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Light Adjustable Lens™ from RxSight®
For patients who visit us for laser cataract surgery from Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, and Colorado, including Durango, Farmington, Aztec, and Bayfield, we are excited to offer a new alternative to adjustable lenses used during cataract surgery. The Light Adjustable Lens™ from RxSight® is a revolutionary IOL that can be adjusted after surgery to ensure your vision is as clear as possible.
Unlike traditional IOLs, which require the surgeon to select the prescription before surgery, the Light Adjustable Lens (LAL) can be adjusted using specialized UV light treatments to enhance your vision to suit your needs after cataract surgery.
Ideal Candidates for the Light Adjustable Lens
Most cataract surgery patients are good candidates for the Light Adjustable Lens if they meet the following criteria:
- Need surgery for cataracts.
- Have an astigmatism that’s at least 0.75 diopters.
- Do not have preexisting macular disease.
- Do not take medications that increase sensitivity to UV light.
How Is the Lens Adjusted?
The Light Adjustable Lens is made from a special photosensitive material that responds to UV light.
During your cataract surgery, the Light Adjustable Lens is implanted into the eye, replacing the clouded over lens caused by cataracts. The surgical process for using a Light Adjustable Lens is the same as cataract surgery with an IOL or fixed lens.
The difference lies in the post-surgical treatment. After surgery, you will undergo a minimum of 2 light treatments to adjust your lenses to suit your vision needs.
Approximately 2-3 weeks after your laser cataract surgery, you will return to Four Corners Eye Clinic for your first light treatment. You will receive at least 2 light treatments to adjust your vision following surgery. During this 90-second light treatment, your ophthalmologist will use specialized UV light treatments to adjust the shape of the lens, allowing you to compare possible vision outcomes based on your needs and desires. Your second light treatment will be scheduled several days after your first treatment. Once you and your ophthalmologist are satisfied with the prescription, your lens adjustment will be locked in.
What To Expect After Cataract Surgery With Light Adjustable Lenses
In the first weeks after surgery, your doctor will have you wear UV-blocking glasses during all waking hours indoors and outdoors to protect your eyes from exposure to other sources of UV light, which can cause uncontrolled changes to the Light Adjustable Lenses.
After your prescription has been locked in, you can stop wearing the UV-blocking glasses and enjoy your custom vision!
Light Adjustable Lens FAQ
Is the Light Adjustable Lens worth it?
These lenses offer patients a variety of advantages over other IOLs, including:
- Highly customizable after placement.
- Lens adjustments are noninvasive and painless.
- Improve near vision without decreasing distance vision.
- Eliminate the need for subsequent vision correction procedures, such as LASIK.
- Do not create halos or glare.
Are light adjustable IOLs more expensive?
Yes, LALs are typically more expensive than other IOLs and are not covered by medical insurance.
Are there any disadvantages to this lens option?
Disadvantages of LALs vary between patients and may include:
- Multiple light treatments required for initial adjustment.
- Patients must wear UV-blocking glasses at all times during the lens adjustment period.
How long will the lens last?
These lenses should last indefinitely without needing to be removed or replaced.
Will light adjustable lens correct astigmatism?
Yes, LALs can be adjusted after surgery to correct any remaining astigmatism.
If you are ready for enhanced vision with Light Adjustable Lenses, call (970) 259-2202 or schedule your consultation for laser cataract surgery with the physicians at Four Corners Eye Clinic. We have locations in Aztec, NM, and Durango, Cortez, and Pagosa Springs, CO.