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To what degree can a lensectomy correct astigmatism? i have heard that a lensectomy can correct astigmatism. i'm excited about this since my condition rules out laser corrective surgery. is this an effective treatment for astigmatism? am i likely to still

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Dr. Alma Murphy
Ophthalmology 46 years experience
A : A lensectomy is essentially a cataract surgery that removes the lens of the eye before a cataract has actually developed. A toric lens implant that replaces the eye's natural lens can correct astigmatism and reduce or eliminate the need for eyeglasses.
Dr. Benjamin Chun
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
Yes and no......: Astigmatism can be caused by both your lens and your cornea. Usually, most of it is caused by your cornea. If you remove your lens you would need to replace it with an aritifical lens, preferably with a toric implant to offset the corneal astigmatism. This is called refractive lens exchange. Lensectomy just removes your lens, which may rarely remove astigmatic lens but leaves you very blurry.

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