Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery in Erie, PA

A Faster Recovery & Quicker Return To Good Vision!

Although the formation of a cataract can make activities such as reading and driving difficult, vision can be safely restored with outpatient cataract surgery.

Today, with the development of no stitch/small incision cataract surgery, many patients are experiencing a faster recovery and a quicker return to good vison.

Zimm Cataract & Laser Center offers several different Lens Implant Options, from the Traditional single-vision lens covered by insurance, to premium multi-focal implants.

How is a Cataract Removed?

No-stitch, or small incision, cataract surgery is performed on an outpatient basis. Before surgery, the patient receives IV sedation and is given topical anesthetic to numb the eye and to keep them comfortable during the procedure. Patients return home immediately after the procedure with little or no need for pain medication.

A cataract is removed through a process call Phacoemulsification. Your surgeon creates a small incision in your cornea then inserts a pen-shaped probe through that opening. The probe applies sound waves (ultrasound) to break up the cloudy lens. Then the surgeon aspirates out the broken-up pieces. They replace your lens with an artificial intraocular lens (IOL) implant. The incision is self-sealing and rarely requires stitches.

Traditional Surgery Vs. Femtosecond Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery

Traditional Cataract Surgery is one of the most common surgeries in the world and is recognized as being safe and effective.

With Traditional surgery, Dr. Zimm creates a small incision in the cornea by hand with a keratome. This is the primary incision through which the cataract is removed.

Femtosecond Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery allows the surgeon to make precise, blade-less corneal incisions to enter the eye and reduce astigmatism. Additionally, energy from the laser can be used to soften the cataract, making it easer for the surgeon to break up and remove.

What is the Cost of Femtosecond Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery?

Medicare and Private insurance cover the procedure for removing the cataract and inserting the lens, however, use of the Femtosecond Laser to reduce astigmatism is considered cosmetic and not medically necessary.

All insurers (including Medicare) will not pay for an elective surgery. If you choose to have Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery with Astigmatism Correction, you will be responsible for paying the fees associated with it.

There is no way to prevent the development of cataracts, however, loss of sight from the disease is largely preventable. When a loss of vision begins interfering with daily activities due to cataracts, cataracts can be removed and good vision restored by performing Cataract surgery. If you are experiencing the symptoms of cataracts or other vision problems, call Zimm Cataract & Laser Center located in Erie, PA at 814-453-4575 today for a complete eye examination.

Common Cataract Surgery Questions

What is a Cataract?

A cataract is the clouding of the lens of the eye. Normally, light passes through the clear lens and is focused onto the retina. However, through natural aging, the lens gradually becomes cloudy. The cataract or cloudy lens blocks the passage of light through the eye and causes distorted or blurred vision.

What results can be expected after Cataract Surgery?

Most patients can expect a rapid return to good vision following either Traditional Cataract Surgery or Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery. In most cases, patients can see very well the day after surgery without glasses.

Some patients will need to wear glasses for reading and other activities following the procedure. Quickly returning to an active lifestyle is one of the primary benefits of No-Stitch/Small Cataract Surgery. A cloudy posterior capsule may develop following cataract surgery. If this occurs, an outpatient laser procedure called Posterior Capsulotomy will quickly restore good vision.

There is no way to prevent the development of cataracts, however, loss of sight from the disease is largely preventable. When a loss of vision due to cataracts begins interfering with daily activities, good vision can be restored with surgery.

If you are experiencing the symptoms of cataracts or other vision problems, call our Zimm Cataract & Laser Center at 814-453-4575 today for a complete eye examination.


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