Toric IOLs in Westchester County
Dr. Jay Lippman
Astigmatism-Correcting Toric IOLs
Until recently, patients who suffered from both cataracts and significant astigmatism had to undergo cataract surgery and astigmatic keratotomy (a procedure involving cutting the cornea) to achieve clear vision. However, today’s ophthalmological advancements have largely eliminated the need for astigmatic keratotomy. Instead of adjusting the shape of the cornea by making several incisions, Dr. Lippman can now correct the form of the cornea by implanting special intraocular lenses (IOLs). Referred to as Toric IOLs, these sophisticated lens implants received FDA approval in September 2005 and have since improved the vision of thousands of patients suffering from both cataracts and astigmatism.
Alcon AcrySof Toric IOLs correct astigmatism by adjusting the shape of the eye so it looks more like a baseball instead of an oblong football. This adjustment can effectively decrease blurriness associated with astigmatism and allow patients to see at various distances without glasses. Previously, astigmatic patients who received cataract surgery in Westchester County often still had to wear thick eyeglasses after their surgery to compensate for the irregular shape of their eyes.
After Cataract Surgery with Toric IOLs
After undergoing cataract surgery with Toric IOLs in Westchester County, most patients do not require glasses for distance and intermediate vision. Depending on the degree of their astigmatism, some of them might still need glasses for close-up vision, such as when reading. However, their new prescription is usually significantly lower. When consulting astigmatic patients, Dr. Lippman stresses the advantages of Toric IOLs over other IOLs because Toric lenses are the only IOLs on the market that can correct significant astigmatism.
Financing Your Toric IOLs
While monofocal IOLs are paid for by Medicare and/or insurance companies, Toric lenses, Crystalens and multifocal lenses are not. However, Medicare and most insurance companies do cover cataract surgery. To help patients who choose Toric IOLs to pay for these lenses, we offer several affordable payment options. We also offer financing plans for our LASIK eye surgery Westchester County patients.
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