Press Release: Dr. Paul Dougherty Implants First FDA Approved Tecnic Symfony Intraocular Lens

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by Dougherty Laser Vision

For Immediate Release:

September 9, 2016

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

  • Approval includes the TORIC version of Symfony IOL for people with astigmatism
  • Lenses provide high-quality continuous vision so patients can see clearly at distance, intermediate, and some near vision to decrease dependence on glasses.

The first in a new category of intraocular lenses!

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.

Cataracts, Presbyopia & Astigmatism are prevalent in the elderly.

Cataracts are a common condition, with almost 4 million cataract surgeries performed each year, and that number is expected to increase.1 By age 80, more than half of all Americans either have a cataract or have had cataract surgery.2 However, cataracts do not just impact seniors. In 2016 it is estimated that nearly one in four cataract surgeries will be performed on people younger than 65.1 Many people who have cataracts experience other problems with their vision, such as presbyopia and astigmatism, which the Symfony lenses also address. Presbyopia, which affects most people over age 40, means people have lost the ability to focus on objects up close and often require glasses to perform near visual tasks. Astigmatism is when the cornea is misshapen, which causes blurry or distorted vision.

Improve both the range and quality of vision!

During cataract surgery, the natural lens of the eye is removed, and an artificial lens, called an intraocular lens, or IOL, is inserted into the eye. The IOL most commonly used in cataract surgery is a monofocal lens, which only allows the person to see at a distance, with closer objects being out of focus. In contrast, the Symfony lens was specifically developed with features to improve both the range and quality of vision.

Improvements in intermediate and near vision!

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.

If you have any specific questions about the Tecnis Symfony® Intraocular Lenses please feel free to email us at

Dougherty Laser Vision
4353 Park Terrace Drive Suite 150
Westlake Village, CA 91361
(805) 793-1647