Light Adjustable Lens (LAL)

The Light Adjustable Lens in Detroit, Michigan

The cataract surgeons at Fraser Eye are excited to offer the Light Adjustable Lens™ from RXSight®. This IOL has revolutionized cataract surgery because it is the first lens that allows your eye doctor to adjust your IOL prescription after cataract surgery. We are dedicated to improving vision in Metro Detroit using the most advanced technology available and the light adjustable lens (LAL) offers patients an opportunity for precise and accurate vision correction.

What is The Light Adjustable Lens?

A cataract is a clouding of the eye’s natural lens that commonly occurs with age. Cataract surgery is a procedure to remove the lens and replace it with a new, artificial lens called an intraocular lens (IOL).

At Fraser Eye, we offer a wide range of IOL options, from standard monofocal lenses that correct at one distance to a variety of advanced lifestyle lenses that can correct at multiple distances and treat astigmatism or presbyopia. Premium lenses such as the light adjustable lens can improve your vision to reduce or even eliminate the need for glasses or contact lenses. When compared to a standard IOL, patients who receive the light adjustable lens are twice as likely to achieve 20/20 vision after cataract surgery.1

How Do Light Adjustable IOLs Work?

The light adjustable lens is made of a specialized photo-senstive material. Unlike other types of IOLs, which come with a pre-set prescription, the UV sensitivity of the light adjustable lens allows your eye doctor to customize your prescription after surgery. This innovative technology will help you achieve accurate vision correction that is fine-tuned just for you.

Once your eyes have healed from surgery, your doctor will schedule three to four prescription customization appointments using a Light Delivery Device (LDD). The LDD will adjust your prescription by using UV exposure to change the curvature of the lens. These post-op appointments involve a simple 5 minute light-based treatment that is non-surgical and non-invasive.

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Benefits of the Light Adjustable Lens

  • May reduce or eliminate your dependence on glasses after cataract surgery
  • The only IOL that can be adjusted after your cataract surgery
  • Clinically proven to offer accurate vision correction
  • Studies show that the light adjustable lens is a good option for patients who have previously had LASIK
  • Post-surgical light treatments are quick, in-office sessions




What to Expect From Cataract Surgery with a Light Adjustable IOL

Preparing for Surgery

The first step is a consultation appointment with one of the experienced refractive surgeons at Fraser Eye. We will examine your eyes and discuss your vision goals to determine if the light adjustable lens is right for you.

Your LAL Surgery

Surgery with the light adjustable lens is no different than cataract surgery with any other type of IOL. Learn more about how cataract surgery works.

Recovery After Surgery with the Light Adjustable IOL

Your eye doctor will review all post-op instructions and recovery guidelines with you to ensure you have a comfortable and healthy recovery. The significant difference between recovery with the light adjustable lens vs. other IOL types is that you will need to wear special UV-protective glasses after your surgery. We will provide you with these glasses and they must be worn whenever you are outside until your prescription is “locked in” at your final post-procedure light treatment.

Frequently Asked Questions About the Light Adjustable Lens

Who is a good candidate for a light adjustable IOL?

Anyone who is a candidate for cataract surgery may be a good candidate for the light adjustable lens.

How many post-procedure light treatments will I need?

Post-procedure light treatments will be spaced 3 days apart and patients typically need between 2-4 treatments. You and your doctor will decide how many you need based on your desired visual outcome.

Are the post-procedure light treatments painful or invasive?

You may feel a sensation of pressure, but your doctor will put numbing drops in your eyes to ensure you are comfortable during this quick, non-invasive treatment.

What will happen if I forget to wear the UV-blocking glasses or if I skip them once for a special event?

If you do not wear your UV-blocking glasses between treatments, it could compromise your prescription and prevent you from getting the best vision correction possible. We recommend that you schedule your surgery during a time when you’ll be able to wear the glasses consistently whenever you are outside or in direct sunlight.

Get the Light Adjustable Lens in Detroit

Are you interested in achieving better vision while treating your cataracts? Contact us with any questions or to schedule your consultation appointment.


1 US Food and Drug Administration. Summary of Safety and Effectiveness (SSED) of Light Adjustable Lens and Light Delivery Device system. Available: https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/cdrh_docs/pdf16/P160055B.pdf. Accessed December 13, 2021
2 Cezon J. Case Study: The LAL in a Postrefractive Patient. Cataract and Refractive Surgery Today. Nov/Dec 2011:33.

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Eye Care Center of Port Huron
1000 Pine Grove Avenue
Port Huron, MI 48060
810.982.3200
Monday-Friday: 8:30am-5:00pm

Fraser Eye Care Center - Fraser
33080 Utica Road, Suite B
Fraser, MI 48026
586.296.7250
Monday-Friday: 8:30am-5:00pm

Fraser Eye Care Center - Warren
28001 Schoenherr Road, Suite 2
Warren, MI 48088
586.756.5060
Monday-Friday: 8:30am-5:00pm

Fraser Eye Care Center - Royal Oak
621 W. 11 Mile Road
Royal Oak, MI, 48067
248.554.3620
Monday-Friday: 8:30am-5:00pm