Toric Lens Implants
Understanding when a TORIC IOL is required after cataract surgery
Toric IOLs for Astigmatism
If you have been told that you have developing cataracts and you also have astigmatism, new premium lens implant options are available to help minimize your need for glasses after surgery. If you are unsure if you have astigmatism, please check with your eye doctor.
Astigmatism is a refractive error where people are unable to see objects clearly from a distance or up close. Astigmatism is caused by asymmetric steepening of the cornea or natural lens, causing light to focus unevenly. Astigmatism may occur in varying degrees in each eye and can accompany myopia or hyperopia. To individuals with uncorrected astigmatism, images may look blurry or shadowed. Astigmatism can accompany any form of refractive error and is very common
The recent advancements in Intraocular Lens (IOL) technology have now made it possible to provide an effective solution for patients that have astigmatism. Until recently, astigmatic patients that were IOL candidates had no IOL options to correct their astigmatism. Surgeons would typically perform refractive surgery or LASIK after the insertion of an IOL to correct the complete visual picture. If patients did not have astigmatism correction after IOL implantation then contacts or glasses would be required to deal with the astigmatism. With the advancement of IOL optics, manufacturers can now produce intraocular lenses that correct astigmatism.
Toric IOL technology uses biocompatible materials that have been successfully used in contact lenses and proven safe for the eye. There is a nominal additional cost for Toric lens implants that insurance companies typically do not cover.
In January 2007, Medicare approved a new monofocal IOL called the Acrysof® Toric IOL for patients with cataracts and astigmatism. The AcrySof® Toric corrects for both conditions, cataracts and astigmatism. The Acrysof® Toric IOL is a foldable, single piece lens that is implanted during cataract surgery to replace the clouded lens. The unique design of the AcrySof® Toric IOL makes it possible to reduce or eliminate corneal astigmatism and significantly improve uncorrected distance vision.
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