At Alliance Vision Institute, we pride ourselves on bringing the latest vision technology to patients in the Fort Worth, Dallas, and DFW areas. We are excited to offer the Light Adjustable Lens™ from RxSight® for patients who are planning cataract surgery, as well as those who are interested in vision correction with Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE).
Cataract surgery works by replacing the eye’s clouded lens with an intraocular lens implant (IOL). The light adjustable lens is the first and only IOL that can be adjusted after surgery so you can achieve more precise vision correction.
The Light Adjustable Lens is made of a special material that changes shape in response to UV light. After the surgery, the lens is adjusted by exposing it to a specific wavelength of light that changes its shape, thereby changing its focusing power. This advanced IOL offers a fully customized vision correction experience.
Unlike traditional IOLs, which are placed in the eye with a fixed prescription, the LAL can be adjusted after implantation using a special light-based technology. Studies show that, compared to standard IOLs, twice as many patients with the LAL achieved vision that was 20/20 or Trusted Source Adjustable IOL Could Help Some Ditch Their Glasses After Cataract Surgery American Academy of Ophthalmology Go to Source better.
The first step is a consultation appointment with one of our experienced eye doctors. We will examine your eyes, review your medical history, and have a discussion about your vision goals. If the LAL is right for you, we’ll review specific guidelines with you and create a personalized treatment plan.
Cataract surgery, as well as RLE surgery, is an outpatient procedure performed with local anesthesia. Your surgeon will make a very small incision to remove your eye’s les and replace it with the LAL.
When it comes to recovery after cataract or RLE surgery, the LAL has two key differences:
The UV treatments used to adjust the LAL prescription are quick, painless, and non-invasive. Your eye doctor will use a special light delivery device to fine tune the prescription of your lens.
You will return for multiple light-adjustment sessions until the desired visual outcome is achieved. Patients typically have between two and four treatments within 3 weeks after surgery.
The Light Adjustable Intraocular Lens (LAL) is suitable for anyone who is undergoing RLE cataract surgery and has a desire for improved vision without glasses. It may be especially beneficial for people who have had previous refractive surgery, such as LASIK or PRK, as it allows for fine-tuning of the lens power after Trusted Source Light-adjustable IOL offers positive refractive results in patients Ophthalmology Times Go to Source surgery.
Any surgical procedure carries some risk of complications, but cataract surgery is a widely performed procedure with a very low rate of complications. When it comes to side effects, the biggest risk specific to the LAL is the chance of exposure to sunlight before the prescription is locked in by your eye doctor—which is why it is so important to follow all instructions and wear the uv protective glasses during recovery. Your cataract surgeon will review all potential risks with you prior to surgery.
1 American Academy of Ophthalmology. Adjustable IOL Could Help Some Ditch Their Glasses After Cataract Surgery. Available: https://www.aao.org/eye-health/news/new-iol-adjustable-after-cataract-surgery? Accessed March 23, 2023
2 Ophthalmology Times. Light-adjustable IOL offers positive refractive results in patients. Available: https://www.ophthalmologytimes.com/view/light-adjustable-iol-offers-positive-refractive-results-in-patients Accessed March 23, 2023
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