Laser Cataract Surgery Fort Myers
The revolutionary bladeless laser cataract surgery we offer at Elmquist Eye Group in Fort Myers and Cape Coral, Florida, uses a laser to perform some of the surgical steps that the surgeon has to perform manually in traditional cataract surgery. The technology allows us to customize the procedure for your unique eyes, resulting in more predictable outcomes and safer, more accurate cataract surgery.
At Elmquist Eye Group, Dr. E. Trevor Elmquist is an experienced board certified ophthalmologist, and Dr. Kate Wagner and Dr. Nina Burt are board certified optometrists. No matter what type of concern you may have about your eyes, or the eyes of other family members from children to seniors, our talented team offers a full range of vision care services.
Dr. Elmquist has been named as one of America’s Top Doctors in ophthalmology by Castle Connolly Medical. Their list identifies the top doctors, both nationally and regionally, based on an extensive nominating process.
He earned his medical degree from the University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kansas City, MO. He served as an ophthalmology resident at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and was later selected as Chief Resident at Walter Reed. Dr. Elmquist also served as the Chief of the eye clinic at Homestead Air Force Base.
As a specialist in general ophthalmology and cataract surgery, Dr. Elmquist will make you comfortable and provide you with outstanding eye care.
Exciting New Era of Refractive Cataract Surgery
Cataract surgery has been performed since about the 5th Century BC using a variety of different methods, but has come a long way in just the last 10 years.
About three million Americans have cataract surgery every year. Although it is a delicate procedure, it is one of the safest and most common surgeries performed in the world, and has a better than 95% success rate. Of course, there are risks and complications involved in any type of surgery, and a good result cannot be guaranteed.
Modern cataract surgery provides excellent results. It involves removal of the clouded natural lens and replacing it with an artificial intraocular lens (IOL). Dr. Elmquist will gently numb the eye so you won’t feel any discomfort. Then he will use a hand-held blade to make tiny incisions on the cornea to gain access to the lens and break it into fragments for easy removal. He will remove the lens fragments using ultrasound energy and gentle suction, and insert and position the new lens.
Now, thanks to femtosecond laser technology, the same technology used in LASIK surgery, cataract surgery is faster, safer and more accurate, and it’s no longer necessary to make incisions with hand-held blades.
Computer software creates a 3-D image of your eye and Dr. Elmquist uses it to make a plan for incisions at precise locations, depths and lengths in your cornea. The femtosecond laser makes the incisions (without a blade), and also opens the lens capsule to fragment the clouded lens. Dr. Elmquist then inserts and positions the new lens. The laser improves the precision and accuracy of the steps that previously had to be done by hand.
Elmquist Eye Group is proud to be a leader in laser cataract surgery in Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Lee County and all of Southwest Florida. Call us today at (239) 936-2020 to see why bladeless laser-assisted cataract surgery may be the clear choice for you.