Baltimore Washington Eye Center, Maryland

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Implant for Astigmatism

LEFT: Cataract and astigmatism blur vision.
MIDDLE: Traditional replacement lens clears the vision but can't correct astigmatism
RIGHT: The Acrysof IQ Toric implant creates quality distance vision in one step.

Surgery to treat cataracts is an outpatient procedure where an eye surgeon removes the clouded natural lens and replaces it with an artificial lens. Traditionally, the surgeon implants a monofocal artificial lens, commonly called an “intraocular lens” (IOL). If you have astigmatism, however, you may still experience blurred and distorted vision because a standard IOL cannot correct corneal astigmatism. To achieve quality distance vision with a standard IOL, you may still require eyeglasses, contact lenses, or further surgery. If freedom from eyeglasses for distance vision is important to you, we have a better option. The unique design of the Acrysof IQ Toric lens provides our patients significantly improved distance vision; and many of them are experiencing the ability to drive without glasses for the first time in many years. If you have cataracts and astigmatism, the Acrysof IQ Toric lens might just be for you.