Chesen Laser Eye Center

301 Penn Avenue
West Reading, PA 19611


Tel: (610) 372-2222
Fax: (610) 372-5537

Office Hours:

Monday 9am – 5pm
Tuesday 9am – 5pm
Wednesday 9am – 5pm
Thursday 10:30am – 6:30pm
Friday 9am – 4:30pm

Eye Doctors in Reading, PA 

Dr. Chesen and his staff of talented Reading eye doctors take a team approach in their commitment to serving all patients so they can provide you with the excellent care you deserve. Our eye care services include LASIK eye surgery, glaucoma, diabetic eye disease, macular degeneration, dry eye treatments, routine eye care and cataract surgery

Our mission is to provide personalized and individualized vision care for each of our patients in a friendly and professional atmosphere. Our team of committed doctors and caring staff is here to make every visit and each procedure comfortable and above all successful.

General Directions

From South:  Take 176 N Reading , stay to the left for Exit 11B 422 West. Exit 422 at Penn Ave West Reading, Chesen Laser Eye Center will be on the right in .4 miles

From West: Take 422 East Business to Fifth Ave West Reading and make a left to the traffic circle and turn right at Reading Ave. Follow Reading Ave to Third St and make a right. Rear entrance to Chesen laser Eye Center will be on the right.

From East: Take 422 W Bypass to Penn Ave West Reading; follow Penn Ave .5 miles and Chesen Laser Eye Center will be on the right.

From North: 
Follow Rt 222 S towards Lancaster, stay to the left for 422 E Reading/Pottstown, exit at Penn Ave West Reading Chesen Laser Eye Center will be on the right in .4 mi.

Why Should I See an Ophthalmologist?

If you are experiencing any issues with your eyes or vision, you should schedule an appointment with an ophthalmologist. An ophthalmologist is a doctor who specializes in eye and vision care, diagnosing and treating eye health problems such as cataracts, glaucoma, dry eye syndrome, macular degeneration, diabetic eye disease, and more. Qualified ophthalmologists can also carry out vision correction procedures such as LASIK and cataract surgery.

Many eye conditions, such as glaucoma and macular degeneration, are undetectable until they too developed to completely heal. That is why regular eye exams should be a regular part of one’s overall health assessment. Symptoms like eye redness, sensitivity to light, and any changes in vision can be signs of a developing eye health issue that can be addressed with an eye exam from your ophthalmologist.

Signs You Might Need to See an Ophthalmologist

There are many possible signs that could indicate you need to see an ophthalmologist. Here are some of the most common.

Changes in Your Vision

Frequent changes in your vision that seem to get better when you blink might suggest dry eye issues. If you notice a slow deterioration in your vision, it could be time to check if your glasses prescription needs updating, or it might be a hint at a medical concern like a cataract. On the other hand, if you experience distortion in your central vision or perceive flashes, floaters, shadows, or curtains obstructing your sight, these could be red flags for a retinal issue. It’s crucial to seek prompt assessment with an ophthalmologist, especially if these symptoms are new or sudden.

Pain in Your Eyes

Eye pain can be a sign of multiple possible vision concerns including dry eye, intraocular inflammation, and increased pressure in the eye. Headaches and sinus problems can also trigger eye pain. Because eye pain can be a symptom of many different eye health issues, it is important for anyone experiencing pain in their eyes to schedule a formal assessment with their ophthalmologist.

Eye Dryness

Persistent dry eye can cause significant discomfort that tends to worsen over time. Dry eye may interfere with reading or prolonged computer use. Severe cases of chronic dry eye can even lead to corneal scarring. To diagnose this condition, an ophthalmologist examines the eyes using a slit lamp. They administer fluorescein, a yellow dye, to evaluate the tear film and inspect the cornea.

Experiencing Headaches/Pressure in Your Eyes

In many cases, headaches and pressure in the eyes are not signs of an eye problem, but could be sinus-related or a neurological issue. Eye pressure should be checked for evidence of glaucoma. Glaucoma is a condition of increased pressure within the eyeball, causing gradual loss in sight and eventually blindness if left untreated. A person doesn’t have symptoms of glaucoma until it is too far advanced, so it is important to get regular eye exams from your ophthalmologist to check for any potential signs of underlying concerns.

Red/Bloodshot Eyes

Some people normally have red eyes so this may not be an immediate cause for concern. However, red eyes can be a sign of dry eye or inflammation. If the redness in your eyes persists and is accompanied by pain, you should schedule an exam with your ophthalmologist.

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