Toric Intraocular Lens
Understanding IOL Technology
The two structures of the eye that focus light and allow for perfect vision are the cornea and the lens. In cataract surgery, the lens of the eye is replaced with an artificial lens. The artificial lens that is placed in the eye has a prescription that can allow for clear vision without glasses. However, if a patient has astigmatism, glasses will still be required to correct the astigmatism and provide clear vision.
With the latest advances in intraocular lens (IOL) technology, having clear vision without glasses is now possible even in patients with significant amounts of astigmatism.
Lexington Eye Associates' cataract surgeons offer the latest advances in astigmatic cataract correction. Utilizing a revolutionary intraocular lens implant, toric IOLs provide built-in astigmatism correction, greatly reducing the need for glasses after surgery. This lens implant is based on the same technology as the standard intraocular lens implant, made with the same materials and by the same company. Implanting the toric IOL requires aligning the lens in the appropriate orientation, but there is otherwise no deviation from a standard cataract surgery. The post-operative care is also the same as with a standard intraocular lens.
If you are interested to hear more about this lens upgrade, please inform us, and our surgeons will determine if you are a candidate for this exciting technology. Currently, the toric IOL is available only as a monofocal option and is thus only able to reduce one's dependency on glasses for either distance or near vision, but not both. Discuss with your surgeon whether you would prefer independence from glasses for close work or for distance. We do expect a multifocal toric IOL option in the near future. Toric IOLs are not covered by insurance plans.