I just want to let anyone with astigmatism who is having cataract surgery know my experience after having opted (at additional cost) for Toric lens implants. My surgeries were Jun 14 and 28, 2011 and the results have been WONDERFUL. I am so glad I made the additional investment. I've since spoken to an acquaintance who, with the same conditions, chose not to go with Toric IOLs because of the additional cost over what Medicare would pay. He now very much regrets being as he stated: "Pennywise and pound foolish".
I know my own concerns and fears prior to surgery and just want to reassure anyone considering cataract surgery that it was quick and painless. Administering all those drops was a very small price to pay for being able to see so clearly and beautifully again. I am fortunate that I have no medical conditions or take any prescription medicines but that is something you need to discuss thoroughly with your MD and opthamologist.