Serving patients seeking cataract surgery in Reading, Wyomissing and the surrounding Berks County areaDomenic C. Izzo, Jr., MD, Francisco L. Tellez, MD, FACS, Peter D. Calder, MD, Kasey L. Pierson, MD, and Benjamin Nicholas, MD, are board-certified ophthalmologists who specialize in cataract and intraocular lens implant (IOL) surgery. Every week they perform state-of-the-art cataract surgery, giving our patients excellent vision and fast recovery. Drs. Izzo, Tellez Calder, Pierson, and Nicholas use the highest quality surgical technologies and techniques.
The Berks Eye Physicians & Surgeons team is dedicated to providing patients with comforting care and the best possible results. Drawing on their decades of experience, along with a dedicated and professional staff, Berks Eye Physicians & Surgeons are able to deliver superior patient care.
Drs. Izzo, Tellez, Calder, Pierson, and Nicholas begin cataract surgery by administering eye-numbing drops and applying eyelid holders to prevent blinking. Next, they make a small “self-sealing” incision on the surface of the cornea and break up and remove the clouded lens through a process called phacoemulsification. The natural lens is then replaced with an artificial intraocular lens implant (IOL), which is customized for the patient. The IOL is selected based on the patient’s unique vision goals and lifestyle.
The eye surgeons of Berks Eye Physicians & Surgeons are affiliated with several professional organizations.
Drs. Izzo, Calder, Tellez, Pierson, and Nicholas have had advanced training in presbyopia-correcting lens implantation to help patients eliminate their dependence on glasses and contact lenses.
Intraocular lens (IOL) implants have been used successfully for years to replace cataractous natural lenses that have become sufficiently opaque to interfere with good vision. Until 2005, the only IOL option for patients was the monofocal lens, which only focuses at a limited vision range. Distance vision is normally chosen, since it actually covers the longest range. Middle and near vision correction after surgery is achieved with glasses (either bifocals or trifocals).
Advanced Technology Multifocal/Extended Range of Vision
Presbyopia is the loss of near or intermediate vision that occurs with age, due to decreased flexibility of the natural lens. These changes lead to the need for reading glasses or bifocals. In order to achieve the greatest freedom from glasses after cataract surgery, the correction of presbyopia must be addressed.
Unlike the flat surface of a monofocal IOL, the multi-tiered concentric ring surface of the Multifocal/ Extended Range of Vision IOL spreads light over multiple focal points as it passes through the lens, allowing for clear vision over a full range of distances. These intraocular lens implants are designed to reduce or eliminate the need for glasses for most vision activities like putting on makeup or shaving; reading newsprint or prescription bottles; watching television or movies in the theater; seeing your wristwatch and cell phone; looking at your computer screen and dashboard; reading road signs and following a golf ball down the fairway!
Advanced Technology Multifocal/Extended Range of Vision Toric
Presbyopia and Astigmatism-correcting implant
With today’s new advanced technology, the Multifocal/ Extended Range of Focus IOL now has the capability of correcting astigmatism as well as distance, middle and near vision to give the patient the clearest vision.
Advanced Technology Monofocal Toric
Corneal astigmatism is common and occurs when the cornea is not perfectly round. One side of the curve is steeper than the other, like a football. This causes light to focus at more than one point on the retina, which creates blurred vision.
A standard monofocal IOL cannot correct or compensate for corneal astigmatism. The monofocal Toric IOL is a custom-ordered lens that is specifically designed to neutralize the astigmatism in the cornea and improve the overall quality of vision. For those who have astigmatism, the Toric IOL makes it possible to correct your cataract and astigmatism in one safe procedure. While you will still need glasses for most near activities, your need for distance glasses should be much less.
All IOLs, whether they be monofocal, monofocal Toric, multifocal or extended range of vision, have an additional benefit. Besides correcting vision, these lens implants also protect against harmful ultraviolet (UV) wavelength damaging light rays.
At Berks Eye Physicians & Surgeons, Drs. Izzo, Tellez, Calder, Pierson, and Nicholas provide personalized care for each cataract surgery patient. The patient is guided through his or her entire experience by the doctors and Berks Eye’s staff of highly trained and skilled technicians.
Berks Eye Physicians & Surgeons’ patients enjoy the comfort and convenience of having their cataract surgery performed locally at Berkshire Eye Surgery Center in Wyomissing. Berkshire Eye Surgery Center is owned and operated by the ophthalmologists of Berks Eye Physicians & Surgeons, and is the area’s only ambulatory surgical center devoted solely to advanced vision correction procedures.
To schedule a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Domenic C. Izzo, Jr., Dr. Francisco L. Tellez, Dr. Peter D. Calder, Dr. Kasey L. Pierson, or Dr. Benjamin Nicholas, and learn more about your vision correction options, please contact Berks Eye Physicians & Surgeons at (800) 653-5025.