Cataract Evaluation Fort Myers
The good news about cataracts is that they are curable. Schedule a cataract evaluation at Elmquist Eye Group in Fort Myers if you are concerned you may have a cataract or need more information about what can be done about it.
Patients from throughout Southwest Florida have been visiting Elmquist Eye Group since 1992 for the highest quality eye care, including cataract evaluations and surgery, glaucoma evaluation and treatment, dry eye evaluation and treatment, and other eye conditions that affect everyone from children to seniors.
E. Trevor Elmquist, DO, his partner Kate Wagner, OD, and his associates Nina Burt, OD and Sarah Eccles-Brown, MD, take a personal interest in every patient, skillfully diagnosing and treating a wide range of eye conditions.
Do You Have a Cataract?
It’s quite possible that you may not even know you have a cataract because they usually develop slowly. It may take many years to notice the changes in your vision, but the symptoms include:
- Cloudy or blurry vision
- Difficulty reading
- Poor night vision
- Sensitivity to light, glare, and halos around lights
- Frequent changes in glasses or contacts prescriptions
- Double vision in one eye
- Colors look faded or yellowed
Cataracts are a natural part of the aging process, which means that everyone is eventually at risk of developing them. The first evidence of cataracts is usually discovered during an examination.
What to Expect from Your Cataract Evaluation
A cataract examination is very much like a general eye exam, but your eye doctor will dilate your pupils to thoroughly examine your eyes. He or she will also do a few extra tests, such as visual acuity and glare testing, to determine the severity of the cataract.
The doctor will ask about your medical history, allergies and any medications you are taking, and thoroughly examine your eyes while checking things such as:
- How your eyes work together
- Pupil size
- Eye pressure
- The curvature of your eye
If cataracts are beginning to form, it’s important to make sure your glasses or contact lenses are strong enough to compensate for your impaired vision. As your cataracts develop further, Dr. Elmquist will discuss with you whether surgery would be beneficial.
The only way to treat cataracts is with surgery that replaces the clouded lens of the eye with an artificial lens. There is little to no discomfort, and vision is usually restored within days. Although all surgeries have risks, cataract surgery is one of the safest surgeries performed in the U.S. today.
Elmquist Eye Group now offers bladeless laser-assisted cataract surgery, which is designed to make the procedure even more precise, safe and accurate. While traditional cataract surgery provides excellent results, this revolutionary procedure enhances our ability to offer patients at Elmquist Eye Group the best possible visual outcomes.
Cataracts can worsen over time and, if left untreated, can cause you to lose some of your eyesight. Schedule an evaluation at Elmquist Eye Group in Fort Myers to examine your eyes and discuss the latest options in treatment and lens technology. Get in touch with us at (239) 936-2020 to learn more about your many options.