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Lake Travis Eye and Laser Center

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401 S. RR 620, Suite 210
Lakeway, TX 78734
Phone: 512-263-9000
Fax: 512-263-9126

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Astigmatism is caused by the cornea being more curved in one direction than the other, like a football. Usually, the cornea is more rounded, like a basketball. Astigmatism can cause an image to be out of focus even after cataract surgery. Cataract surgery provides an opportunity to also “correct” the astigmatism at the same time. There are 3 possible options when dealing with both cataracts and astigmatism:

1) Glasses

The first option is to not attempt to “correct” the astigmatism while performing the cataract surgery. The astigmatism can be dealt with by prescribing a new pair of glasses after the eye heals from cataract surgery completed with a standard IOL.

2) Limbal Relaxing Incisions

The second option is to perform limbal relaxing incisions (LRIs) at the time of cataract surgery. LRIs can be used to treat low to moderate levels of astigmatism. In this case, a standard IOL is inserted after cataract extraction. LRIs are incisions placed in the cornea along the steep axis of curvature. They basically “relax” the steep part of the cornea, and allow it to take a more regular round shape. Generally, LRIs take less than one minute, and are easily combined with cataract surgery. LRIs are usually done for smaller amounts of astigmatism. 

3) Toric IOLs

The third option is to insert a toric IOL instead of a standard IOL during the cataract surgery. Toric IOLs are specially shaped IOLs designed to offset the imbalance created by the irregular shape of the cornea. Once implanted during surgery, they stay fixed in place thereby eliminating pre-existing astigmatism. This can be used to treat low, moderate, and high levels of astigmatism.

Our eye surgeons will discuss with you which options would most likely work for your eyes prior to cataract surgery.

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"Dr. Rhodes is a master at getting your vision right. I love not wearing glasses; colors are brighter, vision is clearer. He explains what is going on with your vision and what he is going to do for you in a manner that is clear and understandable. Also, it's a small thing, but increasingly rare, every time I have an appointment, I am seen within a few minutes of the appointed time. I recommend Dr. Rhodes to everyone I know, he is just that good!"

- Charles B.
6/2016

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Lake Travis Eye and Laser Center
401 Ranch Rd 620 S #210
Lakeway, TX 78734
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Monday8am5pm
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Wednesday8am5pm
Thursday8am5pm
Friday8am3pm
SaturdayClosed
SundayClosed
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