Baltimore Washington Eye Center, Maryland

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Cataracts, Astigmatism Toric IOLs

Saw a patient this morning for their one day post cataract surgery visit. He had suffered a retinal detachment about a year ago and had subsequently developed a significant cataract. This patient also had a significant corneal astigmatism. So after discussing his options, we elected to remove his cataract and implant a toric intraocular lens. Happy to report that his vision is 20/25 at day one and is quite happy with the improved clarity of vision. I mention this case because if you have astigmatism, you may still experience blurred and distorted vision after traditional cataract surgery because a monofocal IOL cannot correct astigmatism. To achieve quality distance vision with a traditional IOL, you may still require glasses, contact lens or further surgery. If freedom from glasses for distance vision is important to you, you should know that there is a better option.  The unique design of a toric IOL makes it possible to reduce or eliminate astigmatism and significantly improve uncorrected distance vision following cataract surgery.  Toric IOLs provide significantly improved distance vision and may reduce the need for corrective lenses compared to a traditional monofocal IOL