Toric Lens Implants are a type of Lens Implant that can correct astigmatism. Astigmatism is an optical irregularity that is caused by the cornea being shaped more like a football, than spherical like a baseball. Astigmatism may occur in varying degrees in each eye and can accompany myopia or hyperopia. For individuals with uncorrected astigmatism, images may look blurry or shadowed. Astigmatism can accompany any form of refractive error and is very common.
For Cataract patients who have astigmatism, and who do not wish to wear eyeglasses to see clearly at a distance, choosing a Toric Lens Implant can help them be free of glasses for tasks such as driving, that require clear distance vision. Toric IOL technology uses biocompatible materials that have been successfully used in contact lenses and proven safe for the eye.
Toric Lens Implants do not correct Presbyopia, and therefore even with Toric Lens Implants to correct astigmatism after Cataract Surgery, most patients still require reading glasses or bifocals to be able to comfortably perform near vision tasks such as reading and intermediate vision tasks such as computer work.
If you have a considerable amount of astigmatism, the doctors and staff at The Reeves Eye Institute will discuss Toric Lens Implants with you, as they may be a good option for providing you with the best possible vision without needing eyeglasses to see at distance after your Cataract Surgery.