Correcting Astigmatism With Toric IOLs

If you suffer from both astigmatism and cataracts, you may be interested in learning more about the implantation of a toric lens for astigmatism and cataracts. Toric intraocular lenses, or toric IOLs, can kill two birds with one stone, fixing astigmatism and alleviating cataracts at the same time. People who need surgery to remove cataracts often want to recover from the surgery not only with cataracts removed but with clear vision as well. Toric intraocular lenses for astigmatism and laser surgery can make this a reality for many people.

At Goel Vision, our eye surgeon, Dr. Sonny Goel, is an expert when it comes to performing refractive surgery, including the implantation of toric lenses and the removal of cataracts. When you need eye surgery, you know that you must work with a surgeon you trust. Dr. Goel has performed over 95,000 refractive surgeries, helping patients to see clearly, often for the first time in their adult lives. He has over 25 years of experience and prides himself on providing a unique, personalized, caring experience for each patient who walks through the doors of Goel Vision. When you have astigmatism correction and laser cataract surgery at Goel Vision, you’ll be walked through every step of the surgical process. It’s important to us that you understand your procedure and have all of your questions answered.

Astigmatism Basics

Most people have some degree of corneal astigmatism in one or both eyes. Astigmatism simply means that the cornea is not perfectly round. Slight astigmatism does not cause problems, but more severe astigmatism can cause visual issues. In the past, people who had astigmatism had to rely heavily on eyeglasses and special contact lenses to see clearly. Today, there are other options.

The irregular shape of the cornea in an eye with astigmatism causes asymmetric vision within the eye. Many people who have astigmatism use toric contact lenses to correct the asymmetry of the visual field. Toric contact lenses have different powers throughout the lens, allowing the eye to create uniform focus and clear vision.

Understanding Cataracts

Both people with and without astigmatism may experience cataracts. A cataract is the clouding of the eye’s natural lens. This can result in several symptoms, including blurry vision, a rapidly increasing vision prescription, seeing halos around lights, difficulty seeing at night, and headaches/ migraines. For many people, cataracts a part of the natural aging process. Surgical removal is the only treatment effective for getting rid of cataracts.

When cataracts are removed, the lens of the eye is replaced with a synthetic lens through laser cataract surgery. A synthetic lens cannot generate cataracts, so this is a permanent fix to the problem. The procedure is simple, safe, and done relatively quickly. For people who need cataract surgeries in both eyes, it’s recommended to wait a few weeks between the two procedures.

Toric IOLs

Lenses that are placed inside the eye are known as intraocular lenses. These lenses are permanent and are used for several different reasons. Intraocular lenses are a saving grace for people who suffer from cataracts.

Toric intraocular lenses for astigmatism kill two birds with one stone. They replace the lens that had cataracts, and correct astigmatism at the same time. The degree of astigmatism correction possible depends on how severe the astigmatism was to begin with. For people with very severe astigmatism, glasses or contact lenses may still be necessary after surgery due to residual astigmatism. You will be less dependent on glasses and contact lenses than before (if you still need them at all). Toric intraocular lenses for astigmatism may be placed in conjunction with limbal relaxing incisions. These small incisions on the cornea are strategically placed to relieve astigmatism during refractive or cataract surgery.

Toric IOLs have different levels of IOL power, and your eye surgeon will work with you to understand what level of power makes the most sense for your eyes. The lens will be aligned in your eye perfectly to give you the maximum possible astigmatism correction, helping you to see clearly for years to come.

Toric IOL Placement: What To Expect

When you come to Goel Vision for placement of toric IOLs, your comfort is our top priority. At your pre-surgical consultation, we’ll explain the procedure to you in detail and go over any questions you may have. On the day of your procedure, we ask that you bring someone to drive you home from your appointment.

While you may be sedated for your procedure (twilight sleep), you will not be completely under anesthesia. Drops will be put in your eye to completely numb the area, and the surgeon will make a small incision to allow for the removal of your eye’s lens, and the placement of the intraocular lens. After the lens is in place, the incision will be closed. Your surgeon will place some medicated ointment in your eye to aid in the healing process. The placement of an intraocular lens (Tecnis toric or other brands) typically takes less than 30 minutes from start to finish.

Outcomes after the placement of a toric intraocular lens are excellent. Vision is improved almost immediately, with up to 94% of patients achieving 20/40 vision or better. At Goel Vision, we’ll be with you every step of the way throughout your recovery. As we progress through your aftercare plan, be sure to call us if you have any questions or concerns as your eyes heal.

Dr. Sonny Goel: Your Cataract Surgeon

At Goel Vision, we understand that it can feel nerve-wracking to have surgery performed on your eyes. We’re here to help you through every step of the process. Our surgeon, Dr. Sonny Goel, has been practicing refractive surgery for over 25 years. He’s completed more than 95,000 eye surgeries and is committed to helping patients understand each step of their procedure. At Goel Vision, we’re proud of our growth over recent years. Our three locations each provide personalized care to our patients.

It’s important for us to stay committed to providing individualized patient care. As our company grows, we continue to learn more about the state of the art eye care techniques, the latest surgical advances, and how to make patients feel most comfortable during an eye surgery procedure.

Call Goel Vision

If you’re ready to correct cataracts and astigmatism at the same time, toric intraocular lens placement for astigmatism with our cataract surgeons may be a good fit for you. We’d love to have you come into the office for a consultation so that we can learn more about your eye care needs. We’re here to answer your questions about toric intraocular lenses and help you understand the process of IOL placement. We offer refractive surgery at three convenient locations, making it easy for you to get the care you need. Be sure to follow us on Facebook or Twitter to learn more about our eye care services!

We accept vision insurance, CareCredit, and offer flexible payment plans to help you afford the eye care that you need. Toric IOLs are considered premium intraocular lenses and are not typically covered by insurance. We understand that vision care can get expensive, and we want to help you find the financial solution that makes the most sense for you. When you come into your office for your consultation, chat with us about what you can expect for your out of pocket expense.

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