RxSight Light Adjustable IOL

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Last updated 10/3/2023

Right sight IOL

RxSight: first cataract lens that’s customized after surgery

Assil Gaur Eye Institute is happy to introduce the RxSightTM Light Adjustable Lens: the first and only adjustable intraocular lens for cataract patients that can have its prescription power changed after it’s implanted in your eye. 

 

These state-of-the-art monofocal lenses allow you to “test drive” your new eyesight and experience how the vision correction feels. Then, you can decide which prescription setting meets your vision goals and lifestyle needs. Once you’re happy with your prescription setting, the final adjustment is “locked” in place.

RXSight light adjustable lens delivers superior vision outcomes

 

What’s so revolutionary about RxSight™️ Light Adjustable IOL monovision lenses is that they deliver outstanding vision outcomes that current intraocular lenses (IOLs) simply cannot match. In an FDA reviewed clinical study looking at 6-month outcomes, patients who received the Light Adjustable Lens were twice as likely to achieve 20/20 distance vision without glasses than patients who received a standard IOL lens implant.

 

This is possible because the RxSightTM Light Adjustable Lens is made of special photosensitive silicone material that undergoes subtle changes in lens power and shape when exposed to carefully dosed ultraviolet (UV) light. This technology lets your doctor adjust your lens power and curvature to better address myopia, hyperopia, and even astigmatism.

 

RxSight Light adjustable Lens

How does the eye doctor adjust the lens power after it’s in my eye?

Your RxSightTM lenses are adjusted via non-invasive UV light treatments performed at your eye doctor’s office. The painless light treatments take just a few minutes and are performed over a two-week period following the IOL implantation surgery. The light treatments let the doctor further refine your visual acuity based on your personal preferences. Depending on your needs, you may require anywhere from two to four light treatments, three days apart, to reach your desired vision goals. Once you’re happy with your sight, a final light treatment is used to “lock in” the desired prescription setting.

 

How does the RxSightTM Light Adjustable Lens work?

You’re probably wondering how it is that your eye surgeon can change the prescription of a permanent intraocular lens that’s been placed inside your eye. Kind of unbelievable, right?

 

Well, these lenses contain special light sensitive particles (known as macromers) dispersed throughout the lens, which make the magic possible.

 

A special Light Delivery Device (LDD) administers carefully controlled beams of ultraviolet light to your eyes, which causes the macromers in the beam’s path to link up and form polymers. The movement of the macromers as they refract the UV beam results in predictable changes in your lens’ curvature and refraction strength.

 

These subtle changes can impact the sharpness of your vision at various distances. Following each UV light treatment, your doctor will ask for feedback after you’ve lived with the vision “tweak” for a couple of days to see if it improves your visual experience.

 

During the first month after your implant surgery, you and your doctor will work together to optimize your vision until you’re satisfied that you’ve achieved the best possible vision. Once you’re happy with your vision, you will return to your ophthalmologist’s office to “lock in” your settings.

 

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What to expect during and after a light treatment?

Following the surgery to insert your new Light Adjustable Lenses, you will need a minimum of two and a maximum of five office visits. These are for fine-tuning your lenses to achieve the best possible vision outcome.

 

For each treatment, you’ll sit in a reclining treatment chair, and the doctor will apply eye drops to numb and dilate your eyes. Then, a special gel will be applied to your eye before a fine light beam is directed at it. You will only feel mild pressure during the light treatment, which should not be painful and is usually done within 90 seconds.

 

Immediately after your treatment, your vision might be blurry due to the gel used, but this should go away quickly. Your eyes may remain dilated for a couple of hours following treatment, and it can take up to 24 hours before you notice an improvement in your vision.

 

Are there any downsides to getting a Light Adjustable Lens?

While this technology offers never before seen levels of visual acuity versus other IOLs currently available, it does come with a minor hitch. You will need to wear special glasses that protect your eyes from UV rays every waking hour from the time of your lens implantation until your final lens setting is “locked in”. 

 

Failure to comply will not let you achieve the desired visual outcome. The implanted lens may even have to be removed or replaced in order to improve your vision.

 

So, it’s critically important to ask yourself if the recovery protocol is compatible with your lifestyle requirements. You also need to carefully consider the timing of your cataract surgery and whether you have any commitments coming up that you might want to work around. Leave yourself a five-week window after surgery in which to comply with your doctor’s orders faithfully.

 

What other restrictions are necessary after getting Light Adjusted Lenses (LAL)?

As with any surgery, there are some activities that you will need to modify or avoid during your approximately five-week recovery period. These are:

 

  • Showering: If there’s a window or direct sunlight in your shower, you’ll need to wear your UV-blocking glasses while showering. Otherwise, you can remove your glasses only while in the shower and then put them back on immediately afterward. 
  • Sports: You’ll need to delay returning to high impact sports until your light treatments have finished and you’re cleared by your doctor.
  • Tanning: Since tanning beds emit very strong UV light, they can interfere with the lenses’ adjustability. Therefore, they’re forbidden until your doctor clears you to return to tanning.
  • Makeup use: Your doctor will advise as to when you resume wearing eye makeup. When you do, you must avoid placing excessive pressure on your eyes. Postpone permanent makeup until cleared by your doctor.
  • Travel: There are no travel restrictions, but you must wear your UV-blocking glasses at all times.
  • Work: You should be able to return to work within a few days of your implant surgery unless your job puts you at high risk for UV exposure. Again, you must wear your UV protective glasses at all times until cleared by your doctor.
  • Laser treatments: You should delay any laser, IPL, or cosmetic treatments that use light sources until after your doctor has instructed you to discontinue your UV protective glasses.

 

Why choose AGEI to fit you with Light Adjustable Lenses during your cataract surgery?

When considering using a brand-new technology that’s going into your body, and especially your eyes, you’ll want to do your homework to ensure that your surgeon has extensive experience with the new technology. Rest assured that our surgeons are internationally recognized leaders in the treatment of cataracts and the development of new technologies.

 

AGEI was the first practice in the world to use ORA vision measuring technology that lets our surgeons obtain intra-operative refractive error measurements after your natural lens is removed to ensure that you are fitted with lenses that best correct your vision deficits. In fact, the ORA system takes vision measurements that are 25 times more precise than any preoperative vision measuring systems available today. This increased precision translates into better refractive outcomes.

 

On average, only 50% of cataract removal patients in the U.S. achieve their desired distance vision acuity after receiving a lens implant. At Assil Gaur Eye Institute, over 97% of our patients achieve this goal.

 

When you select Assil Gaur Eye Institute for your cataract surgery, you will benefit not only from our state-of-the-art ophthalmology technology but also from our physicians’ extensive experience treating cataracts and a wide range of eye conditions. When it comes to your vision, only the best care will do.

 

Call 866-945-2745 to schedule your consultation or request a consultation online with our internationally recognized cataracts specialists.

 

We are conveniently located throughout Southern California and the Los Angeles area. Our ophthalmologists are available at locations in or near Santa Monica and Beverly Hills. We are conveniently located near West Los Angeles, Culver City, West Hollywood, Downtown Los Angeles, Marina del Rey, Pacific Palisades, Malibu, Manhattan Beach, Sherman Oaks, and Encino, to name a few.

 

In addition to outpatient laser cataract surgery, the ophthalmology experts at AGEI are nationally recognized for their eye care and treatment options for a full range of conditions, including glaucoma, retinal detachment, cornea conditions, floaters and flashes, dry eye, presbyopia, refractive surgery such as LASIK and much more.

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