Astigmatism Correction During Cataract Surgery

Astigmatism Correction During Cataract Surgery

Corneal astigmatism is a type of refractive error caused by irregularities in the shape of your cornea. With astigmatism, your eye fails to focus the light equally on the retina leading to blurred or distorted vision. It can be present when you are born or develop gradually over time. Astigmatism is a common eye condition that typically occurs in addition to possible nearsightedness (myopia) or farsightedness (hyperopia). It can be diagnosed with a routine eye exam.

Astigmatism is often caused by the cornea being more curved along one meridian than the other. In other words, the cornea is shaped more like a football than a soccer ball. It is simply a problem with how the eye focuses light. To reduce astigmatism, we can place small incisions in your cornea during laser cataract surgery. As these incisions heal, they change the cornea into a more rounded symmetrical shape.

When the astigmatism is high, we may recommend a premium toric intraocular lens to correct it. Astigmatism correction with a premium toric intraocular lens would result in better quality of vision without the need for corrective glasses for distance.

We welcome new patients and would be delighted to take care of your vision needs. Call 954.342.6399 or use our Request an appointment form. Our eye clinic cares for people of all ages from Hollywood, Hallandale, Aventura, Pembroke Pines, Golden Beach, Sunny Isles, Bal Harbour and surrounding communities.


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