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Laser Assisted Cataract Surgery

Southwestern Pennsylvania Eye Center is proud to offer the LenSx® Laser System, a bladeless advanced technology bringing a new level of precision to cataract surgery

Dropless Cataract Surgery

A new advanced procedure to reudce or eliminate the need for eyedrops after cataract surgery

iStent: Glaucoma treatment during cataract surgery

Southwestern Pennsylvania Eye Center is now implanting the iStent® - the smallest medical device to treat your glaucoma at the time of cataract surgery

Facial Aesthetic Center

Visions of Beauty of the Southwestern Pennsylvania Eye Center

Intraocular Lens Implants (IOL)


Intraocular Lens Implants (IOL)

During cataract surgery, an intraocular lens (IOL) is implanted in the eye to restore clear vision. Today, there are a variety of lens implants that a patient can choose. These include; Distance vision implants (monofocal), Bifocal implants, and Astigmatism correcting implants (Toric). Monofocal Lens Implants are fixed lenses which are designed to improve your vision at one distance. Most patients who have this lens implanted will have improved distance vision, and will need to wear glasses for reading. You can also choose to have better close vision for reading, but will then need glasses for distance, such as driving. This lens is covered by your medical insurance. Bifocal Correcting Lens Implants are intraocular lenses that improve both near, intermediate and far vision. Presbyopia is natural age change, whereby a person looses the ability to focus from far to near objects. Two types of implants, Accommodating and Multifocal implants reduce the need for glasses and increase the chance of living a life without the hassle of glasses. Our team of surgeons will discuss these lenses in more detail and will determine which lens implant is best for your eye’s specific needs. Toric Lens Implants correct astigmatism that is natural to many people. Astigmatism is a common condition where there is an abnormal shape to the cornea or lens. Instead of being more rounded, the shape of the eye is more oval, like that of a football. Astigmatism causes blurred and distorted vision in people who have higher amounts present in their eye. Astigmatism is corrected in your glasses or contact lenses. If astigmatism is not corrected after cataract surgery, then patients will need to wear corrective lenses to see clearly. For those with higher levels of astigmatism, the Toric lens implant will reduce or eliminate astigmatism allowing for a higher qualtity of vision without glasses. Whether you’re experiencing the onset of cataracts or a long-time sufferer finally seeking solace, a life free of blurred sight is possible with the latest cataract surgery advancements. By replacing a blurred natural lens with intraocular lens implant, you will improve your vison and could be bifocal, glasses or contacts free after cataract surgery. Recognizing the importance of staying on the cusp of technological innovation, Southwestern Pennsylvania Eye Center offers traditional modern cataract surgery, LenSx laser assisted cataract surgery, and variety of lens implant options, including Monofocal, Restor® and Tecnis® multifocal, Crystalens®, Trulign®, or AcrySof® Toric lenses.

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