Coastal Vision Medical Group is excited to offer the RxSight™ Light Adjustable Lens (LAL), which is the first and only lens that can be customized after cataract surgery.
With traditional intraocular lenses (IOLs), your physician performs measurements before your surgery in order to select the best IOL to try to achieve your vision goals. An intraocular lens is an artificial lens that is implanted during cataract surgery to replace the natural lens. When you have a cataract, your lens has become cloudy from protein buildup. Cataracts occur commonly as a result of aging but can also result from genetic disorders, pre-existing medical conditions like diabetes, or other eye conditions. The cloudiness in your eye’s lens affects its ability to bend or refract light, causing blurred, hazy, and/or discolored vision. It’s like looking through a foggy windshield.
Traditionally, the intraocular lens implanted during cataract surgery has a predetermined lens power that must be selected by your physician before surgery for vision correction. Once your surgery is complete and the IOL has been implanted, your physician has limited options to adjust the lens power.
With the RxSight™ Light Adjustable Lens, you and your doctor can now customize your vision after your eye has healed from cataract surgery. This is because the Light Adjustable Lens is made of a special photosensitive material that changes the shape and power of your implanted lens in response to ultraviolet (UV) light. You and your physician will have the unique ability to adjust and preview your vision until it meets your personal desires and lifestyle requirements.
The cataract removal and IOL implantation procedure are the same as if you selected a non-adjustable IOL. Then, in the weeks that follow, your physician will customize your vision through a series of non-invasive light treatments that take only a few minutes each. You may need 2 to 4 total light treatments over a period of 1 to 2 weeks to reach your vision goals. Once your vision is adjusted, the final light treatment is used to lock in the results.
The Light Adjustable Lens delivers superior vision outcomes that non-adjustable IOLs cannot match. In a clinical study, the majority of patients who received the Light Adjustable Lens achieved 20/20 or better vision at 6 months without glasses.1
US Food and Drug Administration. Summary of Safety and Effectiveness (SSED) of Light Adjustable Lens and Light Delivery Device system.
The first and only adjustable intraocular lens (IOL) that allows your physician to customize your vision after your cataract surgery
Patients who received the Light Adjustable Lens followed by adjustments were twice as likely to achieve 20/20 vision at 6 months without glasses as those who received a standard monofocal IOL
The cataract removal and IOL implantation procedure is the same as if you selected a non-adjustable IOL
The Light Adjustable Lens is made of a special photosensitive material that changes the shape and power of your implanted lens in response to ultraviolet (UV) light
You will have the unique ability to preview and compare possible vision outcomes based on your preferences and lifestyle requirements
Light treatments that precisely reshape your implanted lens are delivered in your doctor’s office to adjust your vision to the desired target
Light treatments are painless, non-invasive, and last approximately 90 seconds
You may need 2 to 4 total light treatments over a period of 1 to 2 weeks to reach your vision goals
You will need to wear special UV protective glasses during all waking hours (from the time of lens implantation until after the last light treatment is completed) to prevent exposure to indoor and outdoor sources of UV light that can cause uncontrolled changes to the Light Adjustable Lens
Exposure to indoor and outdoor sources of UV light can cause uncontrolled changes to the Light Adjustable Lens until all light treatments are completed. To prevent this, patients must wear special UV protective glasses provided by RxSight during all waking hours (from the time of lens implantation until 24 hours after the final lock-in light treatment is completed).
The clear pair of protective glasses must be worn indoors, and the tinted pair must be worn in all bright sunlight conditions. The glasses may be removed when sleeping and may be temporarily removed when showering, washing the face, or applying eye drops as long as the patient is not exposed to direct sunlight.
Unprotected exposure to UV light during this period can result in unpredictable changes to the Light Adjustable Lens, which might necessitate the removal of the lens.
Q: Can I have both eyes done at the same time?
A: Most cataract surgeries performed require us to operate on one eye at a time.
Q: What is the recovery period?
A: Recovery is relatively quick but everyone heals at a different pace. Many patients do get better vision after the first 24-28 hours. Please follow the post-surgical instructions very closely over the first few weeks after cataract surgery.
Q: Will I have a choice of getting premium lens implants such as the RxSight™ Light Adjustable Lens?
A: Yes, in fact, we suggest that you discuss the available options with our counselors upon your eye examination at our office. If you are seeking premium lens implants like the RxSight™ Light Adjustable Lens, Coastal Vision Medical Group is the premier provider in Southern California with cataract and refractive surgery experts to help you determine what will work best for you.
Our counselors and surgeons are here to carefully help you choose the most appropriate route and options for your surgery. Call (888) 501-4496 to schedule a cataract evaluation, or fill out our online form. Convenient monthly payment plans are available. Coastal Vision has locations in Irvine, Orange, Long Beach, and Norco areas.