A cataract is the clouding of the lens of the eye that obstructs the passage of light. The human eye is much like a camera and needs a clear lens to focus light on the retina. (The retina is the back of the eye, where images are focused- like the film in a camera.)
The view of a healthy lens compared to that of someone with cataracts using a photo of a baby

A cataract forms when proteins in the lens of your eye clump together, forming opaque clusters- like dark smudges on a camera lens. Over time, these proteins can cloud the lens, allowing less light to pass through and degrading vision. Left untreated, cataracts can cause a complete loss of vision.

Traditionally, there was one choice of lens and a manual technique used for surgery to replace a cloudy lens with a clear intraocular lens (IOL). During traditional surgery, the doctor makes a small incision in the cornea of the eye. The doctor then removes the old, cloudy lens, in a process called phacoemulsification. The doctor then injects the new clear intraocular lens (IOL) into the capsule of the patients’ eye, where the cataract used to be. Once the intraocular lens (IOL) is in place, the patient is moved to the recovery room.

Today, the doctors at Lehigh Valley Eye Center have been trained on the latest laser surgical techniques, and offer several lens options to best suit your lifestyle.

The LenSx® laser approach – A New era in Refractive Cataract Surgery!

LenSx® LaserLehigh Valley Eye Center is pleased to offer Alcon’s LenSx laser, a bladeless, computer-controlled laser that allows the surgeon to plan and perform your surgery to exacting, individualized specifications not attainable with other surgical methods. The LenSx laser can help treat a condition known as astigmatism by creating precise incisions in the cornea. Astigmatism is a condition in which the surface of the eye has a more oval shape rather than a round shape.

The LenSx® laser also helps soften cataracts for easier removal. During surgery, the clouded lenses are removed and, in most instances, replaced with an intraocular lens, referred to as IOLs. Today, we are able to offer patients, a variety of options for IOLs to accommodate individual needs.

Advantages of Bladeless Laser Cataract Surgery

  • Correcting Astigmatism with extremely precise laser incisions
  • Using less energy in the eye to remove the cataract
  • Provides extremely efficient and safe treatment for very hard or mature cataracts
  • Protects the lens capsule during surgery and provides consistent implant placement

Patient Testimonial

“I had laser cataract surgery and chose the ReStor ocular lens. I have had a truly remarkable outcome. I have amazing visual clarity. My vision is 20/20 near to far. As someone who has worn glasses and contacts since the age of 9, I never imagined I would be able to have such perfect vision. The experiences in the office and the surgery center were great. The staff was warm and inviting. The surgery team made me feel safe and comfortable. Dr. O’Brien has a caring, positive and welcoming approach which gave me great comfort in asking questions and confidence in her expertise.”

Contact Lehigh Valley Eye Center for more information on Cataracts in Allentown and beyond.