Cataract surgery has taken a giant leap forward with the introduction of the Light Adjustable Lens (LAL). At the Cornea and Laser Eye Institute in New Jersey, we are thrilled to guide you through this revolutionary technology, offering personalized vision correction like never before. Let’s explore the Light Adjustable Lens and answer some common questions about this innovative option.
What are Cataracts and How Does LAL Help?
Cataracts cloud the eye’s natural lens, leading to blurred vision and color perception issues. During cataract surgery, this cloudy lens is replaced with an artificial lens. The Light Adjustable Lens elevates this procedure by enabling post-operative adjustments, tailoring your vision to your specific needs.
FAQs About Light Adjustable Lens
- How Does the Light Adjustable Lens Differ from Multifocal Lenses?
- While multifocal lenses offer clear vision at different distances, the power of a multifocal lens is fixed, and can not be adjusted after surgery. If a prescription adjustment is required after multifocal lens placement, then LASIK or PRK may be required for this correction. LAL provides the unique benefit of post-operative adjustments, enabling a more customized vision correction.
- Is the Light Adjustable Lens a Monofocal Lens?
- Yes, the LAL is a type of monofocal lens, but with the added advantage of being adjustable to fine-tune your vision post-surgery.
- What is LAL+?
- LAL+ is the newest light adjustable lens. It is an extended depth of focus lens which corrects both distance and intermediate vision, and can be adjusted after surgery like the original light adjustable lens.
- When Was the Light Adjustable Lens Approved by the FDA?
- The FDA approved the Light Adjustable Lens on November 22, 2017, marking a significant advancement in cataract surgery technology.
- How Does the Light Adjustable Lens Work?
- LAL uses photosensitive molecules in the lens material. Post-surgery, these molecules can be adjusted using UV light to refine the lens’s shape and power, optimizing your vision.
- What Are the Considerations and Eligibility Criteria for the Light Adjustable Lens?
- LAL may not be suitable for everyone. Those with certain pre-existing conditions, and those whose pupil’s don’t dilate adequately with drops might not be eligible. Our team can assess your suitability for this innovative lens.
- How Long Do Light Adjustable Lenses Last, and What Astigmatism Can They Correct?
- LAL is designed as a permanent vision correction solution. The LAL postoperative adjustments are the most precise astigmatism correction available today.
- What’s the Difference Between Toric and Light Adjustable Lenses?
- Toric lenses are a fixed power, and are rotated during surgery to correct astigmatism at your specific astigmatism axis. LAL provides customizable vision correction, allowing for exact astigmatism adjustment after surgery.
- What Is the Cost of Light Adjustable Lenses, and Is It Covered by Insurance?
- The cost for LAL varies, typically ranging from $4,000 to $6,000 per eye. Coverage depends on your insurance provider, so we recommend consulting them for detailed information.
- Does Medicare Cover the Light Adjustable Lens?
- Medicare generally covers cataract surgery with standard IOLs. For LAL, it’s best to check with your Medicare provider for specific coverage details.
Why Choose the Light Adjustable Lens?
The Light Adjustable Lens offers a level of customization in cataract surgery that was previously unattainable. It caters to your unique vision needs, potentially reducing your dependence on glasses and enhancing your overall quality of life.
Are You a Candidate for the Light Adjustable Lens?
Find out if you’re a candidate for this cutting-edge technology. Contact the Cornea and Laser Eye Institute for a cataract consultation. Our expert team is ready to guide you towards achieving your best possible vision. Book your appointment today and take the first step towards a clearer, brighter future.