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Toric Lens Implants

The AcrySof® Toric IOL

During cataract surgery, the cloudy natural lens (cataract) is replaced with an intraocular lens (IOL).  Before IOL’s were widely used, thick glasses or contact lenses were used to sharpen the vision after cataract surgery.  As cataract surgery has become more advanced, the IOLs used have evolved as well.

Some patients have astigmatism, which means the cornea is shaped more like a football than a basketball.  This can make the vision distorted at all distances without glasses.  Standard intraocular lenses (IOLs) do not correct astigmatism.  Bifocal glasses will still be required after cataract surgery with a standard IOL if significant astigmatism is present to provide the clearest vision postoperatively.

Before your cataract surgery, the expert staff at Akler Eye Center in Dearborn and Sterling Heights MI will evaluate your astigmatism using a specialized device called a corneal topographer.  If astigmatism is present, a toric implant may be recommended.  The AcrySof® Toric IOL corrects the astigmatism in the eye, which makes the image quality after cataract surgery sharp and crisp without distance glasses. Readers are still required for near tasks.

Dr. Akler and her team understand that every patient has unique visual needs.  Being attentive to these needs coupled with thorough patient evaluation has allowed Dr. Akler to implant hundreds of toric implants with outstanding results.

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