Our eyes are one of the most important parts of our body, yet they are neglected by the majority.
Over exposure to bright light can cause both short and long-term effects to a persons vision over a period of time. As we age, our bodies inevitably change and these problems can sometimes occur even without over-exposure to light, however Light exposure can be damaging and sometimes painful for other eye-related ailments.
Presbyopia is one of the most common ways for the eye to be effected. The symptoms of Presbyopia are loss of the eye's ability to focus on objects. This is commonly caused by the hardening of the lens tissue in our eye, but can be caused too, by cataracs. This is a problem which most people have to face at some point in times and has therefore become known as an unwelcomed reminder of advancing years and old age.
Thankfully, modern technology and advances in eye care mean that we are able to effectively treat presbyopia to eradicate a patient's dependence on glasses. These days, if you are suffering from the limiting effects of presbyopia you can take your visual health into your own hands and make possible the activities you are no longer able to do. Light adjustable lenses replace your natural lens, are relatively unobtrusive and are very successful in assuring that you they will rid you of your need for glasses.
The light adjustable lens, developed by a scientist who has won a Nobel Prize for his work, is a perfect example of how science can greatly enhance people's quality of life. It is the most advanced lens implant currently available, and represents the greatest single step forward in implanted lens technology for over half a century. The major advantage of the light adjustable lens is that it can be altered several times after it has been implanted. This enables surgeons to adjust the lens so that they may tailor the lens to the individuals patient's visual requirements and needs.
What are the benefits of a Light Adjusting Lens?
The primary benefit of the Light Adjustable Lens over other lenses is its ability to be adjusted after it has been implanted. With implanted lenses the only information that surgeons have to determine the lens power required by the individual are measurements taken before the natural lens is removed. It doesn't matter how accurate the measurements are, there are inherent errors in the calculations. What this means is that patients are often left with less than perfect vision due to the calculations being inaccurate, rendering individuals needing spectacle correction after surgery. This may affect up to 66% of individuals. Due to the ability of the Light Adjustable Lens power to be altered after implantation, this number falls to almost 0%. Realistically, patients should be able to achieve independent driving vision following surgery.
The key to receiving the most appropriate treatment is that your own specific needs are met. We are all different. This means that each of us is likely to need slightly different treatment to correct our eye problems. The great thing about the Light Adjustable Lens is its adjustability. It can be customised so that it exactly meets each patient's specific needs. It is this targeted functionality which makes the Light Adjustable Lens the clear choice. With the Light Adjustable Lens you know exactly what you are getting, and the relative predictability of outcomes following surgery. This has been called 'HD' vision. Another key benefit of the Light Adjustable Lens is its stability. Compared to laser refractive surgery, the Light Adjustable Lens offers 6 times the long term stability. This makes the Light Adjustable Lens, not only a great choice for the present, but also for the future.
How does the Light Adjusting Lens work?
The implantation of the lens is very similar to other types of implanted lenses. The lens itself is made from silicone and has small macromers incorporated into the body of the lens. These macromers are very sensitive to UV light and are the components which allow adjustments to become possible. The Light Adjustable Lens works by utilising UV light shone on the lens after the implantation precisely through over 750000 tiny mirrors compacted into an area the size of a thumb nail. These mirrors are what enable the fine adjustment of the lens so that each individuals specific needs can be met, as precisely as possible.
How does the Lens adjust to light?
After the initial procedure of implanting the lens the patient's sight is usually re-assessed after about 2 weeks. Once the eye has had a chance to heal, your surgeon will use what's called a digital light delivery device to adjust the implanted lens. Once the lens has been adjusted you will be given a chance to re-assess the quality of your vision before deciding whether or not you would like the lens adjusted further. Once you are happy with the adjustment of the lens it is possible for the lens to be permanently set in place.
Realistically, what results can I expect from a Light Adjusting Lens?
The Light Adjustable Lens is highly effective in correcting several types of refractive and visual disorders. It is able to effectively correct both near and long sightedness as well as those who struggle with intermediate vision. This makes the Light Adjustable Lens an ideal solution for presbyopia. Following the operation you can realistically expect to do almost everything you could do before the onset of presbyopia.. The possiblility of monovision and varifocal changes to the lens and vision correction are possible. With these options and the adjustability of the Light Adjustable Lens, its corrective potential is unique and unrivalled.
Who is the Light Adjustable Lens suitable for?
The procedure for implanting the Light Adjustable Lens is similar to other forms of lens exchange. This means that it is suitable for almost anyone suffering from either presbyopia or cataracts. The Light Adjustable Lens will be particularly suitable for those whose glasses are an inconvenience or those who need to change their prescription regularly. You man also consider the Light Adjustable Lens if you have had laser refractive surgery previously which is now wearing off, or if you simply suffer with a cataract or presbyopia.
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