Toric Lens Implants
If you have significant amounts of astigmatism, you may want to consider a special lens implant called a toric intraocular lens. Toric IOLs are uniquely designed to reduce astigmatism and may be an option for patients who are having lens exchange surgery with or without cataracts. The recent advancements in Intraocular Lens (IOL) technology have now made it possible to provide an effective solution for patients who have astigmatism. Until recently, patients who were candidates and had astigmatism had no option built into the lens to correct the astigmatism aspect of their visual condition. Surgeons would typically perform refractive surgery or LASIK after the insertion of an IOL to correct the vision. If patients did not have astigmatism correction after IOL implantation, then contacts or glasses would be required to help with the astigmatism. With advancements in the optics of IOLs, the toric lens can now accommodate for astigmatism.
Acrysof IQToric®IOL technology uses compatible materials that have been successfully used in contact lenses and proven safe for the eye. Many patients suffer from astigmatism and over time it can lead to blurred or impaired vision. The cause of the blurred and impaired vision is the result of the eye’s cornea or lens having an irregular shape. A normal eye’s cornea and lens have a circular shape whereas an eye with astigmatism has a longer, more oval shape.
The toric lens corrects for both conditions, cataracts and astigmatism. It is single lens that is implanted during a lens exchange surgery, with or without cataracts to replace the clouded lens. The unique design of this lens makes it possible to reduce or eliminate corneal astigmatism and significantly improve uncorrected distance vision. The toric lens provides excellent distance vision, independent of eyeglasses and contact lenses.
Clinical Data Results for the Toric®IOL:
- 94% of patients achieved uncorrected distance of 20/40 or better
- Improved contrast sensitivity in low-light situations
- Improved functional vision in challenging environments such as night driving and fog
- significant reduction in both spherical and total higher order aberrations
If you are looking into cataract surgery or laser vision correction procedures and would like to discuss this lens, give us a call at 866-340-EYES to schedule an appointment. Dr. Adelson will make his recommendations and determine if you are a candidate for this lens.