Important Announcement: We've partnered with ReFocus Eye Health to best focus on providing the best patient care possible. Of course, our doctors and staff will remain the same but our name, logo, and website will be updated as we integrate with the ReFocus family of eye clinics. This will not affect your appointments or your patient experience in the least. 

Important Annoucement: Our Blue Bell clinic is now closed. All patients from that office will be seen at our state-of-the-art North Wales location, where they can expect the same caliber of exceptional eye care and patient experience. This location is only 6 miles away and has ample parking.

Cataract Surgery: Traditional and Laser-Assisted

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:

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 greaterPhiladelphia 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.

Francis Clark, MD

You Might Also Enjoy...

Sports Vision

When athletes undergo a comprehensive vision examination, it is important to have good vision. However, it goes beyond just checking for 20/20 vision. There are many additional components that allow for good athleticism, including: 

What Ocular Conditions Are More Frequent at Age 40?

The most frequent ocular condition that starts at this age is Presbyopia. This is a normal aging process and cannot be considered as a true disease. Presbyopia is the normal progressive loss of the ability to focus and see things close up.

Eye Tearing

Patients can experience eye tearing or watery eyes for multiple different reasons, some of the more frequent causes are described below. Dry environments (as in the winter being indoor with the heater on), wind, pollens or allergens can cause dryness an

Dry Eyes and Makeup

Dry eyes is a very prevalent ocular condition, it affects millions of people every year. There are many factors that contribute to whether someone experiences dry eyes. No matter what the cause of one's dry eye is, makeup can amplify the problem.

Snow Blindness

It’s finally winter and you’re planning on going to the slopes. A few things to remember about snow before you head out there! Though the sun rays are not as strong in the winter as in the summer, it is quite possible to get sunburned during the winter.

All About Eye Color

What Determines Eye Color? A person’s eye color is found in the iris. Cells called melanocytes produce various levels of pigment called melanin. Melanin not only provides color, but also absorbs light, acting as an added layer of protection from UV rays.