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Marc Burch had cataracts that were dimming his game. But recently-approved artificial lenses brought the course back in to focus.
sixty-five-year-old Burch thought his days of reading an I-pad without glasses were gone. Cataracts had clouded his vision. And reading wasn't the only problem.
Burch says, "It was embarrassing before, cause we'd go and I'd see the menu, but I couldn't exactly see real clearly what everything was. So I'd get salads all the time."
He laughs at it now, but Marc was serious about fixing the cataracts with a lens that allowed him to live his active lifestyle. Marc waited a year and a half for the FDA to approve the Symfony Intra-ocular lens.
Sandy T. Feldman, M.D., Medical Director at Clearview Eye and Laser Medical Center says, "Symfony is the first class of an extended range of vision lens where it can give you the distance and intermediate and reading vision. And it also corrects astigmatism."
During surgery, Dr. Feldman removed the clouded lens and inserted the Symfony Lens. Dr. Feldman says it's a good option for active adults.
Feldman says, "We've got computers, tablets, smart phones, and we want to see everything. In addition to the menus when we go out. We want to play golf, we want to ski, we want to do all the types of activities that Marc does."
Marc says the procedure was pain-free and the only downside was having to wait two weeks to have his second eye done.
Dr. Feldman also says the Symfony Lens makes it easier for users to transition from day to night vision and it produces less of the halo or glare effect other lenses can cause.
An FDA study says 15 % of Symfony patients may still have to wear glasses.
It is considered a premium lens, and most insurance companies will not cover the difference between a Symfony lens and a standard, monofocal lens.