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Today’s cataract patients demand excellent vision after surgery. Traditional intraocular lenses (IOLs) provided cataract patients only a limited range of vision and did not correct astigmatism. This often left people dependent upon reading glasses or bifocals after cataract surgery.
The groundbreaking Symfony/Symfony Toric IOL is the first and only Extended Depth of Focus (EDOF) IOL, a new category of presbyopia-correcting cataract lenses with full FDA approval in the United States. It provides patients a FULL RANGE of continuous high quality vision while also minimizing the effects of presbyopia by helping patients focus at near.
Another unprecedented feature of the recent FDA approval includes a Toric version of the lens – the Symfony Toric IOL – for patients with astigmatism. Advancements such as the Symfony/Symfony Toric IOL multifocal and accommodating lens technology make it possible to greatly reduce the need for spectacles for reading and computer work, while still allowing you to see objects clearly in the distance.
In FDA clinical trials collaborated by multiple US sites, patients in the Symfony/Symfony Toric IOL group achieved greater improvements in intermediate and near vision while maintaining excellent distance vision when compared to a standard single focus IOL. Symfony/Symfony Toric patients were also more likely to enjoy reduced dependence on corrective eyewear overall and achieved a higher overall visual performance in any lighting condition.
“This truly is a landmark advance not only in cataract lens implant technology, but also in the quality of visual outcome for our patients, especially those with presbyopia. The new Symfony IOLs are specially designed with features to improve both the range and quality of vision, therefore being recognized as a new category of cataract lenses.”
– The Eye Guys Surgeons
Prior to the FDA-approval (and Medicare approval) of multi-focal lens implants during cataract surgery, patients undergoing cataract removal and lens implantation received a monofocal, or single focus intraocular lens implant (IOL). Still in use today, these single focus IOLs are designed to provide excellent distance vision. But most patients will need prescription glasses for near and intermediate vision.
Abbott Medical Optics, (AMO, Inc.) is a trusted ophthalmic leader in both monofocal and multi-focal lens technology. Unlike a single focus IOL, the Tecnis multifocal IOL offers cataract patients a much broader, less restricted range of vision, including near, intermediate and distance. The new TMF IOL is becoming the multi-focal IOL of choice for the surgeons at The Eye Guys because of the predictable range of vision it offers our patients.
Nearly 9 out of 10 patients who receive a Tecnis multifocal lens report never wearing glasses after the procedure, the highest level of glasses independence for any IOL. At The Eye Guys, this percentage varies according to your age, the ocular health of your eyes and the overall severity of your cataract.
The Tecnis multifocal IOL is designed with several focal points within the lens, allowing patients to see well at multiple distances. Another advantage of the Tecnis multifocal IOL is its unique aspheric design. Using a wavefront analysis of your visual system, this unique design is intended to eliminate any ‘high order aberrations’ that may cause glare, halos and poor vision quality in low light after cataract surgery.
The Tecnis IOL is also approved by the FDA to correct presbyopia, or the need for reading glasses. Its unique design has shown to give patients superior near vision and exceptional reading speed clarity when compared to other presbyopia-correcting IOLs in the marketplace.
The Tecnis Multifocal IOL is the latest in lens technology and has quickly become the IOL of choice for surgeons worldwide. That also explains why over 94% of patients who receive the Tecnis Multifocal IOL procedure say they’d do it again – the highest approval rating for any IOL.
A cataract is a clouding of the natural lens inside your eye. This lens, located behind the iris, works just like the lens of a camera – focusing light images on the retina, which sends images to the brain. The lens can become so clouded that it keeps light and images from reaching the retina.
A cataract can be the reason sharp images become blurred, bright colors become dull, or seeing at night is more difficult. It may also be the reason glasses no longer seem to help. Vision with cataracts has been described as seeing through old, cloudy film. But a cataract is not a “film” over the eyes, but simply the aging of the body’s natural lens. Eye injury, certain diseases, or even some medications can also cause a cataract. A cataract is treated by removing the old cloudy lens and replacing it with a new artificial lens to restore your vision. This lens is called an Intraocular Lens Implant (IOL).
Once it is determined that you have cataracts and that they must be removed, there are several options for the type of lens implant that is used to restore your vision. Until recently, cataract patients received monofocal lens implants that only had a single power. With a monovision implant, you have a choice of correction for either near or far vision, but not both. The FDA has now approved multifocal lens implants for use by certified ophthalmologists. The multifocal lens can increase your chances for a life free of dependence on glasses or contacts after cataract surgery. Cataract surgery is an opportunity to minimize or eliminate the hassle of glasses and contacts from your life. The implantation process is the same for either type of lens. The main point of differentiation between the lens implants is the type of vision they provide.
Multifocal vs Monofocal
|Corrects vision for far, near, and intermediate||Provides good vision at one distance (typically far vision)|
|Minimizes or eliminates glasses||Requires reading glasses after surgery|
|Partial coverage by Medicare or other insurance||Covered by Medicare or private insurance|
Another exciting lens implant option is the new Toric Intraocular Lens from Alcon. Eye Physicians and Surgeons was the first in Augusta, and still one of the only, practices to offer this new technology. Astigmatism is a condition where the cornea has an irregular shape. Until recently, patients with astigmatism still required glasses after cataract surgery while patients without astigmatism enjoyed significantly less dependence on glasses. Astigmatism can be treated with glasses, contacts, and laser surgery. Since cataract surgery involves the lens inside the eye, any existing astigmatism from the cornea is still present after surgery. Fortunately, there is now a lens implant that can not only correct the cataract, but also greatly decrease astigmatism caused by an irregular cornea. Once the astigmatism is also corrected, your dependence on distance glasses will be greatly decreased or eliminated.