It’s estimated that more than 24 million Americans are affected by cataracts after they reach age 40, and astigmatism affects one-third of all Americans. To correct both your cataract and your vision changes due to astigmatism, the eye care specialists at Ophthalmology Physicians & Surgeons, PC use toric intraocular lenses (IOLs). If you live in the greater Philadelphia area, including Trappe, Blue Bell, North Wales, Hatboro, Bethlehem, and Levittown, Pennsylvania, or the counties of Montgomery, Bucks, or Northampton, schedule an appointment online or by phone today to learn more about your cataract surgical lens options, including toric IOLs.
Astigmatism is a condition in which your eye isn’t perfectly round. Your less than perfect eye affects how light reflects on your retina and may lead to blurry vision. Astigmatism is a very common problem and can be fixed with corrective eyewear.
If you have cataracts and astigmatism and need cataract surgery, you may want to consider toric intraocular lenses for vision correction.
Toric IOLs are a corrective lens for astigmatism and cataracts. These lenses are specially designed to have different degrees of correction in different parts of the lens in order to compensate for the irregularities of your eye, leading to a dramatic improvement in vision.
Toric lenses are used to correct distance vision, which means you may need to continue to wear glasses for reading.
Your eye care specialist at Ophthalmology Physicians & Surgeons, PC determines if you’re a good candidate for toric IOLs after a consultation. During your visit, your specialist reviews your medical history and conducts a comprehensive eye exam.
To be considered a good candidate for toric IOLs you must:
Your eyes should also be in good health and free of disease or damage.
While toric IOLs may be able to limit your need for corrective eyewear, if you’re looking for total freedom from glasses or contact lenses, your eye care specialist at Ophthalmology Physicians & Surgeons, PC may have a solution. During your cataract surgery, your specialist may be able to perform limbal relaxation incisions to help you achieve a greater range of focus. This procedure allows your eye surgeon to place small incisions in certain areas of your cornea to refine its shape and improve your overall ability to focus.
Your specialist may also suggest LASIK surgery to correct refractive errors after you’ve recovered from your cataract surgery.
To learn more about toric IOLs and cataract surgery, call Ophthalmology Physicians & Surgeons, PC or schedule an appointment online today.