Cataract surgery involves removing a patient’s natural lens when it has been clouded over by the formation of a cataract. Once the affected lens has been removed, it is replaced with an artificial lens, or an intraocular lens (IOL). An IOL acts like a permanent contact lens to improve a patient’s vision and reduce their need for corrective eyewear. There are a variety of IOLs that may be used during cataract surgery. At Ophthalmology Physicians & Surgeons, PC, we are proud to offer the Symfony IOL. The Symfony IOL is a multifocal lens that provides clear vision at all distances. The benefits of the Symfony IOL provide our Philadelphia, PA, patients with an intraocular lens that stands out from others on the market and offers superior vision results.
Traditional IOLs only provide treatment for either near vision or distant vision. To ensure clear vision at all distances, patients with a traditional IOL must rely on prescription lenses. The Symfony IOL is a multifocal lens, meaning that it corrects both near and distant vision. This benefit distinguishes the Symfony IOL from traditional intraocular lenses. However, the Symfony IOL even stands out among other multifocal lenses. Most multifocal lenses have “breaks” that make transitions between various distances a little rough. Patients often report that there are areas of their multifocal IOL where vision appears slightly blurry or distorted. The Symfony IOL offers smooth transitions between near, intermediate, and far distances. Individuals with healthy eyes will benefit from clear, dependable vision at all distances.
Halos, glares, starbursts, and nighttime dysphotopsia are all common concerns for patients with multifocal IOLs. As light enters the IOL, it is divided to create multiple images on the retina (to allow for near and distant vision). When the light is divided, there is bound to be some stray light. This stray light may materialize as glares, halos, starbursts, or general distortion. These issues are most prevalent at night, when light sources stand out against the dark. The Symfony IOL is designed to provide a smooth transition from day to night vision, with minimal visual abnormalities. After recovering from cataract surgery, patients with the Symfony IOL report little to no halos or glares.
When a patient receives a traditional IOL, only one field of vision is treated. To enjoy clear vision at multiple distances, the patient is forced to rely on prescription lenses. Typically, a traditional IOL treats distant vision, and the patient wears glasses for reading and other up-close tasks. Even when a patient has a multifocal IOL, the need for prescription lenses may not be completely eliminated. It is not uncommon for those with multifocal IOLs to occasionally reach for reading glasses. However, patients who receive the Symfony IOL typically do not require reading glasses to perform close-up tasks.
It is important for patients preparing for cataract surgery to explore all their options regarding intraocular lenses. The Symfony IOL offers superior vision results with virtually no drawbacks. If you are in need of cataract surgery, contact us to learn more about the Symfony IOL and the benefits it provides. We look forward to hearing from you!