The difference between a standard IOL and the toric lens for astigmatism from your California eye doctor
Although there are a number of standard and premium intraocular lenses, not all are suitable for the correction of astigmatism. A toric intraocular lens, which Dr. Salib uses in our Southern California eye institute, is ideal in this situation. This lens can also be used after cataract surgery, eliminating any need for further procedures for improved vision.
Toric lenses are known to increase focus and clarity significantly for distance vision without dependence on contact lenses or eyeglasses. However, these lenses do not adjust from distance to near vision, leaving the patient to rely on reading glasses for activities such as sewing or reading fine print. One other option is to have one lens placed in one eye to allow better distance vision, while the other one is done in a way to improve near vision—a lens arrangement called monovision that helps to decrease your dependence on glasses.
How toric lenses work
Astigmatism is a condition in which the cornea is shaped more oblong than round. This asymmetrical shape causes vision to become blurred. With a toric lens, the effects of an oddly shaped cornea are neutralized and distance vision becomes sharp and clear.
At the Orange County Eye Institute, Dr. Salib places a toric lens in the same way as any other intraocular lens surgery is performed. During this outpatient procedure, the natural lens of the eye is removed after the eye is numbed, and a new toric lens is positioned through a very small incision in the cornea. In many instances, the results are immediately noticeable.
Toric lenses are highly successful in 95 percent of patients, allowing them to see objects clearly at a distance without relying on any other form of corrective lens. With this vision correction surgery, everyday tasks can be more easily accomplished with full participation.
As with any surgical procedure, there are risks associated with toric lens surgery. The complication rate is very small, with only about two percent of patients experiencing any complications. Risks associated with lens replacement procedures include bleeding, infection, fluctuations in intraocular pressure, and cloudiness.
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There is no need to wear eyeglasses or contact lenses constantly that are uncomfortable and cumbersome when there are viable alternatives available. Dr. Salib works closely with each patient to assure optimal outcome of lens replacement surgery. Contact the Orange County Eye Institute for more information or for a consultation with nationally recognized expert, Dr. George Salib.
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