The Benefits of Toric IOL
Toric IOLs are astigmatism correcting intraocular lenses. The benefit of these specific lenses is that they are used in cataract surgery to fix cataracts and astigmatism at the same time. Research has proven that Toric IOL's not only help people with both an astigmatism and cataracts but they help cataracts patients not develop an increased astigmatism post surgery. Other IOL lenses may help you see clearly at one or more distances, provide better contrast sensitivity, improve sight during certain weather conditions such as rain, fog, or snow, and filter ultraviolet lights.
Different Toric IOL lenses have their own specific benefits as well. The Staar Surgical Intraocular Lens has a full range of distance vision abilities. The AcrySof IQ Toric IOL can correct up to 3.00 diopters of asigmatism and is also available in an aspheric versions which allow crisper vision. The different models of the AcrySof can also filter potentially harmful UV or blue light. The Trulign Toric IOL also corrects astigmatism and offers clear vision in distance, intermediate, and near ranges without glasses.
The surgery required for Toric IOL's is essentially the same for cataract surgery using any other type of lens. There are two minor additional steps required in the process of performing a surgery utilizing a Toric IOL. The doctor will create a marking at the location for the surgery to assist the proper position of the lens during surgery. After implementation of the lens has occurred the lens will then be rotated to its proper position. The specific positioning of the lens is what allows it to have such a powerful effect in compensating for the astigmatism.
There are several different manufacturers of Toric IOLs on the market today. Contact Dr. Mary Szatowski at 312-332-4296 to talk about risks, benefits, and alternatives to surgery or any other questions you might have about Toric IOLs.