Cataract Lens Options in Central PA

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About Cataract Lenses

During cataract removal surgery, both laser and traditional, the eye's natural lens is removed and replaced with an artificial IOL (intraocular lens). Occasionally called implants, IOLs act like your natural lens. Prior to your cataract treatment, you will have a consultation appointment with one of our board-certified ophthalmologists at one of our locations throughout Central Pennsylvania. During this appointment, we will assess the stage of your cataracts, general eye health, visual acuity, and lifestyle to determine which IOL would be best suited for your unique needs.

The Eye Center of Central PA features a highly qualified team of eye doctors who strive to enhance your quality of life, as well as your overall health. If you are experiencing cloudy vision and believe that you may have cataracts, please call to schedule a consultation. We have the tools, techniques, and technologies to help you overcome cataracts once and for all.

Intraocular Lens Options

Our ophthalmologists at The Eye Center of Central PA offer a range of different and unique IOLs to suit the needs of our cataract surgery patients. The kind of IOL you receive during the procedure will depend on the results of your thorough eye evaluation, as well as your needs and preferences. At our Central PA offices, we offer:

  • Monofocal IOLs – These IOLs are most commonly used for patients who receive cataracts surgery and are designed to provide clear vision at one focal distance (either close up, far away, or at mid-distance).
  • Toric IOLs – Toric IOLs were created for individuals who have astigmatism and cataracts, and they're capable of addressing astigmatism similarly to toric contact lenses.
  • Multifocal IOLs – Multifocal IOLs are able to offer more accurate vision both far away and close up simultaneously, which is accomplished through different "zones" that can be set at varying strengths based on your refractive error. Multifocal IOLs might diminish a person's dependence on glasses, but they don't fully correct vision.

Choosing your lenses

When it comes to the lens implant used for your lens replacement, our board-certified surgeons will discuss all your options with you.  Your input and lifestyle are vital to the decision-making process. Throughout your pre-treatment appointments and assessments, our team members will gather all the necessary information about both your eye health and visual acuity. Using these details, we can identify if any refractive error or astigmatism exists. We will also talk about your lifestyle and typical daily routine, as well as your primary vision goals (like whether you want to be able to drive or read without glasses). From there, we will work with you to determine which intraocular lens is ideal for you and your unique needs.

What to Expect

Your cataract surgery will most likely be performed at our surgical facility in Allenwood, which holds accreditation with the AAAHC (Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care). Before the procedure, we will go over what you can expect from treatment in terms of your results, the rate your vision may improve, and recovery details. Since each patient is different, procedure outcomes vary person-to-person. The majority of patients are happy with their results and the success of their surgery, and they often experience better vision than what they had in the past. Your artificial lens will not degrade, the results from your procedure are long-lasting. However, some patients will still develop PCO (posterior capsule opacification) in the months or years following their cataract removal, which will create cloudy, blurred vision once more. Thankfully, PCO is quickly and easily treated with a procedure known as a YAG laser capsulotomy.

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*Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person. Images may contain models. Possible risks of LASIK include but are not limited to: dry-eye syndrome, which can be severe; possible need for glasses or contact lenses after surgery; visual symptoms including glare, halos, star-bursts, and double vision, which can be debilitating; and loss of vision. The results of cataract surgery cannot be guaranteed. Additional treatments and/or surgery may be necessary.