Advanced Cataract Surgery in Mercer County

Hearing you have cataracts can be jolting; however, it’s actually a very common part of aging. Cataract surgery is the best way to treat common symptoms of cataracts like blurry or cloudy vision, light sensitivity, and seeing dimmed colors.

Today’s cataract surgery is a relatively quick outpatient procedure where the cloudy lens inside your eye is replaced with an artificial intraocular lens known as an IOL. The purpose of this implant is to restore clear vision.

When you come to the Valley Eye Center for cataracts surgery in Hermitage or Greenville PA, you’re entrusting us with your eyesight. This is why we utilize only the best vision correction technology available. We stay on top of new and exciting advancements to improve your experience and give you the long-lasting gift of clear vision. This is evident by our advanced cataract surgery offerings.

Valley Eye is at the Forefront of an Evolution in Cataract Surgery

The primary purpose of yesteryear’s cataract surgery was to restore distance vision for tasks like driving or watching television. However, even following surgery, anyone with presbyopia – a naturally occurring a condition (most common after the age of 40) where the eye’s natural lens loses its ability to focus up close – would still depend on bifocals or reading glasses for any activity requiring up-close vision.

For many years, there was no option available to free these people of reading glasses or bifocals. Valley Eye Center is proud to report this as yesterday’s news. We now have an advanced multifocal IOL specifically designed to enhance vision from far away, up close, and any distance in between.

Introducing ReSTOR Multifocal IOLs

Since 2005, ReSTOR® lens have been used in the U.S. as a lens implant replacing the eye’s natural but now clouded lens during cataract surgery.

Behind the effectiveness of this lens implant technology is a patented “apodized diffractive” design that works like an internal bifocal lens to improve vision from a range of distances regardless of lighting conditions. Not only is long-distance vision preserved, but presbyopia is also corrected. This means patients can once again read, work on a computer, or look at their smartphone without relying on bifocals or reading glasses.

Following surgery, up to 80% of patients find they hardly ever need eyeglasses. Patients that had a lot of difficulty with night time driving prior to surgery also report decreased visual disturbances like blinding glare from headlights or seeing halos around objects. This is because the aspheric optics of ReSTOR® lens minimizes visual complaints associated with night myopia caused by spherical aberration.

AcrySof® IQ Toric IOLs for Astigmatism Correction

Astigmatism is a very common refractive condition where the eye’s cornea or lens is shaped more like an egg rather than a preferable round shape. Many people live comfortably with astigmatism and require no corrective lenses or glasses. Others almost always experience moderate to severe blurred or shadowed vision.

Many people have a pre-existing astigmatism in addition to cataracts. Many times they aren’t even aware they have astigmatism until after they have cataract surgery. This is because the cataract masks the astigmatism until it becomes more pronounced once the cataract is removed.

Until recently, corneal refractive surgery or a LASIK procedure would have to be performed following cataract surgery to completely correct vision. Otherwise, results from cataract surgery would typically be unsatisfactory since most patients would still complain of blurred or distorted vision and be dependent on eyeglasses or contact lenses to see clearly.

But recent advancements in IOL technology have now made it possible to correct a pre-existing astigmatism as part of a cataract surgery. The AcrySof® IQ Toric IOL is a foldable single lens implant that replaces the clouded lens in cataract surgery.

The unique design of this IOL can reduce or completely eliminate a corneal astigmatism and significantly improve distance vision. Much like the ReSTOR® lens, the aspheric technology of Toric IOLs minimizes spherical and high-order aberrations to decrease light sensitivity and improve overall functional vision. Valley Eye Center is pleased to offer the Toric lens implant for astigmatism correction.

Preparing for Cataract Surgery and Choosing the Right IOL

The eye care specialists at Valley Eye Center in Hermitage and Greenville PA will perform a comprehensive eye exam prior to your cataract surgery. During this exam, the overall health of your eyes will be evaluated to identify potential risk factors or any reason to avoid corrective surgery.

Since there are now many types of IOLs available to choose from, it’s important that we select the proper intraocular lens for your condition. This is why we carefully assess the amount of nearsightedness or farsightedness you may have. We also measure the size and shape of your cornea to determine if your astigmatism is serious enough to compromise your vision and make you a good candidate for a Toric IOL.

If no astigmatism is present, or the astigmatism is so little that it doesn’t warrant corrective surgery, Toric intraocular lenses may not be necessary and a standard IOL might serve you best.

Additionally, if you want to be less dependent on bifocals or eyeglasses after cataract surgery, our ophthalmologists will determine if an advanced presbyopia-correcting IOL like the ReSTOR® lens is right for you. Just be mindful that these advanced lens implants may not be fully covered by Medicare and other insurance plans that cover standard monofocal IOLs when cataracts surgery is deemed a medical necessity. This may result in out-of-pocket expenses for ReSTOR® and Toric lenses.

Contact Us Today for a Cataracts Surgery Consultation

If you’d like to learn more about cataracts surgery, or our advanced procedures, please schedule a consultation at either our Hermitage or Greenville PA eye care center. You may call us at 724-347-5665 or email info@valleyeyecenter.com.