The Light Adjustable Implant (LAL)

Light Adjustable Lens (LAL)

The eye surgeons of EyeHealth Northwest have decades of experience performing cataract surgery. We offer the best implant lens for your procedure, including the new Light Adjustable Lens (LAL). With traditional intraocular lenses (IOLs), your surgeon performs measurements before surgery to select the best IOL to achieve your vision goals. Once your surgery is complete and the IOL has been implanted, your surgeon has limited options to adjust the lens power. If the IOL does not provide clear vision, you could need glasses or contacts.

With the Light Adjustable Lens, you and your surgeon can customize your vision after your eye has healed from cataract surgery. 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. As a result, you and your surgeon will have the unique ability to adjust and preview your vision until it meets your desires and lifestyle requirements.

How does the Light Adjustable Lens work?

Before cataract surgery with other IOLs, your surgeon determines the strength of the prescription and placement of the lenses. These calculations are scientific, but they are projections. The cataract removal and IOL implantation procedure are the same as if you selected a non-adjustable IOL. What is unique about the Light Adjustable Lens is that, after your eye heals, you return to have your vision tested during a routine eye exam. Based on this exam, you and your surgeon will select a custom prescription for your adjustable lens based on your own eyes and unique lifestyle requirements.

How does the Light Adjustable Lens Customize Vision?

When your eye has healed from cataract surgery after two-three weeks, you return to your EyeHealth Northwest office to begin the customization process. The Light Adjustable Lens gets adjusted in the office using a UV laser that changes the shape of the lens. When the lenses get struck by UV light, they bend and curve in different ways. Your surgeon calculates how the lens will change shape, considering how the lens will shift before adjusting it. Customizing your LALs takes two to four adjustments that are about ninety seconds each. Each appointment is three days after the last one until you find a vision setting that is perfect for you.

You must wear UV light-blocking glasses to prevent adjustments outside the office until you lock in your settings. Your surgeon will give you two pairs. One is a pair of sunglasses for wearing outside, and one is a pair of clear UV blockers for inside and nighttime use. You can only take the glasses off when sleeping, putting in eyedrops, and showering. Once you lock in your vision settings, you’ll no longer need to wear the UV-blocking glasses provided by your eye doctor.

Ask your doctor about the revolutionary Light Adjustable Lens and determine if it could be right for you.

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18345 SW Alexander St,
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Aloha, OR 97003
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Portland, OR 97213
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24601 SE Stark St.
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Troutdale, OR 97060
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Hillsboro, OR 97124
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Lake Oswego, OR 97035
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Milwaukie, OR 97222
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5935 SE Division St.
Portland, OR 97206
503 777-5546 see more
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2318 Portland Rd, Suite 300
Newberg, OR 97132
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3246 N. Lombard
Portland, OR 97217
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1955 NW Northrup St
Portland, OR 97209
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1306 Division St
Oregon City, OR 97045
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Peterkort
9555 SW Barnes Rd.
#201 (2nd floor)
Portland, OR 97225
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5050 NE Hoyt St., Suite 445
Portland, OR 97213
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9135 SW Barnes Rd., Suite 961
Portland, OR 97225
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10819 SE Stark St,
Portland, OR 97216
(503) 255-2291 see more
Sunnyside
12050 SE Stevens Rd, Suite 100
Happy Valley, OR 97086
(503) 783-3300 see more
Tigard
15298 SW Royalty Parkway
Tigard OR 97224
(503) 227-2020 see more
Wilsonville
29250 SW Town Center Loop W
Wilsonville, OR 97070
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Westside Surgery Center
13240 SW Pacific Hwy
Portland, OR 97223
(503) 639-6571 see more
EyeHealth Eastside Surgery and Laser Center
12050 SE Stevens Rd.
Happy Valley, OR 97086
(971) 206-6100 see more

Our Locations

Aloha
18345 SW Alexander St,
Suite A
Aloha, OR 97003
(503) 642-2505 see more
Glisan
6701 NE Glisan Street
Portland, OR 97213
(503) 255-2291 see more
Gresham
24601 SE Stark St.
Suite 245
Troutdale, OR 97060
(503) 255-2291 see more
Hillsboro
6111 NE Cornell Rd
Hillsboro, OR 97124
(503) 846-9400 see more
Lake Oswego
9 Monroe Parkway, Suite 160
Lake Oswego, OR 97035
(503) 636-2551 see more
Milwaukie
11086 SE Oak St
Milwaukie, OR 97222
(503) 656-4221 see more
Mt. Tabor
5935 SE Division St.
Portland, OR 97206
503 777-5546 see more
Newberg
2318 Portland Rd, Suite 300
Newberg, OR 97132
(503) 538-1341 see more
North Portland
3246 N. Lombard
Portland, OR 97217
(503) 285-1671 see more
Northwest Portland
1955 NW Northrup St
Portland, OR 97209
(503) 227-2020 see more
Oregon City
1306 Division St
Oregon City, OR 97045
(503) 656-4221 see more
Peterkort
9555 SW Barnes Rd.
#201 (2nd floor)
Portland, OR 97225
(503) 227-2020 see more
Providence Portland
5050 NE Hoyt St., Suite 445
Portland, OR 97213
(503) 231-0166 see more
Providence St. Vincent
9135 SW Barnes Rd., Suite 961
Portland, OR 97225
(503) 292-0848 see more
Southeast Portland
10819 SE Stark St,
Portland, OR 97216
(503) 255-2291 see more
Sunnyside
12050 SE Stevens Rd, Suite 100
Happy Valley, OR 97086
(503) 783-3300 see more
Tigard
15298 SW Royalty Parkway
Tigard OR 97224
(503) 227-2020 see more
Wilsonville
29250 SW Town Center Loop W
Wilsonville, OR 97070
(503) 582-0000 see more
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Westside Surgery Center

13240 SW Pacific Hwy
Portland, OR 97223
(503) 639-6571 see more

EyeHealth Eastside Surgery and Laser Center

12050 SE Stevens Rd.
Happy Valley, OR 97086
(971) 206-6100 see more