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Not Your Father’s Cataracts. Not Your Father’s Implantable Lenses. - Press Release

Be a Member of the Pack. Help Vistarr Laser and Vision Centers Support the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind. - Press Release


Contact: Lainie Scornajenghi
Vistarr Laser and Vision Centers
610/692-8103
lainie@vistarrvision.com

For Immediate Release

Not Your Father’s Cataracts. Not Your Father’s Implantable Lenses.

West Chester, PA, December 19, 2008: Mention cataracts to baby boomers and they’ll probably think of their parents. Members of America’s coolest generation are fighting aging with all they’ve got, including denial.

Fortunately, when boomers are forced to face the reality of cataracts several new types of premium intraocular lenses (IOLs) will give them options their parents never had. The most advanced of these lenses, which are implanted during cataract surgery, let today’s seniors see near, far and in between without glasses, even if they had astigmatism before surgery.

And that’s very good news, since cataract surgery is the most common surgery in the United States. It occurs when the normally clear lens in the front of the eye clouds with aging, causing blurred or hazy vision. “About 50 percent of people aged 65-74 have cataracts,” says Ignatius S. Hneleski III, M.D., a board-certified ophthalmologist with Vistarr Laser and Vision Centers, which has implanted more premium IOLs that any practice in the Northeast.

For years ophthalmologists have treated the condition by removing the cloudy lens and replacing it with an artificial IOL. But traditional IOLs were monofocal lenses, generally designed for distance. People with these lenses still need glasses for seeing up close or to correct astigmatism. And that doesn’t always fit the image of active boomers.
In comparison, today’s more advanced IOLs let people reduce or eliminate their need for glasses after cataract surgery, whether they select:

Toric IOLs. These lenses reduce or eliminate nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism and allow for clear, unaided distance vision. Glasses are still needed for near-vision activities.

Multifocal IOLs. These lenses use revolutionary IOL technology to allow people to see clearly at all distances, without bifocals or reading glasses.

Accommodating IOLs. These lenses work in concert with the eye’s focusing muscles to allow for near, intermediate and distance sight without glasses. They work much like the autofocus on a camera.

How long do the lenses last? Forever. But there are additional costs. Medicare and private insurance generally pay for traditional cataract care, but they don’t pay for the costs associated with advanced premium lenses.

“The changes in IOLs over the last decade have really been revolutionary,” says. Dr. Hneleski. And you don’t have to be in your 60s to benefit from them. “If you’re in your 40s or 50s and are considering LASIK surgery to improve your vision, you might want to be evaluated for implantable lenses instead. If you have early cataracts, you may be disappointed with the results of laser surgery, as the cataract will continue to cloud your vision.”

Despite their denial, many boomers will need cataract surgery. But when they do, they’ll find their options open … just the way they like them.


Contact: Lainie Scornajenghi
Vistarr Laser and Vision Centers
610/692-8103
lainie@vistarrvision.com

For Immediate Release
Be a Member of the Pack. Help Vistarr Laser and Vision Centers Support the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind

West Chester, PA, October 15, 2008:
The bond between blind people and their guide dogs may well demonstrate the deepest, most meaningful connection human beings enjoy with another species.

In celebration of that relationship, Vistarr Laser & Vision Centers has recently partnered with the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind to fund the breeding and training of a guide dog for a blind resident of Western Pennsylvania.

“We wanted to find a meaningful way to give something back to the community that has depended on us for more than 40 years,” says Ignatius S. Hneleski III, M.D., a board-certified ophthalmologist with Vistarr. “After careful consideration, we selected this charity because of the excellent work they do with the visually impaired.”

The foundation, which depends solely on contributions, spends about $30,000 breeding and training each Labrador and golden retriever and its owner. The dogs are taught to find and follows paths, maneuver obstacles and stop at curbs. They learn to disobey only in the face of danger.

You can support this worthwhile charity through the Vistarr Visionary program. ”When you come into one of our offices, ask an associate for a few Vistarr Visionary cards. Pass them on to your friends and relatives and tell them to bring a card to their first appointment. When they do, we’ll make a donation to the foundation,” says Dr. Hneleski.

You can also support the foundation by celebrating the grand opening of Vistarr’s new Mainline/Paoli office at 20 Paoli Pike between DATES. Vistarr will make a donation to the foundation for everyone who attends. What’s more, you can learn about advanced eye-care technology and browse a collection of European designer frames not available anywhere else in the area.

With Vistarr, you can enjoy a lifetime of good vision … and match a blind person in our community with a guide dog soul mate.


 
 


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