The RxSight™ Light Adjustable Lens (LAL) is the first and only intraocular lens (IOL) of its kind, making it possible to personalize a patient’s vision after cataract surgery. Our team at Nevada Eye Consultants is proud to be the first practice in Northern Nevada to offer this innovative surgery by RxSight™. Using a special Light Delivery Device (LDD), our eye surgeons can deliver ultraviolet (UV) light to the photosensitive lens, causing a change in its shape to improve a patient’s vision according to their needs.
- Light Adjustable Lens Candidates
- Light Adjustable Lens Procedure
- Number of Light Treatments
- Light Adjustable Lens Recovery
Who Is a Candidate for the RxSight™ Light Adjustable Lens?
During the consultation with your eye surgeon, they will discuss your options for IOLs and explain whether the RxSight™ Light Adjustable Lens may be appropriate for you. In general, ideal candidates for this procedure exhibit the following:
- Suffer from cataracts
- Have a corneal astigmatism of at least .75 diopters
- Do not have macular disease
- Have otherwise healthy eyes
- Are not taking a medication that makes you sensitive to UV light
- Do not have a history of herpes eye infection
Your doctor will go over your health and vision history to determine if you are eligible for the Light Adjustable Lens. At that time they can provide more personalized details of how the photosensitive lens can improve your long-term vision.
What Does the Light Adjustable Lens Procedure Involve?
During your laser cataract surgery, the Light Adjustable Lens will be placed following the removal of your eye’s natural lens that has become clouded. Once your eye has had the chance to heal from surgery, about two to three weeks, you will return to our office for a routine exam to check your vision. Based on the results of this exam, your surgeon is able to further optimize your vision using the RxSight™ Light Delivery Device (LDD).
To customize your vision with the Light Adjustable Lens, a low-intensity UV light is directed at your eye, which causes the lens to react and change shape. This is done until you achieve the desired vision prescription. Multiple treatment sessions are typically needed to achieve the best possible vision results. Each treatment usually lasts 90 seconds and is spaced about three days apart. Once the optimal prescription has been achieved, your vision will be “locked in” for long-lasting results.
How Many Light Treatments Will I Need?
You will need between three and five treatments to personalize your RxSight Light Adjustable Lens, which will depend on the specifics of your treatment plan. Factors like the extent of your vision correction needs and the amount of UV light provided at each session will contribute to the appropriate number of treatments.
What Can I Expect After Getting My Light Adjustable Lens?
After your Light Adjustable Lens has been placed during cataract surgery, certain precautions will need to be taken to ensure you obtain the best outcome. This includes wearing special UV-blocking glasses all day for four to five weeks. These glasses are an essential part of your treatment success, as they help prevent unexpected vision changes caused by sunlight. It is important that you carefully follow your surgeon’s post-operative instructions and return for your scheduled light treatments.
For more information about the RxSight™ Light Adjustable Lens, please contact our team at Nevada Eye Consultations to schedule an appointment.