Light Adjustable Lens: Are they Safe?

Dr. Jonathan Woolfson
Light Adjustable Lens: Are they Safe?

Are you at the point in your life that you need cataract surgery? Or, are you unhappy with your vision and your need for glasses or contacts? Are you searching for a lens based surgical solution?

If so, you may be a great candidate for a light adjustable lens (LAL).

What is a light adjustable lens (LAL)?

The LAL is a premium monofocal 3-piece intraocular lens (IOL) that allows your doctor to adjust the power of the lens after it has been implanted into your eye to best suite your visual needs. The LAL is the lens with the newest technology on the market and the first and only lens that can be customized after cataract surgery.

It brings the unique ability to preview and fine tune your vision then take it for a test drive until it meets your lifestyle needs.

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Why is the LAL unique?

The LAL is made of a photosensitive material that responds in shape and power to ultraviolet light. The adjustment of the lens is performed by our doctors using ultraviolet light that is emitted by a light delivery device (LDD).

Due to the emission of UV light, a common question we get is : Is this lens a safe option?

The answer to this is yes it is a safe lens for certain patient populations. At your cataract evaluation with your surgeon they will determine if you are a candidate for receiving this lens.

Special considerations are taken if you are on certain medications, have prior macular disorder, or history of herpetic eye disease. As with any surgical procedure, there are general risks associated with cataract surgery and IOL implantation that apply to this IOL as well.

Overall, the light adjustable lens (LAL) is a great option for a select patient base, so come to Woolfson Eye Institute to get evaluated to see if you are a candidate for a light adjustable lens!

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