What Is a Light Adjustable Lens (LAL)?

A cheerful girl in bright orange knitted sweater demonstrating a empty hand copy space sign At the office of Dr. Stuart P. Sondheimer, our team of professionals in Skokie, IL, understand how vital your vision and eyesight are. When problems arise, our eye physicians may recommend a light adjustable lens. But first, let’s discover how cataracts can be treated with intraocular lenses.

What Are Cataracts, and How Do IOLs Work To Improve Your Vision?

Cataracts are extremely cloudy areas that develop on the lens of the eye which can result in blurry vision. Over time, they can grow and cause vision loss. When it starts to interfere with your daily activities, it is time to consider surgery. Surgery involves the replacement of the natural lens with a clear, artificial lens known as an IOL. It is a common and safe procedure performed by Dr. Stuart P. Sondheimer, who has years of experience in improving vision and eye health for his patients.

What Is a Light Adjustable Lens (LAL)?

This is a type of lens or intraocular implant used to correct vision, and it can be adjusted after being inserted into the eye. The adjustment is made by exposing the implanted lens to UV light. Currently, the light adjustable lens is the first and only lens used in cataract surgery that can be adjusted after placement. This customization makes it better tailored to a patient’s unique vision needs.

What Are the Benefits of the Light Adjustable Lens for Cataract Patients?

There are several advantages that make the light adjustable lens perfect for many of our patients who are undergoing surgical procedures for the treatment of cataracts. Light adjustable lenses:

  • Allows you to customize your vision after surgery
  • Offer previews of your vision
  • Provide adjustments that take just a few minutes in the office
  • Allow many patients to achieve 20/20 vision with distance at six months post-surgery when compared to standard monofocal IOLs

Am I a Good Candidate for a Light Adjustable Lens?

The LAL provides an additional tool that allows your doctor more flexibility when they are helping you achieve the best possible vision outcome. If you are located in the area of Skokie, IL and want to speak to Dr. Stuart P. Sondheimer about this or other treatments for cataracts, connect with our team to request a consultation visit and initial evaluation. The office can be reached at 847-677-2794 and provides a variety of surgical treatments for the eyes, including cataract and LASIK surgery.

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