Friday, March 5, 2010

Light Adjustable Lens (LAL) Implant for Cataract Surgery

Obtaining the best vision after Cataract Surgery depends on the skill of the Cataract Surgeon both before and during the Cataract operation. In the future it may require his or her skill before, during and after a Cataract procedure. Here is why. It is obvious why surgeon skill is critical during the procedure. However, taking the proper Intraocular Lens Implant (IOL) measurements BEFORE the surgery is also a critical part of the successful visual correction of Cataract Surgery. Patients who have had previous eye surgery such as a Corneal Transplant or LASIK Surgery sometimes are not able to have the most reliable measurement taken and thus require a mild eyeglass prescription after surgery. In the future, a new type of Lens Implant called a Light Adjustable Lens (LAL) may prove to be quite useful to these patients. The LAL allows the Cataract Surgeon to use a laser to adjust the final prescription of the lens implant in order to achieve the best possible vision. By applying the skill of the surgeon to the LAL after the Cataract Surgery it will be possible to "fine tune" the Cataract vision correction and help patients achieve their best.

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