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, a new option is available! If you are looking to reduced or even eliminate your dependency of glasses or contact lenses after cataract surgery, the AcrySof Toric IOL (Intraocular lens) may be an option for you!
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.
Acrysof IQToric® IOL technology uses biocompatible materials that have been successfully used in contact lenses and proven safe for the eye. There is an additional cost for this lens implant.
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. AcrySof Toric lens provides excellent distance vision, independent of eyeglasses and contact lenses.
If you are interested in learning more about the Acrysof Toric® IOL, the surgeons at Vance Thompson Vision encourage you to contact us and schedule a consultation.