Bethlehem Eye Associates
800 Eaton Avenue
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18018
GENERAL EYE CARE:
Screening or routine eye health examinations serve to uncover previously undetected vision disorders that can potentially threaten one’s vision. Adults over age 65 and children under age 20 should have routine eye health examinations regularly. All other patients with normal vision may be examined every other year. As part of a routine eye health exam, our doctors examine your vision and determine the need for glasses (refraction) as well as the general health of your eyes. If a medical eye condition is known, or discovered during this routine eye health exam, a separate appointment for a medical exam must then be made to address these issues.
All our board-certified ophthalmologists and optometrists perform routine eye exams for glasses, as well as exams for diabetes, macular degeneration, cataracts, blurred vision, headache disorders, eye pain and double vision. They all treat eye infections, allergies, burning and/or dry eyes and a variety of other disorders. A complete exam involves much more than simply checking vision and prescribing glasses. This visit will take about 60-90 minutes in part because of the time required to dilate your pupils.
Cataract surgery is the most commonly performed outpatient surgical procedure in the United States. According to the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, over 3 million patients in the US have cataract surgery each year with a success rate of 98% or higher. Bethlehem Eye Associates cataract surgeons Dr. Eugene Saravitz, Dr. Robert Weber, Dr. Anthony Grosso and Dr. Michael Alterman offer advanced surgical options using state-of-the-art technology at The Center for Specialized Surgery to provide patients the best visual results. Research studies have shown that this surgery and its resultant improvement in visual acuity can enhance one’s activities of daily living and functioning, making it safer to ambulate, especially for the elderly. Refractive cataract surgery provides the best possible functional visual acuity attainable as a result of lens implant surgery. Our surgeons regularly perform refractive cataract surgery using the state-of-the-art lens implants to correct for astigmatism as well as presbyopia-correcting implants to enhance near vision after surgery. Premium cataract surgery involves additional testing and expense not covered by most insurances. Laser-assisted cataract surgery using a state-of-the-art femtosecond laser is also available for patients who desire greater precision and control along with the potential to correct astigmatism. (http://www.lensar.com/)
Laser vision correction is a life-changing treatment that reduces your dependence on glasses and contact lenses. Laser vision correction includes LASIK (laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis) and PRK (photorefractive keratectomy), which can be used to treat nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia) and astigmatism. Dr. Anthony Grosso performs LASIK and PRK surgery. In addition, he performs CustomVue Wavefront LASIK, which offers many advantages over traditional LASIK, including improved safety, reduced dry eye symptoms and better vision. For individuals who are not candidates for LASIK or PRK, Dr. Grosso is the only Lehigh Valley surgeon certified to perform the Visian ICL (http://www.visianinfo.com).
Glaucoma is a chronic degenerative eye disease which often has no symptoms. Glaucoma is the most common cause of preventable blindness in the world. Our ophthalmologists treat a variety of glaucoma disorders. Dr. Eugene Saravitz is fellowship-trained in the medical and surgical management of routine and complex glaucoma surgery, including SLT laser surgery, antimetabolite surgery, filter surgery and valve implants. Our practice has the newest computerized lasers and optical scanners in the Lehigh Valley, which are used for the early detection and computer-assisted monitoring of glaucoma treatment.
PEDIATRIC OPHTHALMOLOGY AND ADULT EYE MUSCLE DISORDERS:
Children with vision problems often do not complain about trouble with their eyes, and many exhibit no outward signs of impairment. Dr. Robert Kitei is trained in pediatric ophthalmology and the treatment of routine and complex children's eye problems, including crossed eyes (strabismus), lazy eyes (amblyopia), blocked tear ducts, eye infections, cataracts and glaucoma, as well as regular eye care and eyeglass prescriptions. Parts of the office are geared toward children, with entertaining toys and videos. Adults suffering from double vision, crossed or misaligned eyes are also regularly treated, sometimes with special "prism glasses" or with surgery when appropriate.
Dr. Scott Goldstein is fellowship-trained in ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgery and treats a variety of ocular conditions. He is the Lehigh Valley's only pediatric oculoplastic surgeon. Patients of all ages can be evaluated and treated for a wide range of concerns. Medical conditions like facial skin lesions, dry eyes and tearing problems, orbital disease, complications from previous eyelid surgery and traumatic injuries to the eyes and face are common concerns, and treatment is usually covered by your insurance. In addition, aesthetic concerns such as baggy or puffy eyelids and heavy brows are among many of the other issues that can be addressed.
The retina is a thin and delicate layer inside the back of the eye that functions like the film of a camera to send visual information to the brain. Our comprehensive ophthalmologists closely examine the retina during comprehensive eye examinations. Dr. Michael Alterman is skilled in the medical treatment of macular degeneration and diabetic eye disease. When necessary, we will refer you to a retinal specialist for treatment if needed. At a minimum, annual examinations are recommended for diabetics and patients with dry or wet macular degeneration.