A cataract occurs when the natural lens in the eye becomes hard and cloudy, which blurs the vision. Cataracts are one of the leading causes of impaired vision for patients at Focal Point Vision in San Antonio, TX. The only treatment for cataracts is to remove the cloudy lens and replace it with a new lens. A light-adjustable lens™ (LAL) has proven to be successful for many of our patients who undergo cataract surgery. During a consultation, our board-certified ophthalmologists can discuss this cataract surgery with you and answer any questions you have about vision after cataract surgery, and cataract surgery recovery.
What are cataracts?
A cataract is the clouding of the eye’s lens. Though it is usually painless, it can result in blurry vision that increases at night or in dim light. Cataracts generally develop slowly, however, most people’s lenses naturally become cloudy during the aging process. When they become more advanced and decrease one’s quality of life, cataract surgery is recommended.
Selecting the best cataract lens
Our team will use pre-surgery eye measurements to estimate the type of intraocular lens (IOL) and power to give you the best vision after surgery. One of the potential complications with this surgery is this new lens can shift during healing, which can alter corrected vision too. Regular follow-up visits can allow our vision professionals to track your healing to correct this problem if it occurs. This light-adjustable lens is the only intraocular lens that allows us to design, test, and customize your vision after cataract surgery, enabling us to give you a lens that is customized specifically for your eyes.
Understanding the light-adjustable lens
The FDA-approved IOL from RXSight® eliminates the need for pre-op estimates for refractive correction. This three-piece foldable lens is implanted by our team at Focal Point Vision, giving our San Antonio, TX patients clear vision. This lens is implanted like a monofocal lens implant. The only difference is that its prescription can be adjusted and reshaped after it is implanted. Since it is made of photoreactive silicone, it can be reshaped with the help of a light delivery device, a special UV light.
Adjustments to the lens can be made up to three weeks after cataract surgery. We can double-check the prescription many times. When the desired correction is achieved, our surgeon will use the light delivery device (LDD) to lock in your prescription at our San Antonio, TX eye surgery center. Before it is locked in, patients must wear UV-blocking glasses to keep the new lens from any UV exposure.
Am I a candidate for the light-adjustable lens?
At Focal Point Vision in San Antonio, TX, our board-certified ophthalmologists offer many advanced technologies that offer our patients clear vision. To learn more about your eligibility for this advanced technology, call to schedule a consultation to discuss your medical history and your goals for your cataract surgery. Ultimately, most cataract patients are ideal candidates for this LAL. This breakthrough technology provides our cataract surgery patients with an exceptional opportunity for clear vision without the need for corrective glasses or contact lenses after surgery.
Testing your vision following light adjustable lens cataract surgery
After your eye heals, you will return to our office to have your vision tested. Based on this eye exam, we will select a custom prescription for your adjustable lens. To receive this light treatment to make changes to your vision, you will be placed in front of a light delivery device to deliver UV light to your lens. A few light treatments, lasting about 90 seconds each, will be needed to reach your desired outcome.
Learn more about light-adjustable lens for cataract removal in San Antonio, TX
At Focal Point Vision, our board-certified ophthalmologists in San Antonio, TX offer many advanced technologies, including the light-adjustable lens, that offer our cataract patients clear vision post-surgery. To learn more and determine if you’re a candidate for this advanced technology for cataract removal, call today to schedule a consultation with our professional team.