Cataract Removal Cape Coral

Cataracts are an inevitable part of the aging process. Elmquist Eye Group in Cape Coral and Fort Myers offers the latest options in cataract removal and lens technology.

Elmquist Eye Group has been serving Cape Coral, Fort Myers, Lee County and Southwest Florida for more than 23 years. E. Trevor Elmquist, DO, specializes in general ophthalmology and cataract surgery.  He is a board certified ophthalmologist who has been selected as one of America’s Top Doctors in ophthalmology by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd.

Together with his partner Kate Wagner, OD, his associate Nina Burt, OD, and ophthalmologist Sarah Eccles-Brown, MD, Dr. Elmquist and his skilled team provide comprehensive eye care services to everyone in the family, from children to seniors.

Cataract Surgery Procedure

Cataract Removal Cape CoralCataracts are a clouding of the normally clear lens of the eye. Over time, they can lead to blurred vision. They are the leading cause of vision loss in the U.S., and an estimated 20.5 million Americans aged 40 years and older have a cataract in one or both eyes. Cataracts can only be treated with surgery.

In traditional cataract surgery, the natural lens of the eye is typically replaced with a monofocal (one distance) intraocular lens to restore your clear vision. Traditional cataract surgery provides excellent results, but technological advances in both lens technology and surgical techniques now afford cataract patients more options.

To achieve the best possible outcomes for cataract patients, Dr. Elmquist offers bladeless laser-assisted cataract surgery. The FDA-approved laser automates several steps of the procedure which previously had to be performed manually, and improves the precision, accuracy and safety of cataract surgery.

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.

Cataract Symptoms

Most cataracts develop very gradually. Although they eventually lead to vision loss, this may many years to happen.  You may not notice any symptoms until the cataract has progressed and you have trouble with reading or difficulty with night vision. Here are some of the other common symptoms:

  • Cloudy, dim or blurry vision
  • Difficulty seeing at night or in low light
  • Sensitivity to halos and glare from lights
  • Colors look faded or yellowed
  • Brighter light is needed for reading and other activities
  • Frequent eyeglass prescription changes
  • Double vision in one eye

If you experience any of these symptoms and they interfere with your day-to-day activities, you should schedule an appointment for an eye exam at Elmquist Eye Center and bring them to the attention of your eye doctor as soon as you begin to notice them. Some of these cataract symptoms can also be symptoms of other serious eye conditions.

Make an appointment today with an experienced eye doctor at Elmquist Eye Group to find out more about cataract removal in Cape Coral, Fort Myers, or elsewhere in Lee County. Contact us at (239) 936-2020 to discuss your treatment options.