You probably know someone who has had cataract surgery. The truth is, everyone who lives long enough will eventually develop cataracts. It’s one of the leading causes of visual impairment.
Modern cataract surgery – which is far less invasive than it used to be – has reached a level of sophistication that allows for better recovery and outcomes. Advances in lens implants (called intraocular lenses, or IOLs) for cataract surgery have enabled surgeons to customize a person’s vision to uniquely match their lifestyle.
Recently, the FDA approved a new type of IOL called the Symfony® Lens. This is the first Active Life Lens that corrects astigmatism and provides cataract patients with an extended depth-of-focus, which helps improve their sharpness of vision at near, intermediate and far distances.
Every vision issue – nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism – can be corrected as part of the cataract surgery process to reduce dependence on eyeglasses.
The level of technology you might see in a sci-fi movie 20 years ago is now a reality for cataract patients who wish to enjoy life with renewed vision.
Why is the Symfony Lens important?
The introduction of the Symfony® lens is important – groundbreaking, even – because previously, patients who had both presbyopia (over-40 reading vision issues) and astigmatism were unable to obtain an Active Life Lens that would correct all their vision needs.
They could have their cloudy lens (cataract) removed and replaced with an Active Life Lens that would address the presbyopia, but they would still likely be dependent on glasses for their astigmatism. Or they could choose an Active Life Lens that would address their astigmatism but would still be dependent on reading glasses for the over-40 vision.
Symfony addresses both!
Studies have shown the Symfony® Lens is beneficial for distance, intermediate AND extended reading distances, while also able to correct astigmatism. Its major advantage over other Active Life Lenses is its increased depth of focus.
FDA studies show that 97% of patients were satisfied with the Symfony® IOL and would have it implanted again, and most patients who had the Symfony reported being free of their glasses.
That’s a win-win.
If you or someone you love needs cataract surgery, schedule your appointment with a doctor at Mann Eye Institute and find out if the Symfony® Active Lifestyle Lens Procedure is a good fit for you.