Light Adjustable Lenses (LAL)

Experience Precision Vision: Introducing Light Adjustable Lenses (LAL) at MOA

The Light Adjustable Lens (LAL) represents a groundbreaking advancement in ophthalmic technology, revolutionizing the field of cataract surgery. Unlike traditional intraocular lenses (IOLs), LAL is a unique implant that allows noninvasive postoperative adjustments to be made. This innovative lens is designed to provide unparalleled flexibility in refining visual outcomes, enabling our doctors to fine-tune the lens to vision perfection. The ability to customize the lens prescription post-surgery offers patients the prospect of achieving 20/20 vision. 

What Are Light Adjustable Lens(LAL)?

The Light Adjustable Lens (LAL) is a state-of-the-art intraocular lens designed for cataract surgery patients. Unlike traditional fixed-focus lenses, the LAL introduces a pioneering adjustable feature that allows for postoperative modifications to fit each patient’s vision needs.

This innovative technology utilizes a photoresponsive material in the lens that reacts to UV light. The UV light treatments can be applied to precisely alter the curvature and power of the lens, addressing any residual refractive errors and optimizing visual acuity. The LAL represents a significant advancement in cataract surgery, providing both surgeons and patients with a dynamic and adaptable solutions for achieving “Lasik-like results.”

How Do Adjustable Lenses Work?

LAL is a crafted photosensitive material designed to undergo precise changes in response to ultraviolet (UV) light exposure, thereby enhancing your visual acuity. This innovative lens technology is complemented by the Light Delivery Device (LDD), a non-invasive tool that delivers UV light with utmost precision.

The LDD allows for the exact reshaping of the lens based on the specific visual correction required to achieve your customized prescription. This advanced interplay between the LAL and the LDD ensures a tailored approach to optimizing your vision, providing a dynamic solution for addressing individual refractive needs with unparalleled precision and accuracy.

Are you a Good Candidate for LAL?

Good candidates for LALs typically include patients who:

  • Want to avoid dependence on glasses.
  • Who want LASIK-like results.
  • Have previously had refractive surgeries such as LASIK and PRK.
  • Are really particular about their vision.

MOA’s Partnership with Local Cataract Surgeons

Our new groundbreaking technology is backed by a robust collaboration with local cataract surgeons throughout the region.
Experience a seamless and efficient journey with Medical Optometry America’s Light Adjustable Lens (LAL) service, backed by a robust collaboration with local cataract surgeons. Our deep partnership ensures a continuum of care, from pre-operative measurements through surgical implantation to post-operative adjustments and refractive customization.
The collaboration between MOA and cataract surgeons solidifies that each patient receives a personalized treatment journey for expectational visual outcomes to enhance each patients vision and quality of life.

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What to Expect After Surgery?

In the days following your cataract surgery, you should notice an improvement in vision because the clouding of the natural lens has been removed, and it has been replaced with a clear implant allowing for brighter vision with better focus. The implant will be a close approximation to the optimum refraction for your eye, but it is not yet your “final” vision. The lens can be adjusted to account for any defocus beginning 17 days after your second eye’s surgery. In some cases, it may be appropriate to wait longer to allow for more healing or better refractive stability.
Adjustments use a non-invasive, low-energy UV light application. The LAL implants are sensitive to certain wavelengths of UV light, which can exist in ambient lighting. As a result, it is important to wear your provided UV protective glasses at all times (clear for indoors, tinted for outdoors) to ensure there are no aberrant adjustments to the lens from ambient light.

How does the LAL differ from traditional intraocular lenses (IOLs)?

Unlike traditional IOLs with fixed focal points, the LAL offers a groundbreaking adjustable feature. This enables postoperative modifications, allowing ophthalmic surgeons to fine-tune the lens power and address any residual refractive errors after cataract surgery. 

Is the UV light used in the adjustment process harmful to the eyes?

No, the UV light used for adjusting the LAL is carefully controlled and non-invasive. The treatments are performed in a controlled environment by eye care professionals to ensure safety and efficacy. 

Can anyone undergo cataract surgery with the Light Adjustable Lens?

The eligibility for LAL surgery is determined by various factors, including the specific characteristics of the patient’s eyes and overall eye health. An eye care professional will assess whether the LAL is a suitable option based on individual circumstances.

How long does it take to see the full benefits of the Light Adjustable Lens?

 Visual improvements with the LAL are often noticeable shortly after the UV light adjustments. However, the full benefits may take some time as the eyes adjust to the modified lens. Individual experiences may vary. 

About Your Light Adjustment Specialist, Dr. Patrick McManamon

The first OD in PA to be trained on LAL adjustments, Patrick McManamon, OD has performed over 500 adjustments to date in partnership with cataract surgeons throughout the region. He serves as the Medical Director for MOA – Plymouth Meeting.