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Toric Lens Implants

Fortunately, cataract removal is one of the safest, most common and effective surgical procedures performed today. If you think you may have cataracts, schedule an appointment with Dr. Walter to confirm your diagnosis and to explore your surgical options.

If you have astigmatism it must be corrected in order for you to see clearly (both before and after cataract surgery). Corrective options can include glasses, LASIK, toric IOL, femtosecond laser cataract surgery, or a combination thereof. All corrective options for astigmatism have various associated costs. For example, if you elect to have a standard monofocal implant, your astigmatism could be corrected with glasses after surgery. Glasses can cost anywhere between $250 and $400, and must be replaced as they are lost, broken, or become outdated.

There are two additional options available to correct your astigmatism at the time of cataract surgery. The first is a special implant called a toric lens, which is customized to your prescription. This can correct all levels of astigmatism. The second option is femtosecond laser cataract surgery, which involves making a very small, precise incision on the steep axis of your cornea. This option is best suited for patients with mild to moderate astigmatism.

Unlike multifocal lenses, toric lens implants only correct astigmatism, and therefore do not correct presbyopia (you will still have to wear reading glasses after surgery). If you wish to correct astigmatism and presbyopia, a great option would be to select a multifocal lens (to correct the presbyopia) and utilize femtosecond laser cataract surgery (to eliminate the astigmatism).

Dr. Walter is available to answer all your questions and to help you determine the best premium lens implant option based on your visual needs.