About Cataracts

Like clouds blocking the sun, cataracts prevent light from passing through the lens, blocking you from seeing clearly. During cataract surgery, your doctor will remove the clouded lens and replace it with an intraocular lens or IOL.

Although cataracts simply obstruct vision, they can be accompanied by other issues, such as astigmatism or presbyopia, that can make things look a little blurry. Thanks to advancements in IOL technology, your doctor can address these conditions during your surgery simply by choosing the lens that’s right for your eyes. The goal isn’t just to remove your cataracts but also to help you see your life as clearly as possible.

Astigmatism

A normal cornea is round like a baseball. With astigmatism, the cornea curves unevenly, like a football. It is very common, and your doctor can help alleviate it by choosing a lens designed to correct blurry, astigmatic vision.

Presbyopia

Presbyopia can make it difficult to focus on close objects. While often addressed with glasses, it can also be corrected as part of cataract surgery with the use of a specialized IOL. These presbyopia-correcting IOLs can help you see clearly without always having to depend on glasses.

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Your new lens can help improve your vision near, far and in between. Help your doctor understand your special interests and activities you enjoy when you’re out and about.

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Some things are viewed up close. Others are seen from a distance. Whether it’s in print, on-screen or in person, your vision affects how you exchange information personally and professionally. Help your doctor understand the ways you read most and communicate with others.

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Your ability to see in dim lighting is crucial. It can define when, where, how and how independently you're able to spend your time. Help your doctor understand the kinds of things you like to do in the evening or in low-light environments.

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Do you have astigmatism?

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Based on your answer, talk to your doctor about toric intraocular lenses (IOLs) that correct astigmatism. One of Abbott’s toric IOLs, such as TECNIS Symfony® Toric IOL, which mitigates the effects of presbyopia and reduces astigmatism, or TECNIS® Toric IOL, may be right for you.

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Based on your answer, talk to your doctor about presbyopia-correcting intraocular lenses (IOLs). One of Abbott’s TECNIS® IOLs, such as TECNIS® Multifocal 1-Piece IOL or TECNIS Symfony® Extended Range of Vision IOL, may be right for you.

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Based on your answer, one of Abbott’s TECNIS® IOLs, such as TECNIS® Multifocal 1-Piece IOL, or TECNIS Symfony® Extended Range of Vision IOL or TECNIS Symfony® Toric Extended Range of Vision IOL may be right for you. If you have significant levels of astigmatism, your doctor can talk to you about Toric IOL options that correct astigmatism as well as provide a full range of vision.

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    INDICATIONS AND IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION FOR THE TECNIS SYMFONY® TORIC EXTENDED RANGE OF VISION IOLs

    CAUTION: Federal law restricts this device to sale, distribution and use by or on the order of a physician. INDICATIONS FOR USE: The TECNIS Symfony® Toric Extended Range of Vision IOLs, Models ZXT150, ZXT225, ZXT300, and ZXT375, are indicated for primary implantation for the visual correction of aphakia and for reduction of residual refractive astigmatism in adult patients with greater than or equal to 1 diopter of preoperative corneal astigmatism, in whom a cataractous lens has been removed. The lens mitigates the effects of presbyopia by providing an extended depth of focus. Compared to an aspheric monofocal IOL, the lens provides improved intermediate and near visual acuity, while maintaining comparable distance visual acuity. The Model Series ZXT IOLs are intended for capsular bag placement only. CONTRAINDICATIONS: None. RISKS: Routine cataract surgery risks, irrelevant to lens selection, could be minor, temporary, or affect patients’ vision permanently. Rare complications are worsening of vision, bleeding, or infection. Risks related to use of this lens include a slight loss in vision sharpness with decreased use of glasses. Even with glasses, loss of sharpness may worsen under poor visibility conditions such as dim light or fog. This may lead to driving difficulties, and not detecting road hazards as quickly at night or in fog. Patients may also notice halos, starbursts, glare, and other visual symptoms with extended range of vision IOLs. This may impact patients when there are bright lights at night. Patients should discuss all risks and benefits with their eye doctor before surgery. WARNINGS: A small number of patients may want their Tecnis Symfony® IOL removed because of lens-related optical/visual symptoms. Patients with pre-existing diseases or conditions (i.e., diabetes and heart disease) may have higher risk of experiencing complications (e.g., more difficult recovery) after routine cataract surgery. Patients should not receive this lens if they have had previous trauma to their eye. Not evaluated for use in children. PRECAUTIONS: If the patient’s eye is unhealthy (including glaucoma), vision may not be good even after cataract removal; patients may not get full benefit of the Tecnis Symfony® IOL. Before surgery, the eye doctor will check for any eye diseases. Patients’ vision with the IOL may not be good enough to perform detailed ‘up-close’ work without glasses, and rarely, may make some types of retinal treatment (e.g., retinal tear repair) more difficult. Patients should take all prescribed medicines and apply eye drops as instructed to avoid inflammation and infection. Patients should avoid bending down and playing sports, which can harm the eye during recovery. The eye doctor will tell patients what activities to avoid. ATTENTION: Reference the Directions for Use for a complete listing of Indications and Important Safety Information.

    INDICATIONS AND IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION FOR THE TECNIS® TORIC 1-PIECE IOL

    CAUTION: Federal law restricts this device to sale, distribution and use by or on the order of a physician. INDICATIONS: The TECNIS® Toric 1-Piece posterior chamber lenses are indicated for the visual correction of aphakia and pre-existing corneal astigmatism of one diopter or greater in adult patients with or without presbyopia in whom a cataractous lens has been removed by phacoemulsification and who desire improved uncorrected distance vision, reduction in residual refractive cylinder, and increased spectacle independence for distance vision. The device is intended to be placed in the capsular bag. RISKS: Complications with cataract surgery are rare and may include the worsening of your vision, bleeding, or infection. Call your eye doctor right away if you experience any itching, pain, flashing lights, “floaters”, redness, severe headache, upset stomach, light sensitivity, or watery eyes after surgery. WARNINGS: Existing eye conditions and surgical difficulties may increase the risk of complications. Your doctor will determine if you are a good candidate for lens replacement. You may experience vision problems or distortions and may require a second surgery to have your doctor correctly reposition the lens. PRECAUTIONS: If your eye is not healthy (including glaucoma), you may not get the full benefits of the TECNIS® Toric IOL. There is a chance that you still may need glasses for distance vision with a Toric IOL. SIDE EFFECTS: Side effects of cataract surgery with the TECNIS® Toric 1-Piece IOL include the need for a second surgery to reposition the lens or repair the retina, swelling/thickening of the retina and separation of the retina from the surrounding tissues. ATTENTION: Reference the labeling for a complete listing of Important Indications and Safety Information.

    INDICATIONS AND IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION FOR THE TECNIS SYMFONY® EXTENDED RANGE OF VISION IOLs

    CAUTION: Federal law restricts this device to sale, distribution and use by or on the order of a physician. INDICATIONS FOR USE: The TECNIS Symfony® Extended Range of Vision IOL, Model ZXR00, is indicated for primary implantation for the visual correction of aphakia, in adult patients with less than 1 diopter of pre-existing corneal astigmatism, in whom a cataractous lens has been removed. The lens mitigates the effects of presbyopia by providing an extended depth of focus. Compared to an aspheric monofocal IOL, the lens provides improved intermediate and near visual acuity, while maintaining comparable distance visual acuity. The Model ZXR00 IOL is intended for capsular bag placement only. CONTRAINDICATIONS: None. RISKS: Routine cataract surgery risks, irrelevant to lens selection, could be minor, temporary, or affect patients’ vision permanently. Rare complications are worsening of vision, bleeding, or infection. Risks related to use of this lens include a slight loss in vision sharpness with decreased use of glasses. Even with glasses, loss of sharpness may worsen under poor visibility conditions such as dim light or fog. This may lead to driving difficulties, and not detecting road hazards as quickly at night or in fog. Patients may also notice halos, starbursts, glare, and other visual symptoms with extended range of vision IOLs. This may impact patients when there are bright lights at night. Patients should discuss all risks and benefits with their eye doctor before surgery. WARNINGS: A small number of patients may want their Tecnis Symfony® IOL removed because of lens-related optical/visual symptoms. Patients with pre-existing diseases or conditions (i.e., diabetes and heart disease) may have higher risk of experiencing complications (e.g., more difficult recovery) after routine cataract surgery. Patients should not receive this lens if they have had previous trauma to their eye. Not evaluated for use in children. PRECAUTIONS: If the patient’s eye is unhealthy (including glaucoma), vision may not be good even after cataract removal; patients may not get full benefit of the Tecnis Symfony® IOL. Before surgery, the eye doctor will check for any eye diseases. Patients’ vision with the IOL may not be good enough to perform detailed ‘up-close’ work without glasses, and rarely, may make some types of retinal treatment (e.g., retinal tear repair) more difficult. Patients should take all prescribed medicines and apply eye drops as instructed to avoid inflammation and infection. Patients should avoid bending down and playing sports, which can harm the eye during recovery. The eye doctor will tell patients what activities to avoid. ATTENTION: Reference the Directions for Use for a complete listing of Indications and Important Safety Information.

    INDICATIONS AND IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION FOR THE TECNIS® MULTIFOCAL 1-PIECE IOLs

    CAUTION: Federal law restricts this device to sale, distribution and use by or on the order of a physician. INDICATIONS: The TECNIS® Multifocal 1-Piece intraocular lenses are indicated for primary implantation for the visual correction of aphakia in adult patients with and without presbyopia in whom a cataractous lens has been removed by phacoemulsification and who desire near, intermediate, and distance vision with increased spectacle independence. The intraocular lenses are intended to be placed in the capsular bag. RISKS: Whereas your use of glasses may decrease, it may come at the cost of some sharpness of your vision. You may also notice more halos (rings of light around a light source) or glare (scattered light effect around a light source). Call your eye doctor right away if you experience any itching, pain, flashing lights, “floaters”, redness, severe headache, nausea/vomitting, light sensitivity, or watery eyes after surgery. WARNINGS: Less than 1% of patients may not be satisfied and request to remove the IOL. Children under the age of 2 those with previous trauma to their eye should not receive this device. PRECAUTIONS: If your eye is not healthy (including glaucoma) you may not get the full benefits of the TECNIS® Multifocal IOL. Your vision with a multifocal IOL may not be good enough to perform very near or detailed “up-close” work without glasses. SIDE EFFECTS: Multifocal IOL implants may be inadvisable in patients with conditions such macular degeneration, retinal pigment epithelium changes, and glaucoma. In rare cases, severe incidents of halos and/or glare may result in the multifocal IOL being explanted and replaced with another type of IOL. ATTENTION: Please see Directions for Use for a complete list of Indications and Important Safety Information.

    INDICATIONS AND IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION FOR THE TECNIS SYMFONY® AND TECNIS SYMFONY® TORIC EXTENDED RANGE OF VISION IOLs

    CAUTION: Federal law restricts this device to sale, distribution and use by or on the order of a physician. INDICATIONS FOR USE: The TECNIS Symfony® Extended Range of Vision IOL, Model ZXR00, is indicated for primary implantation for the visual correction of aphakia, in adult patients with less than 1 diopter of pre-existing corneal astigmatism, in whom a cataractous lens has been removed. The lens mitigates the effects of presbyopia by providing an extended depth of focus. Compared to an aspheric monofocal IOL, the lens provides improved intermediate and near visual acuity, while maintaining comparable distance visual acuity. The Model ZXR00 IOL is intended for capsular bag placement only. The TECNIS Symfony® Toric Extended Range of Vision IOLs, Models ZXT150, ZXT225, ZXT300, and ZXT375, are indicated for primary implantation for the visual correction of aphakia and for reduction of residual refractive astigmatism in adult patients with greater than or equal to 1 diopter of preoperative corneal astigmatism, in whom a cataractous lens has been removed. The lens mitigates the effects of presbyopia by providing an extended depth of focus. Compared to an aspheric monofocal IOL, the lens provides improved intermediate and near visual acuity, while maintaining comparable distance visual acuity. The Model Series ZXT IOLs are intended for capsular bag placement only. CONTRAINDICATIONS: None. RISKS: Routine cataract surgery risks, irrelevant to lens selection, could be minor, temporary, or affect patients’ vision permanently. Rare complications are worsening of vision, bleeding, or infection. Risks related to use of this lens include a slight loss in vision sharpness with decreased use of glasses. Even with glasses, loss of sharpness may worsen under poor visibility conditions such as dim light or fog. This may lead to driving difficulties, and not detecting road hazards as quickly at night or in fog. Patients may also notice halos, starbursts, glare, and other visual symptoms with extended range of vision IOLs. This may impact patients when there are bright lights at night. Patients should discuss all risks and benefits with their eye doctor before surgery. WARNINGS: A small number of patients may want their Tecnis Symfony® IOL removed because of lens-related optical/visual symptoms. Patients with pre-existing diseases or conditions (i.e., diabetes and heart disease) may have higher risk of experiencing complications (e.g., more difficult recovery) after routine cataract surgery. Patients should not receive this lens if they have had previous trauma to their eye. Not evaluated for use in children. PRECAUTIONS: If the patient’s eye is unhealthy (including glaucoma), vision may not be good even after cataract removal; patients may not get full benefit of the Tecnis Symfony® IOL. Before surgery, the eye doctor will check for any eye diseases. Patients’ vision with the IOL may not be good enough to perform detailed ‘up-close’ work without glasses, and rarely, may make some types of retinal treatment (e.g., retinal tear repair) more difficult. Patients should take all prescribed medicines and apply eye drops as instructed to avoid inflammation and infection. Patients should avoid bending down and playing sports, which can harm the eye during recovery. The eye doctor will tell patients what activities to avoid. ATTENTION: Reference the Directions for Use for a complete listing of Indications and Important Safety Information.

    INDICATIONS AND IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION FOR THE TECNIS® MULTIFOCAL 1-PIECE IOLs

    CAUTION: Federal law restricts this device to sale, distribution and use by or on the order of a physician. INDICATIONS: The TECNIS® Multifocal 1-Piece intraocular lenses are indicated for primary implantation for the visual correction of aphakia in adult patients with and without presbyopia in whom a cataractous lens has been removed by phacoemulsification and who desire near, intermediate, and distance vision with increased spectacle independence. The intraocular lenses are intended to be placed in the capsular bag. RISKS: Whereas your use of glasses may decrease, it may come at the cost of some sharpness of your vision. You may also notice more halos (rings of light around a light source) or glare (scattered light effect around a light source). Call your eye doctor right away if you experience any itching, pain, flashing lights, “floaters”, redness, severe headache, nausea/vomitting, light sensitivity, or watery eyes after surgery. WARNINGS: Less than 1% of patients may not be satisfied and request to remove the IOL. Children under the age of 2 those with previous trauma to their eye should not receive this device. PRECAUTIONS: If your eye is not healthy (including glaucoma) you may not get the full benefits of the TECNIS® Multifocal IOL. Your vision with a multifocal IOL may not be good enough to perform very near or detailed “up-close” work without glasses. SIDE EFFECTS: Multifocal IOL implants may be inadvisable in patients with conditions such macular degeneration, retinal pigment epithelium changes, and glaucoma. In rare cases, severe incidents of halos and/or glare may result in the multifocal IOL being explanted and replaced with another type of IOL. ATTENTION: Please see Directions for Use for a complete list of Indications and Important Safety Information.