Cataract Specialist Near Me Cape Coral
If you think you may have a cataract, make an appointment today with an experienced cataract specialist near you at Elmquist Eye Group in Cape Coral, Florida. With state-of-the-art facilities, we can help you achieve the best possible visual results from your cataract surgery.
Dr. E. Trevor Elmquist, founder of Elmquist Eye Group, is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and has been selected 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.
Dr. Elmquist’s partner, Kate Wagner, OD, and associate, Nina Burt, OD, are board certified optometrists. Dr. Sarah Eccles-Brown is a board certified ophthalmologist and refractive surgeon who specializes in refractive laser-assisted cataract surgery, LASIK and eyelid surgery.
What to Expect from a Cataract Evaluation
A cataract evaluation 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 and Dr. Eccles-Brown will discuss with you whether surgery would be beneficial.
Cataract Surgery Procedure
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, Elmquist Eye Group offers refractive laser-assisted cataract surgery. The FDA-approved laser automates several steps of the procedure and improves the precision, accuracy and safety of cataract surgery.
The laser and guidance system are used to make tiny incisions in the cornea for removal of the cataract that is clouding your vision. Previously, this was accomplished by the surgeon with a hand-held blade.
While there is no reason to rush into cataract surgery unless your vision is affecting your lifestyle, 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.
Cataracts can worsen over time and, if left untreated, can cause you to lose some of your eyesight. Schedule an appointment with a skilled cataract specialist near you in Cape Coral. Get in touch with Elmquist Eye Group at (239) 936-2020 to learn more about your options.