Toric Intraocular Lens

Now, a lens that gives you freedom from both cataract and astigmatism. Houston LASIK & Eye is pleased to offer Toric intraocular lens for individuals who want independence from glasses or contacts, whether you have cataracts or not.

What is Toric Intraocular Lens?

Toric intraocular lenses (or IOL) are clear, foldable, single piece lens designed to replace the natural lens of the eyes that has been clouded by cataracts, as well as correct astigmatism. This 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?

Toric intraocular lenses are ideal for cataract patients with moderate to high levels of astigmatism. A cataract is the clouding of the crystalline lens of the eye, impairing vision. A person with cataracts will find it hard to see things clearly and perform activities such as reading and driving. Astigmatism is caused by is caused by a cornea that is not completely round and is often characterized by blurred vision.

If you have cataracts and/or astigmatism and you want quality vision free of spectacles, you may be suitable for Toric lens implantation.

The Procedure

Before the advent of Toric IOLs, cataract patients would undergo lens replacement with 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 don’t need to undergo another surgery. Cataract treatment and astigmatism correction are integrated into a single outpatient procedure, which lasts only about 15 to 20 minutes.


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.