JUN 25, 2014
Cataract/Anterior Segment, Refractive Mgmt/Intervention
Abbott has received CE mark approval in Europe for its Tecnis Symfony Extended Range of Vision IOL for cataract patients with presbyopia.
“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, MD, professor and chairman of the department of ophthalmology at 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.”
Later this year, Abbott expects to publish preliminary data on a study it initiated in Europe to evaluate patients’ quality of vision at far, intermediate and near distances after the procedure is conducted bilaterally. The study will also examine surgeon and patient satisfaction.
Their post-marketing observational study data of 400 patients across Europe, including the United Kingdom, France, Germany and Spain, are also expected by the end of the year, according to a company press release.
The lens is not yet approved for use in the United States.