If you are suffering from cataracts and wish to have cataract surgery, you should consider a light adjustable lens (LAL) as one of your options. This lens allows your vision to be customized after cataract surgery. At Fishkind, Bakewell, Maltzman & Hunter Eye Care and Surgery Center in Tucson, AZ, our experts can determine if the light adjustable lens is right for you.
How Does a Light Adjustable Lens Work?
Cataracts occur when the natural lens in your eye becomes cloudy. This blurs and darkens your vision, making it hard for you to see. This is one of the leading causes of impairment in vision, and it is common in people as they age. The only real treatment for cataracts is to remove this cloudy lens and replace it with an artificial one, known as an intraocular lens, or IOL. Cataract surgery can correct many other visual problems as well, such as farsightedness, nearsightedness, and astigmatism.
Before cataract surgery, our ophthalmologist will use detailed measurements of your eye to select the type of intraocular lens that will give you the best possible vision after surgery. However, no matter how many measurements are taken, it is still only a best estimate and not a perfect science. Every eye heals a little bit differently after surgery, so some patients do not experience perfect vision. If the visual target is not reached, this can typically be corrected with contacts, glasses, or even additional surgery.
With a light adjustable lens, we are able to adjust your vision after cataract surgery. This allows you to have a lens that has been customized specifically for your eyes. The lens is made of a special photosensitive material that changes in response to UV light. This allows the lens to change its curvature and refractive power. Once your surgeon completes the final lens adjustment, the entire lens is exposed to light that locks it in.
The light adjustable lens is a great option for patients who have had previous refractive surgery or wish to customize vision after cataract eye surgery. Our eye surgeon will work with you to determine if you are a candidate for the LAL option and discuss surgery with you. After surgery, the surgeon completes detailed measurements and adjustments with you to customize the LAL for your best vision outcome.
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If you are suffering from cataracts, we can offer you a long-lasting solution. At Fishkind, Bakewell, Maltzman & Hunter Eye Care and Surgery Center in Tucson, AZ, our eye surgeons offer light adjustable lenses to give you a customized result after eye surgery. We can answer any questions you have about the light adjustable lens and cataract surgery. To learn more about our services or to schedule an appointment, call us today at 520-293-6740 or send us a message online.