Monday, January 21, 2013

Vision without Toric Lens Implant for Astigmatism

Question: I need cataract surgery and have significant astigmatism but can’t afford a toric lens implant to correct the astigmatism. How much less "good" vision I will have because of this?

Answer: Depending of the amount and the orientation of the astigmatism you could have somewhat distorted or blurred vision for far and near. If you do not have a toric lens implant it is possible that you could have Limbal Relaxing Incisions (LRI) or else you will likely have to wear glasses to see clearly. When making the decision not to have a toric lens implant to correct your astigmatism make sure that you take into account the recurring cost of buying glasses for the astigmatism correction over the course of multiple years.

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