Now, Houston LASIK & Eye offers patients a lens that gives you freedom from both cataracts and astigmatism. We are pleased to offer the Toric intraocular lens for individuals who want independence from glasses or contacts, whether you have cataracts or not.
What is the Toric Intraocular Lens?
Toric intraocular lenses (or IOL) are clear, foldable, single piece lenses designed to replace the natural lens of the eye. Thes lenses are implanted during cataract surgery, replacing the natural lens that has been clouded by cataracts. This IOL is additionally capable of correcting astigmatism.
This incredible technology means that cataract patients with astigmatism no longer need to wear eyeglasses or contact lenses, or undergo a second surgery (such as LASIK) to complete their visual picture. Toric lenses can correct moderate to high levels of astigmatism. Once implanted, they become part of your eyes for life!
Because Toric IOLS have refractive error-correcting component, it has become an option not just for cataract patients, but individuals who want freedom from glasses or contact lenses can also have the procedure, even if their eyes are not affected by cataracts.
For patients interested in seeing well again without glasses or contact lenses, Houston LASIK & Eye has an array of outstanding Toric IOL options, including the STAAR Toric and the AcrySof IQ Toric IOL.
Am I a candidate?
A cataract is the clouding of the crystalline lens of the eye, over time, the cataract thickens and impairs a person’s quality of vision. A person with cataracts will find it hard to see things clearly and perform activities such as reading, driving, performing hobbies, etc. Astigmatism is a refractive error that is caused by a misshapen cornea. Astigmatic patients have corneas that are not completely round, and often experience blurred vision as a result.
Toric intraocular lenses are ideal for cataract patients with moderate to high levels of astigmatism.
If you have cataracts and/or astigmatism and you want quality vision free of spectacles, you may be suitable for Toric lens implantation.
Before the advent of the Toric IOL, cataract patients would undergo lens replacement using monofocal lens implants. The traditional IOLs would treat their cataract, but not their astigmatism. Patients had to continue wearing eyeglasses or contact lenses after implantation, or undergo a secondary procedure to correct the refractive error.
With Toric IOLS, patients no longer need to undergo another vision surgery to correct astigmatism. Cataract treatment and astigmatism correction are integrated into a single outpatient procedure, which lasts only about 15 to 20 minutes. Using Laser Cataract Surgery, Dr. Amjad Khokhar is able to safely remove the cataract from the eye, replace the natural lens, and correct astigmatism!
After your Toric IOL implantation, you will see the improvement in your vision that comes with cataract extraction and with reduction of astigmatism.
To learn more about Toric IOL implantation with AcrySof Toric or STAAR Toric, contact Houston LASIK & Eye today.