Welcome to the cataract center of Berks Eye Physicians & Surgeons. Located in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, near Reading, PA. Our cataract surgery specialists have been serving Berks County for over 60 years. Our cataract surgeons perform state-of-the-art cataract surgery, giving our patients excellent vision and a fast recovery. The goal of this center is to help you to gain a better understanding of cataracts. We have also included the different lens implant options available, should you need surgery.
If you feel that you may have cataracts or if you have been diagnosed and wish to have a second opinion, please call our office today to make an appointment with one of our board-certified physicians and cataract surgeons: 610-372-0712.
From left to right, the following physicians are shown: Peter D. Calder, MD, Domenic C. Izzo, Jr, MD and Francisco L. Tellez, MD, FACS. All three of our board-certified surgeons perform cataract surgeries weekly at Berkshire Eye Surgery Center, a fully equipped eyes-only ambulatory surgery and cataract center.
A cataract is a clouding of the natural crystalline lens of the eye. Vision with cataracts can be compared to looking through a piece of wax paper or a foggy window. Cataract development is usually a very gradual process of normal aging, but can occasionally occur rapidly. Many people are unaware that they have cataracts because the changes in their vision are so gradual.
Some Common Cataract Symptoms May Include:
- Painless blurring of vision
- Hazy, cloudy vision
- Sensitivity to light and glare
- Double vision in one eye
- Poor night vision
- Fading or yellowing of colors
- Frequent changes in glasses or contact lens prescription
If you have cataracts, the exciting news is that now there are many different options in cataract surgery to suit your specific needs and lifestyle. Enjoy the benefits of improving both near and far vision after cataract surgery with Advanced Technology Lens implants, also called intraocular lens implants (IOLs). Nearly 3 million cataract surgeries are performed annually, making it one of the most common surgical procedures in the United States. Through the amazing advancements in cataract surgery, patients who experience dull or blurred vision before surgery are able to see sharper, brighter images following surgery. And with today´s technology many can do so without dependence on glasses. There are even options for patients who have both cataracts and corneal astigmatism.
Cataract surgery is safe and effective, with a 98% success rate. It gives people the ability to see clearly again, through a simple procedure that lasts minutes. At Berks Eye Physicians & Surgeons, in addition to traditional options, you also have the option to choose Advanced Technology Lenses (IOLs). These new lenses can reduce or even eliminate your dependency on glasses or contact lenses. It is very important to discuss your lens implant options with your cataract surgeon to ensure good vision after surgery. Our cataract surgeons will discuss the difference between monofocal and multifocal lens implants in order to better help you understand the impact Advanced Technology Lenses can make on your vision after surgery. Call Berks Eye for more information regarding modern cataract surgery at 610-372-0712.
Intraocular Lens Implant Types: Monofocal IOLs
- Provides good vision at one distance (typically far vision)
- Requires reading glasses after surgery
- Covered by Medicare
Advanced Technology Monofocal Toric (Astigmatism-correcting implant)
Corneal astigmatism is common and occurs when the cornea is not perfectly round. One side of the curve is steeper than the other like a football. This causes light to focus at more than one point on the retina, which creates blurred vision.
A standard monofocal IOL cannot correct or compensate for corneal astigmatism. The monofocal Toric IOL is a custom ordered lens that is specifically designed to neutralize the astigmatism in the cornea and improve the overall quality of vision. For those who have astigmatism, the Toric IOL makes it possible to correct your cataract and astigmatism in one safe procedure. While you will still need glasses for most near activities, your need for distance glasses should be much less.
Advanced Technology Multifocal/Extended Range of Vision
- Corrects vision for near, far and intermediate distances
- May completely reduce the need for glasses
Advanced Technology Multifocal/Extended Range of Vision Toric
(Presbyopia and Astigmatism-correcting implant)
With today’s new Advanced Technology, the Multifocal/ Extended Range of Focus IOL now has the capability of correcting astigmatism as well as distance, middle, and near vision to give the patient the clearest vision.
Intraocular Lens Options
Intraocular lenses come in a variety of materials and designs. Your cataract surgeon generally chooses a lens made of a material that is best suited to your individual situation. Most intraocular lenses used in our practice are coated with UV filters. Some lenses are yellow in color. These lenses are theoretically better at blocking the light rays in the blue spectrum. These UV light rays are related to the development of macular degeneration in some patients. If you would like more information regarding lens implants, please call us to set up an appointment by dialing 610-372-0712.