Toric IOLs offer patients with moderate astigmatism better vision without glasses. Astigmatism, a common eye condition caused by an irregularly shaped cornea or lens, causes distorted or blurred vision. Other IOLs don’t correct astigmatism, so you might need glasses to correct it after cataract surgery. If you want better vision without glasses, a toric IOL could be for you.
With a toric IOL, you usually wear glasses for reading, computer work, and other close-up activities. It is possible to have toric lenses for near vision (close focus) or to set one eye for distance and one for near.
Khatib Eye Clinic offers the Alcon AcrySof Toric lens implant.
Toric Lens Implants are a unique type of lens implant that are used to correct astigmatism.
In the past, cataract surgery was not designed to correct astigmatism. However, more modern techniques allow us to reduce astigmatism during cataract surgery. Toric IOLs are similar to monofocal IOLs, except that toric IOLs also have a certain amount of astigmatism correction built-in. By reducing astigmatism, toric IOLs reduce dependence on glasses. By opting for a toric IOL, many patients with astigmatism will be able to see more clearly at distance without glasses, and use glasses just for reading. Patients who opt not to correct astigmatism will usually have to wear bifocals at all times after cataract surgery.