Do you have both cataracts and astigmatism? Astigmatism is a common
condition that usually occurs when the natural surface of your eye is misshapen. If you have astigmatism, chances are you’ve worn glasses or contact lenses for much of your life.
Today’s technology means you can treat both cataracts and astigmatism at once during cataract surgery. During surgery, your surgeon replaces the cataractous lens in your eye with a new lens, known as an intraocular lens (IOL). You can choose an IOL that can treat astigmatism as well as cataracts, allowing you to enjoy more activities with reduced dependency on glasses, including playing golf and driving a car.
The AcrySof® IQ Toric IOL can greatly reduce or even eliminate your need to
wear glasses for clear distance vision, though you will likely still need glasses for reading.
It’s important to keep in mind that Medicare or private health insurance covers a portion of the costs of cataract surgery and astigmatism-correcting lenses for patients who qualify, but some out-of-pocket expenses are associated with astigmatism-correcting IOLs.
However, astigmatism-correcting lenses may still save you money in the long run. Consider the long-term benefits of astigmatism-correcting IOLs, and ask if your surgeon offers a payment plan.
Laser-assisted cataract surgery offers you a personalized, precise alternative to traditional surgical methods and is compatible with astigmatism-correcting lenses.