Best Treatment for Cataracts
If you think you may be experiencing the onset of cataracts, your vision and quality of life may have deteriorated. Fortunately, the best treatment for cataracts is available at Elmquist Eye Group in Cape Coral and Fort Myers.
E. Trevor Elmquist, DO, founder of Elmquist Eye Group, is a board certified ophthalmologist who has been selected for six consecutive years as one of America’s Top Doctors by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. He specializes in general ophthalmology and has provided exceptional eye care to the residents of Southwest Florida for more than 25 years.
Sarah Eccles-Brown, MD is a board certified ophthalmologist and refractive surgeon who specializes in premium cataract surgery, LASIK and eyelid surgery.
Cataract Symptoms and Treatment
If you have trouble reading, seeing in the distance, or difficulty with night vision, you may have a cataract. Other signs include:
- Cloudy, blurred or dim vision
- More difficulty seeing at night or in low light
- Sensitivity to light
- Halos and glare from lights
- Colors look faded or yellowed
- Needing brighter light for reading and other activities
- Frequent eyeglass prescription changes
- Double vision in one eye
Dr. Eccles-Brown will treat your cataract by surgically removing the cloudy natural lens and replacing it with a clear artificial lens, called an intraocular lens (IOL), that she will place permanently in the eye. Unlike a contact lens, it does not fall out, does not require cleaning, and you will not even notice that it’s there.
Elmquist Eye Group is among a limited number of practices to offer bladeless laser-assisted cataract surgery with the FDA-approved LenSx® femtosecond laser. The laser automates three steps of the surgery that previously had to be done manually and improves the overall precision, safety and accuracy of the surgery.
Types of Intraocular Lenses
Today, there are several options when it comes to intraocular lenses. Your eye doctor will help you decide which lens may be right for you. The four main types are:
Monofocal –This is the most basic one-distance lens. Following surgery, you may be able to drive without needing glasses, but will most likely require glasses for distance, intermediate and near vision, such as to read a book or work at a computer.
Multifocal –If you prefer to be less dependent on glasses, consider multifocal lenses. These new-technology lenses correct for all distances and give you good near and far vision.
Toric –Standard intraocular lenses cannot correct astigmatism (an irregularly shaped cornea). If you have astigmatism, you may be a candidate for the Toric lens, but may still be dependent on eyeglasses even after cataract surgery.
ReSTOR –The recently FDA-approved AcrySof® ReSTOR® intraocular lens can help you see clearly at all distances without bifocals or reading glasses. Studies show that 80% of patients receiving this IOL reported that they never wear glasses for any activities.
No single type of lens is best for every patient, and Dr. Eccles-Brown and the experienced Elmquist team will help you decide on the right lens for your eyes.
Modern cataract surgery can improve your vision to what it was before cataracts. Call Elmquist Eye Group at (239) 936-2020 to experience the best treatment for cataracts in Cape Coral and Fort Myers.