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Most patients with cataracts also suffer from astigmatism. When they undergo cataract surgery with a standard lens implant, which is incapable of correcting astigmatism, they are often disappointed with their vision. Toric IOL is an implantable intraocular lens that’s designed to correct astigmatism, providing patients with exceptionally clear vision and often eliminating the need for glasses after cataract surgery.

Astigmatism is extremely common both before and after cataract surgery. In fact, at the Benjamin Eye Institute in Los Angeles, we’ve found that the majority of people who require cataract surgery also suffer from astigmatism that causes noticeable changes in their vision.

In the past, intraocular lenses were unable to correct this condition. Instead, eye surgeons were required to perform limbal relaxing incisions (LRI), which involves making small incisions along the cornea. This allows the cornea to relax into a rounder shape, which improves the astigmatism. Though it is still performed to this day for some patients, the LRI procedure has its limitations. It’s difficult to predict the results, and in many cases the surgery cannot fully correct the astigmatism.

Conversely, toric premium IOLs offer a safe and highly effective alternative to the LRI procedure – one that is capable of producing predictable outcomes.

What to expect during the procedure

Cataracts form during the natural aging process and cloud your eyesight. Astigmatism develops when your eye features an abnormal curve, resulting in blurry vision. Dr. Benjamin and his team to correct both of these conditions in a single procedure.

Prior to the surgery, Dr. Benjamin and his team will take a number of precise measurements, allowing them to select the toric IOL power and implant orientation that will most successfully correct your astigmatism. On the morning of your procedure, you will need to avoid eating for at least six hours. To begin the operation, Dr. Benjamin will numb your eye with drops or an injection. He may also administer medication to help you relax. Although you will be awake during surgery and able to see light and movement, you will not be able to see what the doctor is doing to your eyes.

Once the numbing medication has taken effect, he will make tiny incisions in your eye, near the edge of the cornea. He will then break up the lens to remove the cataract, before implanting your new toric device. These premium IOLs feature markings along the edges of the lens, which allow the surgeon to visualize the orientation of the astigmatism correction. As such, after implanting the toric IOL, your surgeon will rotate the lens until its properly aligned.

After spending about 30 minutes in the recovery room at our Los Angeles facility, you should be able to return home to begin the healing process. During the first few days, you should avoid rubbing the area and getting soap or water directly in your eyes. In addition, you will need to make a follow-up appointment at the Benjamin Eye Institute within a couple of days, so that Dr. Benjamin can examine your new lens and monitor your progress.

During traditional cataract surgery, the surgeon implants a monofocal artificial lens, commonly called an intraocular lens (IOL. However, if you have astigmatism, you may still experience blurred vison, because a standard IOL cannot correct this condition. In January 2007, Medicare approved a new monofocal lens called the AcrySof Toric IOL for patients with cataracts and astigmatism. This lens is highly effective in correcting both conditions and delivering renewed vision.

The benefits

AcrySof Toric IOLs deliver a wide range of benefits when compared to traditional implantable intraocular lens solutions. Some of the most important advantages include:

  • The ability to correct astigmatism. The AcrySof lens features a unique design that counteracts the curvature of astigmatism, drastically improving clarity and reducing optical blurring for our patients.
  • Enhanced distance vision. AcrySof lenses are very effective in improving distance vision and enabling our patients to see faraway objects clearly once again.
  • Increased color perception. Once AcrySof lenses are implanted, many of our patients at the Benjamin Eye Institute experience better, richer and more vibrant color perception, allowing them to see the world with brand new eyes.

In addition, these premium IOLs are very rarely associated with glare or halos around lights, so many of our patients are able to resume night driving after their procedure.

How the lenses work

The AcrySof toric IOL is a foldable, single piece lens that is implanted during cataract surgery to replace the clouded natural lens. Its unique design makes it possible to reduce or eliminate astigmatism and significantly improve uncorrected distance vision. AcrySof toric lenses provide quality distance vision, independent of eyeglasses and contact lenses. Since the AcrySof toric IOL is a monofocal lens, reading glasses will still be necessary. However, for most patients, distance vision is greatly improved with these devices.

Schedule your consultation today

If your astigmatism is interfering with your vision and you’re interested in receiving toric IOLs, we invite you to schedule a consultation at the Benjamin Eye Institute today.

During that appointment, either Dr. Benjamin will review the procedure with you and help you determine if these premium IOLs can resolve your astigmatism and deliver sharper vision.

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    Doe G.
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    Wow! I just had surgery by Dr. Benjamin  yesterday. Today I have 20-20, in that eye. Painless & perfect. I had no Idea, what I had been missing.
    Wonderful eye institute. Delightful & very efficient & up to date staff. Especially Myka. Treat yourself to good eye sight by the charming Dr. Benjamin. You will be in good hands.

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    I have had dry eyes for a quite sometime and had seen several physicians and got eye drops etc but not until I have seen  Dr. Benjamin I found how serious problem that it was. I had the most thorough and individual attention by Dr. Benjamin. He explained to me my problem and treatment options available. Dr. Benjamin and His staff  are very caring and they spend as much time with you as needed and one feels taken care of. I was given state of the art treatment for my dry eyes and my eyes went from feeling tired , red , scratchy and itchy to brilliantly glowing clear. Office is very serene and staff is attentive, pleasant and smiling. Dr. Benjamin is very down to earth and explains thoroughly that one understands what alis them. I will definitely  keep coming back for all my eye issues.

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    I wish I had come to Dr. Benjamin years ago!!!

    I have been hopping around between 3 eye doctors in the last few years complaining of severe eye pain, redness - so bad I haven't been able to wear contacts for a year. Every other doctor made a diagnosis in 2 minutes, prescribed a few things and sent me on my way. Nothing helped and the doctors kept saying my eyes looked fine despite my symptoms. Finally I saw Dr. Benjamin, and he listened to my concerns from top to bottom and did tests the other doctors never did! He made a brand new diagnosis which finally makes sense and fits my symptoms. He spent almost an hour with me which is unbelievable. I am so impressed with this place, even the front desk and other staff were so friendly. I'm so relieved and am looking forward to making a recovery with Dr. Benjamin and eventually getting LASIK.

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