Premium Cataract Surgery 2021-02-10T22:32:54-05:00

Reclaim your vision AND be free from glasses with premium cataract surgery in Harrisburg

Learn how this advanced type of cataract surgery restores your clarity of vision and enables you to see a range of distances without glasses
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“See the world like you did in your early 40’s”

IN THIS VIDEO, DR ERIK CHOTINER EXPLAINS HOW PATIENTS FEEL AFTER PREMIUM CATARACT SURGERY

Enjoy vivid color and clarity without glasses

OVERCOME CATARACTS AND GET BACK TO DOING WHAT YOU LOVE WITH PREMIUM CATARACT SURGERY

Enjoy life without limits

After premium cataract surgery, you’ll be free from cataracts and be able to see a full range of distances in most lighting conditions without glasses.

Life’s too short to wait

You’ll feel relieved that you tackled the problem head-on and be able to get back to normal life quicker and easier than you ever thought possible.

Embrace everything the world has to offer

Your restored vision will make everyday activities so much easier. Whether you enjoy hiking along the famous Appalachian Trail, supporting your favourite ball team at the FNB Field or watching a Broadway show at the Hershey Theatre, you’ll get to live it up with the amazing natural vision you were always intended to have.

Live it up with better vision

After premium cataract surgery, you can get back to doing what you love – without vision problems and cumbersome glasses getting in the way. You’ll be able to live the full life you deserve.

Enjoy life without limits

After premium cataract surgery, you’ll be free from cataracts and be able to see a full range of distances in most lighting conditions without glasses.

Life’s too short to wait

You’ll feel relieved that you tackled the problem head-on and be able to get back to normal life quicker and easier than you ever thought possible.

Embrace everything the world has to offer

Your restored vision will make everyday activities so much easier. Whether you enjoy hiking along the famous Appalachian Trail, supporting your favourite ball team at the FNB Field or watching a Broadway show at the Hershey Theatre, you’ll get to live it up with the amazing natural vision you were always intended to have.

Live it up with better vision

After premium cataract surgery, you can get back to doing what you love – without vision problems and cumbersome glasses getting in the way. You’ll be able to live the full life you deserve.

Restore your vision in 3 easy steps

TRUST US TO EXPERTLY GUIDE YOU TO A LIFE FREE FROM CATARACTS

Contact us

Give us a call on (717) 657-2020 or book a free appointment online. Our warm and friendly team are here to guide you every step of the way.

We’ll meet

Visit our eye surgery center in Harrisburg for a free assessment that will give you a complete understanding of your cataract surgery options.

Enjoy everyday

In no time at all, you’ll be experiencing the world through brand new eyes – free from cataracts (and possibly even glasses!)

Youthful. Energetic. Vibrant.

DISCOVER HOW PREMIUM CATARACT SURGERY RESTORES YOUR VISION AND ELIMINATES YOUR NEED FOR GLASSES

Premium cataract surgery is for patients who elect to have cataract surgery to improve their vision and who also wish to decrease or eliminate their need for glasses. This may involve astigmatism and/or presbyopia correction.

Most patients who are candidates for cataract surgery and lens replacement surgery are candidates for a premium cataract surgery using a premium lens implant.

We were the first facility in Central Pennsylvania and one of the first in the nation to offer this revolutionary technology to our patients.

With premium cataract surgery, many of the steps that are usually performed manually are instead performed with the precision of a laser.

With this bladeless procedure, computer-generated images of your eye allow your surgeon to customize the cataract procedure to your unique eye offering unparalleled consistency and safety to the surgery.

Surgery works by replacing the natural lens of the eye with a premium lens.

A premium lens implant is a lens that is designed to help decrease or eliminate the need for glasses or contact lenses after cataract surgery.

There are many types of premium lenses, but they all generally fall into three categories:

  • Toric (astigmatism) correcting lens implants
  • Multifocal lenses with or without astigmatism correcting lens implants
  • Crystalens with or without astigmatism correction

A toric intraocular lens is a type of lens implant that offers patients who have astigmatism the ability to see more clearly without glasses than they otherwise would if they chose a standard monofocal lens. During your cataract surgery the amount of astigmatism on your cornea is measured. This measurement is used to order and customize the toric lens implant so that it will correct the amount of astigmatism specific to your eye. After the cataract is removed during surgery, the toric implant is placed and aligned so that it corrects your astigmatism providing great uncorrected distance vision.

A multifocal lens implant also known as trifocal implants or extended depth of focus lens implants use

Crystalens is a single-focus lens which we can implant into your eye after we have removed your cataract during cataract surgery. This artificial lens works naturally with your eyes’ muscles to give you the quality of vision you enjoyed when you were younger. The lens has “hinges” which allow the lens to move, or accommodate, to focus on objects near, far and all distances in-between seamlessly.

Unlike old-style fixed focal lenses, which didn’t move, Crystalens can move, thus focusing as your eye’s natural lens does. Your doctor will take precise measurements to ensure the correct power selection.

Limbal relaxing incisions

As a variant in premium cataract surgery without the LenSx laser, if your eye has pre-existing astigmatism, your surgeon may elect to make micro-incisions in the cornea to reduce your astigmatism. These are called limbal relaxing incisions.

Advantages

Premium cataract surgery can enable many patients to reduce or eliminate their need for glasses.

Disadvantages

Premium cataract surgery is not completely covered by insurance, and there are additional out-of-pocket expenses for the procedure.

The Crystalens offers significant advantages over other kinds of lens implants and corrective lenses.

  • A full range of vision: Standard (single vision) lens implants don’t have the ability to provide a full range of vision. Most people who have single vision lens implants MUST wear glasses for middle and near vision.
  • Sharper vision: The Crystalens has the unique ability to focus on objects at varying distances using the eye’s natural muscle. This means the Crystalens can provide sharper vision, without corrective lenses, throughout a full range of vision from near to far and everything in between.
  • More convenience: With Crystalens, the quality of vision compared to wearing bifocals and/or trifocals is significantly improved. You’ll have a full range of vision, without having to tilt your head to find that portion of your glasses that allows you to see clearly. You simply look at something and the Crystalens, mimicking the natural focusing ability of your eye, will automatically focus your eye at near, arm’s length, or distance.
  • Incredible results: The Crystalens FDA one-year clinical study results indicate that 92% of the people enrolled in the study could see 20/25 or better at a distance, 96% could see 20/20 at arm’s length, and 73% could see 20/25 at near without glasses or contact lenses. What is more exciting is that 98% of these people could pass their drivers test, 100% could see their computer or put on their makeup, and 98% could read a magazine, all without glasses or contact lenses. Also, your ability to see at approximately arm’s length (middle vision) is greatly enhanced with the Crystalens.
The risks with premium cataract surgery are very low.

However, like any surgery, cataract surgery does carry some risks. Here are some of those risks:

  • Eye infection.
  • Bleeding in the eye
  • Ongoing swelling of the front of the eye or inside of the eye.
  • Swelling of the retina (the nerve layer at the back of your eye).
  • Detached retina (when the retina lifts up from the back of the eye).
  • Damage to other parts of your eye.
  • Pain that does not get better with over-the-counter medicine.
  • Blurred vision.
  • Seeing halos, glare, and dark shadows.
  • Vision loss.
  • The IOL implant may become dislocated, moving out of position.

Cataract surgery will not restore vision lost from other eye conditions such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, or diabetic retinopathy.
Your ophthalmologist will talk with you about the risks and benefits of cataract surgery.

Cataract surgery alternatives

For patients with decreased vision secondary to cataracts, cataract surgery, while elective, is the only option to improve visual function. Patients who do not desire premium cataract surgery can certainly choose standard cataract surgery.

Correcting your prescription

An alternative treatment for correcting presbyopia is monovision contact lenses.

Monovision is the technique of fully correcting the refractive error of one eye and intentionally making the other eye mildly nearsighted.

In this scenario, the fully corrected eye sees distant objects clearly (but cannot see very well up close without glasses), and the mildly nearsighted eye sees very well up close without glasses (but not so clearly far away).

Monovision may sound odd the first time you hear about it. Still, this technique has been used very successfully with contact lenses for many years. It is now being used frequently with cataract surgery to decrease a person’s dependency on reading glasses and computer glasses after surgery.

Any combination of premium contact lenses can be used for monovision cataract surgery.

You will need to arrive at the Memorial Eye Institute’s surgery center entrance about an hour before your procedure.

Once the team has checked you in, they will offer you a sedative to help you relax. Our nurses will dilate the pupil in your operative eye and prepare you for surgery.

Prior to going to the operating room, the nurse will escort you to the laser room where the LenSx® laser will perform a precise and customized refractive laser treatment. This treatment will create incisions into the cornea and onto the cataract. Following the laser treatment, the nurse will transport you to the operating room.

Once in the operating room, the nurse will clean the area around your eyes and apply a sterile drape. We will use eye drops to numb your eyes and, if necessary, an anesthesiologist will administer intravenous sedation and monitor your vital signs during the procedure. We will place an eyelid holder between your eyelids to keep you from blinking during the surgery.

The doctor will then open the microscopic incisions previously made by the LenSx® laser on the cornea and using a tiny ultrasonic probe will fragment and remove the cataract.

Once the doctor has removed all of the cataract particles from the eye, they will insert a folded intraocular lens (IOL) through the micro-incision. Here the lens unfolds into the proper position behind the pupil. We can also correct pre-existing astigmatism at this time with a toric (astigmatism) intraocular lens. Alternatively, we can implant a multifocal or accommodative intraocular lens which will improve your visual function for a full range of distances without the need for glasses.

After the procedure, you will go to the recovery room where the nurses will go over your post-operative care before you are discharged. Because you may have received some sedation during surgery, you will need transportation home. We encourage you to relax for the rest of the day. Everyone heals somewhat differently, but many patients report improvement in their vision almost immediately after the procedure. Most patients return to their normal activities within a day or two.

Imagine being able to see your world as well as you did when you were younger, without the help of glasses or contact lenses. Being seen the way you want people to see you. Youthful. Energetic. Vibrant.

Being able to see the way you want to see. Near, far and all distances in between. Seamlessly. Effortlessly. Naturally. Never missing a child’s smile, the sparkle of a diamond, a cloud that looks like a face, an important plot twist in a mystery novel. Imagine a way to do it. Through your own eyes. Imagine all the possibilities.

Thousands of happy cataract surgery patients in Central PA

We help people in and around the Harrisburg community live it up with better vision AFTER CATARACTS

My wait time was minimal and I was pleased to note the furniture arrangement for social distancing and the sanitation practices in progress. All in all it was a much more relaxing experience than I anticipated and I was impressed by the procedures taken to assure safe practices for the safety of the patients and staff while reducing stress on the patients.

C.J.S.

I was well taken care of. They took good care of my things. Dr. Erik Chotiner did an excellent job. I am so happy to see quite clearly with my eye that has macular degeneration.

S.D.H.

I had cataract surgery and correction of an astigmatism. In one word……excellent!

Ray Jaffev

First time in 78 years I can see well without prescription lenses! I was apprehensive to have any elective surgery during the pandemic with my age and health history. The staff sensed it and made an effort to deal with it very professionally.

W.H.R

I am a first time patient at your practice. Everyone was so nice and knowledgeable. Overall it was a great experience. I did not realize how bad my vision was. I am amazed! The get well flowers were a nice touch!

J.B.

I was somewhat jittery about returning to the office after the COVID restrictions were lifted. My concerns were put to rest from the moment I stepped through the door and was greeted by an associate who took my temperature, asked pertinent questions, and offered hand sanitizer, as well as being very friendly. The check in and co-pay payment went equally as smoothly.

C.J.S

As a rookie having my first visit at Memorial Eye in May 2020, I asked for a doctor that was patient and that is exactly what I got in Dr. Kowalski. He took his time and explained my options to me. My testing was extensive and thorough. The staff was very kind and made me feel relaxed during the surgery. A 5 star rating from beginning to end. Well done!

J.E.R.

My care for cataract removal was superb. The team in the surgical suite was very organized, efficient, and caring. Their expertise was so excellent. Everyone who works there was very skillful in their work and courteous. Dr. Chotiner is kind and extremely skilled. He was outstanding!

M.V.

I had my surgery done for a cataract and to correct my astigmatism. I can see better out of the eye that Dr Chotiner performed surgery on without the need for a corrective lens than I can see out of the other eye with my glasses on. The surgery was delayed because of the whole Covid virus closings, but when it was performed it went incredibly well and I could not be happier with the results.

Robin

The doctor and his staff made my cataract surgeries a ‘piece of cake’. I have been coming here since I moved to Harrisburg 37 years ago. Dr. Chotiner performed cataract six years ago and my sight is as good as it was when I was young. As long as the light is reasonable, I do not even need over the counter reading glasses.

Claire Bodner

The staff and doctor were very accommodating. Always on time, if not earlier with appointments. The surgical staff was very attentive to any needs such as extra blankets if needed, and making sure you were comfortable while you waited for your surgery.

Pam C

I am so glad the doctor suggested LRI with my cataract surgery. I had never heard of it but it is amazing how my astigmatism is dissipating slowly and it is the reason I started wearing glasses 30 years ago! Even working around pandemic guidelines everyone is polite and cooperates as a team.

A.A.N.

I cannot thank Dr. Chotiner and his staff enough for what they have done for me. I had LASIK here 16 years ago and that was a life changing event for me. Prior to that, my vision was always poor and then (after surgery) it was great. Now I have cataracts and once again, getting the first eye done was a life changing experience.

Richard Brandt

We have replaced the images of real patients who provided these testimonials to protect their privacy.

Fix your cataracts AND read again without glasses

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Academic resources on premium cataract surgery

Follow the links below to discover more about this treatment from authoritative sources

If you are at risk of cataracts, you may know that you need cataract surgery. What you may not know is that the natural lens of the eye is removed during cataract surgery as well.

When this happens, the lens is then replaced with an artificial lens, or IOL. There are several kinds of IOLs to choose from, including premium options.

Click here to read more.

A general overview on cataracts and the treatment required. Click here to read more.

The goal in modern cataract surgery is emmetropia. With today’s technology, emmetropia is easily achievable for patients with myopic or hyperopic refractive errors when the appropriate spherical lens power is chosen. Click here to read more.

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Fix your cataracts AND read again without glasses

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Dr. Bennett Chotiner
M.D., F.A.C.S.

MEDICAL DIRECTOR, GENERAL OPHTHALMOLOGY, CATARACT & REFRACTIVE SURGERY, LASIK SURGERY

Dr. Bennett Chotiner is the founder and medical director of Memorial Eye Institute. A noted innovator, in 1977 he established his clinical practice, the Pennsylvania Eye Associates. In 1984, he established the Pennsylvania Eye Surgery Center, Pennsylvania’s first …

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Dr. Erik A Chotiner
M.D., F.A.C.S.

GENERAL OPHTHALMOLOGY, CATARACT & REFRACTIVE SURGERY, LASIK SURGERY

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