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Light Adjustable Lens

Take Control of Your Vision

Introducing the groundbreaking Light Adjustable Lens: the only Intraocular Lens that allows customizable vision after cataract surgery.

Take the IOL Self-Test to see if you may be a good candidate for the LAL at Eye Solutions of Syracuse.

Do you have cataracts and are considering Eye Solutions of Syracuse for your cataract surgery? Before you schedule the procedure, Dr. Cecchi will help you choose an intraocular lens.

The new and revolutionary Light Adjustable Lens is one of these intraocular lenses available to cataract patients at Eye Solutions of Syracuse.

What is an Intraocular Lens?

An intraocular lens (IOL) is an artificial lens that takes over the job of the natural lens during cataract surgery. The cloudy natural lens is removed and replaced with an IOL, allowing patients to see clearly.

Several different kinds of IOLs are available, making it essential to understand your choices. Dr. Cecchi will help you choose the best IOL and make a recommendation based on your visual needs, lifestyle goals, and desires after cataract surgery.

If you’ve spoken to friends and family about their cataract surgery, you may have heard of monofocal, multifocal, and toric IOLs. 

A revolutionary new lens called a Light Adjustable Lens has become available to patients who need cataract surgery. We proudly offer the Light Adjustable Lens to cataract patients at Eye Solutions of Syracuse. 

What is the Light Adjustable Lens?

The Light Adjustable Lens (LAL) is an intraocular lens that allows patients to customize their vision after cataract surgery. It lets you test-drive different vision options before locking in the final version. 

With other lenses, you have to make many decisions about the vision you want before your cataract surgery. Once implanted, those lenses become “fixed” and can’t be changed.

The Light Adjustable Lens is the first and only IOL that allows customizability after cataract surgery. This revolutionary process is possible due to its photosensitive properties. 

Dr. Cecchi will use controlled UV light after your initial cataract procedure to fine-tune your vision. You’ll be able to work with Dr. Cecchi to define your new depth of focus and even try a few options before settling on your final visual outcome.

How Does the Light Adjustable Lens Work?

During the cataract procedure, Dr. Cecchi will replace the affected cloudy natural lens with the Light Adjustable Lens. The Light Adjustable Lens contains a light-sensitive material that allows him to fine-tune and customize your vision after you’ve finished recovering from the cataract procedure. 

Dr. Cecchi will initially set your focus power close to your gauged visual needs. Your ophthalmologist can then adjust the Light Adjustable Lens during a series of light treatments performed with a UV light delivery device (LDD). 

If you choose the Light Adjustable Lens, you’ll need to attend a series of appointments to receive light treatments after your initial surgery. The light treatments ensure the lens is optimized for your unique vision. 

During the treatments, Dr. Cecchi will place the UV delivery device in front of your eye, where specific areas of the Light Adjustable Lens receive exposure to controlled UV light. Exposing the Light Adjustable Lens to UV light helps change its structure while adjusting its corrective power and curvature.

After the final light treatment, the lens power is locked in, and you’ll be asked to wear UV-protective glasses for 24 hours to ensure the lens remains stable.

What is the Recovery Process with the Light Adjustable Lens Like?

Before you can begin follow-up treatment with the Light Delivery Device, you’ll need to recover from undergoing cataract surgery. Typically, patients begin receiving follow-up treatment around three weeks after the initial procedure.

Dr. Cecchi will provide detailed instructions to prevent complications and ensure you know what to expect. Before locking in and finalizing your vision, you’ll need to wear protective glasses to avoid accidental exposure to UV light.

You must wear special UV protective glasses during all waking hours from the time of your initial procedure until 24 hours after the final lock-in light treatment is completed. The glasses may be removed when sleeping, and may be temporarily removed when showering, washing your face, or applying eye drops.

After the initial recovery, you’ll begin a series of short in-office treatments to adjust the Light Adjusted Lens to your specific vision needs.

Am I a Good Candidate for the Light Adjusted Lens?

If you want to achieve the best possible vision after cataract surgery and are willing to undergo painless and minimal follow-up treatments, you may be a great candidate for the Light Adjustable Lens. The first step to finding out is to discuss your options with Dr. Cecchi.

We’ll work with you to review the pros and cons of the IOLs we offer to help you weigh your choices and choose the best one for your vision. When discussing potential IOLs, consider your goals for your vision after cataract surgery, your potential budget, and your lifestyle needs. 

Because the Light Adjustable Lens is a premium IOL, it is more expensive and requires an out-of-pocket expense, unlike some other options like a monofocal IOL. However, the Light Adjustable Lens is an excellent way to invest in your vision and yourself for years to come.

Are you ready to learn more about the Light Adjustable Lens? Is this incredible IOL right for you? Find out more by requesting an appointment at Eye Solutions of Syracuse today!

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