Abbott has gained CE mark approval for its TECNIS® Symfony Extended Range of Vision intraocular lens (IOL) for the treatment of cataract patients who may also have a diminished ability to focus on near objects (presbyopia).
Patients who suffer from diminished vision from cataracts may turn to surgery at younger ages due to raised expectations of post-surgical outcomes. This may increase patient demand for improved, precise vision and independence from eyeglasses, which is where Abbott hopes its new product fits in.
Standard IOLs can be used in cataract treatment to improve distance vision, but Abbott says the TECNIS Symfony IOL is a first-of-its kind lens that is intended to provide patients a continuous range of vision including far, intermediate and near distances with reduced incidence of halo and glare comparable to a monofocal lens according to “data on file”.
The TECNIS Symfony extended range of vision IOL is designed to be placed in the lens capsule of the eye to replace the natural crystalline lens that has been removed because of a cataract. It is the first and only presbyopia-correcting extended range of vision IOL designed to provide patients increased independence from eyeglasses and quality vision over a continuous range of distance including far, intermediate and near. This innovative IOL is designed to increase the distance over which an object appears in focus without sacrificing the patient’s visual clarity or contrast when compared with standard monofocal IOLs that provide improved distance vision only.
Abbott has commenced a 150-patient study in Europe to evaluate patients’ quality of vision at far, intermediate and near distances after being implanted in both eyes with the TECNIS Symfony Extended Range of Vision IOL. The study will also assess both patient and surgeon satisfaction. Preliminary study results are anticipated later this year. Abbott is also conducting a post-market observational study with approximately 400 patients across Europe, including the United Kingdom, France, Germany and Spain, with results expected at the end of 2014.
This IOL is not approved for use in the United States incidentally.
“With the available advances in IOL technology, many patients are not satisfied with having to wear reading glasses after cataract surgery, which is often the result when using conventional monofocal IOLs,” said Gerd U. Auffarth, M.D., professor and chairman, Department of Ophthalmology, Ruprecht-Karls University of Heidelberg, Germany. “The TECNIS Symfony Extended Range of Vision IOL enables physicians to offer patients a continuous range of functional vision for far, intermediate and near distances, with reduced risk of undesired halos or glare.”
“The TECNIS Symfony Extended Range of Vision IOL represents the latest advancement in cataract technology and expands Abbott’s portfolio of the TECNIS family of IOLs,” said Murthy Simhambhatla, Ph.D., senior vice president, Medical Optics, Abbott. “This new IOL demonstrates Abbott’s consistent innovation in bringing new treatment options to market, enabling physicians to offer their patients clear vision after cataract surgery.”
Source: Abbott Medical Optics, Business Wire