The Eye Center of Central PA’s incredibly talented team of eye surgeons offer the most advanced technology in cataract surgery. Cataract surgery is one of the most commonly performed treatments in the world, and it is considered to be both safe and effective for many. Cataract surgery involves very tiny incisions, and no stitches are generally needed. Handheld instruments are used to gain access to the cataract, which is broken up by ultrasonic energy and removed in small fragments from the eye with gentle suction. Refractive laser cataract surgery is the most advanced technology with computer controlled high speed laser precision. The laser provides accurate astigmatic correction to help achieve a goal of being less dependent on glasses. During a comprehensive eye examination, we will thoroughly assess your condition and talk about the advantages of each technique.
If you are suffering from cataracts contact us to schedule a consultation with one of our board-certified ophthalmologists. During your comprehensive eye examination, one of our ophthalmologists will identify the type of cataract you have, as well as its progression. We will also assess your medical history and lifestyle to make sure you get the best plan for treatment possible.
Cataract Surgery Reviews
"I recently had cataract surgery done by Dr. Hartzell . I worried about the procedure and how it would affect my eye sight. Turned out Dr. Hartzell did an excellent job and now I only need glasses to read. I no longer have to wear my Rx. glasses after so many years. The staff that he has at both Allenwood and Williamsport are by far the nicest medical staff I ever had, in particular Lydia. My wife and I both had surgery and Lydia made everything so easy for us. We owe her a special thank-you for all her hard work and compassion she showed us."- R.G. / Google / May 05, 2019
"I have absolutely no complaints about the treatments and the office visits with Dr. Hartzell. I have always been treated very well and very professionally. The cataract surgery went great, and Dr. Hartzell reviewed everything very thoroughly. I'm very happy with the treatment I received at the Eye Center of Central PA. I would recommend him to anyone."- Anonymous / Healthgrades / Mar 20, 2019
What to Expect
Your cataract surgery will most likely be performed at our outpatient 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. You will receive mild sedation for your surgery. You will receive numbing drops in your operative eye and your eye will be dilated for surgery. The surgery is completed usually in less than 15 minutes. During your surgery your cloudy lens is removed and replaced with a clear lens. 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.
Follow-Up for cataract surgery
Following your procedure, a member of our team will provide you with detailed aftercare instructions to help you heal and recover over the next several weeks. These directions might consist of details, like how often to administer your prescription eye drops. You may or may not be given an eye patch to wear to help expedite your healing, depending on your situation. During the recovery period, it's important that you avoid touching, scratching, bumping, or rubbing your treated eye. Your sight might appear somewhat fuzzy or blurry at first, but this will dissipate over the next several days to reveal clearer, more accurate vision. We encourage you to attend all scheduled follow-up appointments so we can monitor your eye health and healing.
RELIABLE cataract care
At The Eye Center of Central PA, our team understands that the idea of having eye surgery can seem intimidating to some. To ease your worries and make you feel more comfortable, our team is here to answer any questions or address any concerns you may have. Our talented team of ophthalmologists has completed many successful cataract surgeries utilizing the most advanced technology for men and women throughout central Pennsylvania. Contact us to treat your cataract and achieve better eye health today.
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.
Generally, the majority of patients who are in overall good health could potentially be excellent candidates to receive cataract surgery. Still, there are a handful of situations that may affect your candidacy, including:
- Being in overall poor health
- Having a preexisting eye condition
- Certain medications
- Being pregnant or breastfeeding
During your comprehensive eye examination, one of our ophthalmologists will identify the type of cataract you have, as well as its progression. We will also assess your medical history and lifestyle to make sure you get the best plan for treatment possible.