Toric Lenses for Astigmatism

The Toric Lenses for Cataract Surgery

Toric lens implants have been approved by the FDA since 2005 because they are safe, reliable and effective when used on appropriate candidates during cataract surgery. Cataract surgery is performed on patients who have cloudiness in their natural lens. The Toric lens can be implanted into the eye that has a cataract AND pre-existing astigmatism during surgery to allow for the best possible vision without eyeglasses. 

Astigmatism is a condition which occurs when the cornea is not shaped like a basketball but more like a football.
This condition causes people to have blurry vision. In the past, ophthalmologists might make incisions at the edges of the cornea to help create a rounder shape. However, the Toric lens is now being used very effectively for patients who suffer from astigmatism and cataracts.

Toric IOL Advantages     

  • Highly reliable treatment method

  • Better post-op outcomes

  • Reduced residual refractive cylinder

  • More freedom from glasses for distance

  • Better bilateral uncorrected visual acuity

  • More effective and predictable compared to
    relaxing incisions

During the placement of the Toric lens, the surgeon makes a small incision in the eye/ cornea. The haptics, or arms of the lens, will then help the new lens to unfold and correctly maintain its position in a particular direction or axis.
The Toric lens is used to correct astigmatism in patients  only at the time of cataract surgery.  

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