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.
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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.