For cataract patients who also have astigmatism, Toric IOLs (Intraocular Lenses), offer a chance to finally enjoy quality distance vision without glasses or contact lenses. Toric IOLs are specially designed to offer correction for both cataracts and astigmatism in one easy procedure.
A person who has both a cataract and astigmatism will very likely not have high-quality distance vision without glasses after cataract surgery unless the astigmatism is corrected as well.
Traditional treatment for astigmatism includes glasses and toric contact lenses. However, some people find glasses and contact lenses inconvenient or uncomfortable. These individuals may consider surgical options to reduce or eliminate the need for glasses and contacts.
Surgical options for correcting astigmatism include LASIK, Arcuate Keratotomy (AK, also known as astigmatic keratotomy), and limbal relaxing incisions. These procedures all involve altering the shape of the cornea. If you are planning to have cataract surgery, a toric IOL allows you to correct your astigmatism at the same time without additional surgery.
After carefully examining your eyes and discussing the options with you, your surgeon will recommend the option he believes is best for you.
The AcrySof® Toric Lens
Cataract Surgery is a quick, outpatient procedure where a surgeon removes the eye’s clouded natural lens and replaces it with an artificial lens (the IOL mentioned above). If you have astigmatism, however, you may still have blurred vision because a standard IOL cannot correct astigmatism. To achieve quality distance vision with a standard IOL, you may still require eyeglasses, contact lenses or further surgery.
You now have a better option. The unique design of the AcrySoft® Toric lens provides improved distance vision, reducing or eliminating the need for glasses and contacts to correct astigmatism (you may still need reading glasses).
The Toric lens is made of the same biocompatible lens material already successfully implanted in more than 25 million eyes since 1991.