Honolulu Eye Surgeon First to Offer RxSight™ Light Adjustable Lens (IOL) in Hawaii
The new RxSight™ Light Adjustable Lens (LAL) is the only intraocular lens (IOL) that can provide cataract and refractive lens exchange patients with customized vision results following surgery.
Honolulu, HI – Aloha Laser Vision is once again the first laser vision correction practice in Hawaii to offer patients an exciting new intraocular lens (IOL) technology—the RxSight™ Light Adjustable Lens (LAL). This revolutionary lens is made of photosensitive material that can be painlessly and precisely adjusted with non-invasive ultraviolet (UV) light treatments post-surgically to provide enhanced vision outcomes for both cataract and refractive lens exchange (RLE) patients.
Experienced Honolulu eye surgeon and Medical Director of Aloha Laser Vision, Alan Faulkner, MD, performed his first surgery with the RxSight Light Adjustable Lens on March 16, 2020 and is thrilled to have the opportunity to use this advanced lens technology to help more cataract and RLE patients achieve 20/20 vision without the need for additional surgery or glasses. In an FDA study of 600 patients, those implanted with the RxSight Light Adjustable Lens were twice as likely to achieve an outcome of 20/20 vision without glasses than those who received traditional monofocal IOLs. Dr. Faulkner explains, “With the RxSight Light Adjustable Lens we are able to create customized vision correction that can specifically suit a wide range of patients’ needs. The unique light treatments are quick, painless, and easy, while helping to ensure each individual achieves optimal improvement with his or her IOL.”
Both Dr. Faulkner and Dr. Neda Nikpoor are excited to bring this game changing technology to their patients. Dr. Nikpoor points out that, “Up until this point, refractive error after cataract surgery could only be resolved with either glasses, contacts, or laser vision correction. This is the first IOL that can be adjusted without a second surgery. That’s the key. We save patients from a second surgery if they change their mind on monovision, for example, or if they have some residual refractive error after they heal.”
As with all vision correction procedures performed at Aloha Laser Vision, candidates for the RxSight Light Adjustable Lens are evaluated carefully to make sure the LAL is the best option for their needs, goals, and lifestyle. Dr. Faulkner and Dr. Nikpoor find that the RxSight Light Adjustable Lens is often well-suited for cataract patients who have had a previous refractive surgery, as these patients have a higher chance of needing a second surgery (enhancement) to achieve their desired outcome. Commonly these patients have been used to a lifetime of optimal vision, and the RxSight Light Adjustable Lens now provides a technology that is adjustable in a painless, non-invasive way.
For cataract patients, cataract removal and RxSight Light Adjustable Lens placement are performed during a single surgery. After the procedure, patients must wear special UV protective lenses while the adjustment process takes place. To customize the vision correction power of the lens, a series of two to four painless, 90-second UV-light treatments are performed over a one to two week period. At the end of these treatment sessions, once the desired result has been achieved, a final light treatment is administered to lock in the final shape of the lens. Dr. Faulkner and Dr. Nikpoor have both been very pleased with the outcomes so far and by how well their patients are doing. They have had several patients comment on how great their quality of vision is—one patient even remarked, “Wow, this is like magic!” after her first adjustment.
Ultimately, Dr. Faulkner and Dr. Nikpoor are pleased to be able to offer patients state-of-the-art vision correction technology and devices that can help them achieve their best vision. Any individuals who would like to learn more about the RxSight Light Adjustable Lens or other vision correction options are encouraged to contact the practice for more information.
About Alan Faulkner, MD & Neda Nikpoor, MD
Dr. Faulkner received his medical degree from Tulane Medical School and went on to complete an internship in Internal Medicine, a residency in Ophthalmology, and a fellowship in Oculoplastics, Ocular Oncology, and Orbital Disease. He is board-certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and the lead eye surgeon at Aloha Laser Vision. Before creating Aloha Laser Vision, Dr. Faulkner was a full-time Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at Tulane. Since its inception in 2001, Aloha Laser Vision has become a state-of-the-art laser vision correction center. The practice offers a broad spectrum of premium services, including LASIK, cataract surgery, and aesthetic treatments. Dr. Faulkner is an active member of several professional organizations, including the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons, and the International Society of Refractive Surgeons.
Dr. Nikpoor is a fellowship-trained, board-certified ophthalmologist at Aloha Laser Vision. She performs state-of-the-art LASIK vision correction, cataract surgery, and cornea surgery. Dr. Nikpoor earned her medical degree from the University of Oklahoma and completed both her Ophthalmology residency and a fellowship in Cornea, External Disease, and Refractive Surgery at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami is renowned as the #1 eye hospital and residency program in the United States. As a skilled eye surgeon and a respected leader in the field, Dr. Nikpoor has made significant research contributions that have been published in prominent peer-reviewed journals, presented at professional meetings worldwide, and devoted her skills to helping the less fortunate regain their sight.
For more information about Dr. Faulkner, Dr. Nikpoor, and Aloha Laser Vision, please visit alohalaservision.com and facebook.com/alohalaservision. They are available for interview upon request.
Aloha Laser Vision
1100 Ward Ave., Ste. 1000
Honolulu, Hawaii 96814