Question: I have severe astigmatism and I am scheduled for cataract surgery. Will the lens implant for astigmatism really improve my vision?
Answer: If your cornea is healthy, and the astigmatism is "regular" allowing your vision to be well corrected with eyeglasses, depending on what you mean by "extreme" the answer is most likely yes. With careful measurement and calculation in conjunction with the proper diagnostic testing, the use of Toric Lens Implants (IOL) to correct astigmatism-even rather significant degrees of astigmatism-is quite successful. The vast majority-even those with 4-6 diopters of preexisting astigmatism-report be able to be independent of eyeglasses for seeing clearly at distance after Cataract Surgery.
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