New Cataract Surgery Fixes Astigmatism, Too — And In Less Than 20 Minutes

Trulign Lens
New vision loss surgery fixes cataracts and astigmatism. ophthalmologyweb.com

A new form of eye surgery that just received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval last Spring can clear up cataracts while also fixing astigmatism. Dr. Richard Erdey from Mount Carmel Health Center in Ohio said the change that Trulign Lens makes on vision is "pretty dramatic,” NBC 4 reported.

According to the FDA, over 20 million people in the United States suffer from a slowly developing cataract. This condition is characterized by a progressive thickening, hardening, and clouding of the eye’s lens. Erdey estimates that around 70 percent of people with a cataract also have corneal astigmatism, blurred vision resulting from the irregular shape of the cornea.

Shel Burtner, 84, is one of Erdey’s patients who has been dealing with worsening cataracts for a good portion of his life. In an attempt to improve his vision, Burtner agreed to undergo the recently FDA-approved procedure.

During an operation that took less than 20 minutes, Erdey removed Burtner’s clouded eye lens and replaced them with Trulign Lens. The very next day, Burtner started to notice the difference.

"I didn't realize how dull color had become," he told NBC 4.

"I can see, and the colors are brilliant and whites are very bright."

Dr. Dee Stephenson of Stephenson Eye Associated in Venice, Fla., is another ophthalmologist offering this cutting-edge vision restoration technique. Stephenson praises new toric intraocular lens for improving a broad range of vision, including low-light and distance.

“The TRULIGN Toric lens both reduces the negative impact of pre-existing astigmatism on postoperative vision and also imparts excellent distance and intermediate vision of functional near vision, all through a single surgical procedure,” Stephenson told the Tampa Bay Newswire.

“The result is a reduced need for our patients to wear glasses for certain activities following cataract surgery.”

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