Many patients suffer from this common eye condition known as astigmatism. Often this astigmatism can lead to blurred or impaired vision if it becomes moderate or severe. 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.
For those who have or are developing cataracts and also have an astigmatism, we have advanced lens implants available. Vance Thompson Vision is pleased to offer Toric IOLs for astigmatism correction after cataract surgery. 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, patients that were IOL candidates and had astigmatism, had no option built into the lens which would correct the astigmatism aspect of their visual condition. Surgeons would typically perform refractive surgery or LASIK after the insertion of an intra-ocular lens to correct the complete visual picture. If patients did not have astigmatism correction after IOL implantation, contacts or glasses would be necessary after cataract surgery to correct the astigmatism. Only the advanced technology of the Toric IOL can correct astigmatism, to reduce or even eliminate dependence on glasses and/or contact lenses after cataract surgery.