September 17, 2014
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Positive early results of extended-range IOL reported

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LONDON — Early positive experience with the Tecnis Symfony IOL, which received CE mark in Europe earlier this year, was related in a press briefing hosted by Abbott Medical Optics here.

“Patients demand high-quality vision for a longer time, and they also demand vision that is spectacle-independent, which is crisp, clear and has no side effects,” Gerd U. Auffarth, MD, PhD, said during the briefing at the European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons Congress.

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Gerd U. Auffarth

Auffarth reported 1-month results from a 3-month, open-label, prospective, bilateral, multicenter study of outcomes in 82 patients implanted with the Symfony extended-range-of-vision IOL.

Ninety percent achieved 20/20 vision for far and intermediate distance acuities, and almost 90% achieved 20/40 or better for near visual acuity, according to Auffarth.

The 1-month data demonstrate extended range of vision with excellent uncorrected visual acuity for far and intermediate, and functional near vision, Auffarth said.

Additionally, there is a low incidence of optical symptoms, a high degree of patient satisfaction and spectacle independence, and no unexpected medical findings or device-related adverse effects, according to Auffarth.

Disclosure: Auffarth has received research grants from several IOL companies.