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Seeing the Difference With RxSight Light Adjustable Lenses
Cataract surgery involves removing a damaged and cloudy natural lens and replacing it with an artificial intraocular lens (IOL). There are all different kinds of IOLs that you can choose from, but the RxSight Light Adjustable Lens is the only artificial lens that can be adjusted after your surgery is complete. The lens is made of special photosensitive material that can be altered using special UV light, offering better vision outcomes compared to non-adjustable lenses.
How To Know if You May Have Cataracts
When your normally clear lens becomes cloudy, you may have cataracts. Blurry vision is the most common symptom, but there are other signs as well, including:
- Blurry vision
- Dimmed vision
- Seeing glares or halos
- Light sensitivity
- Double vision
- Difficulty seeing at night
- Color changes
- Frequent prescription changes
Cataracts can take a while before they start interfering with vision, but you can always reach out to our eye doctor to learn more about the condition and to see if you’ll need surgery.
How Are Cataracts Treated?
Cataract surgery is currently the only known treatment to address cataracts. Cataract removal is the only way to restore your vision from this condition. You might have heard of using eye drops for cataracts, but there are currently no eye drops on the market that can treat cataracts. To achieve optimal vision after developing cataracts, you should see an experienced McAllen cataract surgeon for treatment. Dr. Rachel Gelman is among the best cataract surgeons in the Rio Grande Valley, and she can talk to you about how to reach your desired visual outcome.
How Do RxSight Light Adjustable Lens Work?
After your doctor performs the cataract surgery and removes your old, cloudy lens, your RxSight Light Adjustable Lens will be implanted into your eye. A few weeks after recovery, your doctor will then begin light treatments to adjust the lens using ultraviolet (UV) light. The adjustment process is pain-free, and you can expect light adjustments to take about two minutes.
This safe and noninvasive procedure is quick, but it may take a few sessions before you gain optimal eyesight. Once you’re satisfied with the results, your eye doctor can lock in your prescription during your final light treatment so you won’t need constant revisits for adjustments.
Benefits of Choosing RxSight Light Adjustable Lens
Achieve Improved Vision
With quick and noninvasive adjustments, you can test your vision and adjust it as needed to suit your preferences.
Wear Glasses Less
If you’re looking to wear glasses or contact lenses less often, Light Adjustable Lens can be adjusted so that you may be able to ditch glasses altogether.
Correct Vision Concerns
If you’ve struggled with astigmatism, farsightedness, or nearsightedness, the Light Adjustable Lens can be adjusted to correct these concerns.
No More Glares
Light Adjustable Lenses are designed from photosensitive silicone material that stops you from seeing any glares or halos.
Light Adjustable Lens FAQs
How Do I Know if I’m a Candidate for Light Adjustable Lenses?
If you have cataracts, need surgery, and have corneal astigmatism, but don’t have macular disease, you may be eligible for light adjustable lenses. But to get approved for this procedure, it’s best to discuss your vision health with our eye surgeon.
What Are the Risks of This Procedure?
Some side effects of light adjustable lenses can include alterations in color vision, but these effects usually resolve after adjustments are made. You may also experience temporary eye dryness, irritation, or scratchiness. Corneal abrasion or retinal damage are also rare risks of light adjustable lenses.
What Should I Expect During the Light Adjustment?
About two to three weeks after surgery, you can get the implanted lens adjusted to fit your vision needs. A Light Delivery Device (LDD) sends ultraviolet (UV) light to your lenses to adjust your vision. The actual procedure will take about 90 seconds to complete.
How Do I Protect My New Light Adjustable Lenses?
Your RxSight Light Adjustable Lens will be the first and only lens you need for your eye. Light adjustable lenses last forever, unless your eye is somehow accidentally injured down the line.