New innovations in cataract IOLs include a lens designed to treat cataracts while it corrects astigmatism. Astigmatism is a common condition that usually occurs when the natural surface of your eye is misshapen. If you have astigmatism, chances are you’ve worn glasses or contact lenses for much of your life.
Today’s technology means you can correct both cataracts and astigmatism at once during cataract surgery. During surgery, your surgeon replaces the cataract-affected lens in your eye with a new lens, known as an intraocular lens (IOL). You can choose an IOL that can correct astigmatism as well as cataracts, allowing you to enjoy more activities with reduced dependency on glasses, including writing, playing golf and driving a car.
The AcrySof® IQ Toric IOL can greatly reduce or even eliminate your need to
wear glasses for clear distance vision, though you will likely still need glasses for reading.
It’s important to keep in mind that Medicare or private health insurance covers a portion of the costs of cataract surgery and astigmatism-correcting lenses for patients who qualify, but some out-of-pocket expenses are associated with astigmatism-correcting IOLs.
However, the lenses may still be a better value than a lifetime of paying for astigmatism-correcting glasses or contact lenses, disinfectant, cleaning materials and eye doctor appointments. Consider the long-term benefits of astigmatism-correcting IOLs, patients might consider a 24 month interest-free finance plan through Care Credit.