6 Reasons To Choose The Light Adjustable Lens
If you’ve been diagnosed with cataracts, you might be aware that you have multiple options for treatment, sometimes involving replacing your eye’s organic lens with an artificial implant, or intraocular lens (IOL). There are a few different manufacturers of IOLs that provide different benefits and options for patients, such as bifocal lensing and custom shaping to eliminate the need for vision correction. One of these IOL devices that has improved care for many of our patients is the Light Adjustable Lens (LAL), which has a wide range of benefits for people considering IOL cataract surgery.
1. The Only IOL That Can Be Corrected Following Insertion
The LAL is designed with specific polymers that react to ultraviolet light in highly predictable ways. This allows our team of ophthalmologists to tweak how the lens refracts light into the back of your eye after it’s been implanted. The main benefit of this is that if you’re still not seeing with 20/20 vision after a few days of your initial surgery, we can adjust your lens shape to get it as close to perfect as possible.
2. Flexible Adjustments for All Kinds of Vision Correction
Due to the highly precise tools used not only for eye surgery but also for adjusting the LAL following insertion, we can correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism that you might have otherwise been dealing with contacts or glasses. Your lens is the main part of the eye that causes refractive issues, although the cornea plays a critical role as well, which means that by replacing your natural lens and adjusting it accordingly, we create a whole new benchmark for vision without the need for glasses.
3. Better Clarity Compared to Cataracts of All Degrees
The main goal of many of our patients with cataracts is simply to see clearly. This is the goal shared among our team in recommending the LAL and every other cataract surgery option. While the LAL provides sophisticated fine-tuning options following insertion, its main goal is to simply provide clear vision for an easier lifestyle. Its added benefits are the icing on the cake.
4. Glare- and Halo-Free Vision
The material that the Light Adjustable Lens is made with prevents glare and halos that may have accompanied your other cataract symptoms. It’s a silicone material with special polymers that are sensitive to light, which means that, until our team is satisfied with your treatment plan, you’ll need to wear special UV-blocking glasses to prevent the lenses from reacting with the light from your environment.
5. Highly Precise Treatments With Minimal Downtime
As helpful as traditional IOLs are, up to 50% of patients do not achieve their ideal vision correction following their implantation. When you choose the Light Adjustable Lens, we’ll schedule at least two follow-up appointments after your initial surgery to fine-tune its shape at the molecular level.
Each of these appointments is painless and quick, although it takes some caution and care on your part between these appointments to make sure your eyes aren’t exposed to excess ultraviolet light that can alter your lenses. Fortunately, these appointments are only a few days apart, and many people only need 2 to experience their best results.
6. Long-Lasting Results
Once the final, precise shape has been “locked in,” you will never have to worry about wearing your UV-blocking glasses again and can enjoy your life with enhanced vision without the cloudy haze of cataracts. Our LAL patients experience nearly life-long improvement in their vision, not only for cataracts, but also for their other vision correction requirements they previously needed glasses or contacts for.
Of course, the aging process can always affect the eyes in different ways, but the LAL is one of the longest-lasting options for cataract treatment we offer at Boston Vision
Learn More About the Light Adjustable Lens in Boston, MA
Boston Vision operates multiple locations throughout the greater Boston area, including our new office in Andover. To learn more about the LAL, cataracts, and other vision correction options for your specific circumstances, don’t hesitate to contact the nearest location or fill out a contact form online today.