Toric lens implants are specially designed advanced technology lens implants that correct your astigmatism, if present, in addition to replacing your cataract. Astigmatism is an irregular shape of the cornea which is pre–existing and unrelated to the cataract.
Is a Toric Lens Implant Right for Me?
Nearly 1 in 3 people who are candidates for cataract surgery in the US have at least 1.0 diopter (D) of astigmatism. A person who has both cataracts and astigmatism will not regain high–quality uncorrected vision unless the astigmatism is also addressed, which can now be done with special intraocular lens. Alternatively, you can elect to have your astigmatism corrected in your glasses, but your vision with your naked eye will not be as clear without the Toric lens implant and most people with cataracts want to not only have clear vision after their surgery but the freedom that comes with not having to wear contacts or eyeglasses.
Toric Lens Implants
Once the Toric lens is chosen then you need to decide on one of the following:
- Both eyes set for distance
- Both eyes set for nearness
- Monovision, in which one eye is set for distance and one eye is set for mid–range or near
You might still need to wear glasses after surgery for distance, near, or both.
There is an additional charge because this premium upgraded lens implant is not covered by Medicare or medical insurance.
If you know you need (or think you may need need) cataract surgery and also have astigmatism, schedule a consultation with one of our premier eye specialists here at the Fort Lauderdale Eye Institute and we can help provide everything you need to make an informed decision about whether toric lens implants are right for you.