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Cataracts


Cataract Surgeries with Higher Precision and Accuracy

Cataract surgery involves removing the cloudy lens and replacing it with an intraocular lens implant (IOL) in order to provide focus. Most commonly, the IOL is focused for distance and patients will need glasses for seeing near and reading. There are multifocal IOLs, such as ReSTOR and Technis, that allow for distance, near, and sometimes intermediate correction. They are the best opportunity for patients to gain spectacle independence and freedom from wearing glasses after cataract surgery.

Many cataract patients also have astigmatism, which is when the surface of the eye is not completely round, but rather steep on one side and flat on the other (akin to a football). This irregularity in the curvature leads to distortion and blurring of the vision. A toric IOL can correct for that astigmatism at the time of cataract surgery. For patients with higher degrees of astigmatism, it provides the sharpest and clearest vision, compared with the basic IOL. Another option for reducing astigmatism during surgery is a limbal relaxing incision (LRI) in the cornea. Our surgeons can guide you on which IOL is right for you. Trust your eyes to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania's, best ophthalmologists.

Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery with Alcon LenSx®

PECG is one of the few practices in the area offering femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery (FLACS). This bladeless technology is customized to each patient's needs. It provides incredible accuracy, precision, and tremendous patient outcomes.

Small degrees or amounts of astigmatism can be corrected with the laser, which improves sharpness in the vision. The laser can be used to break up the cataract prior to removal with the traditional phacoemulsification instrument, which lowers the amount of energy used in surgery. Lowering the energy used to break up the cataract makes the procedure safer for harder, denser, more mature cataracts and also conditions with unstable cataract/lens support. Plus, lower energy makes it safer for eyes with Fuchs' dystrophy or corneal guttata, which is when the corneal can swell after surgery from too much energy used.

If you don't like the thought of having a very sharp blade in or around your eye during surgery, LenSx® is the way to go. According to a surgeon at the Wills Eye Institute, "It's as a mix of Harry Potter and Star Wars."


About Cataracts

Cataracts occur when the eye's natural lens gets cloudy. The lens is a structure within the eye that is clear and responsible for focusing light that passes through the pupil. When a cataract forms, images may become blurry or dim. Some people describe the image as looking through a dirty window, while others may notice glare. They are a normal part of aging, but can also be related to family history, medications (commonly steroids), and trauma.

There are no medications or drops to rid your eyes of cataracts. The only treatment is surgery. Fortunately, cataract surgery is very successful, and patients do not need to wait until the lens is mature or ripe. When to have surgery depends on your vision and how much of your activities are affected by the cataract. Cataract surgery is an outpatient surgery that typically lasts for an hour, and many patients go back to work the next day. We are happy to help you determine if you are ready for cataract surgery, as well as work with Medicare and your insurance to cover the cost of surgery.


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