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Cataract Surgery for Astigmatism

Staar® Toric IOL™ for Cataract Astigmatism Eye Surgery

Approximately 20% of patients who need cataract surgery have a clinically significant degree of preexisting astigmatism.

For the best option to correct cataracts and also correct for astigmatism, the eye doctors of Skyline Vision Clinic & Laser Center adopted the STAAR® Toric IOL™ for their patients. The STAAR Toric IOL is the very first lens of its kind approved by the FDA for its effectiveness, safety and reliability in treating astigmatism during cataract surgery. Composed of stable, flexible silicone and acrylic, this lens is all one piece designed specifically for people suffering with astigmatism.


Astigmatism is a common condition that may cause blurred vision. The distorted vision is due to the eye’s cornea (corneal astigmatism) or lens (lenticular astigmatism) having an irregular shape. The cornea and lens of a perfectly shaped eye has a smooth circular surface, like a ball. With astigmatism, the cornea or the lens will have more of an oblong, football-like shape.

Levels of Astigmatism – is Eye Surgery Needed?

Astigmatism is a very common eye condition and does not always require corrective lenses. Even if a person needed cataract surgery and had a minor degree of astigmatism, a Toric IOL would probably not be necessary.

Blurred or distorted vision is typically experienced by patients with moderate or high degrees of astigmatism. These patients can correct for the vision problem through the use of contact lenses, corrective eyeglasses or through refractive surgery. Patients with blurred vision need to meet with an ophthalmologist to have a comprehensive eye examination.

Astigmatic patients with cataracts, however, can request the use of Toric IOLs during their lens replacement surgery. The STAAR Toric IOL is ideal for cataract patients with regular, pre-existing astigmatism.

Cataract Procedure Using Staar Toric IOL

The STAAR Toric IOL is implanted during a simple outpatient cataract procedure.

  1. The eye will be numbed in order for our surgeon to make a small incision on the edge of the cornea.
  2. Once the incision has been made, the natural eye lens is removed and the STAAR Toric IOL is put into place without any discomfort.
  3. Most patients will return for a post-op visit the day after surgery for a follow-up.

Toric IOL Recovery

Cataract surgery patients often have a short recovery time. Most normal activities can be performed immediately after surgery but our doctors will discuss with you any activities that you should wait before doing. We will also provide you with instructions for the healing process.

Toric IOL Risks

Every surgical procedure presents some risks for the patients. With the STAAR Toric IOL there generally the same risks that are associated with all Intraocular lenses. Our surgeons will be able to determine if STAAR Toric IOL is right for you and if there are any risks or complication that you should be made aware of before surgery.

Toric IOL Results

A randomized, prospective, controlled clinical study conducted by STAAR Surgical Company has demonstrated that the implantation of the STAAR Toric IOL is associated with clinically significant reduction in astigmatism as compared to implantation of a non-Toric IOL during cataract eye surgery for astigmatic patients. Review the images below to view the difference.

The STARR Toric IOL: May be the Single Best Option for Correcting Cataracts and Astigmatism

These exclusive properties of the STAAR Toric IOL make it possible for your surgeon to eliminate or reduce astigmatism during cataract eye surgery and recapture your quality of vision simply and safely.

Why the STAAR Toric IOL is Such a Good Choice

The STAAR Toric IOL is a revolutionary, single-piece foldable lens that your surgeon implants in your eye during cataract surgery. The STAAR Toric IOL is the only Toric lens made from silicone – a stable, non-toxic and flexible material the human eye comfortably welcomes. Studies show this silicone lens provides greater optical performance and higher quality vision than acrylic lenses with fewer “aberrations” – distortions in vision that lead to blurring, glare or halos.

Differences can be seen in a comparison of vision with silicone and acrylic lens material.

Astigmatic patients who are planning cataract surgery can request the use of a STAAR Toric IOL during their lens replacement to treat the cataract and the astigmatism at the same time. The STAAR Toric IOL has been used safely and effectively in a countless number of procedures.

To learn more about Toric IOL cataract surgery in Colorado Springs, contact us to schedule a vision screening today.

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