Cataracts are a major cause of concern when it comes to vision issues. Cataracts develop when the lenses of the eyes become cloudy, which results in blurry vision. While Cataracts are the number one cause of vision loss, fortunately the condition is treatable. It is possible to eliminate cataracts by placing a new artificial lens on the eyes.
Light Adjustable Lenses (LALs) can improve a patient’s vision after cataract surgery, with adjustable prescriptions that can eliminate the need for glasses. When you consult with an ophthalmologist at Kung Eye Center, you’ll learn more about the surgery, and if you have any questions, you’ll get tailored answers for your specific needs from our specialists.
Cataracts appear in the form of clouds in the eyes. The cataracts are painless, and your vision will be blurred. Generally, the condition worsens when the lights are dim or during the night. For most people, their eyes become cloudy as they age. When the condition advances and your quality of life is affected, it is essential to undergo surgery. The surgeons will remove cataracts and place a new lens into your eyes.
If you have cataracts, your ophthalmologist will examine your condition. They will also ask about your medical history to determine whether you’re a suitable candidate for the procedure. Before you have cataract surgery, precise measurements will be taken to estimate the power of the intraocular lens(IOL). As you heal, the use of basic IOL would result in patients needing either distance or reading glasses most of the time. However, Light Adjustable Lenses can be adjusted several times after you heal from surgery, which will ensure that the lens has been tailored to your vision and decrease your dependency on glasses.
The Light Adjustable Lens has been approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration), and Kung Eye Center was the first provider in New York and New Jersey to receive approval to use this new technology making them innovators and experts in this area of ocular technology.
The surgery is also simple, and it comprises of the following steps:
1. Implantation- The LAL is folded into three pieces, and the surgeon implants it. The lens will ensure that you have a clear vision. It is implanted similarly to the mono-focal lens, and the major difference is that it can be reshaped and adjusted after the whole implantation process.
2. Adjustments- The adjustments can be carried out two to three weeks after your surgery takes place. Your surgeon will make adjustments to the lenses using UV lights to meet your prescription.
3. Locking in a Prescription- After attaining the desired correction, it is possible to use a LDD (Light Delivery Device) to ensure the prescription has been locked. Before locking it in, it is essential to wear glasses that will block UV light.
If you believe you may have cataracts, it is essential to schedule an appointment with one our specialists at Kung Eye Center. Complete an online form or call our office to set up your first appointment. After evaluating your cataracts, your ophthalmologist can determine whether you are a good candidate for Light Adjustable Lenses.