Astigmatism Correction During Cataract Surgery in Phoenix

Astigmatism Correction During Cataract Surgery in Phoenix

Astigmatism is a common refractive error that occurs when the cornea or lens of the eye has an irregular shape, causing light to focus unevenly on the retina. This results in blurred or distorted vision at all distances.

During cataract surgery, our goal is not only to remove the cloudy lens affected by the cataract but also to address any pre-existing astigmatism to improve your overall vision quality. Here’s how astigmatism can be corrected at the time of cataract surgery:

Toric Intraocular Lenses (IOLs)

Toric IOLs are specially designed to correct astigmatism. These lenses have different powers in different meridians, allowing for precise correction of both cataracts and astigmatism simultaneously. Toric IOLs are implanted during cataract surgery and can significantly reduce or eliminate astigmatism, resulting in clearer and sharper vision.

Femtosecond Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery (FLACS) with Astigmatic Keratotomy

FLACS is an advanced surgical technique that uses a laser to make precise incisions in the cornea to correct astigmatism. These incisions, known as astigmatic keratotomies, are strategically placed to reshape the cornea and reduce astigmatism. FLACS with astigmatic keratotomy offers a customized approach to cataract surgery, allowing for more accurate and predictable outcomes.

Manual Limbal Relaxing Incisions (LRIs)

LRIs are small incisions made at the periphery of the cornea to flatten its steep curvature and reduce astigmatism. These incisions are performed manually during cataract surgery and can be tailored to each patient’s specific astigmatism correction needs.

By addressing astigmatism during cataract surgery, we aim to improve your overall visual acuity and reduce your dependence on glasses or contact lenses for clear vision. Our team of experienced surgeons will evaluate your eyes and recommend the most suitable astigmatism correction option based on your individual needs and preferences. These advanced services are not covered by insurance and do come at an additional out-of-pocket cost.

Your Journey to a Clear Vision

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