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. With standard cataract surgery, handheld instruments are used to gain access to the cataract, which is broken into small fragments by ultrasonic vibrations and removed 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 your consultation exam, we will thoroughly assess your cataracts and discuss the advantages of each technique.
If cataracts are affecting your vision and way of life, contact us to schedule a consultation with one of our board-certified ophthalmologists. During your comprehensive eye examination, we will assess your cataracts, as well as your overall medical history and lifestyle to ensure a personalized treatment plan.
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 been going to Dr. Bonner for over ten years. He does an amazing job at doing my eye exams! I also met with Dr. Hartzel about cataract surgery. I feel very confident he will perform my surgery with the utmost precision! I look forward to having improved vision. Thank you!"- D.S. / Google / Nov 22, 2021
"Staff is professional and friendly. My visits and my cataract surgery went wonderfully. Dr Oh was very nice. I opted for just the basic surgery & now have 20/25 vision.They even accommodated me in a polite and professional manner when I was late for one of my appointments. There is a very short wait time. Their optic Center replaced my lenses. They told me an hour and they were done in an hour. I don't know about their other Lewisburg office in downtown Lewisburg as I've never gone there. But the Mifflinburg office is also great."- P.C. / Google / Apr 20, 2022
"Very grateful for Dr Ou and all of the wonderful staff who helped me during my cataract surgery. Dr Ou was very reassuring and thoughtful. I was so very frightened to have the surgery and now I’m so relieved and happy I did. They all did a wonderful job and my eyesight is so very much better. Highly recommend Dr Ou and their services"- F.M. / Google / Apr 06, 2023
"I had cataract surgery which was performed by Dr. Hartzell. This was my final appointment to check the outcome of my procedure. This appointment was with Dr. Bonner. I would highly recommend The Eye Center. Very professional but also personable and caring. Dr. Bonner takes his time when he examines my eyes. I think he enjoys his work. My vision is improved to the point that I only need glasses for reading."- H.B. / Google / Jun 16, 2023
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. 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. Since each patient is different, procedure outcomes vary person-to-person. The majority of patients experience clearer vision within a few days of their procedure and are happy with their results and the success of their surgery. 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. During the recovery period, it's important that you avoid scratching, bumping, or rubbing your treated eye(s). 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. You will be scheduled for several follow-up appointments after surgery 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 thousands of successful cataract surgeries utilizing the most advanced technology throughout central Pennsylvania. Contact us to learn more about your cataract treatment options.
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 are able to cataract receive surgery. However, there are a handful of situations that may postpone your surgery including:
- Some cardiac and/or stroke concerns
- Eye conditions which take precedence over cataracts and cataract surgery
- Being pregnant or breastfeeding