Toric Lifestyle Lens
Astigmatism Correcting Toric Implant
For cataract patients with astigmatism, successful cataract surgery is only half the battle for regaining quality vision. We offer the AcrySof Toric lens implant, a life-style enhancing lens, proven to correct both your cataracts and astigmatism simultaneously. Implanted in the eye to restore distance vision after cataract surgery, the AcrySof Toric lens has a unique patented design that provides both spherical and astigmatic correction. The AcrySof Toric intraocular lens belongs to the trusted family of Alcon AcrySof lens implants that are some of the most widely used intraocular lens for cataract surgery, with more than 30 million implanted worldwide.
How Astigmatism Affects Your Vision
When you have astigmatism, your vision is distorted. Good candidates for the Toric (astigmatic correcting) intraocular lenses should have realistic goals for their vision and receive a complete evaluation by an Ophthalmologist who specializes in life-style lens implantation. At Associated Ophthalmologists, Dr. Husain has vast experience in the implantation of these types of state of the art lenses. Our surgery center has access to all FDA approved lenses. We believe that for the appropriate patient with astigmatism and cataract, the toric lens can enhance their quality of vision and improve their quality of life. After all, you will have cataract surgery only once in your lifetime and fixing both the cataract and astigmatism during the same procedure will enhance your quality of vision forever. Numerous patients have taken advantage of this lens to decrease their dependence on glasses for distance after cataract surgery.
Over the past ten years, doctors have looked for different ways to help correct astigmatism in cataract patients. Surgeons have tried to alter the shape of the cornea by making an incision during the cataract surgery. Now, with the advent of the Alcon Toric lens implants, vision can be improved without extra surgery. The Alcon Toric IOL helps to refocus vision to eye once the cloudy natural lens have been removed from the patient. The design of the Alcon Toric IOL is also used to correct preexisting astigmatism with the same technology as contact lenses. The Alcon Toric IOL has the ability to improve the quality of vision and in many cases relieve patients from being dependent on corrective lenses for distance after they've had cataract surgery.
For Patients with Astigmatism
The AcrySof Toric lens is designed to reduce corneal astigmatism and improve uncorrected functional distance vision. The AcrySof Toric lens offers these advantages over traditional lens implants:
- Correction of corneal astigmatism
- Enhanced clarity and quality of uncorrected distance vision
- Filtered blue light protection
- Rich, vibrant color perception
The AcrySof Toric lens is ideal for patients who wish to be corrected for distance vision and are comfortable wearing reading glasses. Because this lens does not offer the ability to accommodate or adjust one's vision to varying distances, glasses would be required for near and intermediate tasks for people who have this implant.
The AcrySof Toric lens implant is also an excellent choice for those who drive a lot at night, as it delivers great clarity with minimal reports of glare or haloes under both bright and dim lighting conditions.
The Normal Eye
When the surface of a normal eye's cornea has a spherical curve, like the shape of a basketball, light rays passing through it bend toward its center and focus on one spot.
Sometimes, the surface of the cornea is curved more like a football, with both flatter and steeper curves. When the surface of the cornea has an uneven curvature, vision becomes distorted. This common irregularity, called a "corneal astigmatism," causes blurred or distorted vision because light rays are not focused at one spot to provide clear vision.
A person who has both a cataract and a corneal astigmatism will not regain high-quality distance vision after surgery to remove the cataract unless the astigmatism is also corrected.