Cataract Treatment

Cataract treatment with TECNIS IOLs is a good opportunity to improve your vision and your quality of life. 

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Are You Ready to See Better?

After you’ve consulted with your ophthalmologist about cataract surgery, you will need to make several important decisions about treatment.

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Having an understanding about the procedure, as well as the types of lens replacement options available, will help you make an informed decision. Depending on any type of common eye conditions you may have, there are different lenses available to address these issues.

Preparation & Treatment Options

Cataracts Can Limit You, Choose a Lens That Won't

What's important to you when it comes to your vision?

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There are many options when it comes to lens replacement. Some lenses can help you drive at night with confidence, while others help you see better at a distance when playing golf.

Monofocal Lenses

Monofocal lenses provide excellent distance vision even in low light, like when you are driving at night.1 With a monofocal, you will likely need glasses for near vision. Ask your doctor about Johnson & Johnson Vision's monofocal lens TECNIS Eyhance IOL.

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TECNIS Eyhance IOL is a lens that provides distance image quality vision and enhanced image contrast even in low light.1,2 You may still need glasses to see objects that are close to you like your cell phone.1

TECNIS Eyhance Toric II IOL provides the ability to clearly see images at a distance while allowing you to simultaneously address astigmatism at the time of cataract surgery.3

Benefits of TECNIS Eyhance IOL

Improved distance vision

Helps you see objects in the distance like traffic lights, sporting events, and stage performances.1,2

Better visibility in low-light

May increase safety in low-light situations such as driving at night.1

See images clearly

Designed for high-quality distance vision to make everyday tasks easier.1

Advanced Lenses

Advanced lenses deliver distance and near vision to allow you to see clearly where you focus your vision most. It can also provide crisp, clear vision in all lighting conditions. In most cases, an advanced lens will reduce the need for glasses. Ask your doctor about Johnson & Johnson advanced lenses TECNIS Synergy OptiBlueTM and
TECNIS Symfony OptiBlue.

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TECNIS Synergy OptiBlue IOL

Achieve good near vision and reduce your dependence on glasses.**,4-6 TECNIS Synergy OptiBlueTM IOL gives you good near vision while also helping you to see clearly across the widest range of visionΔ,*— near, intermediate, and far. It may even reduce your eyeglass wear.**,4-6 With this lens implant, you will have the ability to see clearly whether you are reading a bedtime story in dim light or gardening in the sun.

You also have the opportunity to address your astigmatism as a part of cataract surgery with the TECNIS Synergy OptiBlueTM Toric II lens implant.7

Benefits of TECNIS Synergy OptiBlue IOL

Opportunity for glasses-free life

92% of patients who received TECNIS Synergy OptiBlueTM IOL reported not wearing glasses for overall vision after cataract surgery.**,6

Don't miss a thing

Offers the best contrast and low-light vision among advanced PC-IOLs, so you can see clearly in dim or low-light.

Do more of what you love

Provides the widest range of continuous vision*, with the best near vision.1*-3*

1.* DOF2020CT4014 – Forte-1 Study: A Comparative Clinical Evaluation of a NEW TECNIS Presbyopia-Correcting Intraocular Lens Against a PanOptix Intraocular Lens. Defocus Curves and Visual Acuity Results. 18 Feb. 2021.

2.* DOF2019OTH4005 – Simulated VA of the TECNIS Synergy IOL and AT Lisa IOL. 5 May 2019.

3.* DOF2019OTH4006 – Simulated VA of the TECNIS Synergy IOL and FineVision IOL. 5 May 2019.

Δ vs. Acrysof® IQ PanOptix®, TECNIS Symfony, TECNIS Multifocal. Based on comparison of DFU defocus curves and a head-to-head clinical study vs. PanOptix®.
** Individual results will vary. Some TECNIS SynergyTM OptiBlueTM IOL patients may require spectacles post-surgery.
* To 20/32 or better.
◊ Compared to IOLs of comparable range, i.e. trifocal IOLs (PanOptix®, FineVision®, AT Lisa®).

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TECNIS Symfony OptiBlue IOL

Vision at every distance, even in low light.8 TECNIS SymfonyTM OptiBlueTM IOL provides an extended range of continuous vision, which means you will have the ability to see from near to far away, day and night.8,9 With this lens implant, you can see clearly whether you are having dinner with a friend or playing pickleball on a sunny day.9

You can also address your astigmatism as a part of cataract surgery with the TECNIS SymfonyTM OptiBlueTM Toric II lens implant.8

Benefits of TECNIS Symfony OptiBlue IOL

Extended range, near to far

Provides a continuous range of high-quality vision, both day and night.9

Freedom to live your life

Offers the best contrast and low-light vision among advanced PC-IOLs+, so you can see clearly in dim or low light.8-11

+ vs. AcrySof® ReSTOR® +2.5 D and AcrySof® IQ Vivity®.

Laser-Assisted vs.
Manual Procedure

You have two important decisions to make when it comes to your cataract surgery: how your new lens is implanted and what type of lens is implanted.

For how the surgery is performed, your doctor can either access your cataract manually or with laser-assisted surgery. Manual surgery is planned with measurements of your eye and incisions are made with a blade. Laser-assisted surgery delivers a personalized, precise, and gentle approach in which a laser scans your eye to create a unique 3D blueprint and incisions are made with a laser.

Cataract surgery is usually quick (about 15 minutes) and typically done as an outpatient procedure. If you feel any discomfort or pain during cataract surgery, be sure to let your doctor know. You'll be given a local anesthetic in the form of drops to numb your eye, and will be fully awake the whole time.

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Ask your doctor about the CATALYS Precision Laser System platform. CATALYS uses 3D imaging and automatic eye surface mapping to generate precise and accurate laser incisions.12

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Treating Astigmatism

Lens treatment options are also available as a toric solution, to address astigmatism at the time of cataract treatment. The right lens can do more than address cataracts; your doctor will help you choose a lens designed to meet your unique visual conditions and lifestyle. See how toric lenses can improve vision.


Cataract Surgery Procedure

During the procedure, you’ll be awake and will be administered local anesthetic eye drops so you’re comfortable during the procedure. Regardless of the type of cataract surgery, there are three simple steps:


Access your natural lens. During this step, your ophthalmologist makes a tiny incision in your cornea and capsule of your eye lens to access your natural lens. In manual surgery, your doctor makes this incision using a handheld device. In laser assisted surgery, this is performed using a pre-programmed laser which creates a precise opening in the cornea.


Removal of cataracts. During this step, your doctor will remove the cataract. In manual cataract surgery, your doctor prepares your clouded lens using a handheld tool and suctions the cataract out to remove it. In laser assisted surgery, the laser gently softens your affected lens and precisely cuts it down into small pieces that are suctioned from your eye.


Lens replacement. In the last step, your new lens will be implanted into your eye to provide you with clear, cataract free vision. Your doctor inserts a soft, rolled up lens that gently and slowly opens.

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The Day of Your Surgery

Cataract surgery may be performed in an outpatient surgery center or in a hospital. It's common for your ophthalmologist to ask you not to eat any solid food for at least 6 hours before the procedure. The surgery takes about 10 to 20 minutes to complete, depending on the severity of the condition.


Post-Treatment Recovery

Once surgery is complete, the staff will escort you to the recovery room where they will help you prepare to go home. Your doctor may place a protective eye shield or an eye patch to cover your eye. Arrange for a family member or caregiver to take you home after your surgery.

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After your cataract surgery, you can usually resume your low impact routine activities, with the exception of driving, after 24 hours.++

Ask your doctor when you can continue with your routine activities such as golfing, gardening, driving, traveling, or reading.

++individual results may vary

Treatment Results

Cataract surgery can successfully restore vision in the majority of people who have the surgery.13 After surgery, you can expect to:

See things clearer

Cataract treatment provides the opportunity to correct eye conditions like presbyopia and astigmatism.

Less glare when looking at bright lights

Routine cataract surgery can improve visual acuity, or sharpness of vision.

Improved color distinction

Cataract treatment corrects this so patients can better tell the difference between colors.

Dry Eye Treatment
Alleviates Symptoms

It’s been shown that Dry Eye caused by Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD) can cause unsatisfactory vision and affect the overall results of cataract surgery.14 Dry eye symptoms caused by MGD tend to worsen with surgical procedures if they are not treated.

The good news is that the TearScience LipiFlow treatment can help optimize the ocular surface by stabilizing the tear film prior to surgery. In fact, in a recent study, patients treated with TearScience LipiFlow
 had a twofold reduction in dry eye symptoms 3 months after surgery.15

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Understand more about cataract surgery and how
TECNIS replacement lenses can improve your vision.

As with any medical procedure, risks and potential complications may occur.  Please consult your eye care specialist for detailed information and to discuss these possible risks and complications with you prior to the procedure.


  1. TECNIS Eyhance with TECNIS SIMPLICITY Delivery System, Model DIB00, DFU INT - Z311607P, current revision. 
  2. DOF2021CT4006 - TECNIS EyhanceTM simulated Visual Acuity (sVA).,15 Jan 2021. 
  3. TECNIS EyhanceTM Toric II IOL with TECNIS SIMPLICITYTM Delivery System, Model DIU, DFU INT - Z311667P, current revision.
  4. TECNIS Symfony OptiBlue IOL with TECNIS SIMPLICITYTM Delivery System, Model DXR00V, DFU INT Z311569E, current revision.
  5. DOF2019OTH4002 - MTF of the TECNIS Synergy OptiBlueTM IOL, and other lens models. 27 Mar 2019. 
  6. DOF2020CT4015 - Forte 1: A Comparative Clinical Evaluation of a New TECNIS Presbyopia Correcting Intraocular Lens Against a PanOptix® Intraocular Lens- SPECTACLE WEAR AND SATISFACTION RESULTS.
  7. TECNIS SynergyTM Toric II OptiBlueTM IOL with TECNIS SIMPLICITYTM Delivery System, Model DFW, DFU INT Z311618P, current revision. 
  8. TECNIS SymfonyTM OptiBlueTM Extended Range of Vision IOL, Models ZXR00V/ZXW150-375, DFU INT - Z311575E, current revision.
  9. DOF2020OTH4010 - MTF of TECNIS SymfonyTM OptiBlueTM lenses. 8 Oct 2020.
  10. DOF2020OTH4011 - MTF of Vivity lenses. 8 Oct 2020.
  11. DOF2015CT0020 - MTF of the TECNIS SymfonyTM IOL, and other lens models. 29 Jun 2015.
  12. O'Meara, Madeleine C, et al. "Laser Capsulotomy." Textbook of Refractive Laser Assisted Cataract Surgery (ReLACS). Ed. RR. Krueger et al. Springer, New York: Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2013. 79-99, Print. REF2015CT0275.
  13. National Eye Institute (NEI) - Facts about cataracts. REF2016OTH0006.
  14. Starr CE, et al. An algorithm for the preoperative diagnosis and treatment of ocular surface disorders. J Cataract Refract Surg. 2019 May;45(5): 669-684. REF2020CT4266.
  15. Data on file, 2018 (NCT01808560). Pilot study for treatment of meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD) prior to cataract surgery. Accessed from REF2019TS4092.


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