Cataract Surgery - Crozer-Keystone Health System - PA

Cataract Surgery

Cataracts are one of the most common problems that can affect your vision. A cataract is a clouding of the natural lens inside your eye. For those with cataracts, sharp images become blurred, bright colors become dull and seeing at night can become more difficult. By age 80, more than half of all Americans either have a cataract or have had cataract surgery, according to the National Eye Institute.

Probably the greatest risk factor for cataracts is age. And, although age-related cataracts may develop between 40 and 50 years old, vision is usually not affected greatly until after age 60.

What is Cataract Surgery?

Cataract surgery is a safe, effective treatment option for those struggling with cataracts. The Crozer-Keystone Surgery Center at Brinton Lake is equipped with the LenSx® Laser System, an advanced, precision-based tool that uses unique software to obtain incredibly precise, high-resolution image of eyes. This imagery helps surgeons to customize procedures for each patient.

Surgeons use images from a high-resolution microscope to plan and perform a surgery to exacting specifications that are not attainable with traditional surgery. Patients who select the LenSx laser for having their cataracts removed will see a faster recovery, enhanced comfort, better outcomes and fewer complications post-surgery compared to traditional surgery.

The LenSx laser may not be appropriate for all patients, so patients are encouraged to speak with their ophthalmologist about their options. Physicians will take into account many aspects of your eye health as well as general health and lifestyle preferences.

What Are the Symptoms of Cataracts?

The LenSx laser is an advanced, precision-based tool that helps surgeons to customize procedures for each patient.

The Surgery Center at Brinton Lake
now offers cataract surgery using the
LenSx Laser System.

The following are the most common symptoms of cataracts. However, each individual may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms may include:

  • Cloudy or blurry vision
  • Lights appear too bright and/or present a glare or a surrounding halo
  • Poor night vision
  • Multiple vision
  • Colors seem faded
  • Increased nearsightedness, increasing the need to change eyeglass prescriptions
  • Distortion of vision in either eye

What Are the Different Types of Cataracts?

According to the National Eye Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health, cataract types are subdivided accordingly:

  • Age-related cataracts: The majority of cataracts are related to aging.
  • Congenital cataracts: Some babies are born with cataracts or develop them in childhood, often in both eyes. Some congenital cataracts do not affect vision, but others do and need to be removed.
  • Secondary cataracts: Secondary cataracts develop primarily as a result of another disease occurrence in the body (for instance, diabetes). Secondary cataract development has also been linked to steroid use.
  • Traumatic cataracts: Eye(s) that have sustained an injury may develop a traumatic cataract either immediately following the incident, or several years later.