In traditional cataract surgery, the cloudy, hard lens of the eye is removed and then replaced with an artificial lens, called a monofocal intraocular lens (IOL). This provides immediate visual clarity, but it does not provide any prescription correction that was present prior to the surgery. Simply put – if a patient used to wear glasses or contacts before they developed cataracts, they will still have to wear them after the procedure.
But not anymore. Thanks to amazing developments in lens technology, there now exist several options that can restore a person’s full field of vision after cataract surgery, including reading vision, in Indianapolis at Price Vision Group.
One such option is the Tecnis Symfony® Extended Depth of Focus (EDOF) IOL. This lens is designed to allow viewing of objects afar, up close and in between, restoring a patient’s range of vision after cataract surgery or lens exchange surgery – without the need for glasses. This includes activities such as driving, playing golf, reading the newspaper, working on the computer… all without glasses or contacts.
The Tecnis Symfony® is the first presbyopia-correcting extended depth of focus IOL. It delivers a continuous full range of high-quality vision while correcting issues which have typically been associated with traditional multifocal IOLs:
Patients love the Tecnis Symfony® Extended Depth of Focus IOL, with 30/31 (97%) of patients in a published study saying that they would choose to have the lens implanted again vs. a different IOL.1
The Symfony® procedure is basically cataract surgery using an advanced technology lens in replacement of the traditional IOL. Cataract surgery is one of the safest and most commonly performed procedures in the world. It takes only a few hours from the time you arrive to the time you leave, and the visual results are almost immediate. Patients can usually return to normal activities, without glasses or contacts, the very next day.
While initially intended for cataract patients, the lens is now approved for a procedure called Refractive Lens Exchange. This procedure is identical to cataract surgery but involves removing a lens that is presbyopic but not affected by cataracts. This is a great treatment option for people who are in their 40s and 50s and wish to reduce or eliminate their need for glasses and reading glasses but have yet to develop cataracts.
Anyone who is over the age of 40 and dependent on reading glasses is a potential candidate for the Tecnis Symfony® procedure, as well as anyone who has begun to develop cataracts. There are several health issues that could prevent you from having the procedure, and these are easily determined during your examination.
As far as risks are concerned, the greatest one is infection, but still this is very rare, as patients are given antibiotics to prevent this from happening. Otherwise, the procedure is just as safe as any other vision correction procedure, including LASIK.