For Immediate Release: DLV Implants First FDA Approved Tecnis Symfony Intraocular Lens

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by Dougherty Laser Vision

September 9, 2016


Dougherty Laser Vision

4353 Park Terrace Drive Suite 150

Westlake Village, CA 91361

(805) 422-7939


Dear Affiliate Doctor,

Yesterday, Dougherty Laser Vision implanted the first FDA Approved Tecnis Symfony® Intraocular Lens, in the Tri-County region!

  • Approval includes a TORIC and Non-TORIC version of Symfony IOL for people with or without astigmatism.
  • Lenses provide high-quality continuous vision so patients can see clearly at distance, intermediate, and some near vision to decrease dependence on glasses.

Tecnis Symfony® Intraocular Lens is the first in a new category of intraocular lenses (IOLs). The Tecnis Symfony lenses are the only lenses in the United States that provide a full range of continuous high-quality vision following cataract or refractive lens surgery, while also mitigating the effects of presbyopia by helping people focus on near objects. The FDA approval includes a version of the lens for people with astigmatism, the Tecnis Symfony Toric IOL.

The approval was based on results of a U.S. pivotal study that compared the Tecnis Symfony lens to a Tecnis aspheric monofocal lens in 298 patients. Compared with patients in the monofocal group, those who received a Tecnis Symfony® IOL achieved greater improvements in intermediate and near vision while maintaining similar distance vision. Patients in the Symfony group were also more likely to achieve reduced overall spectacle wear and high overall visual performance in any lighting condition. Rates of adverse events did not differ between the Symfony and monofocal groups.

In summary the AMO Tecnis Symfony® lens:

Provides seamless, day-to-night vision. Patients see objects at distance, intermediate, and some near vision without glasses.

Provides high-quality vision. Some IOLs may leave patients with an inability to focus clearly due to competing wavelengths of light passing through the lens at different angles (known as chromatic aberration), or with vision that is not completely focused because of the shape of the lens (known as spherical aberration). The Symfony lens has been engineered to correct these issues.

Demonstrates a low incidence of halo and glare, which may be perceived as rings or blurring around bright lights. Glare and halo can sometimes affect an individual’s ability to drive at night or to perform other visual tasks.

We will be offering a LIVE FREE Two Hour Continuing Education Program on October 13th with a live Symfony procedure! More details to come.

If you have any specific questions about the Tecnis Symfony® Intraocular Lenses please feel free to reach out to our Medical Director, Dr. Paul Dougherty at (805) 444-2015 or our Director of Sales, Ron Zepeda at (702) 275-8216.


Thank you again for all your support,

Dougherty Laser Vision Family