Board-certified ophthalmic surgeon Dr. Laurence T.D. Sperber has been providing patients with clear vision for more than two decades. He offers a range of premium intraocular lenses (IOLs) at our New York, NY, practice, including toric IOLs. These advanced devices are often recommended for cataract surgery patients who also suffer from astigmatism. Dr. Sperber can use this treatment option to reduce or eliminate a patient’s dependency on glasses or toric contact lenses, helping them to experience a greatly improved quality of life.
Understanding Cataracts and Astigmatisms
Toric IOLs are designed specifically to treat patients with astigmatism undergoing cataract surgery. Astigmatism is an irregular curvature of the cornea or an abnormally shaped lens. In either case, both near and far objects appear blurry and distorted. Astigmatism can affect both children and adults and typically requires corrective lenses for clear vision. The condition is often accompanied by nearsightedness or farsightedness. When cataracts develop, the crystalline lens becomes clouded, causing blurry or hazy vision. Cataracts can affect one or both eyes and surgical removal of the affected lens is the only permanent solution.
Who is a Good Candidate for Toric IOLs?
Cataracts are typically age-related so most of these patients are in their 50s or older. The effects of cataracts can be managed with visual aids to some degree, but the condition is progressive. Patients generally elect to undergo surgery once their independence and ability to safely complete daily tasks become compromised. It is important that patients have a clear understanding of the potential outcome of the procedure. Toric IOLs can provide significantly clearer vision, but may not eliminate the need for glasses or contacts altogether.
Dr. Sperber uses precise planning, sophisticated tools, and high-quality materials to achieve the very best outcome for each cataract surgery patient.
To evaluate your candidacy, you will meet with Dr. Sperber so that he can confirm a diagnosis of cataracts as well as the degree of your astigmatism. If you have cataracts in both eyes, you will typically undergo two separate procedures for each eye, spaced approximately a week apart.
What Should I Expect During the Procedure?
Dr. Sperber is a pioneer in the advancement of minimally invasive cataract surgery techniques, including Laser Photolysis. He uses precise planning, sophisticated tools, and high-quality materials to achieve the very best outcome for each patient.
Once the eye is numbed, Dr. Sperber will create two small incisions in the cornea. Then he will use an ultrasound device to break the natural lens into pieces before carefully extracting them. After the natural lens has been removed, the doctor will insert the artificial lens. The proper placement of toric IOLs requires a high level of skill and training. If the IOL is even slightly off, you can suffer from blurred vision that glasses or contacts cannot easily correct. Once the lens is secured within the eye, a bandage-like contact lens is placed to allow the incisions to heal. Most patients are able to return to normal activities the next day and Dr. Sperber will check on your progress during several follow-up appointments.
Achieve Clear Vision
If you have a cataract and also suffer from astigmatism, Dr. Sperber may be able to improve your vision in a single procedure. You can learn more about your candidacy during an appointment. Contact our office online today or call (212) 753-8300 to find out if a toric IOL is right for you.