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News : Nov 27 2009

Toric Intraocular Lenses

Toric Intraocular Lenses

When a patient develops a cataract and needs to have it removed, the surgeon normally implants a small lens (Intraocular lens or IOL) into the eye. This lens contains a prescription (much like a miniature pair of glasses) to try and correct the patient's distance vision. The goal, after cataract surgery is to allow the patient to see at a distance without glasses, so that only reading glasses are required for near work. Until recently, this was only possible for patients who did not have astigmatism. However, with recent technological advancement, patients can now have their astigmatism corrected after cataract surgery. There is an additional fee for this type of premium IOL, but the cost is likely worth the extra expense in order to be glasses-free for distance vision. If you need cataract surgery and are interested in this type of IOL, we will be sure to inform the surgeon prior to surgery.