When you have cataract surgery, you decide to get your life back. Advanced cataracts can make it very hard to see, affecting every area of your life. 

That’s why cataract surgeons recommend that patients have cataract surgery once their cataracts affect their quality of life. Cataract surgery completely removes your cataracts, restoring all vision loss caused by cataracts.

But you can achieve even better vision after cataract surgery by choosing premium IOLs like the Light Adjustable Lens. The Light Adjustable Lens is the only IOL that can give you fully customizable vision, so you can see better than ever before, including before you had cataracts.

Keep reading to learn why customizable vision is within your grasp with the Light Adjustable Lens

Cataract Surgery and IOLs

Cataracts form on the eye’s natural lens. The only way to remove cataracts is by removing the natural lens itself. 

Cataract surgery involves breaking up the natural lens and removing it from the eye. But rather than leaving patients without a lens in the eye, the natural lens is replaced with an artificial one. 

The artificial lens is called an intraocular lens, or IOL. IOLs come in different varieties. 

The most basic, standard IOL is a monofocal lens. It is uniform and, like a standard pair of contact lenses or glasses, helps you see at one distance. Patients choosing a monofocal IOL typically need glasses to see at the opposite, uncorrected distance. 

There are many different kinds of premium IOLs. Most premium IOLs can provide you with clearer vision at multiple distances. They also often reduce or even eliminate the need for reading glasses and other visual aids. But all IOL prescriptions are based on your pre-surgical vision. 

 All IOL prescriptions are based on your pre-surgical vision except the Light Adjustable lens. The Light Adjustable Lens is different because it’s fully customized to your vision after cataract surgery.

What is the Light Adjustable Lens?

The Light Adjustable Lens (LAL) is an IOL implanted in the eye, just like any other IOL. But once you’ve healed after cataract surgery, you can have the Light Adjustable Lens adjusted to correct your vision. 

The lens is made of a material that changes shape when exposed to UV light. By using a device emitting UV light, your Traverse City Eye cataract surgeon can adjust the lens to precisely correct your vision. This is what allows the Light Adjustable Lens to be fully customizable.

How the Light Adjustable Lens Works

The Light Adjustable Lens will be implanted during cataract surgery. After this, you’ll need to give your eyes time to heal.

Once your eyes have healed, you can start receiving sessions with your cataract surgeon to adjust the lens and change your vision. This is done with a Light Delivery Device over the course of 2-3 sessions. 

Sessions are usually three days apart. After each session, you can test drive your vision, ensuring it’s precisely adjusted to your specifications.

Once you’re satisfied with your vision, you will have two final treatment sessions to lock in your final lens shape. These sessions only take minutes and are completely non-invasive. 

These final sessions ensure you achieve the customized vision you want, providing you with better sight to enjoy for years to come after cataract surgery. 

The Advantage of Choosing the Light Adjustable Lens

The Light Adjustable Lens is truly revolutionary. Choosing any other kind of IOL involves a certain degree of guesswork. 

Your cataract surgeon can predict your vision after cataract surgery. Their prescription choice is usually adequate. 

However, only the Light Adjustable Lens is fully customized and based entirely on your vision after surgery. 

The Light Adjustable Lens is a premium lens that ensures you can see clearly at a range of distances. Its advantage is that it can offer patients completely customized vision depending on their unique visual needs. 

Who is a Suitable Candidate for the Light Adjustable Lens?

Although there’s a lot to love about the Light Adjustable Lens, you must be a suitable candidate for the IOL. The good news is that most cataract surgery patients are ideal for the light-adjustable lens.

One thing that makes the Light Adjustable Lens different and can affect candidacy is that it requires patients to wear special UV protection glasses after the IOL is implanted in their eyes. These glasses must always be worn unless you’re showering, washing your face, or applying eye drops. 

Wearing the UV protection glasses ensures that the Light Adjustable Lens will not change its shape while recovering and before beginning light treatments. You’ll continue to wear your UV protection glasses until your vision is fully locked into place. 

The Light Adjustable Lens is designed to react to even the smallest amount of UV light, allowing it to be precisely shaped. If you’re used to wearing prescription glasses regularly, wearing these as instructed shouldn’t be difficult. However, it is something you need to be able to commit to if you choose the Light Adjustable Lens.

The Light Adjustable Lens is exceptionally well suited for patients with 0.75 diopters or more of astigmatism. Choosing the Light Adjustable lens will help you improve your vision while correcting your astigmatism. 

The Light Adjustable Lens can also correct other refractive errors, such as nearsightedness and farsightedness, as well as age-related eye conditions, like presbyopia.

The Light Adjustable Lens can give you better vision than ever, allowing you to achieve the custom vision you only thought was possible. Are you ready for cataract surgery? 

Now, take the next step by requesting your cataract consultation at Traverse City Eye in Traverse City, MI! Isn’t it time to see the years in crisp, beautiful clarity?