Introducing Clear and Improved Vision with the Symfony Intraocular Lens
Hampton Roads Eye Associates in Oyster Point is pleased to offer a new lens to treat cataracts during lens replacement surgery. The new intraocular lens is FDA approved and offers a full range of continuous high-quality vision. The new lens (called the Tecnis Symfony® Intraocular Lenses) also helps patients focus on near objects more easily.
With almost 4 million cataract surgeries performed each year, cataracts are a common condition and the number is expected to increase in the years to come. More than half of all Americans either have a cataract or have had cataract surgery by the age of 80. However, cataracts do not just impact seniors. In 2016, it is estimated that nearly one in four cataract surgeries will be performed on people younger than 65.
Presbyopia and Astigmatism
Often patients with cataracts have other vision problems, such as presbyopia and astigmatism. The Symfony lenses are designed to address these vision problems, as well as treat the original problem of the cataract. Presbyopia, occurring most often after 40 years of age, is a condition that causes people to require glasses for near visual tasks. Astigmatism is when the cornea is misshapen, causing blurry or distorted vision.
From the Doctor’s Point of View
The Symfony® Intraocular Lens will give clear and improved vision, especially for patients with presbyopia. This will offer our patients the freedom to enjoy an active lifestyle while wearing glasses less. The Symfony Lens provides above and beyond the normal monofocal lens.
The Benefits of the Symfony Lens
The Symfony lens is approved in more than 50 countries around the world, and has been widely studied, with data from numerous clinical studies involving over 2,000 eyes. In clinical studies, the Symfony lens:
Provided seamless, day-to-night vision. Patients could see objects sharply and clearly at near, intermediate and far away distances, and points in between.
Provided high-quality vision. Some IOLs may leave patients with an inability to focus clearly due to competing wavelengths of light passing through the lens at different angles (known as chromatic aberration), or with vision that is not completely focused because of the shape of the lens (known as spherical aberration). The Symfony lens has been engineered to correct these issues.
Demonstrated a low incidence of halo and glare, which may be perceived as rings or blurring around bright lights. Glare and halo can sometimes affect an individual’s ability to drive at night or to perform other visual tasks.
Thomas Frinzi, senior vice president of Abbott’s vision business states, “This is an important addition to our portfolio of lenses, as we expect many patients to choose a Symfony lens over a standard monofocal lens, given its benefits. We are happy that we can offer more people around the world this new category of lenses.”
We are very pleased to be able to offer this advancement in Intraocular Lenses for our patients with cataracts and vision problems. If you have any questions or want to set up an appointment to learn more, call us today 757.643.8800.