Refractive Laser Cataract Surgery in Central PA

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ABOUT Refractive Laser Cataract Surgery

The Eye Center of Central PA is proud to provide the most individualized treatment for patients who have refractive errors.  Our highly skilled and board certified ophthalmologists use technology that is able to customize and deliver improved vision correction results with maximum control and micron-level laser precision not attainable with other surgical methods.  Removing the cataract improves the quality of vision and reducing or removing the refractive error can reduce the dependency on glasses or contacts benefitting your lifestyle.  Refractive laser cataract surgery employs the Verion™ LenSx® that is able to map the surface of the eye to make an exact laser incision to correct or reduce astigmatism.  To correct or reduce astigmatism, this technology has the ability to generate arcuate incisions with accurate length, depth and location.  Thanks to its unique capabilities, the Verion LenSx technology uses real time imaging and produces outstanding outcomes.  

Plan a consultation with a board-certified ophthalmologist at one of our central Pennsylvania offices to discover if you might be a good candidate for refractive cataract surgery.

Best Candidates

For the most part, any patient who has mid- to late-stage cataracts could be eligible if they are in generally good physical health. However, while refractive laser cataract surgery is incredibly effective, it does have a couple of limitations. For example, patients with some kinds of astigmatism may not be eligible, or they might need to get corneal treatment to address astigmatism before or during both laser and traditional versions of cataract surgery. In addition, those who have had LASIK in the past usually aren’t good candidates. This is because the cataract laser technology can possibly harm the flap formed in order to perform the LASIK surgery. As part of a consultation at The Eye Center of Central PA, one of our knowledgeable eye surgeons will review any probable restrictions, as well as the patient’s best treatment options.

What To Expect

Before your treatment, a member of our team numbs the patient’s eyes by giving them eye drops. Refractive laser cataract surgery shares the same goal as cataract surgery except we use innovative laser technology to choose the perfect incision site, perform the incision, and break apart the cataract. The innovative Verion LenSx diagrams an incredibly detailed map of the eye. Consequently, the lasers can find the exact site of the cataract. As soon as the cataract is broken apart and taken out, the eye surgeon can insert the new intraocular lens. Thanks to its unique capabilities, the Verion LenSx technology produces outstanding outcomes with a briefer healing process than traditional surgery.


The recovery period for refractive laser cataract surgery ordinarily ranges from 4 – 8 weeks, though this varies from patient to patient. Throughout the healing process, patients have to stick to critical post-procedure rules to enable optimal results. People who undergo refractive laser cataract surgery have to use certain types of prescription eye drops for most of the healing process, and it is crucial they don't rub or scratch the eyes for any reason as they get better. Our ophthalmologists may also choose to have patients wear an eye patch to prevent this. In the majority of our patients, vision is significantly improved directly after the procedure, but it remains cloudy for 5 – 7 days until the post-surgery swelling starts to abate. We ask that all refractive laser cataract surgery patients return for 2 – 4 follow-up appointments in order to keep an eye on the recovery process and make sure the patient's vision is progressing normally.

Advanced Cataract Solutions

If neglected, cataracts will significantly impact your day-to-day life and ultimately cause total blindness. With the help of refractive laser cataract surgery at The Eye Center of Central PA, you can eliminate your cataracts and regain your vision. Our team invites all patients who are living with cataracts to contact one of our Central PA facilities soon to schedule a consultation with a board-certified ophthalmologist. We can talk with you about all of your choices and soothe your mind about having refractive laser cataract surgery.

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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.