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Breakthrough Lens Technology Enables Vision Correction Customization After Surgery

// REFRACTIVE CATARACT SURGEON

 

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What are your cataract specialties, and how does your practice stand out?

We specialize in refractive cataract surgery. Cataracts are only treatable through surgery, and we strive to offer only the best and most effective cataract removal methods available. Our goal is to reduce a patient’s dependency on glasses as much as possible. While this may be through traditional cataract surgery using standard (traditional) monofocal lenses with a fixed focus for one distance, if you are a good candidate, we perform refractive cataract surgery using premium intraocular lens implants known as IOLs.

We’ve been the first, or among the first practices to offer a number of new technologies in DFW, including new, cutting-edge IOLs and the ORA system, which provides real-time measurements of a patient’s eye during their cataract procedure, enhancing the probability of better outcomes.

What does a premium IOL do?

Premium IOLs offer more visual functionality than a traditional or standard monofocal lens. They provide the ability to correct astigmatism, the need for reading glasses or bifocals due to presbyopia, or even both conditions. And with a brand new IOL technology recently introduced to the market, we will soon have the ability to customize presbyopia correction in a way that is specific to individual patients’ near vision needs.

What is this new IOL technology you’re excited about?

We’ve added a groundbreaking intraocular lens technology called the RxSight Light Adjustable Lens, or LAL. As a principal investigator for the FDA clinical trials for this technology, I’ve been eagerly awaiting its market introduction. For the first time ever, we have the ability to change the power of a lens implant after it has been inserted in the eye. This gives me the ability to customize a patient’s vision to his/her visual needs in a way that has never been available to cataract surgeons before now.

With the LAL, patient satisfaction with cataract surgery is now on par with the high satisfaction rate of LASIK. Before the LAL was available, doctors had to adjust for vision quality after surgery with glasses, contact lenses, or through touch-up surgery. The Light Adjustable Lens is a game-changer because it can adjust the lens to each patient’s personal visual requirements after it is already implanted and in just a few in-office visits. Each adjustment only takes a few seconds, and there is no discomfort. 

What are your patients’ biggest concerns about cataract surgery and choosing the right lens?

Most concerns revolve around outcomes — will they have the outcome they anticipate, and around safety. Setting patient expectations in terms of what to expect during and after surgery is extremely important, as is explaining why they may not be a good candidate for a particular technology.

I help alleviate patient anxiety by sharing that I have performed thousands of cataract surgeries on people around the world as well as surgeries on other eye doctors and their loved ones. This, coupled with the incorporation of the advanced technologies and the safety protocols we have here at Eye Consultants of Texas and LoneStar Ambulatory Surgery Center, adds significant reassurance for someone about to undergo a procedure that will impact his/her most valued sense — eyesight.

 


Phillips Kirk Labor, MD, FACS, FICS, ABES

About the Expert

Phillips Kirk Labor, MD, FACS, FICS, ABES
Eye Consultants of Texas

Dr. Labor is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and by the American Board of Eye Surgery (ABES) in the fields of cataract and LASIK surgery. He is internationally recognized for his work in refractive surgery, has over 30 years of refractive and cataract expertise, and has performed thousands of LASIK, cataract, PRK, and Intraocular Lens Implant procedures.

 

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