Cataract Laser Surgery Fort Myers
If you are looking for experienced surgeons in Fort Myers who are skilled in bladeless laser-assisted cataract surgery, look no further than Elmquist Eye Group.
Dr. E. Trevor Elmquist, 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 in Cape Coral, Fort Myers, Lee County and beyond, from children to seniors.
Dr. Elmquist is a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology who specializes in general ophthalmology and cataract surgery. As further evidence of his expertise in his field, he has also been selected as one of America’s Top Doctors in ophthalmology by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd.
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. The first evidence of cataracts is usually discovered during a cataract evaluation.
If you believe cataracts may be interfering with your normal activities, such as reading the newspaper, working on your computer and driving, or are finding it difficult to enjoy everyday life, it’s time to discuss surgery with Dr. Elmquist.
Traditional vs. Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery
Cataract surgery is a form of refractive surgery because it changes the way your eye “refracts” or bends light rays to focus on the back of the eye.
In the case LASIK surgery, a laser and computer guidance system are used to reshape the cornea to reduce or eliminate your need for glasses. In laser-assisted cataract surgery, the laser and guidance system are used to make tiny incisions in the cornea for removal of a cataract that is clouding your vision. Previously, this was accomplished by the surgeon with a hand-held blade.
In both the traditional and laser-assisted cataract procedures, the cloudy lens has to be fragmented to make it easier to remove. In the traditional procedure, this is accomplished using ultrasonic energy. In the laser-assisted procedure, the laser is used to soften and break up the cloudy lens, requiring less energy and causing less stress on the delicate fibers and membrane that will hold the new intraocular lens (IOL) in place. The process may help the surgeon position the replacement lens more accurately.
In both procedures, Dr. Elmquist or Dr. Eccles-Brown will remove the cataract with an ultrasonic probe and suction and insert and position the intraocular lens (IOL) you have selected.
While traditional cataract surgery provides excellent results, the revolutionary bladeless laser-assisted cataract procedure enhances our ability to offer patients at Elmquist Eye Group the best possible visual outcomes.
If you live or work in Fort Myers and think you may be a candidate for laser-assisted cataract surgery, contact Elmquist Eye Group at (239) 936-2020. We would be delighted to answer your questions and help restore clarity and crispness in your vision.