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Toric Implants for Cataract Correction

If you have developed cataracts, the clear lens inside your eye has become clouded, causing dimmed or blurred vision. Cataracts are treated by removing the eye's clouded lens and replacing it with a clear artificial lens. Patients who wear glasses can opt for a corrective implant when having cataract surgery that may eliminate or reduce the need for glasses and contact lenses. At Pocono Eye Associates, Inc., we offer toric implants that can help correct astigmatism.

How Toric Implants Work

Astigmatism is an eye condition in which the cornea is irregularly curved. This causes images to look distorted and blurred, requiring glasses or contact lenses to see clearly. Before the procedure, our surgeon carefully measures the curvature of your eye and determines if you are a candidate for a toric implant. This implant may eliminate or reduce the astigmatism after surgery, allowing the patient a better visual acuity outcome.

When the lens affected by cataracts is removed, the new toric lens is implanted to refocus the eye, helping to correct any astigmatism and improve your vision. Special alignment markings on the lens allow the surgeon to adjust it for ideal placement within the eye. Before toric implants were introduced, astigmatism correction during cataract surgery required incisions. Patients that have astigmatism that do NOT have it corrected with a toric lens or limbal relaxing incisions generally need to wear glasses to achieve their best visual acuity after surgery.

Benefits of Toric Implants

Patients who opt to choose a toric implant for cataract surgery enjoy several advantages that may improve vision and eye health outcomes. These benefits may include the following:

  • Blue-blocker technology, which is integrated within the lens to help shield the eyes from damaging UV rays
  • An aspheric shape that mimics the natural shape of the eye, helping to sharpen vision and improve contrast
  • Improved vision during low-light conditions, such as when driving at night
  • The possibility of correcting existing nearsightedness and/or farsightedness, which may reduce the need for special glasses or contact lenses after cataract surgery

Some patients only have astigmatism in one eye. With this procedure, you can have the appropriate lens implanted in each eye for customized vision correction.

Complications and side effects for this procedure are rare. Occasionally, a follow-up procedure may be required to adjust the lens placement.

Pocono Eye Associates, Inc. has been serving local patients for nearly half a century. Our private practices are state-of-the-art and are located in East Stroudsburg and two other convenient locations in Broheadsville and Tobyhanna. To learn more about toric lens implants or to schedule an appointment, contact us online or call (570) 421-8842.