Much like the shape of a football, astigmatism causes the cornea to become curved more in one direction than another. Until recently, patients suffering from astigmatism had to additionally undergo corneal refractive surgery (Limbal Relaxation Incisions, LASIK or PRK) or remain dependent on glasses in addition to lens implant surgery.
A revolutionary new option for intraocular lenses (IOLs) has paved the way for patients with astigmatism. Specifically shaped to accommodate patients with astigmatism, Toric IOLs create a sense of balance for the irregularly shaped cornea. Once this specialized IOL is implanted, the astigmatism is virtually eliminated.
There are a selection of manufactures who produce Toric IOLs and they each correct varying levels of astigmatism. You will need to work with your doctor to establish a treatment plan to include the Toric IOL that will best suit your particular visual needs. Supplementary costs are typically associated to these lenses as they are considered”premium.”
QUALITY DISTANCE VISION
The technology behind the AcrySof® IQ Toric IOL offers cataract patients with preexisting astigmatism precise vision correction that reduces or eliminates corneal astigmatism and delivers significantly improved distance vision without the need for glasses or contacts. You’ll also be able to enjoy improved image quality thanks to the lens’ new aspheric design.
With the AcrySof® IQ Toric IOL, your distance vision can be clear, vibrant and in focus, all with just one lens! Contact the Williamson Eye Center to set up a free consultation to determine if you are a candidate for Toric.