The Symfony is the newest in TECNIS® intraocular lenses (IOLs) for patients who need to replace natural lenses due to disease or damage, combining previous technologies for a better result. This innovative IOL increases range of vision and minimizes the unwanted side effects common in earlier lenses, such as halos and glare.
The Symfony lens is the latest development in the treatment of cataracts, a condition in which the lens of the eye becomes clouded, a process known as opacification. Cataracts are very common – in fact, all eyes will eventually develop cataracts in time. The condition typically does not appear before the age of 60, but diabetes or an eye injury can cause cataracts to develop earlier. The use of some medications can also increase the likelihood of cataracts, and in rare cases, it is a congenital condition, present from birth. Treatment of cataracts involves the removal of the clouded lens that was interfering with sight.
If you are in your mid 30’s and have noticed that your near vision sight is gradually getting worse or you are starting to experience visual problems that you never had before, you may want to get your eyes checked by one of our eye specialist here at Atlantis Eyecare Orange County.
What is commonly occurring is known as presbyopia, which is an age-related refractive problem that happens with almost everyone. Presbyopia was once only managed with the use of glasses and never fully treated, but as time has passed our technology has advanced enough to make it possible to fix this degenerative ailment with a surgical procedure to replace your natural eye lens.
During your eye exam we will ensure these symptoms are not stemming from cataracts which can sometimes accompany presbyopia and if left untreated can lead to blindness. Patients suffering from presbyopia and/or cataracts can have this recently FDA approved Symfony IOL surgery and put a stop to blurry vision.
Introduction to IOLs
Intraocular lenses are small, artificial lenses that are inserted into the eye to replace the natural lens. The most common cause for the natural lens to be removed is due to cataracts, but the lens can also be compromised by disease and other eye conditions that resulted in severely limited vision.
Today, a range of artificial lenses have been developed to replace the eye’s natural lens, making it possible for patients to recover full sight within a few hours of surgery. As innovation continues, new lenses are always in development to address new concerns and patient needs, each with its own benefits and drawbacks.
What is a Symfony Lens?
The Symfony lens is the first and only lens out there that corrects presbyopia. The Symfony lens is used to replace your natural lens. With this breakthrough lens, patients can maintain continuous, high quality vision and also correct their astigmatism. With one visit to Atlantis Eyecare in Orange County, you can correct both cataracts and presbyopia with this FDA approved lens.
What Sets the Symfony Lens Apart
Most existing intraocular lenses can be categorized either as monofocal or multi-focal, but the Symfony combines the best of both technologies to achieve a better, clearer range of vision. Monofocal IOLs generally have a single point of focus, or range of distance in which objects appear clearly. Objects being viewed within that range can be seen well, but glasses may be needed for activities such as reading or long-distance viewing.
Multifocal IOLs have two points of focus, allowing a wider range of vision, but this extended range relies on the principle of simultaneous vision. This means that two images are produced, and the image in focus is prioritized, while the out-of-focus image is suppressed. The prioritization of one focus over the other means that the image will often appear to have a “halo” surrounding it, or a blurry glare – this is the unfocused image being seen.
The TECNIS® Symfony IOL has a single focus that has been elongated. This single extended range of focus allows for clear vision at a wider range of distances than the traditional monofocal IOL, without the unwanted visual side effects of the multifocal IOL.
There are many other benefits that our Orange County Symfony lens can give other than clear, crisp vision. Not only will your reading, driving and detail work be clear after the surgery, you will also experience:
- Sharp vision at near, intermediate and far distances.
- Cataracts correction
- High-quality vision with no cataract blurs, distortion and discoloration.
- Little to no amount of glare and halos that can accompany cataracts.
Could Symfony Lens be the solution for you?
The ideal candidate for the Symfony IOL would be a patient who has lost one or both lenses due to cataract surgery or another medical condition, and who is interested in continuing to have superior vision without relying heavily on the aid of glasses. Many patients who opt for Symfony lenses enjoy active lifestyles, and want to have clear vision at a wide range of distances.
In addition to its extended focus, the Symfony IOL is also engineered to mitigate chromatic aberration, the visual distortion caused when different wavelengths of lights are refracted through a lens at slightly different angles. This leads to a decrease in the clarity of an image, and can cause the appearance of colored fringes around an object. The Symfony lens’ cutting edge echelette design minimizes chromatic aberration, improving clarity of sight.
If you or a loved one are currently experiencing the symptoms of presbyopia or cataracts and are ready regain control of your vision, don’t hesitate to schedule a consultation with us here at Atlantis Eyecare to receive the best Symfony lens surgery Orange County has to offer. Together, we will work as a team to resolve your visual disturbances and get you seeing clearly again.