The Light Adjustable Lens is the only adjustable intraocular lens (IOL) available that allows optimization of your vision after lens implantation and healing. The first step is to have your cataract safely removed and the adjustable IOL implanted. The cataract removal and IOL implantation procedure will be the same as if you selected a non-adjustable IOL.
The Light Adjustable Lens has a unique feature. Once your eye has healed, you will return to New Vision Eye Center to have your vision tested. During this visit, you can preview and compare possible visual outcomes based on your personal preferences and lifestyle. Your doctor will then apply a light treatment that precisely reshapes your implanted lens based on the necessary correction. You may need up to three total light treatments to reach your visual goals.
The Light Adjustable Lens is made of a unique photosensitive material that changes the shape and power of your implanted lens in response to ultraviolet (UV) light. Light treatments are delivered in your doctor’s office with the Light Delivery Device (LDD).
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the Light Adjustable Lens and Light Delivery Device for patients with pre-existing astigmatism of 0.75 diopters or more who are undergoing cataract surgery. Other intraocular lens implants may be available for treating your cataracts, and your doctor will help you determine which lens is right for you.
Learn what to expect after cataract surgery with the Light Adjustable Lens.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
Approved use: The Light Adjustable Lens and Light Delivery Device (LDD) system is authorized for patients with a cataract and need surgery for it, who have corneal astigmatism (at least 0.75 diopters) before surgery, and do not have any pre-existing macular disease.
Who should not receive this treatment? The Light Adjustable Lens and LDD system should not be used if you are taking medications that may increase your sensitivity to ultraviolet (UV) light; if you are taking a drug that is considered harmful to your retina; if you have a history of herpes eye infection or uncontrollable eye movements (nystagmus); or if you are unable to comply with your doctor’s schedule of LDD light treatments and instructions for wearing special UV-protective glasses for several weeks following cataract surgery.
What warnings should I be aware of? Preexisting macular disease and certain eye conditions may increase the risk of complications. Your doctor will determine if you are a good candidate for the Light Adjustable Lens. Suppose you have difficulties during your cataract surgery before the Light Adjustable Lens is implanted. In that case, you may need to have another intraocular lens (IOL) implanted instead of the Light Adjustable Lens.
What precautions should I be aware of? The safety and effectiveness of the Light Adjustable Lens and LDD have not been established in patients with certain pre existing eye conditions or in patients who experience certain complications during cataract surgery. You should discuss these issues with your doctor. Following surgery, you must wear the special UV-protective glasses during all waking hours for about 4 to 5 weeks and comply with your doctor’s schedule of LDD light treatments. Failure to wear UV-protective glasses can result in an unpredicted vision change or loss of vision quality after exposure to UV light, such as from sunlight. This may require a second surgery to remove the Light Adjustable Lens from your eye and replace it with another IOL.
What are the potential risks? As with any surgical procedure, there are risks associated with cataract surgery and IOL implantation. Please discuss these risks with your doctor. Potential risks associated with LDD light treatments include mild alterations to color perceptions; temporary scratchiness, irritation, or dryness to the front part of your eye; and activation of a previously undiagnosed herpes eye infection. Longer-lasting and more severe adverse events related to UV light exposure are possible but rare. There is a slight chance that your vision could be made worse or that you may require additional surgery due to a complication.
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