Question: Can you have a multifocal lens implant if you have astigmatism? What else would an eye surgeon need to do because of the astigmatism?
Answer: At the present time in the U.S., there are no commercially available Multifocal Lens Implants that are also Toric Lens Implants and also correct astigmatism-they are still considered investigational and are in clinical trials for FDA approval, but are available in some countries outside the U.S. It is somewhat unpredictable as to when they will be available in the U.S.
There are three options for correcting astigmatism, if you are having a Multifocal Lens Implant. One, is to wear eyeglasses with the astigmatism correction-which probably isn't terribly desirable. Another, depending on the type and degree of astigmatism you have, is to have Limbal Relaxing Incisions (LRI) and a third option, is to have a Laser Eye Surgery procedure such as LASIK after the Lens Implant to correct the astigmatism. The best thing to do is to find the best LASIK Surgeon who is also a top Cataract Surgeon and schedule a consultation so that all of the measurements can be taken and they can make a proper recommendation.
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