Astigmatism IOL Implants (Toric)

Toric lens implants are designed to correct astigmatism in cataract patients.  Astigmatism causes blurred or impaired vision if the astigmatism is moderate or severe.  The blurred vision is the result of the eye’s cornea having an irregular shape.  A normal eye’s cornea and lens have a circular shape, while an eye with an astigmatism has a longer oval shape.

For cataract patients with pre-existing astigmatism, a Toric IOL implant could eliminate the need for prescription glasses after surgery, because a Toric IOL has the ability to correct both the cataracts and the astigmatism.

Now with the advancement of the Lensx Laser, smaller amounts of astigmatism that cannot be corrected with the Toric lens implant can now be corrected with exquisite precision leaving patients with enhanced distance vision.

What would it be like to see at a distance without relying on eyeglasses or contact lenses?  Mississippi Vision patients who have astigmatism and are candidates for cataract surgery have the option to have their astigmatism corrected with either a Toric lens implant or the LenSx® laser to help improve distance vision.   Dr. William Aden, Dr. Brannon Aden, and Dr. Christopher C. Evans will discuss the options that are best for you.

Toric IOL

Vision with cataracts
and astigmatism

  • clouded
  • blurred
Toric IOL

Vision provided by a
traditional replacement
lens implanted after
cataract removal

  • may be blurred or distorted
    if astigmatism is not also corrected
  • may require corrective lenses or additional surgery
Toric IOL

With AcrySof® Toric IOL, you

  • leave your glasses and contact lenses behind
  • recapture quality distance vision in only one step

An Ophthalmologist is a medical doctor who is trained in traditional medical school and then in a residency focused on diseases of the eye and all types of surgical procedures for the eyes and eyelids. Ophthalmologists have the ability to provide total eye care. Optometrists are trained through specialized schools in the diagnosis and treatment of all types of vision and refractive problems of the eye, such as nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism, and are also trained to fit glasses and contact lenses and to prescribe aids for low vision, such as glasses and contact lenses.

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