Implantable Lifestyle Lenses

Intraocular lenses (IOLs) are tiny, clear lenses that replace the clouded lens to restore focus after cataract surgery. By implanting a standard monofocal IOL, the eye can focus clearly at one distance (usually far) and will require glasses for clear near vision. Most people who select this particular IOL are very happy with their decision. For those looking for less dependence on glasses after surgery, implantable lifestyle lenses may be an option. These include multifocal and toric IOLs.

Multifocal Replacement Lens

The multifocal IOL is often referred to as the “lifestyle” lens, because it is designed to restore a full range of vision—near, far, and intermediate. This is particularly helpful for people with active lifestyles. With a multifocal IOL, it is possible to significantly reduce or completely eliminate your dependence on glasses.

Toric Replacement Lens

Toric IOLs are another type of implantable lifestyle lens and one of the best solutions for correcting both cataracts AND astigmatism during cataract surgery. In the past, patients with astigmatism experienced blurred and distorted vision after cataract surgery, because a standard replacement lens could not correct this condition. The toric IOL is designed to provide quality distance vision with reduced dependence on eyeglasses and contact lenses.

Light Adjustable Lenses

The First and Only Lens Adjusted After Cataract Surgery

Most IOLs are designed for a specific vision outcome before cataract surgery and cannot be changed once they have been implanted. The Light Adjustable Lens (LAL) from RxSight is the only IOL that allows you and your doctor to customize your vision after cataract surgery. LAL gives you the ability to update your sight after cataract surgery to find your desired outcome.

Like other IOLs, the LAL is implanted during your cataract surgery. Once your eye has healed after cataract surgery, you return to your eye doctor to have your vision tested. During this visit you will be able to preview and compare possible vision outcomes based on your unique preferences and lifestyle requirements before selecting a prescription for your adjustable lens. Once your desired vision outcome is decided, your doctor performs a proprietary light treatment to the lens that precisely reshapes your implanted lens based on the visual correction that is needed to target your custom prescription.

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How does the Light Adjustable Lens (LAL) work?

The Light Adjustable Lens (LAL) is made of a special photosensitive material that changes the shape and power of your implanted lens in response to ultraviolet (UV) light. Light treatments are delivered in your doctor's office. The light treatment procedure can be adjusted and performed multiple times to ensure the lens is correctly customized for your vison needs. Once you have found your desired visual outcome, you will receive your final light treatment. Your vision will be customized, and no further changes will be needed.  The lens will be set and UV light will no longer affect the shape of the lens.

Is the Light Adjustable Lens right for me?

The Light Adjustable Lens has been approved by the FDA for use in cataract surgery recipients with or without astigmatism. If you have astigmatism and want the most out of cataract surgery, the Light Adjustable Lens may be the right lens for you!

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“I was impressed with Mattax Neu Prater and their staff. From the time I came in the door until I left after my after-surgery checkup, my experience was absolute comfort. Your appointment is made on your schedule, then you come in and you are handled politely and courteously. I was in, I was out, then I went out for breakfast.”

- Suzy, Actual Patient

Which IOL is best for me?

There are a variety of IOLs on the market, but not all of them will restore YOUR best vision. Before deciding on a replacement lens, it is important to consult with your eye doctor to discuss your options and the kind of vision you want after surgery.

Implantable lifestyle lenses may not be covered by Medicare and may require an additional charge. We work to make clear vision available to all those who need it. Our counselors will happily guide you through our affordable options and answer all of your questions.