Cataract Surgery

What Is A Cataract?

A cataract is the clouding effect of the eye’s natural lens. This is an incredibly common eye condition and that affects nearly half of all Americans by the age of 65. The great news is that you don’t have to live with vision loss.

Our highly trained doctors at Florida Vision Institute specialize in cataract removal surgery. Everyone at Florida Vision Institute is dedicated to helping you achieve quality vision.

Why Cataract Surgery?

If you currently have a contact lenses that is interfering with your normal routine or activities, we recommend having a lens implant. This surgery is extremely safe and can correct distance vision, and astigmatism by removing your cataract development and replacing it with a modern lens.

Find Out If You’re A Candidate For Cataract Surgery, Take Our Interactive Self Test

Is Surgery Right For Me?

If you answer “Yes” to any of these questions, you may be showing early signs of eye problems. Schedule a consultation
  •  Do you see glares, starbursts, or halos at night?
  •  Are you having difficulty driving or recognizing faces?
  •  Are colors not as sharp or vivid as you once remember?

Frequently Asked Questions

What is cataract surgery?
Getting an artificial lens is a simple procedure with a stellar success record. The clouded natural lens is exchanged with an artificial lens referred to as an intraocular lens (IOL). It is done on an outpatient basis with a topical anesthetic that will make it a painless procedure. One eye is done at a time, with a short recuperation period in between.

After making a very small incision outside your field of vision, your eye surgeon will introduce a tiny probe and use ultrasound to disperse the clouded natural lens. With suction, the pieces are effortlessly removed, and through the same incision, the IOL is inserted and positioned correctly. You may have a protective shield to wear during sleep for up to a week, and your eye surgeon will prescribe eye drops to be used several times each day for several weeks. For best results, it is very important that you follow your surgeon’s post-operative instructions exactly.
What are the risk factors?
By the age of 65, most individuals will have developed eye pressure, which occur when your human lens becomes clouded to such an level that it is affecting your vision and quality of life. This condition typically comes about with age, but can also result from trauma, disease, and use of certain medications.

Several groups have an higher risk for developing cataracts in both eyes and eventually need surgery. Cases include:
  • Smokers
  • Diabetics
  • Steroid users
  • Patients who have experienced trauma

If you experience eye problems, or plan to have surgery, and you would like to be examined, the doctors of Florida Vision Institute would be pleased to assist you. Our physicians are recognized by their patients and colleagues as trailblazers and pioneers in cataract and intraocular lens (IOL) procedures.

Cataract treatment is offered in our offices in Stuart, Tradition, Port St. Lucie, Jupiter and West Palm Beach. Call us today so we can help you achieve a brighter future!
How do I know if I have a cataract?
Commonly, we find that a key component of the development is the introduction of "night halos" or glares in sight. That, coupled with the above symptoms (difficulty driving and reading or colors appearing less sharp/vivid) may be warning signs of a cataract.

However, the RECOMMENDED way to know if you have or are developing a eye problem is by arranging a consultation with one of our eye doctors. There, a doctor will run screening to properly examine your vision and whether or not surgery is appropriate for you.
Am I too young or old for surgery?
Treatment is recommended depending on the severity of symptoms and development. For patients with full cataract development, surgery is the suggested solution. However, if your symptoms suggest that you’re showing early symptoms of development but not a fully-developed cataract, other treatment possibilities are available.

Read more about treatment solutions here and schedule a consultation to have one of our doctors assess your circumstance.