Have Cataracts? New Technology Improves Near, Middle and Distance Vision, Minimizes Side Effects
- Posted on: Oct 31 2016
the FDA approved the Symfony® intraocular lens, the first lens of its kind to offer extended depth of focus for cataract
patients. During clinical trials, researchers found the new lens typically
provided better visual acuity at near, intermediate and far distances,
than previous multifocal lens technology.
Key-Whitman Eye Center’s
President and Chief Surgeon Jeffrey Whitman, M.D., is excited to provide this new innovation at his Dallas eye surgery center,
because “Symfony offers the advantages of monofocal lens implants
without the disadvantages some patients experience with multifocal lenses.”
An innovative intraocular lens design driven by consumer demand
Tecnis, the manufacturer of the Symfony intraocular lens, designed the
new lens with innovation and consumers’ present day needs in mind.
As Dr. Whitman explains, “Symfony was designed to reduce the weaknesses
found in other multifocal lenses. The goal was to create a lens
to treat vision loss that would be very strong for intermediate vision, where most of our life
is now (computer work, tablets, etc.), while maximizing distance vision
and providinggood near or reading vision as well.”
Symfony addresses side effects and can resolve astigmatism
While cataract patients have had multifocal lens options for several years
now, some patients experienced side effects that didn’t typically
occur with traditional monofocal lenses – namely halos and glare.
“The clinical studies revealed that the amount of halo and glare
with Symfony was similar to a standard lens as opposed to a high-technology
multifocal lens, which is pretty impressive. The new lenses also come
in a toric or astigmatic correcting model, so
we can treat astigmatism with the lens at the same time,” Dr. Whitman says.
Are you a good candidate for the Symfony IOL?
During an eye health exam, the eye doctor will perform tests to determine
if your eyes are healthy enough to undergo laser cataract surgery with
a lens implant like Symfony. According to Dr. Whitman, “Most people
with normal, healthy eyes – and even most patients who have had
LASIK surgery – should be good candidates for laser cataract surgery
with Symfony intraocular lenses.”
So who ISN’T a good candidate for Symfony?
“Folks with unhealthy eyes, retina problems, macular degeneration,
or scarring in the front part of the eye on the cornea, those patients
may not be good candidates for the procedure. Unfortunately, they may
have limitations in their vision where they won’t experience the
full benefits of the lens,” Dr. Whitman says.
Not a candidate for Symfony? You have other options!
One of Dr. Whitman’s signature pieces of advice for people seeking
vision correction – cataract surgery, LASIK eye surgery, intraocular
contact lenses, etc. – is to turn to an eye health practitioner
who offers the full gamut of options.
As he explains, “At Key-Whitman, we offer a full range of the latest
technologies, so we can provide a solution that maximizes each patient’s
individual vision correction needs. For example, patients with certain
eye conditions may benefit from options such as Crystalens® multifocal lenses or traditional aspheric optic lenses that can deliver
the best quality of vision without side effects to any ongoing eye disease.”
Symfony candidates can save on drops with No-or-Low Drop Laser Cataract
The Symfony procedure is exactly the same as any other type of cataract
surgery Dr. Whitman performs. It’s simple to undergo, and patients
don’t feel any eye discomfort during surgery. Depending on how fast
the patient heals, within a few days or a week, vision typically improves quickly.
No-or-Low Drop Laser Cataract Surgery option can be used with the Symfony lens and offers patients two options. One,
at the end of the procedure, we can actually instill the anti-inflammatory
and antibiotic medication in the eye, so there is decreased usage and
expense of eye drops.
“For patients who are not candidates for the No-Drop option, we can
prescribe a combination drop that’s much less expensive than typical
prescription drops, which can cost hundreds of dollars. Plus, with the
Low-Drop option, you only have to use the drops a few times a day,”
explains Dr. Whitman.
Take advantage of your flexible spending account and year-end healthcare
insurance deductibles – schedule your cataract surgery now!
To find out if you’re a good candidate for the Symfony intraocular
lens or to weigh your laser cataract surgery options, contact us. You
can schedule a cataract surgery consultation with Dr. Whitman at our Dallas
headquarters by calling (972) 905-9128 or request an appointment via our handy online form.
ABOUT DR. WHITMAN
Jeffrey Whitman, M.D., is a nationally renowned eye surgeon, board certified
by the American Board of Ophthalmology. President and Chief Surgeon of
Key-Whitman Eye Centers in Dallas since 1996, Dr. Whitman is a frequent
participant in clinical trials and is known as a respected researcher,
innovator and leader in refractive cataract surgery, LASIK eye surgery
and for his extensive experience implanting high-technology lenses. He
is frequently called upon to serve on the boards of local and national
medical associations and organizations. Dr. Whitman and his wife were
both born in and reside in Dallas and enjoy fitness, playing tennis and
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