Newsom Eye Leads Development of FDA-Approved, Post-Surgical, Corrective Light Adjustable Lens

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Refractive adjustment after cataract surgery now possible with breakthrough technology

T. Hunter Newsom, MD

The patient’s prescription is essentially applied directly to the lens, lessening the need greatly for post-surgery prescription glasses.

Florida-based practice, Newsom Eye, played a large part in the creation of the RxSight™ Light Adjustable Lens (LAL), the first intraocular lens (IOL) that allows for adjustments after cataract surgery. This is the first and only FDA-approved IOL of this nature. For the last three years, Newsom Eye was a principal investigator in the LAL study.

Before the LAL and LDD, refractive accuracy could not always be perfected despite calculations and measurements completed prior to surgery. In a randomized FDA study of 600 patients, individuals who received the LAL and treatment with the LDD, had uncorrected visual acuity of at least 20/20 at twice the rate of those who received a monofocal lens.

Cataracts occur when a person’s natural lens becomes clouded, commonly a result of the aging process. Cataracts are one of the leading causes of blindness; removal of cataracts is one of the safest and most common surgical procedures around the world. The implementation of the new Light Adjustable Lens and Light Delivery Device in cataract surgery further perfects this process by allowing the surgeon to make refractive adjustments to the lens once the cataract is removed.

After traditional cataract surgery, around half of all patients still need glasses for distance. With the Light Adjustable Lens, light treatment alters the curvature of the lens based on the patient’s prescription to attain the desired visual result. The patient’s prescription is essentially applied directly to the lens, lessening the need greatly for post-surgery prescription glasses.

Dr. T. Hunter Newsom is a board-certified cataract and refractive surgeon and the founder and medical director at Newsom Eye. He is a principal investigator of FDA clinical studies and is the inventor of the Newsom Bladeless Laser Cataract Surgery Technique, which allowed for and modified the use of the IntraLase Femtosecond Laser in cataract surgery. Dr. Newsom developed a technique and helped design a device that made it possible to use the femtosecond laser, originally meant for LASIK surgery, in cataract surgery as well. Dr. Newsom is also one of two surgeons to be awarded the national designation of “Surgical Excellence” from the American College of Eye Surgeons for cataract and implant surgery. Additionally, he was one of the first surgeons to use the Visian™ and Verisyse™ intraocular lenses in surgical procedures.

Dr. Newsom and the surgeons at Newsom Eye plan to implement the Light Adjustable Lens and the Light Delivery Device in cataract surgeries in the upcoming year.

About Newsom Eye & Laser Center:

Established in 2001 by T. Hunter Newsom, MD, Newsom Eye is a multi-specialty ophthalmology practice offering complete eye care, from routine eye exams to complex ocular surgery. The practice operates from three clinical locations in Sebring and Tampa. These clinical locations are supported by onsite, fully equipped AAAHC-accredited outpatient surgery centers.

Newsom Eye prides itself on providing the highest standards in patient care through state-of-the-art technology and customer service. Newsom Eye has been awarded many accolades, including “Best Eye Surgeon, Best Eye Doctor, and Best Eye Clinic” by Highlands Today’s “People’s Choice."

To learn more or to schedule an appointment, call (813) 607-4271 or visit

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