Light Adjustable Lens (LAL)
Coastal Vision Medical Group is excited to be the first practice in Orange County to offer the Light Adjustable Lens (LAL) to cataract patients.
Customization to your lifestyle needs
The Light Adjustable Lens is the first and only FDA-approved IOL that can be adjusted post-operatively to improve uncorrected visual acuity. First, routine cataract surgery is performed, and the Light Adjustable Lens is implanted. Over the next 2-3 weeks after surgery, the Light Delivery Device (LDD) is used to customize the lens based on the patient’s individual lifestyle needs.
Light Delivery Device (LDD)
If you select the Light Adjustable Lens, the first step is to have your cataract safely removed and the adjustable IOL implanted. The cataract removal and IOL implantation procedure is similar to any other type of IOL surgery.
Typically in about two weeks, when the eye has healed, the surgeon will evaluate your vision. If your surgeon decides to adjust the power of the lens to give you sharper, more precise reading or distance vision, you will be placed in front of the Light Delivery Device (LDD), which will non-invasively deliver the UV light to your Light Adjustable Lens. The light treatment is painless and takes less than 90 seconds.
After the first light treatment, you will return in a few days, and if a further minor adjustment is required to fine tune vision an additional treatment is performed. Typically between 2 and 4 total light treatments are needed, each lasting less than 90 seconds and separated by at least 3 days in between visits.
When you are happy with your visual outcome, the lens power is ‘locked in’ with a final light application and for the first time ever, you can have confidence that your result will be just how you want to see the world.
UV Light and Protective Goggles
Sunlight is natural source of UV light, and artificial sources of UV light are commonly used in many medical and ophthalmic treatments. However, as exposure to indoor and outdoor sources of UV light can cause uncontrolled changes to the Light Adjustable Lens, you will be provided with UV protective glasses to wear during all waking hours (from time of lens implantation until after the last light treatment is completed).
Glasses may be removed when sleeping, and may be temporarily removed when showering, washing your face, or applying eye drops as long as you are not exposed to direct sunlight.
24 hours after the final light treatment no further changes can occur in the implanted LAL. At this time, you can remove the UV protective glasses and enjoy your custom vision.
Why choose the Light Adjustable Lens:
- The Light Adjustable Lens (LAL) is the only IOL that enables our surgeons to design, trial and customize your vision after cataract surgery. Customization takes cataract surgery to the next level by giving you a lens customized specifically for your eyes.
- In a FDA study of 600 subjects, those who received the LAL were twice as likely to achieve 20/20 vision without glasses.
Call (888) 501-4496 to schedule a cataract evaluation, and to discuss cataract surgery with the Light Adjustable Lens, or click here to schedule online. Convenient monthly payment plans are available.