The toric intraocular lens is the only lens that can be used to correct both astigmatism and cataracts. Eliminating your need for additional procedures, this lens can help restore optimal vision after lens replacement surgery.
For patients with preexisting astigmatism prior to developing cataracts, the toric lens can greatly increase clarity and focus on distant objects without the use of glasses or contact lenses. Unlike multifocal intraocular lenses, the toric lens does not provide adjustable focus from near to far, and patients with a toric lens will need reading glasses for near activities after surgery.
How a Toric Lens Works
Astigmatism is a condition caused by an asymmetrically shaped cornea, one that is shaped more similar to a football than a sphere. This shaping can cause distorted or blurred vision. The toric lens is an exciting new technology that works to neutralize the effects of an oval-shaped cornea and produce clear distance vision. By replacing your natural lens with a toric lens, future instances of cataracts are also eliminated.
At InFocus Eye Care, Dr. Ida Alul and Dr. Patricia Buehler place toric lenses in the exact same manner as all other intraocular lens surgeries. With IOL lens replacement surgery, your natural lens is removed and a toric lens is inserted in its place through a tiny, painless incision in your cornea. For many patients this procedure produces immediate results.
Approximately 95 percent of patients who receive toric lenses are able to see distant objects without the use of glasses or contacts. This increased range of vision can make everyday activities much more enjoyable. Without having to worry about the hindrance of glasses or the maintenance of contact lenses for distance, you are free to focus on whatever activity you are currently participating in.
Risks of Toric Lens Surgery
There are millions of cataract surgeries performed in the US every year, and about 98% of people who have cataract surgery experience absolutely no complications. However, some small risk is involved in any surgery. Risks with lens replacement surgery include infection, bleeding, and clouding of the cornea and fluctuations in eye pressure.
Working closely with you, our board-certified eye surgeons will discuss all of you options for lens replacement surgery along with any potential risks involved.
If you live in or around Bend, Oregon and are interested in learning more about toric lenses, please contact InFocus Eye Care using the form on our website or calling (541) 318-8388 to schedule an initial consultation.