Leader Heights Eye Center, 309 Leader Heights Road, York, PA 17402 • Phone: (717) 747-5430

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Cataract Center

CataractWhat is a cataract?

Your eye works a lot like a camera. Light rays focus through your lens onto the retina, a layer of light-sensitive cells at the back of the eye. Similar to photographic film, the retina allows the image to be “seen” by the brain.

Over time, the lens of our eye can become cloudy – that’s a cataract. Cataract surgery is an option, if your vision is poor enough that you are having difficulty doing the things you want to do, or if your vision is significantly annoying to you. With cataract surgery, we take your cloudy lens out and put a new, clear lens in.


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What causes cataracts?

The most common cause of cataract is aging. Other causes include trauma, medications such as steroids, systemic diseases such as diabetes, and prolonged exposure to ultraviolet light. Occasionally, babies are born with a cataract.

Cataracts typically develop and progress slowly, causing a gradual and painless decrease in vision. Other changes you might experience include:

What is the treatment for cataracts?

Reducing your exposure to ultraviolet light by wearing a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses may reduce your risk for developing a cataract, but once one has developed, there is no cure except to have the cataract surgically removed.

With a routine, outpatient surgical procedure for cataracts in York, PA our skilled ophthalmologist  (Eye M.D.) can remove the cataract by making a small incision in the eye and removing your natural lens with ultrasound (phacoemulsification). A synthetic intraocular lens (IOL) is inserted at the time of cataract extraction to replace the focusing power of the natural lens that was removed. IOLs can be monofocal (fixed-focus for a preset distance) or multifocal, which allows focused vision at many distances. The time to have cataract surgery is when the cataract is affecting your vision enough to interfere with your normal lifestyle or when vision is substantially annoying.

Cataract surgery is a very successful operation. One and a half million people have this procedure every year in the United States, and 98% have a successful result. As with any surgical procedure, complications can occur during or after surgery, and some are severe enough to limit vision. But in most cases vision, as well as the quality of life, improve.

Schedule an appointment at Leader Heights Eye Center of York, PA for your cataract assessment. 

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