Once it is determined that you have cataracts, Dr. Whitten will work with you to decide when they need to be removed and which type of IOL is best for your visual needs. There are three basic types of these lenses used by Dr. Whitten, each designed for a specific corrective function.
These types are:
The Tecnis Symfony Extended Range of Vision IOL is FDA approved for the treatment of cataracts. The Tecnis Symfony Toric IOL is FDA approved for patients with astigmatism.
The Symfony lens can be implanted in certain patients who are candidates for cataract surgery and for certain patients over the age of 40 who have presbyopia.
The Symfony IOL:
Whitten Laser Eye patients are enjoying amazing results with the Symfony IOL. This newer lens is designed to correct a range of vision – near through distance. In most cases, the Symfony lens helps patients minimize or eliminate their need for eyeglasses, reading glasses, bifocals or trifocals after cataract surgery. These lenses provide you with options never before available to cataract surgery patients. Patients are experiencing vision better than ever before in their lives with this lens.
The Symfony Toric Lens contains the same advantages and technology of the Symfony Extended Range of Vision IOL, but is used for the reduction of astigmatism. Astigmatism is a common condition that may cause blurred vision. This exclusive lens can maximize surgical results by treating astigmatism during cataract surgery. Approximately 20 percent of patients who need cataract surgery have a clinically significant degree of pre-existing astigmatism.
During the first 25 years or so that lens implants were used for vision correction after cataract surgery, the goal was to simply correct distance or far vision, as best as possible. Single-Vision lenses are both effective and inexpensive. If you receive a Single-Vision lens, the focus will be set for distance. Single-Vision lenses do not have a wide range of focus. This means that you will recover your clear vision on objects that are far away. Patients who select a Single-Vision lens will still need to wear corrective lenses for activities like driving or reading.
The actual cataract surgery is the same for Single-Vision, Premium or Toric lens. Medicare and most insurance plans cover the cost of surgery for Single-Vision lenses. For Symfony Premium and Toric lenses, there is an additional charge that many patients find well worth the cost in exchange for the freedom from glasses or contacts. Financing is available for a portion of the premium lens charge. The Whitten Laser Eye staff will review all of this information with you.