Last updated on February 2018

Symfony Toric Intraocular Lens Visual Outcomes

Brief description of study

In July 2016, the FDA approved an extended depth of focus (EDOF) IOL (Tecnis Symfony, Abbott Medical Optics) helping to improve the sharpness of vision at near, intermediate and far distances reducing the need of glasses after cataract surgery. It is available in both a non-toric version and a toric version for patients with astigmatism. The difference between this lens and the multifocal (MIOL) counterpart is that the EDOF, similarly to a monofocal IOL, has one focal point (elongated in the EDOF) while the multifocals have 2 focal points; therefore, having less of a halo and glare problem. Pivotal trial results where Symfony was compared to a monofocal IOL showed similar uncorrected distance visual acuity (UCDVA), better intermediate (77% vs. 34% 20/25 uncorrected intermediate visual acuity - UCIVA) and near vision (Symfony patients were able to read two additional, progressively smaller lines compared to the monofocal IOL).A One potential disadvantage of the EDOF IOL compared to a MIOL is the visual performance at near.B One option to deal with this potential shortcoming is to set the non-dominant eye for a small residual myopic error (-0.50 D)C what is referred to as nano-vision or mini mono-vision.

Clinical Study Identifier: NCT03082599

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Stephen S Lane, MD

Associated Eye Care
Stillwater, MN United States
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Eric Donnenfeld, MD

Ophthalmic Consultants of Long Island
Garden City, NY United States
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Kerry D Solomon, MD

Carolina Eyecare Physicians, LLC
Mt. Pleasant, SC United States
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