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The Laser Cataract Experts at The Eye Center of Central PA

The Eye Center of Central PA’s outpatient Laser and Refractive surgery center in Allenwood, PA, The Surgery Center of Central PA, is equipped with the latest technology for your Laser Cataract surgery.

The Surgery Center of Central PA is staffed with caring professionals who are dedicated to anticipating your needs and providing a low-stress, calm surgical experience. Please contact us today at 1-866-995-EYES (3937) to arrange for a Free Cataract Screening.

What is a cataract?

A cataract is the clouding of the natural lens in your eye. A clouded lens can be compared to a window that is frosted or "fogged" with steam. Roughly 90% of cataracts are simply due to the normal aging process; and cataracts can not be reversed or made to “go away” with medication or eye drops.

Cataract & Non-Cataract Eye Lenses

Lens on the left demonstrates clouding from a cataract. Lens on the right demonstrates a clear lens with no cataract.

When looking into cataract surgery, you need to consider 2 things:

  • What type of lens do I want implanted to replace my cataract lens?
  • How do I want to have my surgery performed?

When do cataracts start?

Cataracts have been seen in patients at all ages; however age related cataracts are generally seen in patients 50 and older. If you are 50 years or older, it is recommended you see an eye doctor every year. A yearly comprehensive, dilated eye exam allows your eye doctor to best monitor your eye health.

When should cataract surgery be done?

There is no set point when a cataract is ready to be removed with surgery. It is generally recommended cataracts be removed when they begin to interfere your normal daily life and begin causing problems with your vision.

Some of the common symptoms that may disrupt your daily vision are:

• Painless cloudy or blurring vision
• Frequent changes in eyeglass or contact lens prescriptions
• Sensitivity to light or glare
• Double vision in one eye
• Trouble seeing at night
• Need a brighter light to read or other activities
• Fading or yellowing of colors
• Distortion or ghost images in your vision

A dilated eye exam allows your eye surgeon to look at the natural lens in your eye and determine if you have cataracts or the early signs of cataracts.

How do I fix a cataract?

Surgery to remove the cataract and replace it with a clear artificial lens implant (called an IOL, or Intraocular Lens) is the most common treatment to correct the vision loss and problems associated with cataracts.

The Eye Center offers 2 types of surgery:

- Traditional cataract surgery:
With traditional cataract surgery, the eye surgeon makes an incision on the eye by hand with a stainless steel blade and uses a bent or shaped needle to create an opening (capsulorhexis) in the lens capsule.

- Laser Refractive Cataract Surgery:
With laser refractive cataract surgery, the eye surgeon utilizes a computerized laser to make precise, exact incisions on the eye. These laser-made incisions are more accurate, increase predictability of visual outcomes and reduce the variables that have complicated cataract surgery results in the past. Laser-made incisions produce less inflammation during surgery, making the procedure less traumatic to the eye.

When you choose laser cataract surgery, you can move forward with confidence knowing that you've chosen the most advanced technology available for this life-changing procedure. 

Do I have options for my IOL (Intraocular Lens)?

YES – you have options when selecting the lens that will be implanted at The Eye Center of Central PA.
Intraocular lenses (IOLs) are artificial lenses that can be used to replace a patient’s natural ones.

Basic Lens:

Patient should expect to wear prescription glasses for ALL visual needs after cataract surgery; you must wear eyeglasses or contact lenses in order to read, use the computer, and/or to see at a distance.

Monovision Lens or Blended Vision Lens:

Monovision lenses correct dominant eye for distance vision and non-dominant eye for near vision. Blended lenses correct dominant eye for distance vision and non dominant eye for intermediate vision. Prescription glasses may be required for certain activities.

Premium Lenses:

Designed to correct distance, intermediate and near vision. Patients will receive a multifocal IOL or an accommodating IOL.

Multifocal Refractive IOLMultifocal Refractive IOLs Tecnis®

Tecnis® multifocal IOLs, are designed with five different optic zones, each with specialized functions for different lighting and focal distances. These zones allow the lens to provide clear vision in most situations of daily life, from driving at night to reading fine print.
Recently, a new type of aspheric multifocal refractive IOL became available, which is designed to increase contrast sensitivity and improve night vision.

Restor introcular lensesReSTOR®

ReSTOR® multifocal IOLs use apodization and refractive and diffractive technology to interpret the amount of light entering the eye and focus it on the appropriate part of the retina. ReSTOR® IOLs allow patients to see clearly at any distance – four out of five patients who receive ReSTOR® lenses do not need glasses or bifocals.

Accommodating IOL'sAccommodating IOLs

Accommodating IOLs are capable of responding to the muscle movements made by the eye as it shifts between different focal lengths. As a result, accommodating IOLs – such as the FDA-approved Crystalens® IOL – allow patients to see more clearly at near, medium and far distances.

Accommodating IOLs can be used to treat presbyopia – the reduced ability to switch between focal points as the muscle responsible for the switch ages – and in many patients can reduce or even eliminate the need for bifocals.

Astigmatism Correction

Astigmatism correction may be achieved with the Toric IOL, manually during surgery or with laser technology.

How do I set up a cataract screening?

Complete More Information COMPLETE: Complete the “More Information” Section on this page
Call 866-995-EYES CALL: 1-866-995-3937
Email The Eye Center EMAIL: info@eyecenterofpa.com

Did you know?

  • 90% of cataract cases are simply due to the aging process, not by eye injury, disease or medication.
  • Cataracts are not cancerous... They are treated with surgery; Cataract surgery is one of the most common procedures performed in the US.
  • If cloudiness in your vision is not in the center of the lens, you may not even know you have a cataract!

Whether you're experiencing the onset of cataracts or you're a life-long sufferer finally looking for, The Eye Center of Central PA has the latest advancements for your cataract surgery.

Call today to schedule a Free Cataract Screening – 1-866-995-EYES (3937)