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Guthrie Specialty Eye Care
One Guthrie Square
Hours of Operation
- Monday - Friday8 am - 5 pm
Specialty and Comprehensive Eye Care
Interviews with Dr. Lester McDonald
- Dr. McDonald: Pink Eye
- Dr. McDonald: Dry Eyes Part One
- Dr. McDonald: Dry Eyes Part Two
- Dr. McDonald: Cornea Surgery
- Dr. McDonald: Cornea 1
- Dr. McDonald: Cornea 2
- Dr. McDonald: Dry Eyes
Guthrie Specialty Eye Care is proud to offer a wide range of comprehensive eye care services from basic eye health screenings to some of the most sophisticated eye surgical procedures available.
Guthrie Specialty Eye Care offers you six convenient locations, with six board-certified ophthalmologists, nine therapeutic optometrists and more fellowship-trained sub-specialists than any other eye care provider in the area.
Comprehensive services include cataract surgery, cataract surgery with Crystalens HD, corneal implants, diabetic eye care, dry eye care, macular degeneration, retinal detachments and disorders, eye infections, glaucoma, muscle surgery (cross eyes), and pediatric ophthalmology.
Cataract Surgery is one of the most common eye services available. Guthrie now has options that include Crystalens.
To learn more about Crystalens or other Guthrie Specialty Eye Care services, please log on to www.guthrie.org/eyes.
Guthrie Specialty Eye Care – Committed to Quality – Experience You Can Trust
One Guthrie Square
Sayre, PA 18840
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7569 Route 54
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31 Arnot Road
Horseheads, NY 14845
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Corning, NY 14830
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2517 Vestal Parkway East
Vestal, NY 13850
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150 Broad Street
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Frequently Asked Questions
- What is a cataract?
- A cataract is a clouding or opaque area of the lens of the eye - an area that is normally transparent. As this thickening occurs, it prevents light rays from passing through the lens and focusing on the retina - the light sensitive tissue lining located in the back of the eye. This clouding is caused when some of the protein which makes up the lens begins to clump together and interferes with vision.
- What are the symptoms of cataracts?
- The following are the most common symptoms of cataracts. However, each individual may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms may include:
- cloudy or blurry vision
- lights appear too bright and/or present a glare or a surrounding halo
- poor night vision
- multiple vision
- colors seem faded
- increased nearsightedness - increasing the need to change eyeglass prescriptions
- distortion of vision in either eye
- What is involved in cataract surgery?
- Cataract surgery is one of the most common operations performed and one of the safest and most effective. Surgery involves removing the cloudy lens and replacing it with a substitute lens. If cataracts are present in both eyes, they cannot be removed at the same time. Your physician will need to perform surgery on each eye separately.
Cataracts are generally removed in one of two ways:
- Phacoemulsification (Also called small incision cataract surgery.)
This, most common, type of cataract removal procedure involves the surgeon making a small incision on the side of the cornea - the clear, dome-shaped surface that covers the front of the eye - where a tiny probe emits ultrasound waves to soften and break up the cloudy center of the lens. The cataract is then removed by suction through the same incision.
- Extracapsular Surgery
During this procedure, a longer incision is made on the side of the cornea to remove the hard center of the lens; the remainder of the lens is then removed by suction.
- What is the Crystalens?
- When a cataract is removed and replaced with a standard intraocular lens the cloudienss is eliminated, but there is no ability to accommodate and adjust focus for both distance and near vision. Therefore a person with a standard intraocular lens can regain clear vision but will usually need glasses at least for reading. The Crystalens is an intraocular lens that, unlike a standard intraocular lens is designed to recreate your accommodation and reduce or eliminate wearing glasses.
- How does the Crystalens work?
- Crystalens replaces the eye’s natural lens (the cataract) and is designed to recreate the eye’s natural focusing ability. As with the natural lens, Crystalens accommodates, or moves and flexes, in response to ciliary muscle contractions in the eye. These contractions adjust the Crystalens focus so the eye can maintain a clear image as you shift your attention from distance to intermediate or near objects.