Toric IOL – Houston & Katy

original_inline_toricWith the Toric IOL, offered at the Houston and Katy offices of the Whitsett Vision Group, our doctors can provide reprieve for those of our patients who have cataracts but also suffer from astigmatism (a defect of the lens which causes blurred vision). The lens is made of very soft, flexible material and is commonly used with astigmatic cataract patients because it is designed to conform to the natural shape of the lens, staying centered and stable.

If you suffer from both cataracts and astigmatism and are ready to recapture your eye health, vision, and comfort, please contact the Whitsett Vision Group for more information or to schedule your complimentary consultation.

What Are Cataracts?

The lens of your eye is responsible for focusing light onto the retina, which then sends the resulting image to your brain. The lens of your eye is made mostly of water and protein, and after many years, the structures of these proteins change, leading to a gradual clouding of the lens called cataracts. These clouds cause blurry vision, making your eyes especially sensitive to bright lights at night and more prone to nearsightedness. Cataracts that go untreated can lead to blindness – seeking help from Dr. Whitsett or Dr. Woon at the first signs of cataracts can help prevent further vision degradation. The Toric IOL is an excellent solution for both cataracts and astigmatism and provides a safe and effective treatment.

Understanding the Technology

The surgery performed to remove cataracts involves replacing the natural lens, clouded by cataracts, with an artificial one. However, if you also suffer from astigmatism, a typical cataract surgery procedure may not correct blurred or distorted vision. Toric IOL is designed to eliminate this secondary condition by replacing cataract-clouded lenses as well as correcting astigmatism. Because of the organic quality of the Toric IOL, the human eye adapts to it quickly to provide higher quality vision.

Understanding the Procedure

In most cases, intraocular lenses (IOL) can be placed in under fifteen minutes, but the benefits will last for years to come. This procedure involves removing the cloudy natural lens of the eye and replacing it with an IOL through a self-healing incision.

Twenty-four hours after the Toric IOL operation, a follow-up appointment will be scheduled at either our Houston or Katy office. You should be able to return to normal activities, including light work, watching television, and reading, within a day. However, any high impact activity or activity that will cause head movement is discouraged, as it may place added pressure on your eye. It may take a few weeks to reach a full recovery, at which time you can undergo a routine eye exam to measure your need (if any exists) for corrective eyewear.

Learn More about the Toric IOL

Millions of Americans undergo cataract surgery every year, and there are plenty of doctors to choose from, but your search for the best option stops here. The Whitsett Vision Group has been providing excellent patient care and amazing vision results for almost two decades. As leaders in their field, Drs. Jeffery Whitsett and Cybele Woon can provide you with state-of-the-art cataract treatment that is tailored to your specific needs.

If you’re interested in learning more about the Toric IOL from Dr. Whitsett, please contact our vision center in Houston or Katy for more information or to schedule your first, free consultation. We look forward to working with you.