Astigmatism Correcting Implants

The Kaufman Eye Institute is pleased to offer Toric IOLs for astigmatism correction during cataract surgery. The recent advancements in Intraocular Lens (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 which would correct the astigmatism aspect of their visual condition. Surgeons would typically perform refractive surgery or LASIK after the insertion of an IOL to improve distance vision without glasses. If patients did not have astigmatism correction with IOL implantation then contacts or glasses would be required to treat the astigmatism. With advancements in the optics of IOLs the manufacturers have now been able to reduce the astigmatism by inserting a toric lens implant with the astigmatism correction and improve distance vision without glasses.

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

Many patients suffer from this common eye condition known as astigmatism. Often this astigmatism can lead to blurred or impaired uncorrected distance vision if it is moderate or severe. The cause of the blurred and impaired vision is the result of the eye's cornea having an irregular shape. A normal eye's cornea and lens have a circular shape whereas an eye with astigmatism has a longer more oval shape.

The AcrySof Toric® and Trulign® corrects for both conditions, cataracts and astigmatism. Both lenses are a foldable, single piece lens that is implanted during cataract surgery to replace the clouded lens. The unique design of the AcrySof Toric® and Trulign® implants make it possible to reduce or eliminate corneal astigmatism and significantly improve uncorrected distance vision.

Clinical Study Data for the Acrysof IQ Toric® IOL:

  • 94% of patients achieved uncorrected distance of 20/40 or better
  • Improved contrast sensitivity in low-light situations
  • Significant reduction in both spherical and total high order abberations
  • Improved functional vision in challenging environments such as night driving, glare and fog