New Lens Implant Offers Hope For Cataract Surgery Patients

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – There is new hope for millions of cataractsufferers around the country.
A new, FDA-approved lens implant offers near, intermediate and distance focus for patients who undergo cataract surgery.
Susan Poole recently underwent cataract surgery on both eyes.
“I couldn’t believe how bright my kitchen was and how white my cabinets looked,” she said.
At just 62, her cataracts developed earlier than most. A cataract happens when the natural lens of the eye becomes cloudy and scatters incoming light.
“I was putting my prescription glasses on top of my contacts so I could read, and without any of it, I just saw a bunch of grey lines,” she said.
The only way to fix a cataract is to remove it and replace the natural lens with an artificial one.
The Symfony lens was approved by the FDA in July.
“It’s the next generation of intraocular lenses that we put in after cataract surgery that allows you distance vision, intermediate vision, which is arms-length, and up-close with very minimal nighttime symptoms,” Dr. Blake Williamson said.
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – There is new hope for millions of cataract sufferers around the country.
A new, FDA-approved lens implant offers near, intermediate and distance focus for patients who undergo cataract surgery.
Susan Poole recently underwent cataract surgery on both eyes.
“I couldn’t believe how bright my kitchen was and how white my cabinets looked,” she said.
At just 62, her cataracts developed earlier than most. A cataract happens when the natural lens of the eye becomes cloudy and scatters incoming light.
“I was putting my prescription glasses on top of my contacts so I could read, and without any of it, I just saw a bunch of grey lines,” she said.
The only way to fix a cataract is to remove it and replace the natural lens with an artificial one.
The Symfony lens was approved by the FDA in July.
“It’s the next generation of intraocular lenses that we put in after cataract surgery that allows you distance vision, intermediate vision, which is arms-length, and up-close with very minimal nighttime symptoms,” Dr. Blake Williamson said.

Read more: http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2016/11/02/new-lens-implant-offers-hope-for-cataract-surgery-patients/
Source: Pittsburgh CBS Local

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