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Astigmatism is a condition that is very common all over the world. It is usually the result of the cornea being shaped more like a football than its normal basketball like shape. This abnormal shape causes blurred and distorted vision at all distances. Most patients with astigmatism now have the choice of using the Toric intraocular lens (Alcon Laboratories) to treat their astigmatism at the time of their cataract surgery.
According to a study published in the January 2011 issue of the Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery the Acrsof Toric intraocular lens reduced astigmatism and improved vision with less dependency on glasses in complicated and uncomplicated cataract with astigmatism procedures. This Toric intraocular lens was developed specifically to help astigmatism at the same time cataract surgery is performed. Johnny L. Gayton, MD, of Eyesight Associates in Warner Robins, GA analyzed data from 162 patients that were implanted with the Toric intraocular lens during their cataract surgery. All of the patients had various amounts of astigmatism, with 48% of the patients having complexities, including retinal or macula problems, angle or pressure problems, or severe astigmatism that required additional treatment at the time of surgery. The conclusion to Dr. Gayton’s study states that AcrySof Toric intraocular lens reduced the astigmatism and improved the uncorrected distance vision of both complex and uncomplicated eyes.
“We are able to treat astigmatism better today than ever before. We have many more options for treatment than we used to have. We can treat astigmatism with incisions, a laser, or the Toric intraocular lens.” Dr. Gayton has said after the publishing of his last article. “I like the Toric lens because it is easier on the patient and it improves their quality of vision.” Dr. Gayton has been correcting astigmatism using various methods since 1984. He is internationally recognized among his colleagues as an excellent teacher of correcting astigmatism. He was also chosen to introduce the Toric lens to the nations of Hungary and China in 2008.