The Light Adjustable Lens is the only lens where the strength can be adjusted to your individual needs after it has been inserted into your eye.

Why you might need it

The Light Adjustable Lens is a major breakthrough in the treatment of presbyopia and cataracts. This is because the Light Adjustable Lens is the only lens whose strength can be adjusted to your individual needs after it has been inserted into your eye.

This allows any residual glasses prescription to be eliminated, giving you the sharpest vision that is possible.

What are the advantages of the light adjustable lens?

The light adjustable lens is the only lens used in cataract or clear lens extraction surgery that can be adjusted after it is implanted in your eye. This allows your surgeon to change the lens power precisely to correct for long sight, short sight and astigmatism to give you the best vision that is possible. It also eliminates the need for additional invasive procedures such as LASIK surgery. As the digital adjustment is so precise it is even possible to perform Wavefront treatments to the lens to give even sharper vision. All the adjustment is carried out by a computer controlled low intensity beam of light thus eliminating all the risks and complications associated with surgery.

Will it correct my reading vision?

Just as the light adjustable lens can be used to perfect your distance vision, it can also be used to give you good reading vision. Your surgeon will discuss with you the many options that exist for doing so. These include blended micromonovision as can be achieved with laser eye surgery or bifocal/varifocal vision similar to that achieved by multifocal implants to correct for presbyopia. Unlike all other surgical techniques available for correcting reading vision the light adjustable lens can be adjusted more than once without surgery to give the optimal result for your individual eye.

How long does the lens last?

The lens last forever. It never needs to be removed or replaced. The adjustments of the lens power are also permanent and after they have been made to optimize your vision, the lens will never again need readjustment.

Who will do it?

Our patients are at the heart of what we do and we want you to be in control of your care. To us, that means you can choose the consultant you want to see, and when you want. They'll be with you every step of the way.

All of our consultants are of the highest calibre and benefit from working in our modern, well-equipped hospitals.

Our consultants have high standards to meet, often holding specialist NHS posts and delivering expertise in complex sub-speciality surgeries. Many of our consultants have international reputations for their research in their specialised field.

Before your treatment

You will have a formal consultation with a healthcare professional. During this time you will be able to explain your medical history, symptoms and raise any concerns that you might have.

We will also discuss with you whether any further diagnostic tests, such as scans or blood tests, are needed. Any additional costs will be discussed before further tests are carried out.

Preparing for your treatment

We've tried to make your experience with us as easy and relaxed as possible.

For more information on visiting hours, our food, what to pack if you're staying with us, parking and all those other important practicalities, please visit our patient information pages.

Our dedicated team will also give you tailored advice to follow in the run up to your visit.


As with any surgical procedure there are risks and the results cannot be guaranteed. The risks are very similar to cataract surgery or clear lens extraction. During the adjustment phase some patients experience transient fluctuating vision for about 24 hours.

How much does it cost?

A fixed price for this treatment may be available on enquiry and following an initial consultation.

We are committed to delivering excellent individual care and customer service across our network of hospitals, clinics and specialist care centres around the UK. Our dedicated and highly trained team aim to achieve consistently excellent results. For us it's more than just treating patients, it's about looking after people.

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Important to note

The treatment described on this page may be adapted to meet your individual needs, so it's important to follow your healthcare professional's advice and raise any questions that you may have with them.