Toric Lens

One special type of premium lens, the, is designed to correct astigmatism (abnormal eye shape) during cataract surgery. This lens is implanted in the exact same way as the standard monofocal IOL, but it has a special shape that can be customized to correct astigmatisms of varying degrees.




Q: I’ve always had a strong astigmatism. Now I have to have cataract surgery. How will my astigmatism affect my upcoming surgery?

A: Astigmatism is a refractive error that occurs due to the cornea not being perfectly symmetrical. It is a very common condition and can occur with myopia (nearsightedness) and hyperopia (farsightedness).

The good news is there have been several new major breakthroughs for patients that have astigmatism, undergoing cataract surgery. If you have a minor amount of astigmatism, your surgeon can perform a laser limbal relaxing incision, or LRI. If your astigmatism is stronger, your surgery might recommend a toric lens implant, which can correct a larger amount of astigmatism, compared to an LRI.

Another method of making astigmatism correction more precise and predictable is , the ORA System™ refractive analysis. This revolutionary technology is used during cataract surgery to optimize a patient’s visual result. This allows the surgeon to make adjustments and choose which lens implant power would give the patient the best visual outcome.  Before ORA was available, surgeons would have to wait weeks after the cataract procedure to assess surgery accuracy. ORA technology is especially helpful with treating patients with astigmatism and cataract patients with previous LASIK surgery. Insight Eye Center is one of the few practices in the Cleveland area that offer this state-of-the-art technology. We have offices in Mentor and Chardon Ohio.

Unlike cataract surgery, Astigmatism correction is considered an elective procedure and is not covered by insurance. Your surgeon will most likely charge a fee for an LRI, a Toric lens implant or the ORA analysis.

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