Aging is known to cause quite an impact on our bodies. Our eyes are generally one of the first places we notice these changes. Steady worsening of vision is very common as we age, but do you know the causes of it? There are several reasons why this may be the case, but two of the most common include: presbyopia and cataracts.
What is Presbyopia?
Presbyopia generally occurs around the age of 40, and progresses as you approach your later years. Inside of your eyes, there are natural lenses just behind the pupil that help the eye focus light onto the retina. For clear vision, these lenses must be completely clear and flexible.
When we are young, the natural lens inside of the eye is able to move and accommodate close up vision. With age, this lens begins to stiffen and become less flexible. This means that seeing close up becomes more difficult.
If you have presbyopia, you have probably noticed that simple tasks such as reading become very difficult without reading glasses.
What are Cataracts?
Cataracts don’t usually begin developing until around age 60. Cataracts occur when the natural lens inside of the eye becomes cloudy and discolored. Cataracts develop very slowly, and can lead to blindness. Luckily, cataracts are treatable at any stage through cataract surgery.
What is the Symfony® IOL?
The Symfony® IOL is the first presbyopia correcting intraocular lens.
An intraocular lens is used during cataract surgery to replace the cataract-affected natural lens. These intraocular lenses are designed to mimic the natural lens, as well as correct various refractive errors.
During cataract surgery, Dr. Lee will remove the cataract-affected lens completely. Once removed, the Symfony® IOL will simply be inserted in its place. The Symfony® IOL can also be used during a procedure called a refractive lens exchange. You do not need to have cataracts to have a refractive lens exchange.
If you are interested in the amazing new technology, be sure to contact Dr. Lee’s office for your cataract surgery consultation!