TECNIS® Symfony Intraocular Lens

Accepting New Patients Near Toms River, Brick, Manchester, Stafford & Throughout New Jersey

TECNIS Symfony intraocular lens | Susskind & Almallah Eye AssociatesFor patients with cataracts and presbyopia (age-related far sightedness), we're happy to provide the newly FDA-approved TECNIS® Symfony Intraocular Lens. Unlike other monofocal and multifocal IOLs, the TECNIS® Symfony IOL provides a new optical technology that treats an extended range of vision-related issues.

If you have cataracts and want to learn more about the new TECNIS® Symfony IOL, contact Susskind & Almallah Eye Associates today at 732-349-5622. We proudly serve those who live in or near Toms River, Brick, Barnegat, and Marlboro, New Jersey.

TECNIS® Symfony IOL

As we age our eyes become less adapt at being able to focus on nearby objects. This condition, called presbyopia, causes farsightedness as we age and happens to most people over the age of 50. For patients who also suffer from cataracts, an ocular condition in which the lens of the eyes become cloudy, resulting in blurry vision, the combination of disorders can be troublesome and problematic for daily life.

The TECNIS® Symfony IOL is a premium intraocular lens that is implanted onto the eye during cataract surgery and is approved to correct both the blurry vision of cataracts and the farsightedness of presbyopia. With traditional IOLs, most people still required reading glasses after cataracts surgery. While their blurry vision was addressed, presbyopia still remained. Even multifocal IOLs which addressed the issue of farsightedness, still had problems with glare, halos, and contrast sensitivity on the eye's lens, making vision in some lighting situations difficult. By using a combination of a unique diffractive pattern with achromatic technology, TECNIS® Symfony IOLs deliver a high range of field of vision while maintaining contrast.

How Is the TECNIS® Symfony IOL Different From Traditional Lenses?

The TECNIS® Symfony IOL is the only lens in the United States that uses advanced technology to help you see clearly across a full range of vision after cataract surgery while mitigating the effects of presbyopia. It does not split light into distinct focal points like many traditional lenses. Instead, it elongates focus, giving you an increased depth of field while offering high contrast.

TECNIS® Symfony intraocular lenses also feature a proprietary technology that corrects a color distortion called chromatic abrasion. Additionally, they have a low incidence of visual symptoms such as halos, starbursts, and night glare. These differences can help you love your results.

How Are TECNIS® Lenses Implanted?

TECNIS® Symfony lenses are typically implanted during cataract surgery. Our eye doctors use the Catalys® Precision Laser System to perform these operations. It is more precise than manual cataract surgery, has a shorter recovery, and may also lower the risk of infection. 

The main steps involved in cataract surgery include:

  • Making tiny incisions
  • Preparing and removing the eye’s natural lens
  • Placing the intraocular lens

In some cases, these steps are performed on patients without cataracts. This procedure is called refractive lens exchange or clear lens exchange. It is used to correct other vision issues.

What are the Benefits of TECNIS® Symfony IOLs?

When looking to fix vision-related problems like cataracts and presbyopia, it is best to understand how each option may help your condition. There are many benefits to choosing TECNIS® Symfony IOLs over other intraocular lenses, including:

  • A continuous range of high-quality vision for far, intermediate, and near distances
  • No compromise in distance vision compared to monofocal lenses
  • No glare or halos on lens, as can happen in multifocal IOLs
  • Most patients no longer needed glasses for long distance and many no longer needed glasses for intermediate sight
  • Few reports of lens-related negative effects
  • Minimal recovery time, with many patients able to return to normal activities after 24 hours
  • Delivers clear, continuous vision for patients with or without astigmatism

Who Is a Candidate for TECNIS®?

Ideal candidates for TECNIS® find it difficult to complete their normal activities due to cataracts. They also have trouble focusing on nearby objects. This age-related loss of close vision is known as presbyopia. TECNIS® Symfony can be used during cataract treatment to correct presbyopia, provide high-quality vision, and reduce or eliminate the need for glasses.

TECNIS® Symfony lenses may not be right for you if you have:

  • A disease that causes eye inflammation
  • A compromised eye due to previous trauma
  • Medically uncontrollable glaucoma
  • Proliferative diabetic retinopathy

Our eye doctors will perform a comprehensive examination to determine if the TECNIS® Symfony IOL is a good match. Schedule an appointment at one of our New Jersey offices.

Are There Any Risks Associated With TECNIS®?

It is very rare for serious complications to occur during cataract surgery and lens implantation. One of the most common problems is minor infection. It can be caught early and treated with antibiotics. A potential risk related to the Symfony IOL is a slight loss in sharpness of vision.

Keep in mind that intraocular lenses are generally considered safe and effective. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the TECNIS® Symfony intraocular lenses for the treatment of cataracts back in 2016. What’s more, the Symfony lens is approved in over 50 countries. There is data on this type of lens from clinical studies involving over 2,000 eyes.

Our eye doctors will discuss all risks and benefits associated with TECNIS® before surgery. But it may give you peace of mind to know that Dr. Omar Almallah has performed over 25,000 cataract operations. He uses his experience to help patients enjoy the best possible outcomes.

Is There Any Recovery Involved?

The technology used during cataract surgery can impact the healing time. Surgery to remove a cataract and place a TECNIS® IOL performed with the Catalys® system has a short recovery.

Patients tend to experience minimal inflammation and redness after their cataract procedure. However, you will need to have someone drive you home. You will also want to rest afterward.

How Soon Will My Vision Get Better After the Procedure?

You may need some time to adapt to the TECNIS® lens after cataract surgery. While many patients report clear vision within several hours of their cataract procedure, everyone heals differently. It may take several days before you achieve your sharpest and clearest vision.

Our eye doctors will want to see you for a follow-up appointment shortly after your surgery. If you are still experiencing any difficulties after this visit, be sure to reach out to our team for help.

Contact SightMD For TECNIS® Symfony Intraocular Lens!

At Susskind & Almallah Eye Associates, our physicians have the experience and knowledge to help you with any number of vision problems. During your visit they will speak with you about the vision-related issues you have and help you understand the options available to help you see the world more clearly again.

If you live in Ocean or Monmouth County and wish to set up a consultation with one of our highly-skilled eye care physicians, contact us today at 732-349-5622. Or, you can fill out the form in our contact page for your personalized appointment! We have convenient locations in Toms River, Brick, Barnegat, and Manalapan Township, New Jersey.