Around your middle age, chances are you started to notice a change in your vision. All of a sudden, you found yourself holding your phone, book or menu at an arm's length just to focus on the words. Things up close appeared blurrier, and you started relying on reading glasses to get through your day. You aren’t the only one. This all-to-common phenomenon is called presbyopia. With technological advancements today, you have more options than ever. Make reading glasses a thing of the past with the new Symfony IOL!

What is Presbyopia?

Presbyopia is an extremely common age-related refractive error that usually begins around age 40. Inside of your eye, behind the iris and pupil, there is a naturally clear, flexible lens. This lens is responsible for focusing light onto the retina for clear vision. Normally, this lens will flex and bend to accommodate near vision. As we age, this lens becomes more rigid and loses its flexibility, making near vision blurry.

What are the Treatments?

Presbyopia is most often temporarily corrected with reading glasses. While some people are ok with using their reading glasses throughout their day, for others, it’s a source of frustration. Forgetting your reading glasses when you’re out at a restaurant or at the grocery store can really hinder your day. Constantly putting your reading glasses on and taking them back off is no one’s idea of fun. Luckily, you have more permanent options. This is where the Symfony IOL comes in.

What is the Symfony IOL?

The Symfony IOL (intraocular lens) is a small, clear lens created to replicate the eye’s natural lens. There are many different types of IOLs, each with their own specific purpose. The Symfony IOL was designed to correct presbyopia. The Symfony IOL also comes in a toric version. Toric lenses are made for people with astigmatism. This means that you can correct both astigmatism and presbyopia, all in one procedure!

Tecnis Symfony IOL Example

The Procedure

The Symfony IOL can be implanted into the eye during either cataract surgery or refractive lens exchange. Both procedures are essentially the same. Your surgeon will remove the natural lens through an incision in the cornea. Once removed, the natural lens will be replaced with the Symfony IOL. Once properly positioned in the eye, your surgery is over! It is common to notice fluctuations in your vision as your eyes get used to the new lens. Many people see immediate improvements in near vision after surgery. Are you sick of reading glasses? The Symfony IOL may be right for you. Contact Palm Coast Eye Center in Sarasota or Bradenton today to schedule your Symfony IOL consultation!