As we age, our vision changes. Our once clear and crisp vision starts to become blurry and distorted. This is due to the eye’s natural aging process, as well as other factors like diabetes or high blood pressure. One common type of vision problem that occurs as we age is astigmatism. Unfortunately, this is a refractive error, which means that light does not bend correctly when it enters the eye. This, in turn, results in blurred or distorted vision. Toric IOLs are intraocular lenses (IOLs) designed to correct astigmatism.
What are Toric IOLs, and how do they work?
Toric IOLs are created from a specialized material that allows them to rotate inside the eye while maintaining their shape. This device helps to correct the refractive error and improve vision. Toric IOLs are usually combined with cataract surgery, as many people with astigmatism might also have cataracts in the future. Toric IOLs can improve vision while removing the cataract in the same procedure.
What can I expect during my Toric IOL procedure?
The Toric IOL procedure is typically performed in an outpatient setting. This means that you will not need to stay overnight in the hospital. The surgery itself is relatively quick and usually takes less than an hour. You are given local anesthesia to numb the area around your eye. Once comfortable, Dr. Stuart P. Sondheimer will make a small incision in your eye. He will then place the Toric IOL into your eye and close the incision. You will likely experience discomfort and swelling after the surgery, but this should resolve within a few days. Dr. Stuart P. Sondheimer can discuss aftercare instructions and will also schedule patients for a follow-up appointment to monitor healing and recovery.
How do I find out more about cataract surgery with Toric IOLs?
If you have astigmatism and are considering cataract surgery, talk to Dr. Stuart P. Sondheimer of Skokie, IL, about whether a Toric IOL may be right for you. His office can be reached by calling 847-677-2794 to schedule an appointment with our providers, readily available for both new and returning patients.