Cataract Evaluation Cape Coral
If you believe a cataract may be interfering with your normal activities, such as reading the newspaper, working on your computer, or driving, schedule an evaluation at Elmquist Eye Group in Cape Coral to discuss your options.
Dr. E. Trevor Elmquist, one of America’s Top Doctors in ophthalmology, his partner, Kate Wagner, OD, and his associates, Nina Burt, OD and Sarah Eccles-Brown, MD, provide complete eye care services for all members of your family, from children to seniors.
Dr. Elmquist and Dr. Eccles-Brown are skilled, board certified ophthalmologists, and Drs. Wagner and Burt are board certified optometrists.
With state-of-the-art facilities, we can help you find out more about cataracts and the treatment options, including bladeless laser-assisted cataract surgery which improves the precision, safety and accuracy of cataract surgery.
Your Cataract Evaluation
The components of a cataract evaluation are very similar to a general eye exam with a few additional tests to determine whether or not surgery is a viable option.
We may ask you about vision problems under low lighting conditions and in situations where glare is a problem (like night driving). You may also be asked about any difficulties you have with tasks like driving, reading, and recreational activities.
Your health history will also ne important because certain conditions contribute to the development of cataracts and to the prognosis after surgery. We will also thoroughly review any medications you take to determine whether the medications could affect surgical decisions or procedures.
Visual Acuity and glare testing are important components when evaluating cataracts. The glare test is administered with a device that measures the effect of simulated glare on visual function. An examination of the eyes through dilated pupils is critical to determine the nature and the severity of the cataract. The doctor will also assess the overall health of the eyes to determine if there are any additional problems that may limit the potential for quality vision following surgery.
The symptoms of cataracts may include blurred or double vision, glare or haloes from lights, poor night vision, and frequent changes in prescription for your eyeglasses or contact lenses.
Cataracts worsen slowly over time, but you may eventually decide to have cataract surgery to correct the problem. The cataract, or cloudy lens of the eye, is replaced with an artificial plastic lens, called an intraocular lens or “IOL.”
While there is no reason to rush into cataract surgery unless your vision is affecting your lifestyle, there are some reasons you may want to consider doing it sooner than later. Patients who elect to have cataract surgery experience fewer hip fractures and are able to enjoy better driving performance.
The doctors at Elmquist Eye Group are among the best qualified in Cape Coral to answer your questions about cataracts. Get in touch with us today at (239) 936-2020 to schedule an evaluation. The Elmquist team will be delighted to help.