Symfony IOL Specialist

UltraVision

Laser Eye Surgery & Ophthalmology located in San Antonio, New Braunfels & Eagle Pass, TX

If cataracts are impairing your vision and your glasses are no longer effective, your UltraVision eye care specialist may recommend cataract surgery. When it comes to intraocular lenses (IOLs), the full-service eye care center offers many options, including the Symfony® IOL, designed to improve both near- and far-sighted vision. To schedule an appointment at the San Antonio or Eagle Pass, Texas office, call today or book an appointment online.

Symfony IOL Q & A

What are cataracts?

Cataracts cause a clouding of your natural eye lens, found behind your iris and pupil. Cataracts are very common and affect about half of all adults over 60 in the United States.  

Aging or an injury to your eye can cause proteins to clump together on your lens to create the opaque lens. Initially, you may develop a sensitivity to light; over time, your vision may become blurry, as if you’re looking at the world through a piece of wax paper.

While glasses can correct minor cataracts, if your cataracts are affecting your daily life, your eye care specialist at UltraVision may recommend cataract surgery, which replaces your cloudy lens with an artificial one, called an intraocular lens (IOL).

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.

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 inlays

Your eye care specialist at UltraVision may recommend a Symfony IOL if you’re having cataract surgery and also suffer from presbyopia.

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.