Surgeons at North Shore Eye Care First to Implant New Tecnis Toric Lens for Cataract Patients with Astigmatism

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The pioneering eye surgeons of North Shore Eye Care recently became the first ophthalmologists in Suffolk County on Long Island to correct astigmatism in cataract patients using the new Tecnis toric intraocular lens implant (IOL), according to Jeffrey Martin, M.D., medical director and chief surgeon at North Shore Eye Care.

The result is a permanent correction of your astigmatism, along with a complete restoration of your distance vision, much like a traditional IOL, resulting in a significant decrease in dependency on glasses.

The pioneering eye surgeons of North Shore Eye Care recently became the first ophthalmologists in Suffolk County on Long Island to correct astigmatism in cataract patients using the new Tecnis toric intraocular lens implant (IOL), according to Jeffrey Martin, M.D., medical director and chief surgeon at North Shore Eye Care.

Astigmatism is an eye condition that causes blurred or double vision due to an irregular shaped cornea, the outer part of the eye where light first passes through. The vast majority of patients undergoing cataract surgery today have measurable levels of astigmatism.

“North Shore Eye Care is proud to once again set the standard on Long Island for cataract care and the treatment for astigmatism,” said Dr. Martin. “The new Toric IOL by Tecnis is truly a breakthrough in technology and in lens implant design and is already proving to be a tremendous benefit for patients undergoing cataract surgery at North Shore Eye Care.”

In patients who have astigmatism, their corneas are shaped more like a cone than a sphere. This irregular shape causes the light rays to not properly focus on the retina, or back portion of the eye. Because these light rays are skewed, people with astigmatism need prescription glasses to correct this condition.

“In the past few years, patients undergoing cataract surgery with pre-existing astigmatism prior to the procedure had no way of having it surgically corrected with an IOL,” said Dr. Martin. While some surgeons were able to surgically reduce the amount of astigmatism a patient had by making surface incisions on the cornea, it was not as precise or successful as treating it with an IOL. This caused patients to need to wear prescription glasses to see clearly after surgery.

Fortunately, the Tecnis Toric IOL can now permanently correct astigmatism. The new Tecnis Toric lenses are designed with a specific shape that counterbalances the irregularity that causes the astigmatism. “Thanks to their unique design, Toric IOLs are engineered to refocus light rays as they pass through the lens and properly focus the light on the retina,” said Dr. Martin. The result is a permanent correction of your astigmatism, along with a complete restoration of your distance vision, much like a traditional IOL, resulting in a significant decrease in dependency on glasses.

Patients who elect this option prior to surgery will undergo a full vision analysis at North Shore Eye Care, where surgeons will customize a treatment option that includes a Toric IOL engineered to provide them with superior distance and intermediate vision. This procedure is designed to eliminate any astigmatism and give you clear distance vision. The vast majority of patients do not need to wear glasses for most normal activities, but you will need to wear glasses for near viewing tasks such as reading.    

North Shore Eye Care is Long Island’s most established full-service comprehensive eye care provider. This year they are celebrating 50 years of eye care excellence since Dr. Sidney Martin founded the practice in 1962.

North Shore Eye Care maintains offices in Smithtown, Riverhead, Holbrook, Deer Park and Southampton. They specialize in cataract care, LASIK laser vision correction, glaucoma management, diabetic eye disease, oculoplastics and retinal care. For more information about North Shore Eye Care, please contact Jacqueline Hernandez at 631-265-8780.

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