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Can astigmatism be corrected with cataract surgery?

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Although cataract surgery itself does not correct corneal astigmatism, this eye disorder can sometimes be corrected during a cataract-surgery procedure that uses limbic relaxing incisions, toric-intraocular-lens implantation or both. Toric intraocular lenses, produced by Staar Surgical, are silicon lenses that help correct the corneal plate.

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Peripheral corneal arcuate incisions can also be used to correct astigmatism in come cases. Depending on the case, a combination of both methods may be used. The amount of correction for corneal astigmatism can depend on age. For young patients, 2.5 diopters of astigmatism can be correctable, and 4 diopters can be correctable in older patients.

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