1. What are cataracts?
Cataracts occur when proteins in your eye begin to clump together and form a cloud over your natural lens. Cataracts develop at varying rates and can occur in one eye or both. They are more common as you get older, although you can also develop cataracts after an eye injury.Initially, your UltraVision eye doctor may recommend glasses to help improve your vision; if cataracts worsen, your doctor may recommend corrective surgery. During cataract surgery, your eye surgeon removes the cloudy lens and replaces it with an artificial intraocular lens (IOL). Following surgery, you may no longer need your glasses.
2. What is Symfony IOL?
The Symfony IOL is a specialty artificial lens that your UltraVision eye specialist may recommend if you’re a candidate for cataract surgery. Symfony IOLs are the only lenses in the United States that give you full-range, continuous vision, meaning the lenses provide clear distance vision as well as improved close-up vision.To address both presbyopia and astigmatism, which is a curvature of the eye, your eye care specialist may suggest the Symfony Toric IOL.
3. What is presbyopia?
If you need to hold your book or phone at arm's length to read, you may have presbyopia.This vision issue is a natural part of the aging process that typically begins in your 40s and progressively worsens as you get older.Presbyopia may be corrected with:● Glasses or contact lenses● Laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis (LASIK) surgery● Lens implants● Corneal inlaysYour eye care specialist at UltraVision may recommend a Symfony IOL if you’re having cataract surgery and also suffer from presbyopia.
4. How does a Symfony IOL differ from a monocular IOL?
A monocular IOL is the traditional artificial lenses used to replace a damaged cataract lens. Monocular lenses improve your vision, but they don’t improve other eyesight issues such as presbyopia, which means you may need to continue to wear glasses or corrective lenses after your surgery.
A Symfony IOL offers the additional benefit of fixing other eyesight issues and giving you the ability to see near and far without the need for corrective eyewear.
Your experienced eye care specialist at UltraVision can help you determine the best artificial replacement lens for you.
If you need cataract surgery and have other vision issues, call UltraVision today or book an appointment online.