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Toric Lens FAQ's

Many people with astigmatism may elect for a lens that addresses astigmatism providing natural distance vision. Astigmatism means that your cornea (the clear covering of your eye) is shaped more oval like a football rather than circular like a basketball. The most advanced method of distance correction uses a lens implant called a Toric lens. The Toric lens incorporates unique optics to compensate for specific deficiencies in your vision. Astigmatism correction may be the best choice for you if you would like to further improve your quality of vision and reduce your dependency on glasses.

What is the AcrySof Toric intraocular lens?
What is the benefit of the AcrySof Toric intraocular lens ?
Is an AcrySof Toric intraocular lens similar to the natural lens of an eye?
Why do you recommend the AcrySof Toric intraocular lens?
If I have a cataract and astigmatism will I see well for distance vision without glasses after cataract surgery?
Are there any risks or side effects to the AcrySof Toric intraocular lens?
Will I see 20/20 after surgery?
Will I need glasses after surgery?
Is the AcrySof Toric intraocular lens recommended for every patient?
Why don’t you recommend the lens for patients who had refractive surgery?
What if I don’t see 20/20 without glasses for distance after surgery?
Why doesn’t insurance (or Medicare) pay for the AcrySof Toric intraocular lens?
Can I have the AcrySof Toric intraocular lens implanted later if I decide not to now?
Can I be implanted with the AcrySof Toric intraocular lens in one eye only?
Will it take longer for my eye to recover from surgery?
When do I have to decide?
What do I do if I want the AcrySof Toric intraocular lens?

What is the AcrySof Toric intraocular lens?

The AcrySof Toric intraocular lens is a foldable, astigmatism correcting, single piece lens that an eye surgeon implants during cataract surgery to replace the clouded lens.

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What is the benefit of the AcrySof Toric intraocular lens ?

The unique design of the AcrySof Toric intraocular lens makes it possible to reduce or eliminate corneal astigmatism and significantly improve uncorrected distance vision. AcrySof Toric lens provides quality distance vision, significantly reducing or eliminating the dependence on eyeglasses and contact lenses.

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Is an AcrySof Toric intraocular lens similar to the natural lens of an eye?

No, the natural lens of a young person changes shape to produce a change in focus. As a person ages the natural lens becomes more rigid and the eye is unable to focus at both near and distance without glasses. Lens implants do not change shape. The AcrySof Toric intraocular lens corrects corneal astigmatism, while the natural lens of the eye does not.

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Why do you recommend the AcrySof Toric intraocular lens?

Sometimes, the surface of the cornea is curved more like a football, with both flatter and steeper curves. When the surface of the cornea has an uneven curvature, vision becomes distorted. This common irregularity, called “corneal astigmatism,” causes blurred or distorted vision because light rays are not focused at one spot to provide clear vision. Toric intraocular lens may be recommended if the patient has astigmatism and wishes to decrese their dependency on glasses.

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If I have a cataract and astigmatism will I see well for distance vision without glasses after cataract surgery?

A person who has both a cataract and a corneal astigmatism will not regain high-quality distance vision after cataract surgery unless the astigmatism is corrected by laser.

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Are there any risks or side effects to the AcrySof Toric intraocular lens?

Implantation of an AcrySof Toric intraocular lens is associated with all the risks and side effects of cataract surgery. These will be explained separately. In addition, certain side effects are more likely with the AcrySof Toric intraocular lens than a conventional intraocular lens. The AcrySof Toric intraocular lens may not correct all of the astigmatism, but should correct most of it. It is also possible that the AcrySof Toric intraocular lens may rotate after surgery, requiring repositioning in the operating room. Sometimes it may not be possible to rotate the lens into the correct position. It also may over-correct astigmatism.

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Will I see 20/20 after surgery?

We hope so, but we can’t guarantee it. You are paying for the service and the intraocular lens, not the result.

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Will I need glasses after surgery?

Our goal is to achive the best possible outcome. However, glasses may be required for certain activities. If you opt to receive a conventional lens you will need glasses after surgery. If you receive the AcrySof Toric intraocular lens there is a good chance, but no guarantee, you won’t need glasses for distance vision. You will still need glasses for reading.

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Why don’t you recommend the toric lens for patients who have had refractive surgery?

Lens power calculation is not very accurate at this time in eyes that have had corneal refractive surgery. Precise power calculation is essential to good outcomes with the AcrySof Toric intraocular lens.

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What if I don’t see 20/20 without glasses for distance after surgery?

We will prescribe glasses to optimize your vision. You may also elect to wear contact lenses or have additional refractive surgery.

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Why doesn’t insurance (or Medicare) pay for the AcrySof Toric intraocular lens?

These entities pay for surgery and devices that restore functional vision. They will not pay for services that reduce dependency on glasses or contact lenses. While Medicare and insurance will cover the cost of a standard lens implant, they will not pay for the “portion” of an advanced technology implant that reduces or eliminates astigmatism.

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Can I have the AcrySof Toric intraocular lens implanted later if I decide not to now?

No. The decision needs to be made prior to cataract surgery.

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Can I be implanted with the AcrySof Toric intraocular lens in one eye only?

Yes. There are no disadvantages to only having one eye done with the AcrySof Toric intraocular lens if only one eye is affected by corneal astigmatism.

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Will it take longer for my eye to recover from surgery?

Recovery from cataract surgery is the same whether you receive a conventional lens or the AcrySof Toric intraocular lens.

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When do I have to decide?

We would like you to decide at the time of your scheduled preoperative visit. We need 7 days to order the lens implant. Need to be appropriate pre-op diagnostic tests completed to select the best lens power.

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What do I do if I want the AcrySof Toric intraocular lens?

You should tell one of our office staff. They will have you sign a Non-covered Service Waiver next to a bold YES. If you don’t want the lens, you will sign the Non-covered Service Waiver next to a bold NO.

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