Cataracts, one of the most common eye conditions in the world, affect millions of Americans each year. This condition most often develops in older patients, but is also known to develop in younger patients. Cataracts can develop in addition to refractive errors, one of the most common being astigmatism. While the two conditions are not related, when present together they can cause significant vision problems. Luckily, with advancements in technology, our doctors at Loden Vision are able to correct cataracts AND astigmatism, all during one procedure!
First, let’s learn a little bit about each of these conditions and how they can affect us.
What are Cataracts?
The natural lens in your eye, which is located behind the iris, is clear and flexible. This allows light to easily enter the eye so you are able to see cleary. With cataract affected lenses, this naturally clear lens begins to become cloudy, almost like fog on a window. Cataracts are easily treated through laser cataract surgery, and doctors are able to restore sight to its original state. However, with cataract surgery alone, you will still have any pre-existing refractive errors.
What is Astigmatism?
Astigmatism occurs when the eye is misshapen, mimicking the shape of a football opposed to a sphere. This makes it difficult for your eye to properly focus the light, causing blurry vision. Astigmatism is most often managed with eyeglasses, contact lenses and LASIK surgery.
Why Treat Astigmatism During Cataract Surgery?
While many are fine with wearing contact lenses and eyeglasses to correct their astigmatism, many others jump at the chance to correct both cataracts and astigmatism at the same time.
Here are some reasons you may choose to correct astigmatism during cataract surgery:
- Astigmatism may increase after cataract surgery
- It takes just an additional few minutes, preventing another visit
- Vision is better long-term
How We Treat Both Cataracts and Astigmatism Simultaneously
Cataracts are treated by removing the cataract affected lens and replacing it with an intra-ocular lens (IOL). There are many different types of IOLs, including one that corrects astigmatism. This type of lens is called a toric IOL. The toric IOL contains refractive power, similar to that of a traditional contact lens. This means that you can correct astigmatism without the hassle of using contact lenses.
Being able to correct cataracts and astigmatism simultaneously has been a great gift for many of our patients. At Loden Vision, our patients often remark on their vision being even better than before they had cataracts! Our doctors pride themselves on their extensive training and experience in correcting both cataracts and astigmatism.
If you have been searching for the right doctor to improve your vision, Loden Vision may be for you! Call Loden Vision at one of our several locations in Goodlettsville, Gallatin, Paris and more. We look forward to helping you gain clearer and brighter vision!