Why Tecnis Symfony® Lenses?
When a patient decides it is time to have cataract surgery, it is usually because they are experiencing at least one of 4 main symptoms. Those symptoms may not occur all at once, but each develops more and more over time. The symptoms include blurry vision, dull color spectrum, glare, and halos–especially at night. It is not uncommon for people aged 50 and above to have significant symptoms that insurance will pay to fix.
The reason for these symptoms is that the eyes’ natural lens has become cloudy. Cataract surgery usually fixes these symptoms by replacing the cloudy lens with a new, clear one! If you’re considering cataract surgery, you might not be familiar with the differences between the intraocular lenses that are available for you and your ophthalmologist surgeon to choose from. But, the lens that is implanted into your eye during cataract surgery can make a big difference in your experience post-surgery.
At Tylock-George Eye Care, in Irving, Texas, we frequently use the 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 may benefit you, and what else you need to know about these lenses as they pertain to cataract surgery.
What Sets Tecnis Symfony® Intraocular Lenses Apart From The Other Specialty Lens Choices?
Previously, early intraocular lenses used in cataract eye surgery often left patients with an inability to focus clearly (or at all) up close. This lack of built-in technology necessitated a need for patients to use reading glasses for nearly all activities within arm’s reach (i.e. reading, computer, eating, cell phone, etc). In 2016, the Tecnis Symfony® lenses were released as an improved option that addressed many of the focusing and clarity issues of previous intraocular lenses.
The Symfony® lens series is a line of technology which is complementary to the Tecnis® Multi-Focal lenses, ReSTOR® Multi-Focal Lenses, and the accommodating Crystalens® that Dr. Michael R. George has recommended and implanted thousands of times in patients at Tylock George Eye Care in Irving Texas.
The Symfony® lenses are a more progressive option for Dr. George to use in order to give patients a better post-surgery experience overall. Currently, Johnson & Johnson (the company which owns the Tecnis brand) claim 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, the newer Symfony® extended depth of focus lens does not diminish contrast, or cause glare and halos to the same extent as older generation multi-focal lenses. This does not mean it is better or worse than Multi-Focal lenses, only that it allows more choices for patients who are active later in life, and want to see both near and far after surgery.
The ultimate goal is that once you’ve had 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 should 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 Tecnis 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. Their latest FDA approval includes a version of the lens for people with astigmatism as well, called the Tecnis Symfony® Toric IOL, expanding significantly the total number of people who can benefit from these intraocular lenses.
If you’ve experienced cataract symptoms, or have been diagnosed by another eye doctor and want a second opinion, or even if are simply worried about your vision declining with age, you may need cataract surgery. Please contact us to schedule a cataract evaluation, or to learn more about the Tecnis Symfony® lenses we use in our cataract procedures. We will guide you through the process from start to finish.
At Tylock-George Eye Care in Irving, Texas we strive to maintain our stellar reputation of quality Cataract and LASIK surgery that we have built for over 25+ years. We are top eye surgeons in the Dallas and Fort Worth area and have improved the vision of over 100,000 eyes. Call Today and See Better Tomorrow!
Tylock-George Eye Care accepts all major insurance and Medicare. We also do cataract surgery for patients in Texas without insurance that wants to pay with cash. We are able to perform all of your exams in English or Spanish, and pride ourselves in serving EVERYONE equally.
Michael R. George, MD
Chief Surgeon / Medical Director
Tylock-George Eye Care
3100 N. MacArthur Blvd.
Irving, TEXAS 75062
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