How Do Light Adjustable Lenses Differ from Other IOL Types?

When you have cataracts, your eye’s natural lens becomes cloudy and impairs your vision. Over time, vision can worsen and impede your ability to perform everyday tasks. The good news is that cataract surgery is a very common procedure that involves safely removing the clouded lens and replacing it with a new, artificial intraocular lens, also known as an IOL. The Light Adjustable Lens™ from RXSight® is a popular type of IOL that has helped many San Antonio, TX patients achieve clear vision after cataract surgery. At Focal Point Vision, our skilled team of board-certified ophthalmologists perform cataract surgery and can provide the Light Adjustable Lens IOL to optimize your vision for many years to come.

What are the symptoms of cataracts?

Cataracts are cloudy spots that form on the lens of the eye, but you may not notice them at first since they develop slowly. Over time, you may notice hazy, blurry vision, as well as halos around lights and difficulty seeing at night. If you are noticing symptoms of cataracts, we encourage you to schedule an appointment for an eye examination at Focal Point Vision.

How is cataract surgery performed?

Cataracts are removed via either traditional cataract surgery or laser cataract surgery. Both procedures involve using a precise instrument to break up and remove the cataract. Once the cataract has been eliminated, your new, artificial intraocular lens (IOL) will be placed into your eye during the very same procedure.

An intraocular lens (IOL) is implanted into the eye during cataract surgery to replace the clouded lens that was removed, and also serves to correct any refractive vision impairments you may have, such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism. With the majority of IOLs, the targeted vision correction is already set before it is placed into the eye. However, the Light Adjustable lens implant is customized post-surgery, giving patients more precise vision than other IOL types.

What is the Light Adjustable Lens?

The Light Adjustable Lens is implanted into your eye following the removal of your cataract during surgery. The difference between this lens and other IOLs is that the Light Adjustable Lens is composed of a unique photosensitive silicone that allows it to be customized to each eye after surgery. Once your eyes have healed following your cataract surgery, you will return to our San Antonio, TX office for a UV light session that adjusts your new lens to your precise prescription specifications. A major advantage of the Light Adjustable Lens is that it allows the patient to preview their new eyesight before the prescription is set, providing them with the most crisp, sharpest vision possible.

Learn more about the Light Adjustable Lens

If you have cataracts, Focal Point Vision performs surgery to remove the clouded lens and can replace it with the Light Adjustable Lens by RXSight. Thanks to its adjustability after being implanted into the eye, the Light Adjustable Lens has helped many of our San Antonio, TX patients to gain the clearest vision they have ever had. To find out if you’re a candidate for this exciting vision enhancement solution following cataract surgery, contact our team to schedule an eye exam.

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