Cataract surgery is the most frequently performed operation in the United States. In it’s simplest form, cataract surgery involves removing the cloudy lens and replacing it with a crystal clear lens implant, called an intraocular lens (IOL). Today, more than a million IOLs are implanted every year in the United States alone. Under local anesthesia, a small incision is made on in the edge of the cornea and high frequency ultrasound vibrations gently dissolve the natural lens into small pieces. These fragments are removed and replaced with the IOL. The thin, posterior layers of the lens, called the lens capsule, is left behind.
Typically patients who have cataract surgery with a monofocal lens implant, which only allows the person to see at a distance, will need glasses for reading and even sometimes for distance, says the American Academy of Ophthalmology. However, the new Tecnis Symfony® Intraocular Lenses could be changing all of that.
“The first in a new category of intraocular lenses (IOLs), the Tecnis Symfony lenses are the only lenses in the United States that provide a full range of continuous high-quality vision following cataract surgery, while also mitigating the effects of presbyopia by helping people focus on near objects,” reads a July 15, 2016 press release from Abbott, the company responsible for the new IOL implant.
The new Symfony lens was specifically developed with features to improve both the range and quality of vision.
“The Symfony intraocular lens is a new option I can offer my patients to improve their vision following cataract surgery, especially those who have difficulty focusing on objects at near distances because of presbyopia,” says Eric D. Donnenfeld, M.D., of Ophthalmic Consultants of Long Island, New York.
In numerous clinical studies involving over 2,000 eyes, the Symfony lens:
Provided high-quality vision.
Provided seamless, day-to-night vision.
Demonstrated a low incidence of halo and glare.
“The big thing is the reading glasses with this lens,” says Dr. Jonathan Stein with Ophthalmic Consultants of CT of Stamford, Connecticut. “This lens, what’s special about it is that it incorporates being able to do these intermediate and near functions that you would otherwise not be able to do.”
Cataract Treatment in Annapolis, Maryland
The Anne Arundel Eye Center (AAEC) is a regional leader in the diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma and cataracts. A consultation with board certified ophthalmologist Dr. Samuel Boles will help guide you through the treatment process and help you determine the best course of action.
Dr. Boles utilizes the LenSx® Laser, the most technologically advanced option for cataract patients today, to create a cataract surgery that’s 100% unique to each patient.
Staffed by caring and knowledgeable professionals, AAEC’s state-of-the-art treatment center is dedicated to making the best eye care accessible to everyone.
If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Samuel Boles, Dr. Nicole Kershner Regis, Dr. Kathryn Turner, and the eye care specialists here at AAEC by calling 410-224-2010. AAEC is staffed by caring and knowledgeable professionals who will help guide you on your healing journey.