Cataract Surgery

What Is A Cataract?

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

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

Why Cataract Surgery?

If you currently have a cataract that is interfering with your normal routine or activities, we recommend having cataract surgery. This surgery is extremely safe and 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?
Getting cataract surgery 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 for cataracts?
By the age of 65, most individuals will have developed cataracts, 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 and eventually need cataract surgery. Cases include:
  • Smokers
  • Diabetics
  • Steroid users
  • Patients who have experienced trauma

If you experience cataracts, or plan to have cataract 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 cataract 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 cataract 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 cataract surgery is appropriate for you.
Am I too young or old for cataract surgery?
Treatment is recommended depending on the severity of symptoms and cataract development. For patients with fully-developed cataracts, cataract surgery is the suggested solution. However, if your symptoms suggest that you’re showing early symptoms of cataract development but not a fully-developed cataract, other treatment possibilities are available.

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