Light Adjustable Lens
Despite numerous advances in modern cataract surgery technologies, it can be difficult to predict which intraocular lens (IOL) is best to help you achieve near-perfect vision. Luckily, there is a new technology available that can help.
The Light Adjustable Lens, or LAL, provides you with the unique ability to try out your new lens after surgery, then adjust it to give you the best possible vision. This adjustment is done by your doctor through a series of gentle light treatments that take only a few minutes each. The LAL is a great lens option for almost all post-refractive surgery patients, especially those who have not been able to achieve ideal vision correction with other lens implantation methods.
Currently, Anh Nguyen Ophthalmology is the first cataract surgery provider in Northern Virginia to offer the LAL.
The Light Adjustable Lens is an intraocular lens replacement that is the first of its kind in that it can be adjusted and customized after cataract surgery. Every other IOL device currently available does allow your eye doctor to replace the cloudy natural lens that is obscuring your vision, but none of them can be adjusted once they’re implanted; if you don’t achieve the desired vision correction at first, you’ll have to have another procedure.
The LAL is the first adjustable intraocular lens that allows patients and their ophthalmologists to dial in the lens power and precise shape to achieve the best vision correction at all distances.
The unique feature of the Light Adjustable Lens is that the shape and focus can be changed in the office using UV light from a special machine, the Light Delivery Device system. Light adjustable lenses can be fine-tuned to match the prescription you selected during your eye exam over the course of one or several light treatment sessions.
As with any cataract surgery, your vision may not be perfect after surgery. During the first few weeks after receiving LAL, you will have the opportunity to try out the prescription in your lens much like you would test drive a new car. You and your doctor will work together to find the best target vision for you, then use the Light Delivery Device to set the prescription in your lens. Once it is set, it will not change.
After your LAL is implanted, you will need to take some precautions, because the material is specifically designed to be sensitive to UV light in order to hone its shape. This means you will need to wear special UV protective glasses when you leave our office after an LAL procedure, and protect your IOLs from direct sunlight as best you can to avoid stray ultraviolet light from interacting with the lens.
This is not a permanent circumstance, fortunately, because at your final light treatment with LAL Dr. Nguyen will affix the lens in place so that no UV light can alter its shape going forward.
If you want the best chance at achieving great vision at all distances following cataract surgery, the Light Adjustable Lens is a great option compared to monocular intraocular lenses. With the opportunity to fine-tune your prescription after implantation, you have nearly complete control over your vision, and many LAL patients do not require vision correction following the procedure. Learn more about this unique cataract surgery option and find out if it may be right for you by calling our office or contacting us online today!