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Why We Use Tecnis Symfony® Intraocular Lenses in Cataract Surgery

When a person undergoes cataract surgery, their eyes natural lens that has become cloudy is replaced with an artificial lens (called an intraocular lens). If you’re considering cataract surgery, you might not be familiar with the differences between intraocular lenses that a surgeon may choose. But, the lenses that eye surgeons use in cataract surgery can make a big difference in your experience post-surgery.

At Horizon, we use Tecnis Symfony® Intraocular Lenses for some very specific reasons. Here, we’ll let you in on why these lenses are top-of-the-line, how they’ll benefit you, and what else you need to know about these lenses as they pertain to cataract surgery.

Differentiators of Tecnis Symfony Intraocular Lenses

Previously, intraocular lenses used in cataract eye surgery often left patients with an inability to focus clearly (or at all) up close. They necessitated the need for reading glasses for nearly all activities within arm’s reach (i.e. reading, computer, eating, cell phone, etc). In the middle of 2016, the Tecnis Symfony lenses were released as an improved option that addressed the focusing and clarity issues of previous intraocular lenses.

The Symfony lenses are a more progressive option for surgeons to use in order to give patients a better post-surgery experience overall. They are the only intraocular lenses in the U.S. that deliver a full range of high-quality vision after cataract surgery. Additionally, several large studies have shown, unlike older generation multifocal lenses, the newer Symfony extended depth of focus lens does not diminish contrast or cause glare and halos to the same extent.

This means that once you’re through with cataract surgery, you won’t have to worry about the quality of your vision and you will be much less dependent on glasses. These lenses will give you better vision throughout the day, even during the transition from day to night which often creates vision problems for cataract surgery patients.

The Symfony Lens is the New Standard

The Tecnis Symfony lens has been 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. The FDA approval includes a version of the lens for people with astigmatism as well, called the Tecnis Symfony Toric IOL, opening up the number of people who can benefit from these intraocular lenses. 

If you’ve experienced cataract development and are worried about your eye health, you may need cataract surgery. Please contact us to schedule a cataract consultation, or to learn more about the Tecnis Symfony lenses we use in our cataract procedures.