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What is the Light Adjustable Lens?
Do you have cataracts and need to have cataract surgery? Before having cataract surgery, you need to choose which intraocular lens you’ll have.
Intraocular lenses replace the natural lens where a cataract has formed, allowing you to see clearly. Ross Eye Institute proudly offers our patients the revolutionary Light Adjustable Lens.
How Does the Light Adjustable Lens Work?
The Light Adjustable Lens uses UV light to change the shape of the lens to provide patients with their desired visual outcome.
Light treatments are performed using the office-based Light Delivery Device (LDD). The Light Delivery Device is non-invasive and delivers UV light to the Light Adjustable Lens.
Your eye doctor can make adjustments and necessary refinements to meet your visual needs. Patients will begin their first light treatment about 2-3 weeks after cataract surgery to ensure healing is complete.
Patients typically need between 3 and 5 total light treatments. Light treatments last about 90 seconds each.
You’ll go in for your second light treatment about 3-7 days after your first treatment, and if you need additional light treatments, these will be 3-7 days after each prior. The number of light treatments required depends on the patient.
Each patient will have different desired visual outcomes. Once you have achieved your optimal vision, you’ll have two final light treatments to lock in your vision and prevent it from changing.
During each light treatment, you’ll see your vision changing and improving every time, making it easy to see why the Light Adjustable Lens is so revolutionary.
The key to the Light Adjustable Lens being successful is avoiding all other ultraviolet light, including indoor and outdoor light sources. Wearing the provided UV-protection glasses keeps the Light Adjustable Lens from changing uncontrollably. Patients must wear the glasses from lens implantation until their final light treatment. it is recommended to wear the provided UV-protection glasses as natural UV light could possibly lead to inadvertent changes in prescription, although rare.
What Sets the Light Adjustable Lens Apart From Other IOLs?
Many things make the Light Adjustable Lens attractive to cataract patients. But it sets itself apart for a few reasons, including:
It’s the Only Customizable Intraocular Lens
The Light Adjustable Lens is the only customizable intraocular lens available. Even premium lenses cannot allow patients to customize, adjust, and change their vision following cataract surgery.
These lenses are permanent, and once implanted in the eye, the vision they provide patients with is set. There is no way to change that or improve upon it.
Until now, intraocular lenses were placed in the eye and unable to be changed unless they were removed due to a complication. The Light Adjustable Lens is different because it allows patients to choose their best possible vision and customize it to their specifications.
It Allows Patients to Preview Possible Vision Options
Besides providing patients with customized vision, it also helps patients see potential visual outcomes. Before a patient’s first light treatment, they will review possible vision outcomes with their ophthalmologist based on their preferences, lifestyle needs, and visual goals.
This option ensures that patients choose the best prescription that fits their unique lifestyle, no matter what they are doing. Following this, patients choose a prescription and begin light treatments to customize their vision to their optimal needs.
Who is a Good Candidate for the Light Adjustable Lens?
Although the Light Adjustable Lens can provide patients with vision they’ll love, it may not be suitable for everyone. You may be a good candidate for the Light Adjustable Lens if the following applies:
- You are undergoing cataract surgery and need to choose an intraocular lens
- You are comfortable wearing UV-protection glasses
- You agree to comply with your eye doctor’s schedule of LDD light treatments
- You have realistic expectations about what the Light Adjustable Lens can accomplish
The only way to be sure if the Light Adjustable Lens or other intraocular lens is right for you is to schedule a consultation at Ross Eye Institute in Buffalo, NY.
Why is the Light Adjustable Lens Worth Considering?
If you need cataract surgery and want to reduce your dependence on glasses or contact lenses, an IOL like the Light Adjustable Lens is worth considering. The Light Adjustable Lens is the only IOL of its kind that puts the power of customization in patients’ hands, allowing them to choose precisely what type of vision they want.
With the Light Adjustable Lens, you don’t have to compromise. Achieve the vision you want and see the world around you in sharp, beautiful focus with the Light Adjustable Lens. With precise adjustments during light treatments, you can control your sight and look forward to better vision.
Find out if the Light Adjustable Lens could be suitable for you by requesting an appointment at Ross Eye Institute in Buffalo, NY, today!
Call 716-881-7900 or make an appointment online here.