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Astigmatism is a common condition that causes blurred vision due to the eye’s cornea or lens having an irregular shape. Both the cornea and lens are supposed to have a perfectly shaped smooth circular surface, like a ball, in order for perfect vision. With astigmatism, however, either the cornea or the lens has an oblong, football shape.

Astigmatism may require corrective lenses, depending on the severity. Many people have a light degree of astigmatism, and need no correction, even if they have the need for cataract surgery. However, those with moderate to high degrees of astigmatism may experiences blurred or distorted vision that can severely impact their ability to see clearly. To correct this, some patients may choose to opt for toric intraocular lens implants. This type of implant is ideal for cataract patients who also have regular, pre-existing astigmatism.

The first toric intraocular lens available in the United States was the Staar Surgical Intraocular lens, which was FDA-approved in 1998. The Staar Toric Intraocular Lens comes in a full range of distance vision powers.

Potential complications with the toric intraocular lens implantation surgery are generally the same as with the implantation of any other intraocular lens. Complications specific to the toric lens include poor vision due to the lens rotating out of position, which may require further surgery to reposition or replace the IOL.

Contact Beverly Hill Vision Institute to discuss if toric IOLs are right for you. Dr. Khodabakhsh will perform a thorough examination and fully inform you of any increased risk of complications you may have.