In July 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 for cataract surgery patients at Key-Whitman in Dallas, because “Symfony offers the advantages of monofocal lens implants without the disadvantages some patients experience with multifocal lenses.”
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 providing good near or reading vision as well.”
Symfony addresses side effects and can resolve astigmatism for Key-Whitman Dallas cataract surgery patients
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.
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 in Dallas at Key-Whitman with Symfony intraocular lenses.”
“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 lens options with cataract surgery in Dallas at Key-Whitman!
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.”
Along with Symfony and Crystalens lens implants, Key-Whitman Dallas offers cataract surgery patients other advanced lens implant options, including:
Symfony candidates can save on drops with No-or-Low Drop Laser Cataract Surgery, too
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.
“The 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 at Key-Whitman in Dallas, contact us. You can schedule a cataract surgery consultation with Dr. Whitman at our Dallas headquarters by calling (214) 220-3937 or request an appointment via our handy online form.
Jeffrey Whitman, M.D., is a nationally renowned eye surgeon, board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. He has been the President and Chief Surgeon of Key-Whitman Eye Centers in Dallas since 1996 and is immediate past President of the Outpatient Ophthalmic Surgery Society. 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 and has been named “Best in Dallas” by D Magazine every year from 2001 to present. Dr. Whitman and his wife reside in Dallas and enjoy fitness, playing tennis, snow skiing and traveling.