Cataract Surgery:  Traditional and Laser-Assisted

Nov 14, 2016 @ 12:00 PM — by Francis Clark M.D.
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No matter what you enjoy in life, chances are you’re highly reliant on your eyesight. If your vision is clouded by cataracts, you may be losing the ability to fully experience what life has to offer. Here at Ophthalmology Physicians & Surgeons we are proud to provide our patients in the greater Philadelphia area with the latest technology in cataract surgery – LenSx® or Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery. We have 7 convenient eye care centers located in Bethlehem, Blue Bell, Collegeville, Hatboro, Lansdale, Levittown and Springhouse, PA. All locations are staffed with experienced eye doctors including specialists, ophthalmologists and optometrists.

About Cataracts

Nearly 25.7 million Americans over age 40 have cataracts and the number is projected to increase to 45.6 million by 2050, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology.  Cataracts occur as a process of the body’s aging process. A cataract is caused by an accumulation of proteins in the lens of the eye. The proteins make the lens cloudy and thus cause vision loss by blocking light.

Traditional Cataract Surgery

Cataract surgery is the most common elective surgery among Medicare beneficiaries in the United States. As outlined by American Academy of Ophthalmology, there are multiple studies that have demonstrated association between cataract surgery and improved quality of life, reduced risk of falling and fewer car crashes. In addition, one study found that those who had cataract surgery had a 40 percent lower long-term mortality risk than those who did not.

In traditional cataract surgery micro-incisions are created by a blade, the front of the lens is opened mechanically and the lens is broken into fragments by an ultrasonic probe. This probe then removes the dense part of the cataract and after cleaning the remaining cataract tissue an intraocular lens (IOL) is inserted through this micro-incision. No sutures are usually required because the incision is self-sealing.

LenSX® – Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery

The laser used in laser-assisted cataract surgery is called a femtosecond laser. It is the same type of laser used in LASIK procedure to correct near-sightedness or far-sightedness.

During laser-assisted surgery, our cataract surgeon may also use the laser to remove the front portion of the capsule that surrounds and protects the lens. They use the laser instead of ultrasound to break up the defective lens. The surgeon can also correct any astigmatism the patient has at the same time they’re performing cataract surgery.

Ophthalmology Physicians & Surgeons is one of the only eye care centers in the United States to offer laser-assisted cataract surgery at no additional cost to their patients.

Benefits of Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery

Performing cataract surgery with LenSx®is considered a safe, simple procedure that can literally change your life and ensure that you’ll be able to enjoy life– from reading to playing tennis or golf.  You can move forward and enjoy your new vision with confidence that you’ve chosen the most advanced technology available.

The benefits of using a laser to assist in cataract surgery include:

  • A bladeless procedure
  • Greater precision and control
  • A perfectly shaped and centered lens opening possibly leading to more accurate IOL positioning and better visual results.
  • The laser is safer to use than ultrasound during the lens fragmentation and removal stages.

If you been told you have cataracts or think you may have them…don’t delay.

You may not need surgery immediately, but a cataract left in place for too long becomes hard and more force is needed to break it up. This, and the manipulation of the hard fragments inside the eye, may damage nearby structures. Occasionally, the lens cannot be broken and it has to be removed as a large single piece. This requires a larger cut in the cornea which has to be closed with stitches. The post-operative course may be more difficult and the final vision may be less satisfactory than when surgery is done at the right time.

Call us today to schedule a cataract consultation with a cataract surgeon at (215) 672-4300.

About Ophthalmology Physicians & Surgeons

At Ophthalmology Physicians & Surgeons, we have 7 locations in the greater Philadelphia area.  We proudly partner with the Wills Eye Surgical Centers, the largest eye hospital in the U.S., and our doctors have been recognized for their leadership and outstanding patient care. We are also committed to incorporating the latest technology for your optimal health and safety. Whether you need a comprehensive eye exam, or advanced eye surgery, we can provide you and your loved ones with the exceptional results you deserve. Call our office today to book your appointment.

Our Locations

Bethlehem Office

65 E. Elizabeth Ave
Ste 300

Bethlehem, PA 18018

(610) 868-0130

Blue Bell Office

1179 Dekalb Pike
Ste 2

Blue Bell, PA 19422

(610) 272-1211

Collegeville Eye Physicians and Surgeons

753 W Main St
Ste D

Collegeville, PA 19426

(610) 489-7440

Hatboro Office

331 N York Rd

Hatboro, PA 19040

(215) 672-4300

Lansdale Office

1085 S Broad St
Ste F

Lansdale, PA 19446

(215) 361-1230

Levittown Office

1609 Woodbourne Rd
Ste 303

Levittown, PA 19057

(215) 547-1818

Spring House Office

909 Sumneytown Pike
Ste 201

Spring House, PA 19477

(215) 542-1522

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