WHAT IS THE LIGHT ADJUSTABLE LENS?
During cataract surgery, an artificial intraocular lens (IOL) is implanted into your eye based on the type of lens that best fits your prescription. Most lenses are permanent and cannot be altered in strength later. However, Kirk Eye Center is pleased to offer the Light Adjustable Lens by RxSight®, an advanced lens recently approved by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) to provide patients with their most precise, clear eyesight. After the Light Adjustable Lens is implanted during surgery, your lens will be adjusted to your desired vision specifications during a few in-office sessions. To learn more about obtaining better vision with this cutting-edge IOL, contact our office in River Forest or Gurnee, IL to schedule an appointment.
"Great overall experience with my Lasik procedure for both my eyes. Dr. Kirk & the staff were fantastic throughout the entire process. I'm so pumped that I don't have to wear contacts or glasses ever again!"- B.M. / Google / Jun 19, 2020
"Although I am fairly young, for some reason my eyes started to develop cataracts. Getting to a point when driving my car became a dangerous adventure, after a thorough search on internet I have opted for cataract surgery at Kirk Eye Center. I wasn’t disappointed, everything there was top notch! Starting from the receptionists to the nurses, I was always treated in a very professional and courteous manner. Many thanks to Ms Joyce Wolter, the surgery manager who helped me going through all the paperwork and dealed with my insurance! She made everything look easy to me! All my life since childhood I’ve had poor vision but now after my right eye surgery I have 20/20 vision! It feels like I am reborn, all these vibrant colors and multitude of details I have never been aware before! Thank you from the bottom of my heart, Dr Scott Kirk! You gave me the best gift! We all take for granted the vision and we realize that only after we lose it! Note: I have opted for premium IOL’s, I wanted for my eyes the best I can get. They are quite expensive and not covered by insurance, but I can personally state that they worth every penny! I cannot wait for the left eye surgery a week from today!"- G.R. / Google / Sep 22, 2022
"Dr Kent Kirk and the entire staff are amazing.They are caring, well organized and I had a fantastic resultMy sight in my right eye went from just barely being able to see the big E on the eye chart to 20/25 visionJust incredible!!!Thank you Dr Kent Kirk and staff I could not be happier Getting ready to do my second cataract surgery and I would NOT use anyone else but Kirk Eye Care!!!They know what they are doing and do eye care extremely well!!"- I.D. / Yelp / Sep 13, 2022
"I don’t think words can express the gratitude I feel towards Dr. Kirk and his incredible office and surgical staff for all that they did for me. I had ICL surgery done last month and it has been life changing. Dr. Kirk was informative, helpful and answered every single question I had before and after surgery. The timing of my recovery overlapped with some personal plans, and Dr. Kirk and his staff went out of their way to still schedule my first few appointments on days and/or times that they don’t normally schedule patients in order to ensure that everything looked and felt good after the procedure. I couldn’t believe how kind and thoughtful they all were. Not only am I still in awe of having perfect vision again, I will forever be grateful to Kirk Eye Center for everything they did for me. I highly recommend Dr. Kirk and the ICL surgery!"- K.S. / Yelp / Sep 02, 2022
"As a new patient, I had my first opportunity to visit the Gurnee, IL office of ophthalmologist, Dr. Tyler Quentin Kirk. It took some weeks to get the appointment, but I waited patiently and was rewarded this morning with a sense of calm that let me know I was in the right place. From the welcoming voices on the phone and at the front door; during my exams and explanations; to our good-byes, I would like to thank Dr. Kirk and his wonderful staff. Janely, my 'first responder,' with whom I spent the most time, and all the other girls who assisted me or with whom I interacted: Miki, Mary, Val, Wendy, and Julissa. Hope to see you soon."- B.K. / Google / Sep 01, 2022
HOW DOES THE LIGHT ADJUSTABLE LENS WORK?
Like standard IOLs, the Light Adjustable Lens is implanted into your eye during surgery. The only difference is that the lens is made of a special photosensitive silicone that allows it to be adjusted in response to light. After your eyes heal following cataract surgery, you will return to Kirk Eye Center to undergo a series of short, routine UV light treatments to customize your vision. Your doctor will use a light-based delivery device to direct a low-intensity UV light beam onto your eye to alter the shape of your lens. This takes about 90 seconds per eye. You will have the ability to preview your new eyesight until it meets your desired vision and lifestyle goals.
What to Expect with the Light Adjustable Lens
After your Light Adjustable Lens is implanted during cataract surgery, your eyes will be extremely sensitive to light. We will provide you with special UV protective glasses to wear at all times following surgery until 24 hours after the completion of your last light session. The glasses must be worn both indoors and outdoors, although they may be removed when sleeping or showering. Most patients need 2 – 4 ultraviolet light sessions over 1 – 2 weeks to reach their vision goals. Following this, you can expect to enjoy your new, clearer vision.
Light Adjustable Lens FAQ
What are the advantages of the Light Adjustable Lens?
Unlike other IOLs, the Light Adjustable Lens is the only lens that is able to undergo adjustments after it has been implanted into your eye. This allows our medical professionals to ensure your lens power is always precisely where it should be as time goes by. This easy adjustment also means patients will not have to undergo additional procedures, such as laser surgery.
Is the Light Adjustable Lens right for me?
In general, the majority of patients undergoing cataract surgery are considered great fits for the Light Adjustable Lens. This IOL works best for cataract surgery patients who are actively attempting to achieve the best vision possible without the need for glasses. For those individuals who have previously had refractive corneal procedures like, Lasik, PRK, or Radial Keratotomy, this is the most accurate lens option. To make sure you're an ideal candidate for the Light Adjustable Lens, schedule a consultation with a member of our team today.
How long does the Light Adjustable Lens last?
A huge bonus of the Light Adjustable Lens is its lifespan. It should last forever without the need to be removed or replaced. This is due, in large part, to its ability to undergo adjustments to the power of the lens, ensuring it always perfectly meets the needs of your natural eyesight.
Obtain Customized Vision
If you are considering having surgery to remove cataracts, it is possible to regain clearer vision with the increasingly sought-after Light Adjustable Lens by RxSight. This specialized lens has helped many Kirk Eye Center patients to obtain their most precise eyesight when compared with a traditional, non-adjustable IOL. To learn more and find out if you qualify, contact us in River Forest or Gurnee, IL to schedule an appointment.