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West Chester, PA Eye Surgeons on Candidacy for Cataract Surgery


December 19, 2012 - West Chester, PA

At Chester County Eye Care Associates, Dr. Jeffrey Boyd and Dr. Robert Liss, both practitioners of cataract surgery in West Chester, seek to keep their patients informed about corrective eye procedures for those suffering from cataracts. Creating patient awareness of the various procedures Chester County Eye Care Associates offers is the first step in that education. Dr. Boyd says, "Patients might know they need cataract surgery when they start having symptoms of blurred vision, dim vision, difficulty with night driving, difficulty with fine print, glare, halos, diminished color vision, or if their glasses prescription has changed rapidly."

Once a patient recognizes the presence of cataracts, there are a handful of surgical and non-surgical options. Non-surgical options include updating the patients' glasses or contact lens prescription, but Dr. Boyd says these options usually only benefit those patients with a mild cataract. For more serious cases, cataract surgery removes the cataract (a cloudy, opacified, natural lens) and replaces it with a clear intraocular lens. Dr. Boyd and Dr. Liss offer two varieties of cataract surgery -- premium and traditional IOLs (intraocular lens implants).

A traditional IOL will correct vision at one distance but does not correct for other eye conditions, such as astigmatism. Premium IOL cataract surgery incorporates advanced technology implants that can correct multiple eye conditions at once. A TORIC IOL can correct astigmatism and a multifocal IOL can correct distance and near vision simultaneously. An accommodating implant can mimic the eye's natural focusing mechanism. These IOLs can be mixed and matched to tailor procedures for individual patient needs. Dr. Boyd says traditional IOLs are usually covered by insurance whereas premium IOLs often involve an out-of-pocket expense for the patient.

In regard to the need for glasses after surgery, the results will vary from patient to patient. A patient with little astigmatism who selects multifocal IOLs might be totally free of glasses whereas a patient with significant astigmatism who selects a standard IOL will have the cataract removed during surgery but may still be dependent on glasses for distance or near vision. While discussing post-procedure expectations for patients, Dr. Liss says, "Multifocal lenses are designed to reduce a patient's dependency on distance and reading glasses, enabling most activities to be performed without glasses." The recovery time for cataract surgery is usually very brief. Vision is often improved the very next day, but the West Chester cataract surgeons suggest waiting four weeks for the final vision recovery to become stable.

About Jeffrey R. Boyd, MD

Dr. Jeffrey R. Boyd is a board-certified comprehensive medical and surgical ophthalmologist. A graduate of the University of Delaware, Dr. Boyd earned his medical degree at Temple University. During his residency at Georgetown University Center for Sight, Dr. Boyd was elected and served as Chief Resident in Ophthalmology.

About Robert P. Liss, MD

Dr. Robert P. Liss, a graduate of State University of New York in Buffalo, earned his medical degree at the State University of New York and completed one of the few fellowships in the country that combined advanced instruction in cataract, glaucoma, and corneal disease at the University of Utah. As a Senior Instructor and Course Director for the American Academy of Ophthalmology, Dr. Liss has taught hundreds of surgeons from around the world the advanced techniques of minimally invasive cataract surgery and the latest in glaucoma surgical methods. Dr. Liss is a member of the prestigious American Glaucoma Society (AGS) with only 500 members worldwide.

To contact Chester County Eye Care Associates, visit the center's websites at chestercountyeyecare.com and chestercountylasik.com, or call 610-696-1230. The center has three offices offering a range of procedures, from routine eye exams to LASIK vision correction. Their Exton office is located at Commons at Oaklands, 740 West Lincoln Highway, Exton, PA 19341; their West Chester office is located at Fern Hill Medical Campus, 915 Old Fern Hill Road, Building B, Suite 200, West Chester, PA 19380; and their West Grove office is located at So. Chester County Medical Center, Medical Office Bldg. 1, Suite 203, 1011 West Baltimore Pike, West Grove, PA 19390.

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