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.
Dr Blecher discusses performing surgery with the Tecnis Symfony Extended Range of Vision IOL
There are multiple types of multifocal IOLs we work with, including the Alcon Panoptix trifocal lens, the Alcon Vivity lens, the J&J Tecnis multifocal lens and the J&J Symfony lens. Each of these also comes with an astigmatism correcting, or Toric, version. We have had great success with all of these lenses and your surgeon can discuss which one might be best for you!
As with many things, there may be a trade-off. If you decide to have a multifocal lens, your use of glasses will likely decrease significantly, but at the cost of losing some of the sharpness or contrast of your vision. There may also be some visual side effects such as halos and glare from lights at night that are more common than with a monofocal lens (a lens just for distance or just for near).
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