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First Practice to Offer Cataract IOL with Extended Range of Vision

Date: Apr 17, 2017

AIO is the first practice to offer intraocular lens with extended range of vision for cataract patients

Lisa Cibik, MD, FACS and John Nairn, MD, leading cataract surgeons at Associates in Ophthalmology, were the first surgeons in Western Pennsylvania to implant the FDA approved Symphony Multifocal Toric intraocular lens (IOL) that provides cataract patients with an extended depth-of-focus and astigmatism correction.
Cataracts are a common eye condition where the natural lens becomes clouded, impairing a patient’s vision. According to the National Eye Institute, more than 20 percent of Americans will have cataracts by the age of 65, and the prevalence increases with age. In cataract surgery, the clouded natural lens is removed and replaced with an IOL.
“While IOLs have been the mainstay of cataract treatment for many years, we are thrilled to offer this advancement in technology to our patients,” said Lisa Cibik, MD, Director of Cataract Services. “The Tecnis Symfony Extended Range of Vision IOL provides a new option for patients that may result in better vision across a broader range of distances.”

Traditional monofocal IOLs have been limited to improving distance vision. The Symfony
IOL improves visual acuity at close, intermediate and far ranges and, therefore, may reduce the
need for patients to wear contact lenses or glasses after cataract surgery.
The approval is based on a review of results from a randomized clinical trial evaluating visual acuity at near, intermediate and far range for six months after implantation. Of the patients implanted with the Tecnis Symfony IOL, 85% of patient wore glasses none or a little bit of the time at intermediate distances, compared to 34% of those with the monofocal IOL. For near distances, patients with the Tecnis Symfony IOL were able to read two additional, progressively smaller lines on a standard eye chart than those with the monofocal IOL. It is reported that patients have fewer complaints of halos and glare comparable to a multifocal IOL. These reports show less than 3% of patients spontaneously reported incidence of severe night vison symptoms.

The Symfony Toric IOL is indicated for the reduction of residual refractive astigmatism or imperfections in the curvature of the eye. This allows patients with significant astigmatism to receive the benefits of a multifocal IOL which is one of the first of its kind.

The Tecnis Symfony Extended Range of Vision IOL is proven to help improve patients’ sharpness of vision (visual acuity) at near, intermediate and far distances. The surgeons at AIO offer the Symfony IOL along with LenSx Laser Assisted and Dropless Cataract Surgery to ensure their patients receive their best potential outcomes. To find out if you are good candidate for the Tecnis Symfony IOL, call 1-800-246-1000 today.