Astigmatism-Correcting Lens Implants
Astigmatism-correcting lens implants (or toric IOL’s) are used to treat an abnormal curvature of the cornea, known as astigmatism. This extremely common condition gives the corneal surface a football-type curvature, rather than the ideal basketball curvature. In other words, the cornea is rounder in one direction and flatter in the opposite direction. Even if patients have never known that they have astigmatism, our sophisticated devices measure the curvature of the cornea in detail and will determine whether or not an astigmatism-correcting lens would be the most appropriate implant.
By using a toric IOL, the patient’s vision may be maximized at one distance of his or her choice, thus enabling clear vision without glasses either far or near. If a patient desires astigmatism treatment that will correct vision far and near without glasses, then monovision (one eye close and one eye far) or a toric extended depth of focus implant may be appropriate.
The upgrade from a traditional lens implant to a toric or toric EDOF implant is not covered by insurance. Our physicians and counselors will help you decide which implant best suits your lifestyle.