Cataract Surgery – Center of Excellence

Cataracts are the most common age-related eye condition and the leading cause of preventable blindness. Almost 100% of people will develop cataracts by age 70. With our new PanOptix® Trifocal Lens experiencing the vision of your younger years may be possible. We also offer LenSx® Custom Cataract Laser Surgery and other options.

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PanOptix® Trifocal Lens

The new PanOptix® Lens can change the way you see the world improving near, intermediate and distance vision, and The Eye Center is the first in Florida to offer it!

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LenSx Custom Cataract Laser

10 times more accurate than manual cataract removal, LenSx® Laser Cataract Surgery allows the surgeon to create precise, repeatable incisions by automating some of the most challenging steps of cataract surgery.

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Lifestyle Lens Implants

Lifestyle Lenses can do more than cure cataracts. They can often correct additional vision problems.

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Cataract FAQ’s

 
What Are Cataracts?
A cataract is a cloudy area in the natural lens of the eye that affects vision. As a cataract develops, the eye’s lens gradually becomes hard and cloudy allowing less light to pass through, which makes it more difficult to see. The vast majority of cataracts result from normal aging, but radiation exposure, taking steroids, diabetes and eye trauma can accelerate their development. Cataracts are the most common age-related eye condition and the leading cause of preventable blindness. Twenty million people in the U.S. age 40 and older have cataracts. Cataracts are treated by removing the eye’s cloudy natural lens and surgically replacing it with an intraocular lens or IOL. More than 98 percent of cataract surgeries are considered successful, and patients typically can return to their normal routines within 24 hours.

What causes Cataracts?
The formation of cataracts can be caused by the following: aging, trauma, diseases such as diabetes, hereditary factors, unprotected UV exposure, or taking certain medications.

Who is at risk for Cataracts?
EVERYONE!  Cataracts typically develop around age 55 or older.  Other risk factors include: UV exposure, heredity, disease, or trauma.

What are the signs/symptoms of Cataracts? 
Blurred vision, sensitivity to light, dull vision-colors lack vivid contrast, reduced vision in bright light, impaired depth perception.

How is a Cataract detected? 
A detailed eye examination is necessary.

How is a Cataract treated? 
Surgery is required for the removal of a cataract.  The surgery typically last five to seven minutes and is performed on an outpatient basis.  A small incision is made on the edge of the cornea, a small ultrasound system is inserted to break up and remove the cataract, and a lens implant replaces the cataract in order to restore clear vision.

What is a Lens Implant? 
An artificial lens that is placed inside the eye after the cataract is removed.  This implant provides a new, clear lens that allow light to focus on the retina, just as the natural lens did before the cataract developed.

Are there different types of Lens Implants? 
YES! Our surgeons offer a variety of lenses that help to reduce your need for glasses and contacts.  Depending upon your lifestyle, these lenses can help with near, far, and in between needs.  Options will be discussed with you and your surgeon in order to make the best decision for your needs.

Will a Cataract “come back?”
No. However, the capsule that holds the new, lens implant may become cloudy.  A simple, one-time, laser procedure can take care of this “film” and restore clear vision.

Is Cataract surgery covered by insurance, Medicare, Medicaid? 
Cataract surgery is traditionally covered by all forms of insurance if the procedure is deemed medically necessary.  One of our Insurance Specialists will be happy to review your benefits coverage and discuss your options.  Please call (850) 784-3937 to find out if you are a candidate and what options are available for you.