Step 1: Toric IOL
A patient's preoperative visit is your first opportunity to educate them about advanced technology lens options and the benefits of toric IOLs. Understanding how to select ideal patients for toric lenses and learning tips for talking with your patients about treatment options will set up your toric procedures for patient satisfaction and surgical success.
Before I even pick up the chart, my attitude is that every patient may be a candidate for astigmatism reduction. Why? Because I’m a refractive cataract surgeon, and my goal is clear, uncorrected vision.”
Robert Osher, MD*
Professor of Ophthalmology,
University of Cincinnati
Astigmatic Cataract Patient Conversations
Once you have determined a patient is a candidate for a toric IOL through the preoperative exam, it’s important to explain what astigmatism is, set proper expectations and make your IOL recommendation.
Most patients are aware they have astigmatism. However, the majority do not know what it is. A printout of the patient’s corneal topography can serve as a useful visual reference when discussing astigmatism and toric IOLs.
Discuss spectacle independence
Inform patients they have options for correcting their corneal astigmatism at the time of cataract surgery with a toric IOL. AcrySof® IQ Toric IOLs can offer the opportunity for excellent distance vision with less dependence on spectacles. The patient can enjoy the benefits of buying regular sunglasses and not having to hassle with wiping off his or her glasses on a rainy day.
Be sure your patients understand that while an AcrySof® IQ Toric IOL can provide them with clear, crisp distance vision with a reduced need for glasses, they will still need “readers” for near vision tasks.
Make a recommendation
Patients look to their surgeon for guidance on which IOL to choose. If a patient has astigmatism of 0.75 D or greater and is otherwise a good toric candidate, it is important to recommend a toric lens, and explain how the lens will help achieve their visual goals. You can use the patient resources in the Resource Library to guide your conversations.