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Welcome to Armesto Eye Associates

Armesto Eye Associates is a comprehensive eye care practice with experienced doctors and a professional staff to offer all aspects of vision care and ocular health needs. We are dedicated to provide you the highest quality eye care for you and your family.

Dr. Armesto is a Corneal/External Disease and Refractive Surgery specialist who was the first to perform LASIK in Central Pennsylvania, and has provided this life-changing experience to thousands of patients with excellent results. Whether it is LASIK, cataracts or other eye conditions, Dr. Armesto and his team of experienced doctors stand ready to provide the first-class care you and your family deserve.

Doctors

Staff

  • Sharon

    Sharon

    COT, 20+ years of experience/Practice Development

  • Terri M.

    Terri M.

    COA, 15+ years of experience/Surgical counselor

  • Terri F

    Terri F.

    COA, 15+ years of experience

  • Jo

    Jo-Ann

    COA, 20+ years of experience

  • Taryn

    Taryn

    COA, 7+ years of experience

  • Lisa

    Lisa

    Technician/Optical specialist, 10+ years of experience

  • Torey

    Torey

    Medical Receptionist/Secretary

  • leslee

    Leslee

    Billing Manager, Ophthalmic Coding Specialist

  • charlotte

    Charlotte

    Front Desk Manager/Office Coordinator

Lasik

Information on LASIK

The decision to have LASIK is an investment in your vision and quality of life. Only you can decide if laser eye surgery is right for you, and Dr. Armesto is here to help you make your best choice – close to home in Central PA.

Dr. Armesto’s LASIK Difference

  • Dr. Armesto was the first to perform LASIK in the Harrisburg area.
  • Our retreatment rate is 80% less than established national standards.
  • Dr. Armesto is a fellowship-trained corneal and refractive surgery specialist.
  • Our fees are not based on the technology we use or how much correction you need.
  • In addition to LASIK, Dr. Armesto is experienced in all approved and available refractive surgery options.
  • If you’re not a good candidate for LASIK, we’ll tell you and help you find the right way to improve your vision.  However, not everyone is a candidate for refractive surgery.

Dr. Armesto is a Corneal Specialist

LASIK is surgery of the cornea, and Dr. Armesto is one of only a few fellowship trained corneal refractive surgeons in Central Pennsylvania. He has been performing all aspects of refractive eye surgery for Harrisburg, Mechanicsburg, and Carlisle patients since 1993. Dr. Armesto was the first Central PA doctor to perform LASIK and has performed thousands of procedures. He has expertise in all forms of refractive surgery and has an array of resources available to create the absolute best outcome for you.

Honest, Straightforward Pricing

At our Mechanicsburg practice, you are ensured honest answers from a true expert, as well as honest pricing. Our global fees are based simply on the procedure you need to get the best possible correction for your unique situation.   This covers all aspects of the surgery and all follow-up care for one year including your pre-operative evaluation and testing.

At Armesto Eye Associates, we offer each patient customized refractive surgery specific to your individual needs.  Thousands of our patients have been thrilled with their outcome utilizing All-Laser-LASIK technology.  Some people may benefit from more advanced techniques. Learn more about the LASIK Process.

To start the LASIK process, schedule your complimentary consultation with Dr. Armesto.

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Cataracts & Lens Implants

Developing cataracts that decrease your vision can be alarming, but we offer a safe solution that eliminates cataracts quickly and painlessly. Dr. Armesto helps patients in the Harrisburg area choose the right time for lens replacement, and he offers options that will get the best results for your personal vision. You can trust Dr. Armesto to help you make the right decision for you. 

What are Cataracts?

The word “cataract” describes a clouding of the natural lens of the eye, which plays an important role in vision. The clear lens focuses light on the retina to transmit images to the brain. Cataracts affect vision because they blur or discolor the image that reaches your retina. Almost all people over 75 develop cataracts, and many develop them even earlier. Cataracts don’t always diminish your vision, but they do tend to worsen or become more severe over time.

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Cataract Correction

Cataracts rarely cause damage to other parts of the eye, so they can often be left untreated until they begin to affect your vision. Lens replacement is the most effective way of correcting cataracts and reversing their effects. In fact, cataract correction is the most common surgery performed in the US, and it has the lowest rate of side effects and complications.

Cataract correction is a minimally invasive pain-free outpatient procedure that takes less than 20 minutes. This begins with precise laser scanning of the eye.  After placing dilating drops, you will be given a mild sedative.  Dr. Armesto will place a numbing solution in your eye and then use definite, advanced ultrasonic technology to remove the cloudy lens from your eye through a microscopic incision. Your new customized clear lens is then gently placed where your original lens used to be. Once surgery is complete, Dr. Armesto will place additional drops in your eye to prevent infection and decrease inflammation. Because the opening into the eye is so small, it heals quickly on its own, without any need for stitches.

There are many misconceptions about what a cataract is. Cataract’s are: 

  • Not a Film Over the Eye
  • Not Caused by Overusing the Eyes
  • Not Spread From One Eye To the Other
  • Not a Cause of Irreversible Blindness

Common symptoms of cataract include:

  • A Painless Blurring of Vision
  • Glare, or Light Sensitivity
  • Frequent Eyeglass Prescription Changes
  • Double Vision In One Eye
  • Needing Brighter Light to Read
  • Poor Night Vision-difficulty seeing to drive
  • Fading or Yellowing of Colors

The amount and pattern of cloudiness within the lens can vary. If the cloudiness is not near the center of the lens, you may not be aware that a cataract is present.

What causes a Cataract?

The most common type of cataract is related to aging of the eye. Other causes of cataract include:

  • Family History
  • Medical Problems, Such as Diabetes
  • Injury to the Eye
  • Medications, Such as Steroids
  • Long-term, Unprotected Exposure to Sunlight
  • Previous Eye Surgery
  • Unknown Factors
  • Treatment for Cataracts

Cataract Surgery:

glaucCataracts rarely cause damage to other parts of the eye, so they can often be left untreated until they begin to affect your vision. Lens replacement is the most effective way of correcting cataracts and reversing their effects. In fact, cataract correction is the most common surgery performed in the US, and it has the lowest rate of side effects and complications.

Cataract correction is a minimally invasive pain-free outpatient procedure that takes less than 20 minutes. This begins with precise laser scanning of the eye.  After placing dilating drops, you will be given a mild sedative.  Dr. Armesto will place a numbing solution in your eye and then use definite, advanced ultrasonic technology to remove the cloudy lens from your eye through a microscopic incision. Your new customized clear lens is then gently placed where your original lens used to be. Once surgery is complete, Dr. Armesto will place additional drops in your eye to prevent infection and decrease inflammation. Because the opening into the eye is so small, it heals quickly on its own, without any need for stitches.

New Technology Lens Implants:

The most commonly used IOL is a single-vision lens (monofocal). With a monofocal IOL, you will definitely need glasses to read, and you may also need glasses for some distance activities.

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When your eyes were young, your natural lens was both transparent and flexible. Because of this, your vision was most likely stable until you reached your forties. Around that time, you may have noticed that you had to hold a menu or a book farther and farther away to read it. Many people end up wearing a pair of reading glasses or bifocals to compensate for this aging of the eye. This condition is called “presbyopia” and eventually affects everyone, including those who are nearsighted, farsighted, have cataracts, or had perfect vision most of their life.

The new presbyopic-correcting implants are designed to improve your vision to see near, far and in between. These new IOLs are available as a multifocal or accommodating lens.

Medicare has recently decided to allow cataract patients the option of choosing a new technology lens implant. Medicare and most private insurance carriers will pay 80% of your cataract surgery and the single-vision (monofocal) lens. You will have some out-of-pocket cost for the new technology lens implant. Please call our office so that we may send more information to you on the new lens technology.

Why Dr. Armesto for Cataract Correction?

Whether you live in Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia or even farther away, Dr. Armesto can help you get the greatest vision benefit for your unique situation. We offer premium lens implants, which go beyond traditional single-focus lens replacement. While standard lens implants provide clear vision but require glasses or corrective lenses, premium lenses such as ReSTOR®, Tecnis®, or Crystalens® allow you to see objects near, far, and at middle distance reducing the need for glasses.  Also, for patients with astigmatism, higher quality of vision can be obtained with specialized toric lenses.  Because of Dr. Armesto’s advanced training, he is often called upon to manage more complicated issues regarding cataract and lens implants.

Dr. Armesto will help you decide whether you’re a good candidate for cataract correction. As a corneal and refractive surgery specialist, he can offer the specific options or upgrades that will get you the clearest, highest quality vision possible.

To find out how Dr. Armesto could help you see better, schedule a consultation today.

 

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Optical Shop

 

Cumberland Optical, located in the atrium of the Fredricksen Outpatient Center, is a full-service Optical Shop serving the Cumberland Valley region and conveniently next door to Armesto Eye Associates.

We are pleased to have Jim Williams as the manager and optician.  Jim has 41 years experience and is certified by the American Board of Opticianry.  This is an important distinction as Pennsylvania does not require this certification nor a license to be an optician, and most optical shops in PA do not employ board certified opticians.  A proper fit for your glasses is the final touch to ensuring better vision after your eye exam. Today, many eyeglass prescriptions are for bifocals or progressive lenses.  Proper fitting with accurate lens alignment is the key to achieving the best vision from the eye doctor’s prescription.

At Cumberland Optical you can choose from over 700 premium and designer frames in stock and receive your glasses in as soon as 1 to 3 days.  Some of the designers available are:

  • Fossil
  • Greg Norman Eyewear
  • Lucky Brand
  • Carrera
  • Helium
  • Banana Republic
  • Juicy Couture
  • Kate Spade
  • Marc Jacobs
  • Adrienne Vittadini
  • Saks Fifth Avenue

Prices at Cumberland Optical are very competitive.  AAA and AARP discounts are available as well as a special discount for those patients with prescriptions from Armesto Eye doctors.

Cumberland Optical accepts NVA, EyeMed, Geisinger Medical Plan insurance and Medicare for post cataract patients.

Cumberland Optical is open Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 5 pm.  Phone number is 717-791-2577.

 

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2025 Technology Pkway #103
Mechanicsburg, PA 17050
phone717.791.2580

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