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I have cataracts in both eyes--surgery is scheduled in December and January. I have had astigmatism in both eyes for a long time. I also have exophoria. The opthamologist indicated I could have a TORIC lens put in that would help correct for astigmatism--which has a considerable out of pocket expense. He did indicate that even with the TORIC, I still might need glasses with prisms, but that I would have better uncorrected distance vision and my lens would be thinner and lighter. He did say that my right eye is pretty close to fully corrected for astigmatism. I know that when I need a new eye prescriiption, my first clue is increased eye strain and headaches. Here's my question: with the TORIC lens would I have less eye strain and not be as likely to get headaches from the astigmatism? And, would it be safe to say that my astigmatism would have improved and would no longer be close to "fully corrected"?
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 6 years ago.
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Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 6 years ago.
That is a very good question and let's answer it in steps.

First, IF your headaches/eye strain is from astigmatism then, yes correcting the majority, if not all of your astigmatism, with a toric IOL will help with this problem and might be worth the extra expense.

The toric lens should correct the vast majority of your astigmatism. Remember, however, if your changing astigmatism is due to changes in your cornea, and not to changes in your lens (where the cataract is forming) that, even with the toric lens, you may have new astigmatism form.

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