Toric IOLs Correct Cataracts and Astigmatism

Man making a square with his hands smiling with healthy eyesAt Broberg Eye Care, we offer Toric IOLs to simultaneously correct your cataracts and astigmatism, giving you exceptional, crisp vision. The development of cataracts, or built up protein in your lens, may require the removal of the damaged lens, at which point it must be replaced with an IOL (intraocular lens). Toric IOLs are specially designed lenses that can also correct astigmatism, irregularities in eye shape that cause blurry vision. Dr. Peter Broberg, Dr. Halsey SettleDr. William McGlathery, and Dr. Ximena de Sabra place these lenses to repair your cataracts and astigmatism at the same time. To learn more about toric IOLs and schedule a consultation at our Austin, TX practice, contact us today.

Who Is a Candidate?

Patients who are undergoing cataract surgery may be good candidates for toric IOLs. Cataract symptoms include increasingly blurry, hazy, discolored, distorted, or light sensitive vision. Our ophthalmologists use a variety of tests to screen for cataracts. In addition to being diagnosed with cataracts, you may be a good candidate for toric IOLs if you:

  • Have astigmatism, meaning that your corneas or lenses are abnormally shaped, causing your vision to blur or become hazy at various distances. Many patients have mild astigmatism and do not realize it because it does not cause any symptoms. If astigmatism does not disrupt your vision, toric IOLs may not be the right choice for you.
  • Have realistic expectations for the results of this procedure. While toric IOLs can improve your eyesight, you may still need to use visual aids like glasses or contact lenses.
  • Do not suffer from other ocular conditions like retinal disease or corneal ectasia, as these could interfere with the effectiveness of the lens.
  • Are in good overall health, meaning that you are not suffering from uncontrolled diabetes, an infection, or an immune deficiency at the time of your surgery. These conditions can prevent your eyes from recovering well from cataract removal and IOL placement.

Your ophthalmologist can determine if you are eligible for toric IOLs at your initial consultation. We also offer monofocal and multifocal IOLs to suit your needs and desired results.

How Do Toric IOLs Work?

Toric IOLs are artificial lenses crafted to counteract the irregular shape in your lens that creates astigmatism. While naturally astigmatic lenses are typically shaped like an oval, the artificial lens has a more spherical design to focus light accurately onto the retina, the part of your eye that sends impulses to the optic nerve. Once he removes your damaged lens and places the toric IOL within your eye, your ocular surgeon will rotate the lens so that it sits in the proper position. This procedure typically requires just local anesthesia in the form of numbing eye drops. The clear material of the toric IOL will repair your cataracts, refract light at an appropriate angle, and offer ultraviolet light protection to maintain your general eye health.

Reshape and Clarify Your Vision

Toric IOLs can help you solve two ocular issues at once by replacing a lens damaged by cataracts and modifying your eye shape. To learn more about these lenses or schedule a consultation with one of our doctors, contact our office today.

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