What are lifestyle lenses?

During cataract surgery, the surgeon removes the clouded cataract and implants a tiny, clear intraocular lens (IOL) to replace it. There are variety of IOL types, each designed to provide a different visual outcome. Standard monofocal IOLs focus light at one point-either far away or up close. The standard lens is not designed to eliminate the need for glasses, but rather to make the vision with glasses far more clear than it was prior to cataract surgery. For those looking for a wider range of clear vision with less dependence on glasses, and correction for certain refractive errors (astigmatism and presbyopia), lifestyle lenses may be the best option.

Astigmatism-Correcting Lifestyle Lenses Do you wear glasses to correct astigmatism? Now you may have another option.

Sometimes, the surface of the cornea is curved more like the surface of a football, with both flat and steep curves. This uneven curvature (astigmatism) distorts vision because light rays are not focused to a single spot on the retina. This can have a significant effect on one's quality of vision. An implantable astigmatism-correcting toric lens makes it possible to treat the cataract and corneal astigmatism at the same time. The toric IOL is implanted during cataract surgery to provide quality distance vision independent of glasses and contact lenses.

Toric lenses can tremendously improve the quality of vision for those who have astigmatism, far more than is possible with a standard IOL. Ask your eye doctor for more information about your astigmatism-correcting toric lens options.

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IOL: Toric Lens - Introduction

Presbyopia-Correcting Lifestyle Lenses Are you looking to enjoy a full range of vision, while reducing or eliminating the need for glasses?

As we age, the eye's lens naturally begins to harden and become less flexible, preventing the lens from changing shape to focus on close-up images. This is called presbyopia. Multifocal lenses implanted during cataract surgery restore your ability to focus on near objects. The result is clearer vision at all distances without the aid of glasses and contacts.

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IOL: Multifocal - Introduction

Multifocal lenses and extended depth of focus lenses have been shown to offer an even greater level of magnification for near objects than other lenses. The multifocal IOL contains added magnification in different parts of the lens, which focuses light at different distances. This is what allows the eye to focus clearly without glasses at all distances.

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.


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!