Dr. Asim R. Piracha, John-Kenyon’s Medical Director and Cornea Trained Cataract and Refractive Specialist, performed the region’s first laser cataract surgery with the TECNIS Symfony lens last month. The lens, which was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on July 15, is the first intraocular lens (IOL) to provide cataract patients with an extended depth-of-focus to improve their vision at near, intermediate, and far distances.
Cataracts are the clouding of the normally clear lens in the eye and are the leading cause of vision loss in adults. Though cataracts become common after the age of 55, the National Eye Institute estimates more than 20 percent of Americans will have cataracts by the age of 65. To correct cataracts, the cloudy natural lens is removed and replaced with an IOL.
“We are excited to be offering this technology which will greatly extend the range of vision for John-Kenyon’s cataract patients,” said Piracha. “We are constantly looking for revolutionary and sophisticated ways to enhance our patient’s results. Up to this point, monofocal IOLs have allowed us to improve distance vision. The TECNIS Symfony IOL now allows us to improve visual acuity at close, intermediate and far ranges, which may also reduce the need for glasses post-surgery.”
To learn more about the Symfony IOL, call John-Kenyon at 1.800.DIAL.EYE.