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Toric IOLs for Astigmatism

Toric IOLIf you have been told that you have developing cataracts and you also have astigmatism, new premium lens implant options are available to help minimize your need for glasses after surgery. If you are unsure if have astigmatism please check with your eye doctor.

Astigmatism Definition:

Astigmatism is a refractive error where people are unable to see objects clearly from a distance or up close. Astigmatism is asymmetric steepening of the cornea or natural lens, which causes light to be focused unevenly. Astigmatism may occur in varying degrees in each eye and can accompany myopia or hyperopia. For individuals with uncorrected astigmatism, images may look blurry or shadowed. Astigmatism can accompany any form of refractive error and is very common.

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The eye doctors at the Thomas Eye Group are pleased to offer Toric intraocular lenses (IOLs) for astigmatism correction after cataract surgery. The recent advancements in IOL technology have now made it possible to provide an effective solution for patients that have astigmatism. Until recently, patients that were IOL candidates and had astigmatism, had no option built into the lens that would correct the astigmatism aspect of their visual condition. Surgeons would typically perform refractive surgery or LASIK after the insertion of a monofocal IOL to correct the complete visual picture. If patients did not have astigmatism correction after IOL implantation then contacts or glasses would be required to deal with the astigmatism. With advancements in the optics of IOLs the manufacturers have now been able to accommodate for astigmatism.

Toric IOL technology uses biocompatible materials that have been successfully used in contact lenses and proven safe for the eye. There is an additional cost for this lens implant.

If you are seeking astigmatism correction Atlanta, please feel free to contact us to schedule an eye exam.

FDA Results (reported by Ocular Surgery News)

  • AcrySof Toric IOLs reduced the absolute residual astigmatism.
  • Patients were two times more likely to achieve <0.5 D residual refractive cylinder with a Toric IOL than with a monofocal implant.
  • The mean absolute residual refractive cylinder for patients receiving a Toric IOL was approximately 0.6 D vs. nearly 1.25 D for patients receiving the control IOL.
  • At 1 year postoperatively, more than 50% of patients receiving a Toric IOL had less than 0.5 D of cylinder, compared to nearly 25% of patients receiving the control IOL.
  • Of the patients who received Toric IOLs, 92% achieved an uncorrected distance visual acuity of 20/40 or better.
  • Sixty-one percent of patients who received a Toric IOL in one eye achieved good distance vision without the use of spectacles; 97% of patients who received a Toric IOL bilaterally were spectacle independent.

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The available services at Thomas Eye Group range from comprehensive eye exams to specialty services in LASIK, retinal and corneal disorders, glaucoma, and plastic surgery. To correct vision problems, our doctors are trained in the most current refractive surgery techniques. We also offer contact lenses and glasses to those who prefer a traditional solution.

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At Thomas Eye Group Atlanta, our board-certified ophthalmologists and optometrists have decades of combined experience in eye care. We work together as a team to bring you specialized, state-of-the-art care from caring professionals.

Our team of doctors is comprised of ophthalmologists, optometrists, and skilled support staff. Within our group of ophthalmologists, we have several sub-specialists, including LASIK, glaucoma, retina, and plastic surgery or Oculoplastics. At six locations throughout the greater Atlanta area, our group provides services ranging from comprehensive eye examinations and contact lens care to sophisticated microsurgery for cataracts, cornea and retinal disease, and refractive surgery, including LASIK.

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