If you have astigmatism you are most likely aware of this specific visual condition. Astigmatism usually occurs when the front surface of the eye, the cornea, has an irregular curvature. To individuals with uncorrected astigmatism, images may look blurry or shadowed. Astigmatism can accompany any form of refractive error and is very common. Astigmatism can be corrected with glasses, contact lenses, corneal relaxing incisions, laser vision correction and special implant lenses.
Astigmatism often occurs with nearsightedness and farsightedness, conditions also resulting from refractive errors. Astigmatism is not a disease nor does it mean that you have “terrible or rotten eyes.” It simply means that you have a variation or disturbance in the shape of your cornea.
If you are a refractive surgery patient and under the age for cataract surgery, please feel free to visit our page on LASIK eye surgery. If you think you are experiencing the early stages of cataract development and are having trouble seeing, please feel free to read below about the option for correcting astigmatism after cataract surgery.
If you have astigmatism before cataract surgery you will have this after surgery as well. In order to correct for astigmatism after cataract surgery the doctor may suggest a Toric IOL implant.
Alcon Toric IOL lens technology can reduce astigmatism after cataract surgery but requires a premium lens implant upgrade. This IOL technology applies the same philosophy that has been applied to glasses and contact lenses for many years. The ALCON Toric IOL is made of acrylic, which is stable, non-toxic and readily accepted by the body.
As with any type of surgery there is risk involved. If you would like a more detailed discussion of cataract surgery and the process involved please visit our cataract surgery page. We have a detailed discussion surrounding the amazing micro-incision phacoemulsification process.
As with all cataract surgeries, there may be complications, including: