Ground Breaking Cataract Technology Offers New Hope for Customized Vision


VICTORIA, Dec. 6 /CNW/ - Vision RejuvenationTM Victoria, a Canadian leader in advanced cataract and refractive lens exchange surgery has become the first centre in Canada to implant the world's first Light Adjustable Intraocular Lens.

The Calhoun Vision LAL® Light Adjustable Lens is the long awaited answer for customized cataract surgery. This ground breaking technology allows the intraocular lens to be adjusted to a patient's ideal individual visual requirements after implantation through the safe, fast and non-invasive application of light. The surgery was performed by Dr. Lawrence Brierley, Surgeon and Medical Director at Vision Rejuvenation, who is involved in an investigation testing application through Health Canada to perform a clinical study to determine the safety and effectiveness of the Calhoun Vision LAL and light delivery device.

Cataracts are a condition in which the natural crystalline lens of the eye begins to grow cloudy, gradually causing vision to deteriorate. The clouded lens must be surgically removed and replaced with a permanent intraocular lens implant. However, due to the difficulty in precisely determining the best power of the lens, the variability in matching the lens to the ideal shape of the eye and the effect of the healing process, surgery could potentially result in a negative outcome that a patient would previously have to live with forever or undertake further invasive surgical procedures.

Dr. Brierley states: "This breakthrough technology is one of the greatest advances in cataract surgery in years. I have been waiting all my life for the sort of precision that this lens allows me. For patients who are looking for superior visual quality and a way to reduce or eliminate dependence on glasses, the LAL is ideal. It is like having an insurance policy that ensures accurate and precise outcomes based on specific patient requirements."

The Calhoun Vision LAL is implanted using standard cataract surgery techniques. When the eye has healed after surgery, the patient's ability to see near and far is assessed to determine what type of adjustment must be made to the LAL to provide the desired visual outcome. With a specially designed light delivery device, a safe non-invasive light source is applied through the eye and onto the lens, changing its shape and hence its optical performance to the precise correction needed for the patient. Minor adjustments can be performed to further fine tune the patient's vision if required, until the desired accuracy is achieved. The lens is then locked in by a similar application of light leaving the patient with the quality of vision customized to their unique needs.

About Calhoun Vision
Calhoun Vision Inc. was started in 1999 by Dr. Daniel Schwartz, Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of California at San Francisco, Professor Robert Grubbs, the 2005 Nobel Prize winner in Chemistry and Victor and Elizabeth Atkins, Professors of Chemistry at the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA. They conceived the idea of a light adjustable lens, the power of which could be changed after implantation in the eye by safe, non-invasive irradiation with light. In 2008, after almost ten years of numerous studies as well as successful clinical trials on hundreds of patients, the LAL was introduced commercially into countries of the European Union, beginning in Germany.

About Vision Rejuvenation
Vision Rejuvenation Victoria was founded in 1999 by Dr. Lawrence Brierley to provide the very latest and best in equipment and techniques for cataract surgery and vision restoration. The state of the art facility incorporates high quality diagnostic imaging services with the finest cataract surgical technology. The goal is to optimize visual outcomes by using personalized analysis, then customize the treatment to leave patients with the highest quality vision and as spectacle-free as possible after surgery.


For further information: For further information:

Mrs. Ying Liu at Vision Rejuvenation Victoria at 1.250.383.0645 or 1-866-944-3944.

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