New Adjustable Light Adjustable Lens™ Surgery for Cataracts!

By Annette Pinder

Just as your eyes change, so does technology, and the latest proven innovation in cataract surgery is the Light Adjustable Lens™. Most intraocular lenses used in cataract surgery are fixed, which means they can’t be changed. As a result, patients need to make a lot of decisions about the vision they want before their cataract surgery. However, the Light Adjustable Lens enables adjustments to your vision after your surgery.

How the Light Adjustable Lens™ Works. The Light Adjustable Lens is made of a special photosensitive material that changes the shape and power of your implanted lens in response to ultraviolet (UV) light, to optimize your vision. Your doctor will use a Light Delivery Device (LDD) to non-invasively deliver UV light to precisely reshape your lens based on the visual correction you require for your custom prescription.

What is Involved in the Treatment? About 2 to 3 weeks following your cataract surgery, after your eyes have healed, UV light treatments are performed in the office by your doctor. Depending upon your desired visual outcome, you may have 1 to 3 light treatments, followed by two “lock-in” treatments to prevent further changes. Each treatment is administered 3 days after your previous light treatment. During these visits, you and your doctor will work together to achieve the best possible visual outcome that best suits your lifestyle. For some people this may require an adjustment based on being an avid reader or tennis player. For others engaged in computer work, a different distance setting may be preferable. Most importantly, studies have shown that patients who received the Light Adjustable Lens and post-surgery treatments were almost twice as likely to achieve 20/20 vision or even better, without glasses, compared to cataract patients who received standard lens implants.

Eye Protection During Treatment. It is important to know that while your vision is still in the adjustment phase, when you will be making some decisions as to how you see best, you will need to wear protective glasses that prevent UV light from altering your lens before you and your doctor decide upon your preferred final lock-in vision.

What Patients Are Saying. Bonnie Whitman, who wore glasses since sixth grade, loves playing tennis and Mahjong. After test-driving how she was most comfortable seeing during both of these activities, she was able to achieve her optimal vision. Another patient, Becky Davies, was slowly losing her sight. After receiving an Adjustable Light Lens that could be modified to accommodate her needs, she is once again engaging in her favorite activities and playing with her grandchildren.

Learn more about the Light Adjustable Lens™ and see videos of patient testimonials at To make an appointment or attend a free Lunch and Learn to better understand the procedure, call 716-896-8831. Lunch and learns take place on April 18 at 12:30 pm at Atwal Eye Care, 3176 Abbott Rd., Orchard Park, and on Wednesday, April 24 at 11:30 am at Atwal Eye Care, 3095 Harlem Rd., Cheektowaga. Watch Dr. Atwal on WBBZ-me-TV, Channel 5 or 67, on Wednesday, April 10 at 8 pm or Saturday, April 13 at noon to learn more.