Toric lens implants are a sophisticated technology for patients who have astigmatism. Astigmatism is a common focusing problem in which the cornea is shaped more like a football, than perfectly round like a basketball. Most patients with astigmatism depend on glasses or contact lenses to see clearly.
Traditional lens implants can correct for nearsightedness or farsightedness, however, they do not correct for astigmatism. A toric implant may offer a clearer image then a standard monofocal implant in individuals with astigmatism, with the potential to diminish dependence on glasses or contact lenses at a given focus distance.
Toric implants are comprised of the same material and have the same excellent safety record as traditional implants. The surgery is performed generally the same way as any standard lens implants; with the exception that special attention is paid to the orientation of the implant to treat the astigmatism.