LOTUS VISION is the first eye care center in Georgia to offer the Light Adjustable Lens (LAL), the most technologically-advanced intraocular lens (IOL) available in the United States. The Light Adjustable Lens is an IOL whose power can be adjusted after surgery utilizing an ultraviolet light delivery device in the office. By precisely controlling the pattern of light, the lens implant power can be adjusted to correct any remaining myopia, hyperopia or astigmatism. This allows us to reduce or eliminate any residual refractive error for those wanting the best distance vision. It also allows us to provide extended depth vision for those wanting to reduce their need for eyeglasses for distance and near activities.
The Light Adjustable Lens (LAL) Procedure
The first step of the procedure is to have your cataract safely removed with implantation of the Light Adjustable Lens (LAL) intraocular lens. The procedure is similar to that performed for routine cataract surgery, the most commonly performed procedure in the world.
Two weeks after cataract surgery in both eyes, the eyes will have fully healed and your surgeon will evaluate your vision. If Dr. Nemi decides to adjust the power of the lens to give you sharper, more precise reading or distance vision, you will be placed in front of the Light Delivery Device (LDD), which will non-invasively deliver ultraviolet (UV) light to the LAL implant. The light treatment is painless and takes less than 90 seconds in the office.
After the first light treatment, you will return in a few days, and an additional may be performed if a minor adjustment is required to fine tune vision even further. Typically between two to four total light treatments are needed, each lasting less than 90 seconds and separated by at least 3 days in between visits.
When you are happy with your visual outcome, the intraocular lens power is ‘locked-in’ with a final light application and you can have confidence that you have achieved the best possible vision outcome possible.
Ultraviolet (UV) Light and the Light Adjustable Lens (LAL)
The sun is the primary natural source of UV light and artificial sources of UV light are safely used in many medical and ophthalmic treatments. Since exposure to indoor and outdoor sources of UV light can cause uncontrollable changes to the Light Adjustable Lens, the patient will be provided with UV protective glasses to wear during all waking hours (from time of lens implantation until after the last light treatment is completed).