What is a Cataract?

A cataract is a clouding of the internal lens of the eye that leads to a decrease in vision. As the lens becomes cloudier, vision becomes blurry and distorted. People with cataracts commonly experience difficulty in appreciating colors and changes in contrast, driving, reading, recognizing faces, and coping with glare from bright lights. Common risk factors for developing a cataract are including, aging, medications, eye trauma and surgeries, smoking, and unprotected excessive sunlight exposure.

Most people will have a slight cataract in one or both eyes by age 60. Most cataracts progress slowly over 5-15 years. An annual eye exam is recommended for people over age 60 to measure eyesight and evaluate overall eye health.

If you have questions regarding cataracts, call our office or ask our doctors at your next appointment.

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A cataract is a clouding of the lens inside the eye that leads to a decrease in vision. Left untreated, it is the most common cause of blindness and is conventionally treated with surgery. Vision loss occurs because opacification of the lens obstructs light from passing through and being focused on to the retina at the back of the eye. The most common cause for cataracts is biological aging and over-exposure to ultraviolet light. Seeing through a cataract is similar to looking through a foggy window. People with cataracts commonly experience difficulty in appreciating colors and changes in contrast, driving, reading, recognizing faces, and coping with glare from bright lights. While there is no guaranteed way to avoid cataracts, wearing eyewear and sunwear that block 100% UVA and UVB rays can slow the onset as well as decrease the exposure to direct sunlight. Cataracts do not need to interfere with your lifestyle. If you’re concerned that you may be suffering from a cataract, call our office today to schedule an eye health evaluation.

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Light Adjustable Lens

The Light Adjustable Lens, often called LAL, is an advanced intraocular lens implant that allows eye surgeons to precisely fine-tune your vision after cataract surgery. This ability to further correct vision after the procedure sets the LAL apart from traditional monofocal and multifocal IOLs. 

At Cumberland Eye Care, we are proud to offer this innovative option for tailored vision results after cataract surgery.

What is the Light Adjustable Lens?

The revolutionary Light Adjustable Lens is the only implantable lens that lets you and your eye doctor test drive and customize your vision after cataract surgery. This adjustability takes cataract treatment to the next level by providing a lens tailored specifically for your eyes.

The Light Adjustable Lens contains special light-sensitive molecules that are activated and customized by your eye doctor using UV light. After you’ve fully healed from your cataract surgery, you will need to return to your eye doctor’s office for a series of light treatments.

During these visits, your eye doctor will shine UV light on the implanted lens, altering the lens shape and focus to optimize your vision. After this, you will be able to test drive your vision to determine whether or not it is at optimal clarity.

You may need more than one light treatment session to achieve your desired vision. Although the follow-up process is different with the LAL compared to other IOLs, the cataract surgery procedure is the same.

Cataract surgery with the LAL is outpatient, meaning you will get to go home the same day. Your eye doctor will explain the timeline for how often you will need to return for light treatment sessions.

How Do I Know If the Light Adjustable Lens Is Right For Me?

The innovative Light Adjustable Lens may be right for you if you desire crisp, clear vision without being dependent on glasses or contacts after cataract surgery. The best way to know if you are a good candidate for the Light Adjustable Lens is right for you is to schedule an appointment with your eye doctor for an evaluation.

Your eye doctor will also ask you about your vision goals, budget, and lifestyle to determine if the Light Adjustable Lens might be a good option for you. If you want unparalleled visual outcomes from a lens tailor-made for your eyes, the Light Adjustable Lens may be an excellent choice.

Do you want to learn more about the Light Adjustable Lens? Schedule a cataract evaluation at Cumberland Eye Care in Crossville, TN, today!

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