Ophthalmology

Eye Surgery

Cataract Surgery

Cataracts, which occur when small proteins begin to breakdown and cloud the lens, often calls for changes to a prescription and in many cases, surgery. The Cataract Surgery Service at Penn Eye Care provides cataract removal and implantation of intraocular lenses using modern, small incision techniques.

Conditions/Diseases treated:

Treatments/Surgeries offered:

  • Cataract Removal and Intraocular Lens Implantation
  • Intraocular Lens Implantation, Exchange and/or Removal
  • Implantation of Pseudoaccommodative Intraocular Lenses

Refractive Surgery

Before the 1980's, only two options existed for people with vision problems: glasses or contact lenses.

Today, there are many options to correct refractive errors, including the widely known LASIK and LASEK procedures. Laser vision correction is the most common and uses a precise cool beam of light from an excimer laser to remove a thin layer of cornea. Removing microns of the cornea flattens its shape and improves the focusing ability of the eyes. The excimer laser is used in the three most popular forms of refractive treatment:

These proven procedures can help people enjoy their lives with better vision and freedom from glasses and contact lenses.

Some people are not good candidates for laser vision correction, which is why other options are available, such as:

  • Intraocular Lens Implantation
  • INTACS
  • Conductive Keratoplasty

Oculofacial/Orbital Surgery

Oculofacial and orbital surgery is all plastic and reconstructive surgery that involves the area of the face around the eye and the orbit. This specialized area of ophthalmology focuses on disease and problems involving the eyelids, the lacrimal (tear) system, the socket and the orbit (the region surrounding the eye).

Ophthalmologists in our Oculofacial and Orbital Service have additional training in plastic and reconstructive surgery of the eyelids and orbit (eye socket). They diagnose and treat tumors of the eyelids, orbit and surrounding structures. Their skills are used to improve the appearance and the function of the eye. We offer a variety of both functional (reconstructive) and cosmetic (aesthetic) services.

When necessary, our service collaborates with colleagues from other departments, including otolaryngology, neurosurgery, dermatology, plastic surgery, and radiology, in order to provide optimal patient care. Through these inter-disciplinary efforts, the issues that our patients face are addressed in a directed and compassionate fashion.