steroids, diabetes, and eye trauma can accelerate the development of cataracts6. Cataracts are the most common age-related eye condition and the leading cause of preventable blindness7. Twenty million people in the US age 40 and older have cataracts8. Cataracts are treated by removing the eye’s cloudy natural lens and surgically replacing it with an intraocular lens or IOL. More than 98% of cataract surgeries are considered successful and patients typically can return to their normal routines within 24 hours9.

About Astigmatism and Presbyopia

Astigmatism is a variation in the shape or curvature of the cornea and, if left untreated, can cause blurred vision at all distances. Presbyopia is an eye condition that occurs as part of natural aging. It involves the gradual loss of the eye’s ability to actively focus on close objects, such as smart phones, computers, books and menus. The first signs of presbyopia are eyestrain, difficulty seeing in dim light and problems focusing on small objects and/or fine print. Once a person is in their 40s, it is likely they will experience presbyopia and will require vision correction such as reading glasses or multifocal contact lenses.

Important Information about AcrySof® IQ ReSTOR® +2.5 Multifocal Toric IOL

Side effects associated with the AcrySof® IQ ReSTOR® +2.5 D Multifocal Toric IOL include visual disturbances such as glare, rings around lights, and blurred vision. These side effects may make it more difficult to see while driving at night or completing tasks in low lighting such as at night or in fog, after surgery as compared to before surgery.

This IOL corrects corneal astigmatism only when it is placed in the correct position in the eye. There is a possibility that the IOL could be placed incorrectly or could move within the eye. This may result in less improvement or a reduction in vision because your corneal astigmatism has not been fully corrected, or it may cause visual symptoms.

The safety and effectiveness of the AcrySof® IQ ReSTOR® +2.5 D Multifocal Toric IOL has not been established in patients with certain eye conditions, such as glaucoma or diabetic retinopathy (an increase in eye pressure or complications of diabetes in the eye).