When it comes to cataract surgery, Hill Vision Services understands that you want the best care possible. That’s why we offer Light Adjustable Lenses (LAL) from RxSight – the only intraocular lens (IOL) that can be customized after cataract surgery for optimal results.
At Hill Vision Services, our expert ophthalmologists and optometrists understand that no two eyes are alike and each patient has unique characteristics. Our team uses advanced technology to analyze your individualized vision needs and create a personalized treatment plan using RxSight’s customizable IOLs. This allows us to provide you with the highest precision, safety, and accuracy during cataract surgery.
How Can Light Adjustable Lenses Help with Cataracts?
Cataracts are a common condition that can be debilitating to anyone’s vision. This natural, age-related process involves gradual clouding of the natural lenses situated behind the cornea of your eyes, leading to blurred, hazy, or double vision and, sometimes, color distortion. Although cataracts are not painful, they can drastically affect your quality of life, decreasing your capacity to perform daily activities like reading, driving, or even recognizing faces.
With most cataract patients, surgery is the only solution to restore clear vision, but it can be challenging. With Light Adjustable Lenses (LAL), you can customize your eyesight after surgery, resulting in better outcomes.
What Causes Cataracts?
Cataracts are a prevalent problem, affecting over 24.4 million people in the United States alone. The risk of developing cataracts increases with age but can also affect younger people. Some risk factors for cataracts include:
- Family history
- Prolonged exposure to the sun and UV rays
- Regular consumption of alcohol
- High blood pressure
- Previous injury or illness
Customized Cataract Surgery
Cataract surgery removes cloudy natural lenses and replaces them with intraocular lens implants (IOLs) that improve vision. Some patients may need help to experience optimal results. IOLs are customized according to eye measurements, leading to a one-size-fits-all approach. This approach does not account for individual variations in healing.
Light Adjustable Lenses (LAL) are the first intra-ocular lenses that allow your ophthalmologist to customize your vision after you have healed from surgery instead of simply trying to predict what you will need before the procedure. With LAL, you’ll receive a lens that can be adjusted to provide optimal vision based on your needs for better results after surgery.
What is the LAL by RxSight?
The Light Adjustable Lens treatment can improve your vision following cataract surgery. The LAL is made of a unique material that allows it to be adjusted with ultraviolet light after the surgery, giving your doctor complete control over your vision correction. The outpatient surgical procedure involves removing and replacing the cloudy natural lenses with a LAL lens implant. Once the lens is in place, our ophthalmologist will use a device to expose it to UV light and fine-tune your vision. The treatment is painless and takes only a few minutes, and you can return home on the same day.
The Light Adjustable Lens has shown remarkable results, with patients achieving uncorrected (without glasses or contacts) visual acuity of 20/20 or better. This means they could perform daily activities like driving, reading, and recognizing faces without needing glasses or contact lenses.
Are You a Good Candidate for LAL Treatment?
A good candidate for the Light Adjustable Lens (LAL) is someone with a refractive error, such as nearsightedness or farsightedness, and who wants to reduce their dependence on glasses or contact lenses. LAL surgery is designed to correct many vision errors, including nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. Patients ideally should have a healthy ocular surface and no medical conditions that may interfere with healing.
The best candidates should also be willing to make the lifestyle changes necessary to achieve optimal results. It includes avoiding rubbing or pressing on the eye for several weeks after surgery. You should also understand its risks and benefits before proceeding. Discussing these topics with our experienced ophthalmologist, who can answer any questions or concerns, is important.
LAL candidates should be at least 18 with good vision for at least one year. If any changes occur in your vision in the months leading up to surgery, tell our ophthalmologist to ensure that LAL is still the best option. Good candidates generally have healthy eyes with no history of eye diseases or conditions. Finally, you should be prepared to follow post-operative instructions and attend regular follow-up care for several months after surgery. This ensures you receive the best possible outcomes from your procedure.
Light Adjustable Lenses in the Greater St Louis, MO Area
Cataracts in both eyes or one can affect your quality of life, but with Light Adjustable Lenses, you can achieve clear vision after cataract surgery. If you are experiencing cataracts, consult our Greater St Louis area eye doctors to see if our accommodative IoLs are right for you.
Using the RxSight intraocular lenses, we can provide better sight after cataract surgery. The Light Adjustable Lens is adjustable and customizable, giving you more clarity than traditional lenses. Our team will work closely with you to ensure your prescription is adjusted at the correct time. We have three convenient locations in the Greater St Louis Area:
- Hill Vision Services, in Lake St. Louis
- Hill Vision Services in Creve Coeur, MO
- Hill Vision Services of Glen Carbon and Edwardsville, IL
At Hill Vision Services, we look forward to helping you see the world clearly and with perfect vision. We aim to provide premium personalized treatment using advanced, innovative technology. With our expertise in Light Adjustable Lens, we are confident you will love the results!