The American Academy of Ophthalmology reports that cataracts affect more than 24 million Americans after the age of 40, and astigmatism affects one-third of Americans. Toric IOLs are specially designed to help astigmatic patients minimize or eliminate their need for corrective eyewear after cataract surgery. Dr. Francis Clark and the team at Ophthalmology Physicians & Surgeons, PC can design a treatment plan that incorporates toric IOLs in order to give you clearer vision and greater freedom from glasses. We have 11 office locations throughout the Philadelphia, PA, area to serve you.
Astigmatism is characterized by an asymmetrical cornea (the dome-shaped front surface of the eye). This shape compromises the ability of the eye to properly refract incoming light, resulting in distorted vision. Like glasses or contacts, toric IOLs are specially designed to have different degrees of correction in different parts of the lens in order to compensate for these irregularities, dramatically improving your ability to focus. Toric lenses are used to correct distance vision, and recipients continue to use reading glasses for close focus.
We can determine if toric IOLs or a combination of solutions can help you experience improved focus following cataract surgery.
During your exam, one of our doctors will determine which IOL is best for you. In general, candidates for toric IOLs:
Toric IOLs are considered a premium option. This means that although insurance will contribute to the cost of cataract surgery and the cost of a standard monofocal IOL, it will not contribute to the added expense of a toric IOL. We believe in making premium vision correction options affordable through a number of financing options that our staff will be glad to explain during your visit to our office.
Most astigmatic patients experience successful outcomes following cataract surgery incorporating toric IOLs. However, if you want to completely eliminate the need for glasses, explain your goals to our team of doctors during your consultation. We may recommend limbal relaxing incisions, or LRIs, during cataract surgery to complement your IOL and help you to achieve a greater range of focus. By placing small incisions in certain areas of the cornea, a surgeon can refine its shape and improve your ability to focus. We may also recommend LASIK surgery to correct refractive errors once you have recovered from cataract surgery.
Advancements in ophthalmology have made cataract surgery not only safe and effective, but also a way to experience greater freedom from corrective eyewear. If you are an astigmatic patient in need of cataract surgery, call our office nearest you or contact us online. During a consultation, we can determine if toric IOLs or a combination of solutions can help you experience improved focus following cataract surgery.