Cataract Surgery

What Is A Cataract?

A cataract is the clouding effect on an eye’s lens. Cataracts are incredibly common and is a condition that affects nearly half of all Americans by the age of 65. The good news is that you don’t have to live with cataracts.

Our doctors at Florida Vision Institute specialize in modern cataract surgery and are dedicated to helping you achieve quality vision.

Why Cataract Surgery?

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

Is Cataract Surgery Right For Me?

If you answer “Yes” to any of these questions, you may be showing early signs of cataracts. Schedule a free 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?
Cataract surgery is a simple procedure with an excellent success record. The clouded natural lens is replaced with an artificial lens called 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 healing period in between.

After making a very small incision outside your field of vision, your eye surgeon will insert a tiny probe and use ultrasound to break up the clouded natural lens. With suction, the pieces are easily removed, and through the same incision, the IOL is inserted and positioned correctly. You may have a protective shield to wear during sleep for about 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 for cataracts?
By the age of 65, most Americans will have developed cataracts, which occur when your human lens becomes clouded to such an extent that it affects your vision and quality of life. This condition typically occurs with age, but can also result from trauma, disease, and use of certain medications.

Several groups have an increased risk for developing cataracts and eventually need cataract surgery. Examples include:
  • Smokers
  • Diabetics
  • Steroid users
  • Patients who have experienced trauma

If you have cataracts, or plan to have cataract surgery, and you would like to be evaluated, the doctors of Florida Vision Institute would be delighted to assist you. Our doctors are recognized by their patients and colleagues as innovators and pioneers in cataract and intraocular lens (IOL) surgery.

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?
Typically, we find that a key indicator of cataract development is the introduction of "night halos" or glares in vision. That, coupled with the above signs (difficulty driving and reading or colors appearing less sharp/vivid) may be warning signs of a cataract.

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

Read more about cataract treatment options here and schedule a consultation to have one of our doctors examine your circumstance.