In the early days of cataract surgery, the surgeon would remove the cloudy lens and replace it with a monofocal intraocular lens (IOL) to restore vision at a single distance. Patients had to choose which distance to see clearly (e.g., near, intermediate or far) and then rely heavily on glasses to see clearly at all other distances. This amounts to having to decide between seeing your phone, TV or being able to drive without glasses.
As IOL technology evolved, patients could choose to pay out of pocket for multifocal IOLs, which restore vision at near, intermediate and far distances. Although multifocal lenses help reduce some dependence on glasses, they are not an ideal solution and do not provide seamless transition between near and far vision. Patients with multifocal IOLs often experience visual side effects such as halos, glare and loss of contrast sensitivity.
Imagine if you were offered a similar solution by your ear doctor, asking whether you would prefer to hear someone whispering in your ear, or from across the dinner table or from across the house!
In view of the above, there has never been a better time for cataract surgery given the advances in IOL technology. A handful of cataract surgery practices, including Laser Eye Center™, now offer the Tecnis Symfony IOL, which is widely regarded as the most advanced IOL available today.
Take a moment to learn why.
Tecnis Symfony: The First and Only Extended Depth of Focus Lens
The Symfony IOL is the first and only “extended range of focus” or “extended depth of focus” IOL — meaning it elongates the focus point. With the unique design elements of the Symfony IOL, you can see clearly at near, far and intermediate distances all at once with no drop-off in vision, regardless of the distance!
This means you can enjoy quality, clear vision while you go about all of your daily activities, including reading, driving and watching television. You will rely very little (if at all) on reading glasses on a day-to-day basis. Additionally, you can live an active lifestyle and enjoy all of your favorite hobbies with the vision you enjoyed in your 30s!
Reduced Side Effects of the Tecnis Symfony IOL
Not only does the Symfony IOL provide excellent vision at all distances, but it does so without the side effects that are common with multifocal lenses. Studies have shown that Symfony patients experience a very low incidence of halos and glare, which can cause blurring around bright lights that makes it hard to drive at night.
Simultaneous Astigmatism Correction
The Symfony IOL is also available in a toric version for the correction of astigmatism. Astigmatism is an abnormality of the corneal curvature. Instead of having a spherical shape, like a basketball, the cornea has an oblong shape like a football. The toric IOL is designed to correct pre-existing astigmatism and eliminate the need for additional surgery.
Discuss the Symfony IOL with Our Team
If you are interested in recapturing the clear, crisp vision you enjoyed in your 30s, you may be a great candidate for the Symfony IOL. Schedule a consultation with our experienced team to discuss the Symfony IOL as well as the other IOL options we offer.