There are various causes of cataracts, but the most common is attributed to the natural aging of the eye lens. With the progression of age, our eye lens becomes more opacified and rigid resulting in a deterioration of vision leading to poor night driving and loss of vibrant colors. Cataract surgery is one of the most prevalent procedures worldwide and has made strides with advanced technology to help patients achieve the vision they desire. Now, a new revolutionary lens called the Light Adjustable Lens is rocking the world of ophthalmology.
How Does Cataract Surgery Work?
What happens during cataract surgery? The natural eye lens that has become opacified and causes blurry vision is removed and replaced with an Intraocular Lens (IOL). There are various types of IOL's depending on the individual's eye prescription and lifestyle or daily activities. IOL's can treat myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), presbyopia (difficulty focusing close up with age), and astigmatism (irregular shaped cornea). Most IOL's are based on diagnostic measurements and calculations based on the patient's desired vision. Now, a revolutionary lens called the Light Adjustable Lens (LAL) has come to San Antonio Eye Specialists and we are thrilled to offer it to our patients.
What's Different About The Light Adjustable Lense (LAL)?
What is unique about the Light Adjustable Lens (LAL)? This IOL is the first and only lens that can be tweaked AFTER cataract surgery. Once the patient's eye has healed there may be a residual refractive error that the patient wants fine-tuned according to the patient's daily activities or desired reading distance. The patient's feedback becomes crucial and not dependent on the surgeon's refractive calculations. The patient will simply look at a UV light source called the Light Delivery Device (LDD) for about a couple of minutes or less, per eye, to lock in the desired prescription. It's that fast and the results are remarkable!
Intrigued by this life-changing lens? Come consult with Dr. Iskander at San Antonio Eye Specialists to discover your surgical options.