Cataracts are a common eye condition where the natural lens becomes clouded, impairing a patient’s vision. According to the National Eye Institute, more than 20 percent of Americans will have cataracts by the age of 65, and the prevalence increases with age. In cataract surgery, the clouded natural lens is removed and replaced with an intraocular lens (IOL).
In July of this year, the FDA approved a new type of IOL to be used in the treatment of cataracts: the Tecnis Symfony® by Abbott. The Tecnis Symfony® extended range of vision IOL provides a new option for cataract patients that may result in better vision across a broader range of distances.
Traditional monofocal IOLs have been limited to improving distance vision. The Tecnis Symfony® IOL improves visual acuity at close, intermediate and far ranges and, therefore, may reduce the need for patients to wear contact lenses or glasses after cataract surgery. Also, available is the Toric version of the Tecnis Symfony® IOL to treat astigmatism. Astigmatism occurs when your cornea is shaped like an egg. With astigmatism vision problems, more than one focal point within the eye distorts what you see. As a result, you experience a tilting of images due to the unequal bending of light rays entering your eyes.
Abbott believes that the newly approved Tecnis Symfony® IOLs represent a multifocal breakthrough for several reasons:
- They have lower complaints on halos, glare and nighttime dysphotopsia that annoy many multifocal IOL patients.
- High patient satisfaction by providing reliable outcomes.
- Compared to previous monofocal lenses, there is no compromise in distance vision with the Symfony lens.
Unlike many years ago, today you have different lens options to choose from. Lens selection can be frustrating because of these multiple options. Different types of IOLs are designed to meet individual eye health and lifestyles. Talk to your surgeon about which lens is right for your personalized needs.
Leading Ophthalmologist, Neil Griffin, M.D., is one of the first in the Sandhills, North Carolina area to implant the Tecnis Symfony Intraocular Lens. Dr. Griffin specializes in refractive cataract surgery, LASIK and Corneal Surgery. He is board certified and fellowship trained in cornea and external eye disease. To learn more about Griffin Eye Center and the latest surgical eye treatments visit www.griffineyecenter.com or toll free at 888-570-5789.