Light Adjustable Lens

Customize Your Vision

Why Choose RxSight Light Adjustable Lens

Personalized Vision

Take charge of your post-surgery vision clarity with unparalleled, painless customization options.

Non-Invasive Adjustments

Enjoy quick and painless light treatments for vision optimization.

Superior Outcomes

Achieve vision results unmatched by traditional, non-adjustable IOLs.

Real-time Preview

See and approve adjustments to your vision during the process.

The Light Adjustable Lens (LAL) is a type of lens implant that provides your cataract surgeon with the ability to fine tune and customize your optical prescription in order to achieve the best possible results-even after the lens has been placed in the eye! This “adjustability” is achieved through a lens material being able to be “photopolymerized” after your surgery in order to adjust the lens implant shape and prescription.

The Light Adjustable Lens is placed into your eye during cataract surgery after your surgeon removes the natural lens in exactly the same way as traditional cataract surgery is performed. After lens placement, your eye will be given time to heal on its own. During the time that your eye heals, patients will need to wear protective glasses at all times to keep your eyes from getting any kind of exposure to UV light. Of course, you can only take them off when you’re showering, sleeping, washing your face, or applying eye drops but if you are exposed to any direct sunlight, you must wear the UV protecting glasses in order to prevent the lens from adjusting its shape before your eyes finish healing. After healing, your eye doctor will give you a visual acuity test to help determine what type of light adjustment will provide the best results and schedule you for in-office non-surgical treatment with a Light Delivery Device (LDD) to finalize the prescription.
Typically, to achieve the best possible vision, you’ll need to undergo several in-office non-surgical light treatment sessions. They require you to look into the Light Delivery Device for about 90 seconds. There’s no need for further surgery to achieve the final prescription or any other form of invasive treatment. The treatment sessions take place three days apart and most patients do their best with 2 or 3 sessions each. Undergoing several light treatment sessions ensures that your IOL is precisely shaped to your exact prescription. The LAL is helpful in achieving excellent results for patients with astigmatism or those who have complex prescriptions as a result of previous eye surgery, trauma or other situations making precise measurements and calculations of lens implant prescriptions challenging. There are some patients who might not be good candidates for the LAL including:

  • Taking medications that make you more sensitive to UV light
  • You’re on medication that may be harmful to your retina
  • A history of eye infections, herpes, or uncontrollable eye movements, known as nystagmus
  • You can’t follow the schedule for LDD light treatments
  • You are unable to wear the UV-protective glasses after having cataract surgery

Meet Our Medical Team

John D. Mitchell, M.D.

John D. Mitchell, M.D.

John D. Mitchell, M.D. is a Comprehensive Ophthalmologist, Cataract, and Refractive Surgeon at Mitchell & Morin Eye Institute in Vienna, VA, and Bethesda, MD and has provided medical, laser, and surgical eye care to residents of Northern Virginia and Southern Maryland for over 25 years. Dr. Mitchell earned his medical degree at the University of Virginia Medical School and completed a residency in Ophthalmology at the Washington National Eye Center.

Emily Ash Morin, M.D.

Emily Ash Morin, M.D.

Emily Ash Morin, M.D. is a Comprehensive Ophthalmologist, Cataract, and Refractive Surgeon at Mitchell & Morin Eye Institute in Vienna, VA & Bethesda, MD and provides medical, laser, and surgical eye care to residents of Northern Virginia and Southern Maryland. Dr. Morin earned her medical degree at Georgetown University School of Medicine and completed a residency in Ophthalmology at Medstar Washington National Eye Center/Georgetown Ophthalmology Program where she served as Chief Resident.

Jacquelyn Weber, M.D.

Jacquelyn Weber, M.D.

Jacquelyn Weber, M.D. is a Comprehensive Ophthalmologist, Cornea, Cataract, and Refractive Surgeon at Mitchell & Morin Eye Institute in Vienna, VA, and Bethesda, MD and provides medical, laser, and surgical eye care to residents of Northern Virginia and Southern Maryland. Dr. Weber earned her medical degree at New York Medical College where she was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society and completed a residency in Ophthalmology at Medstar Washington National Eye Center/Georgetown Ophthalmology Program where she served as Chief Resident followed by a Fellowship in Cornea, External Disease & Refractive Surgery Fellowship at the University of Minnesota.

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