Tecnis Symfony Extended Range of Vision IOL
On July 15, 2016, The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first intraocular lens (IOL) that provides cataract patients with an extended depth-of-focus, which helps improve their sharpness of vision (visual acuity) at near, intermediate and far distances.
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Dr. Blecher comments on the recent FDA approval of an extended range intraocular lens in the video below.
While 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.
On August 24, 2016, Dr. Mark Blecher performed one of the first implants of the new extended focus intraocular lens. After the surgery Dr Blecher mentioned that the new cataract implant allows patients to see at multiple distances without having to depend on their glasses. This is a notable improvement over current technologies in that it gives a smooth range of focus for patients from distance up to close. This lens also available in astigmatism correcting version which makes it relatively unique amongst presbyopic correcting your intraocular lenses.