Posted by: Georgia Eye Partners in Cataract

Is your vision blurry or cloudy? These are usually signs that you need to have cataract surgery.

If you’ve scheduled your procedure, one of the things you need to decide before cataract surgery is what kind of IOL you want. IOLs come in many different varieties. Understanding what kind of IOLs are available before making your choice is essential.

Each IOL is designed to help your vision in different ways. However, some are more basic than others.

The most basic are monofocal IOLs, which can only correct vision at one distance. But if you’re looking to achieve visual freedom and reduce your reliance on visual aids, especially reading glasses, premium IOLs are the best option.

One of the most advanced IOLs available is the Light Adjustable Lens. The Light Adjustable Lens can help you achieve fantastic vision after cataract surgery, reducing the need for visual aids and enabling you to do more!

Keep reading to learn how to empower your world with customized vision from the Light Adjustable Lens!

Cataract Surgery and IOLs

When you have cataract surgery, the procedure removes your natural lens. Removing your natural lens is the only way to remove your cataract, as the cataract forms on the natural lens itself.

A crucial part of cataract surgery is replacing the natural lens with an intraocular lens (IOL). Intraocular lenses are artificial lenses that replace the natural lens and ensure clear vision after cataract surgery.

Only one kind of IOL is included in the cost of cataract surgery. As cataract surgery is considered a medically necessary procedure, the IOL is also part of this.

However, only monofocal IOLs are covered by insurance. These IOLs are simple, uniform lenses that can help you see up close or at a distance.

If you choose a monofocal IOL, you’ll usually still need glasses to see at the opposite uncorrected distance. However, monofocal IOLs are only one of many options for IOLs.

As many IOLs exist, premium IOLs are another option for cataract patients. Premium IOLs have an out-of-pocket cost, meaning that most insurance plans will not cover them.

Although they have an increased cost, choosing them has many benefits. One of these benefits is that they offer patients significantly better vision at a broader range of distances.

They also help reduce dependence on visual aids like reading glasses. The Light Adjustable Lens is one of the most impressive and revolutionary premium IOLs.

The Light Adjustable Lens has unparalleled features and benefits compared to other premium IOLs. With this premium IOL, you can reduce your dependence on visual aids and see the world in crisp, fantastic clarity.

What is the Light Adjustable Lens?

The Light Adjustable Lens is the only IOL that allows patients to customize their vision. This is because the lens is adjusted after cataract surgery, tailoring it to your post-surgical vision.

It also allows you to “test drive” your vision as the lens is adjusted over multiple sessions, giving you time to try each adjustment. When you choose any other IOL, your ophthalmologist at Georgia Eye Partners will choose an intraocular lens based on your current vision.

Choosing an intraocular lens before cataract surgery involves a certain level of estimation on the part of your ophthalmologist, as your vision changes after removing your cataracts. Cataract surgeons are typically experienced enough to make precise calculations based on pre-operative measurements and assessments.

However, only the Light Adjustable Lens can be finely tuned to your exact and unique visual specifications. When you choose the Light Adjustable Lens, you’re selecting the highest possible accuracy and precision level available for IOLs.

How the Light Adjustable Lens Works

The Light Adjustable Lens is made of a photosensitive material. Because of this, it can change shape when exposed to ultraviolet light. Ultraviolet light is usually emitted by the sun, but it can also be produced in other ways.

The Light Adjustable Lens uses a proprietary Light Delivery Device (LDD) to adjust and change its shape. This device calibrates the lens’s refractive power, ensuring it meets your visual needs.

The Light Delivery Device uses state-of-the-art technology, allowing for precise customization that enables your ophthalmologist to fine-tune your vision after implanting the Light Adjustable Lens. This unique feature sets the Light Adjustable Lens apart from other premium lenses, as you can tailor it to your individual and one-of-a-kind needs.

This provides you with the most precise and most accurate vision possible. While having the Light Adjustable Lens adjusted and tailored to your vision, you’ll be required to wear UV protection glasses at all times.

These glasses ensure that the Light Adjustable Lens will not accidentally change its shape due to exposure to ultraviolet light. You must wear them at all times unless you’re showering, sleeping, applying eye drops, or washing your face to prevent accidental UV exposure.

Since ultraviolet light is present in sunlight and some artificial light, your eyes need to be protected from even trace amounts of it, even while you’re indoors. Protecting your eyes at all times prevents the Light Adjustable Lens from prematurely changing its shape before you undergo light treatments to have it adjusted by your Georgia Eye Partners ophthalmologist.

However, once the Light Adjustable Lens’s final shape is locked in, it will no longer change shape if exposed to UV light, meaning you’ll no longer have to wear your UV protection glasses.

Tailoring the Light Adjustable Lens to Your Vision

Adjusting the Light Adjustable Lens takes several sessions. During cataract surgery, the Light Adjustable Lens will be implanted in your eye like any other IOL.

Then, you’ll finish healing from cataract surgery, which usually takes a few weeks. Once you’ve healed from the procedure, you can receive light treatments at Georgia Eye Partners. 

Using the Light Delivery Device is non-invasive and takes place in the office at Georgia Eye Partners. Each session only takes a few minutes to complete.

First, you’ll have the Light Delivery Device positioned over your eye, where your ophthalmologist will shine it so the Light Adjustable Lens is exposed to a specific, controlled amount of ultraviolet light. Exposing the Light Adjustable Lens to ultraviolet light will allow your ophthalmologist to adjust and adapt the lens to your visual specifications. 

Once the lens is adjusted, you’ll be able to test out your vision. Although you can have as many adjustment sessions as necessary to achieve your visual goals, most people only require 1-3 sessions.

After the Light Adjustable Lens is adjusted and reshaped to your visual specifications, you’ll have its final shape “locked in” throughout two more final treatment sessions. Each of these session is given three days apart.

Giving the light treatments several days apart provides sufficient time to test potential visual outcomes and, more importantly, ensures they have been adjusted just as they should be.

The Benefits of Customized Vision

By choosing the Light Adjustable Lens, you’re choosing meticulously customized vision. Having meticulously and uniquely customized vision means achieving the crispest and clearest vision possible.

But it also means you can reduce your dependence on visual aids, allowing you to enjoy your life without glasses and contact lenses. Whether you enjoy a more active lifestyle or want to live without the hassles of visual aids, the Light Adjustable Lens could make your life better.

Because the Light Adjustable Lens is a premium lens, you’ll be able to reap the benefits with your vision. It has an extended depth of focus, giving you clear vision at more than one focal point.

Extended depth-of-focus lenses provide a more continuous range of vision, helping to improve vision. Many can also correct age-related eye conditions, such as presbyopia, making it easier to see up close.

These IOLs help you see clearly at several distances, including up close, at a distance, and everything in between. This makes the Light Adjustable Lens an excellent option for anyone with an active lifestyle, but it’s also a great option for almost anyone who wants to choose the best when they have cataract surgery.

Who is a Good Candidate for the Light Adjustable Lens?

Many patients needing cataract surgery are good candidates for the Light Adjustable Lens. However, not everyone will qualify for this IOL.

You may be a good candidate for the Light Adjustable Lens if:

  • You have cataracts that need to be removed and require cataract surgery
  • You want to customize your vision after cataract surgery
  • You have realistic expectations about what the Light Adjustable Lens can achieve
  • You agree to wear UV protection glasses as required with the Light Adjustable Lens
  • You have a stable prescription that’s remained unchanged for a year or more
  • You don’t have any preexisting eye conditions like advanced glaucoma or corneal irregularities
  • You’re in good health
  • You have astigmatism and may not be a suitable candidate for other premium lenses as a result of this

If you think you could be a good candidate for the Light Adjustable Lens, it’s time to take the next step. Schedule your cataract consultation at Georgia Eye Partners in Atlanta, GA, today! Stop letting cataracts take the wheel and start living life with clearer vision!