New implantable lens seen as removing need for eyeglasses

BBC News (12/5, Elliott) reported that “a new technique has come on the market which promises not only to restore our sight, but also to make it better than before and get us seeing in high definition.” Due to “the flexibility of its material, unpolymerised silicon,” the new “light adjustable lens (LAL)…can be adjusted after it has been placed in the eye,” thereby “allowing eye surgeons to optimise vision.” For the time being, “the technique, which costs upwards of £3,000 [approximately $4,946] an eye, is not available on the” UK’s National Health Service.
The UK’s Daily Mail (12/6, Grebot) reported, “Surgery using the innovative” LAL “has been carried out on the first patients in the UK in the past few weeks,” performed by consultant ophthalmic surgeon Bobby Qureshi, who characterized the procedure as raising “the bar of cataract surgery to a whole new level.” Unlike traditional cataract surgery, which “involves the insertion of monofocal lenses,” Qureshi explained that the LALs “will also help anyone with presbyopia” and “can remove the need for glasses altogether.” Qureshi added, “Potentially, anyone over 40 who wears glasses could have total freedom from them with this operation and possibly sharper vision than could ever have been achieved before.” More information on eye and vision care options available at


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