AcrySof® and Staar Toric Lens

What are your options for correcting astigmatism?

If you depend upon eyeglasses, you may have experienced the inconvenience of not being able to find your glasses when you really need them. Eyeglasses are easily lost or damaged, expensive to replace, and inconvenient to clean and maintain. The more active you are, the more eyeglasses interfere with your lifestyle by complicating your participation in daily and recreational activities.

Many people do not like the "look" of glasses and prefer another type of vision correction, such as contact lenses. "Toric" contact lenses designed to correct astigmatism are an option; however, some users find them uncomfortable and experience difficulty in adjusting to wearing them.

There are several surgical options our eye surgeon may use to treat astigmatism, such as LASIK laser vision correction, astigmatic keratotomy (AK), or limbal relaxing incisions (LRI). However, if you are planning to have eye surgery to remove a cataract, you now have an additional option -- an implantable lens that makes it possible to treat the cataract and correct the corneal astigmatism at the same time. Our eye doctor will recommend the option that is best for you. Cataracts and astigmatism cloud and blur vision.

Toric Lens: A better option for quality distance vision

Eye surgery to treat cataracts is an outpatient procedure where our eye surgeon removes the clouded natural lens and replaces it with an artificial lens. Traditionally, eye surgeons implant a monofocal artificial lens, commonly called an "intraocular lens" (IOL). If you have astigmatism, however, you may still experience blurred and distorted vision because a standard IOL cannot correct corneal astigmatism. To achieve quality distance vision with a standard IOL, you may still require eyeglasses, contact lenses, or further surgery.

The unique design of the AcrySof® Toric lens provides significantly improved distance vision and may reduce the need for corrective lenses. If freedom from eyeglasses for distance vision is important to you, AcrySof® Toric lens might be for you.

The STAAR Toric IOL is ideal for cataract patients with regular, pre-existing astigmatism. It has been used safely and effectively in a countless number of procedures.

What is the AcrySof® Toric IOL & STAAR?

The AcrySof® Toric lens is a foldable, singlepiece lens that our eye surgeon implants during cataract surgery to replace the clouded lens. The unique design of the AcrySof® Toric IOL makes it possible to reduce or eliminate corneal astigmatism and significantly improve uncorrected distance vision. AcrySof® Toric lens provides QUALITY distance vision, independent of eyeglasses and contact lenses.

The AcrySof® Toric lens is made of the same biocompatible lens material already successfully implanted in more than 25 million eyes since 1991. The traditional replacement lens implanted when a cataract is removed clears the vision, but cannot correct the astigmatism. Corrective eyewear or additional eye surgery are needed to reduce blurring and distortion.

The STAAR Toric IOL is a revolutionary, single-piece foldable lens that your surgeon implants in your eye during cataract surgery. It is specially designed to correct astigmatism, and help you regain quality vision. The STAAR Toric IOL is the only toric lens made from silicone, a stable, non-toxic and flexible material the human eye comfortably welcomes. Studies show this silicone lens provides greater optical performance and higher quality vision than acrylic lenses, with fewer "aberrations" - distortions in vision that lead to blurring, glare or halos.

What would you do if you had QUALITY distance vision without the hassle of corrective eyewear?

  • Travel?
  • Sports?
  • Enjoying the outdoors?
  • Sightseeing?
  • Hobbies?
  • Respond more spontaneously to life's opportunities?

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You may leave your glasses and contacts behind and recapture QUALITY distance vision in only one step with AcrySof® Toric lens. What would it be like to say goodbye to both cataracts and astigmatism at the same time? Imagine being able to see at a distance without relying on eyeglasses or contact lenses finally enjoy quality distance vision without glasses or contact lenses.

You are reading this with the only two eyes you will ever have. For that reason, vision correction decisions are among the most important you will ever make. Now, revolutionary new technology makes it possible for our eye surgeon to perform a single outpatient procedure in which the clouded cataract lens is exchanged for an artificial lens designed to correct astigmatism as well. You may be able to break free from eyeglasses or contact lenses for distance vision in just one step, without the need for additional eye surgical procedures.


If you believe that AcrySof® Toric lens could be the solution to you eye problems, please don't hesitate to contact our eye center. Key-Whitman Eye Center has locations in Dallas, North Dallas, Mesquite, Arlington, South Arlington, and Plano.


  • Certified

    As a team of Board Certified Specialists, we are the qualified surgeons you can rely on to handle your procedure.

  • Experienced

    Our professionals have been devoted to serving the Dallas/ Fort Worth Metroplex for more than 50 years.

  • Advanced

    Our surgeons utilize only the most state-of-the-art equipment and techniques, all which are approved by the FDA.

  • Dedicated

    We are passionate about providing a lifetime of high quality, specialized eye care to meet our patients' needs.

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    Our patients are our top priority, and every person who walks through our doors is treated with respect and care.

  • Award-Winning

    As a highly rated facility, our list of honors includes the Angie's List Super Service Award in Eye Care – Ophthalmology.