At Pocono Eye Associates, Inc., patients can find a range of general and specialty ophthalmology options. Using state-of-the-art technology, our talented doctors provide exceptional treatment for numerous eye conditions, including cataracts, retinal diseases, and glaucoma. We also provide comprehensive eye exams to detect eye problems and help patients enjoy optimal ocular health. Whether you are seeking eye surgery, glasses, or contact lenses, you can expect to receive outstanding care from our team.
A cataract results from the natural clouding of the eye’s lens that is produced by proteins that collect in the lens as a person ages. Over time, the vision of a person with cataracts becomes blurry, and many patients have difficulty reading, seeing at night, and distinguishing colors. Although cataracts are unpreventable and irreversible, they are treatable with cataract surgery.
Advanced Technology Lens Implants
Until recently, nearly everyone basically received the same type of Intra Ocular Lens Implant (IOL), but today, there are advance lens choices that offer more than ever before.
New IOLs like Acrysof ® IQ Restor® (Multifocal) lens can do more than cure cataracts. They can correct additional vision problems and offer excellent near, intermediate and distance vision - even without glasses or contacts.
Pocono Eye also offers the Acrysof® IQ Toric IOL for correcting Astigmatism. This advanced monofocal lens is designed to correct both cataracts and Astigmatism at the time of surgery, for clear distance vision with out the need for glasses. However, you will likely still need glasses for reading.
Cataract surgery is a quick outpatient procedure that removes the cloudy natural lens and replaces it with an artificial one (an intraocular lens, or IOL). To begin the surgery, patients are given a light sedative and anesthetic eye drops. When the eye is completely numb, the doctor places an eyelid holder to keep the eye open. Next, he makes a tiny incision in the eye and removes the lens. He then inserts the IOL and rotates it into place. Stitches are usually not necessary, since the incision is self-sealing.
IOLs (intraocular lenses) can be a life-changing option for cataract patients, since they replace the clouded natural lens with a state-of-the-art artificial one. IOLs mimic the natural lens by bending and flexing to refract light onto the retina.
For more information on cataract surgery, intraocular lenses, and the types of IOLs we provide, please contact Pocono Eye Associates.
LASIK Laser Eye Surgery
LASIK surgery uses advanced laser technology to correct refractive errors. By reshaping the cornea, LASIK corrects nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism, reducing or eliminating patients' dependence on glasses or contact lenses.
Degenerative conditions that affect the retina, the part of the eye responsible for forming images, can pose a serious threat to a person’s vision. When the retina deteriorates or becomes detached from the back of the eye, immediate treatment is needed to halt the progression of the disorder. Pocono Eye Associates provides exceptional treatment for the following retinal conditions:
Macular Degeneration – Macular degeneration affects the macula, the central area of the retina. It occurs when the macular tissue deteriorates or when abnormal blood vessels develop in the macula. Over time, these problems cause blurred or distorted vision. While macular degeneration cannot be cured, it can be managed with low-vision aids and other medical, laser, and surgical treatments, depending on the degree of degeneration.
Macular Holes – A macular hole is a small break in the macula, which is located in the center of the retina. Fluid that is inside the eye may leak through the hole, causing blurred and distorted vision. Some macular holes heal themselves, while others require surgery to repair the hole; our surgeons will diagnose the severity of the problem and recommend the appropriate treatment.
Diabetic Retinopathy – Diabetic patients are more prone to having retinal diseases. Diabetic retinopathy is a degenerative disease that damages the retinal blood vessels, thus inhibiting the retina’s ability to transmit images. Symptoms range from mild blurred vision to total loss of vision. Treatment for diabetic retinopathy depends on how far the disease has progressed and can include laser treatment of the blood vessels.
Retinal Detachment – When the retina becomes separated from the back of the eye because of injury, disease, or other causes, retinal detachment has occurred. Patients experiencing the symptoms of retinal detachment – sudden flashes of light, spots in the visual field, hazy vision, or the sensation of a curtain closing over the eyes – should seek treatment immediately to prevent permanent vision loss. Treatment options, including laser surgery or insertion of devices to hold the retina in place, depend on the degree of detachment.
Glaucoma is a progressive condition that can damage the eye's optic nerve, potentially resulting in vision loss and blindness. If left untreated, damage to the optic nerve can cause irreversible vision loss. Although glaucoma is not curable, the disease and its symptoms can be managed medically, with laser treatment, or surgically.
Medication is the mainstay of treating most types of glaucoma. Various types of eye drops are used to lower the eye’s pressure.
Selective laser trabeculoplasty uses a neodymium: YAG laser to focus light energy on the internal drainage channel of the eye. SLT targets the pigmented (melanin-containing) cells in the trabecular meshwork using a very short application of light. Because SLT uses a low amount of energy, the surrounding tissue is not damaged. The treatment allows the drain to work more efficiently, successfully lowering eye pressure more than 80 percent of the time.
When medication and laser methods fail to lower intraocular pressure, filtration surgery may be the best option. This conventional glaucoma surgery improves drainage by creating a flap in the outer layers of the eye. To begin, the doctor applies either topical or local anesthesia. When the eyes are numb, the doctor surgically creates the flap.
Some patients have a narrow drainage system, which puts them at risk for angle closure glaucoma. Laser iridotomy is an in-office procedure that reduces the risk of angle closure glaucoma. The laser creates a small opening in the iris. The opening is created in the upper part of the iris, below the eyelid, so that it is inconspicuous. The doctor begins the procedure by applying drops that constrict the pupils and anesthetize the eyes. He then inserts a contact lens to keep the eye open. Using a laser, he creates a hole in the upper part of the iris. The use of the laser allows the eye to heal quickly.
To help patients maintain optimal ocular health, Pocono Eye Associates provides preventative care as well as treatment for numerous other eye conditions, including astigmatism, myopia, hyperopia, and presbyopia.
The scheduling of regular comprehensive eye exams is important in detecting problems in their earliest stages. In a comprehensive eye exam, our doctors check for multiple eye problems, including far- and nearsightedness, glaucoma, cataracts, and retinal diseases.
We provide low vision treatment for patients with astigmatism, myopia, hyperopia, and presbyopia, as well as for patients with visual disability from several ocular diseases. Treatment for these problems can include glasses and contact lenses, laser vision correction, closed circuit TV, telescopic lenses, magnifiers, and other options.
At our in-office optical shop, patients can receive attractive, customized glasses and contact lenses. Glasses and contacts are common and relatively inexpensive solutions for nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. Our full-service optical shop offers a range of eyewear, from simple over-the-counter lenses and sunglasses to special lenses for complex visual problems.
Pocono Eye Associates is pleased to provide patients with outstanding eye care at our offices in East Stroudsburg, Tobyhanna, and Brodheadsville. If you would like more information regarding services available to you at Pocono Eye Associates, please contact the office nearest you to schedule a consultation.
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