Light Adjustable Lens (LAL) Intraocular Lens Implant (IOL) for Vision Correction After Cataract Surgery

Reviewed by:

Jason Jacobs, M.D. & Joel Confino, MD

If you have a Cataract, and are considering Cataract Surgery and Intraocular Lens (IOL) Implantation, one of the questions to be answered is, "How can I get the best results and vision correction?"  A type of Intraocular Lens (IOL) that may offer Cataract Surgeons the ability to "fine tune" your distance vision after Cataract Surgery is currently undergoing Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Clinical Trials to demonstrate its' safety and efficacy prior to use by Cataract Surgeons across the United States. Called the Light Adjustable Lens or LAL, this advanced Lens Implant is manufactured from a proprietary high technology material that is light sensitive. By focusing a gentle laser beam through the pupil of your eye and on to the LAL after your Cataract Surgery, the surgeon is able to change the shape of the IOL, and thus your prescription. This "fine tuning" can be performed several weeks after your Cataract Surgery to adjust the vision correction results and help you see your best at distance.

The LAL may be very useful for patients who have had successful LASIK Surgery, but now have come of age where the development of a Cataract is a normal part of the aging process. LASIK patients typically have become quite accustomed to having excellent distance vision without eyeglasses and expect the same type of freedom after Cataract Surgery. The Light Adjustable Lens (LAL) is likely to be very beneficial for patients needing Cataract Surgery who have other eye problems or conditions, such as those who have had Cornea Transplants or who have other Cornea problems that make it difficult for their Cataract Surgeon to accurately obtain the precise measurements necessary for their Lens Implant.  

The information that has been provided here is intended to give patients a basic understanding of how Cataracts can be treated with the Light Adjustable Lens (LAL). It is possible that your individual experience might be different. None of the information provided here is meant to be a substitute for or replace your eye doctor's consultation nor does it replace the need for you to consult with your Cataract Surgeon about specific details of Cataract Surgery and Intraocular Lens (IOL) Implantation.

Caution: Investigational device.  Limited by United States federal law to investigational use.

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