Heritage Eye Center is pleased to now provide Tecnis Symfony® Intraocular Lenses for the treatment of cataracts. Symfony is a new category of intraocular lenses (IOLs), which are the lenses utilized the replace a patient’s natural lens removed with the cataract during cataract surgery.
Tecnis Symfony lenses are the only lenses in the United States that provide a full range of continuous high-quality vision following cataract surgery. These lenses mitigate the effects of presbyopia by helping people focus on near objects. Presbyopia is the blurring of reading vision that comes with aging.
The FDA approval includes a version of the lens for people with astigmatism, the Tecnis Symfony Toric IOL. Astigmatism is a condition where the front surface of the eye is curved differently in areas. This results in blurriness to the patient’s vision. This Toric lens provides the first opportunity patients who deal with astigmatism have to provide lifestyle lens options with their cataract surgery. These patients may now have options to maintain or return their reading and distance vision with the Symfony Toric IOL.
Cataracts are a common condition. There are almost 4 million cataract surgeries performed each year, and as the American population ages this number is expected to grow. However, cataracts do not just impact seniors. In 2016 it is estimated that nearly 25% of cataract surgeries will be performed on people younger than 65. Many people who have cataracts experience other problems with their vision, such as presbyopia and astigmatism, which the Symfony lenses also address. Presbyopia, which affects most people over age 40, means people have lost the ability to focus on objects up close and often require glasses to perform near visual tasks. Astigmatism is when the cornea is misshapen, which causes blurry or distorted vision.