If you are considering a lens implant for after cataract surgery you should become aware of premium lens implants and their advantages over traditional monofocal implants. If you have astigmatism the Toric IOL may be the best option to discuss with your cataract surgeon.
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.
Astigmatism is a refractive error where people are unable to see objects clearly from a distance or up close. Astigmatism is asymmetric steepening of the cornea or natural lens causes light to be focused unevenly. Astigmatism may occur in varying degrees in each eye and can accompany myopia or hyperopia. To individuals with uncorrected astigmatism, images may look blurry or shadowed. Astigmatism can accompany any form of refractive error and is very common
* The AcrySof® Toric IOL lens is specially designed to correct astigmatism by changing how light is reflected as it passes through the eye. Using this treatment, patients with astigmatism not only experience relief from cataracts, but are also able to see clearly after treatment without the need for additional vision correction.
In January 2007, Medicare approved a new monofocal IOL called the Acrysof Toric IOL for patients with cataracts and astigmatism. 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 like many eye surgery patients seeking lens implants you are probably wondering which implant is right for me? During your consultation, the doctors and staff at Long Island Eye Surgical Care, P.C. will discuss with you the various premium implant options and which one is the best solution for you based on your lifestyle and your specific visual needs. Each of the premium lens implants options have unique attributes that may or may not be beneficial for you.