Cataract Treatment Cape Coral
Cataracts worsen slowly over time, but cataract surgery can correct the problem. Treatment at Elmquist Eye Group in Cape Coral can help you achieve the best possible visual results.
Elmquist Eye Group is known in Cape Coral, Fort Myers, and throughout Southwest Florida for having highly skilled eye doctors. E. Trevor Elmquist, DO, and Sarah Eccles-Brown, MD, are board certified ophthalmologists. Dr. Elmquist’s partner, Kate Wagner, OD, and associate, Nina Burt, OD, are board certified optometrists.
Our state of the art facilities, highly specialized equipment, and highly trained doctors and staff ensure that you always get the first class quality eye care that you deserve.
If you have a cataract, you are definitely not alone. Cataracts are an inevitable part of the aging process, and over half of all Americans aged 65 and older have at least one.
Cataracts can take years to fully form and, if left untreated, can result in blindness. But modern cataract surgery can improve your vision to what it was before cataracts.
A thorough eye examination can detect the presence and extent of a cataract, as well as any other conditions that may be causing blurred vision or other symptoms you may have experienced.
The cataract examination is similar to a general eye exam, but your eye doctor will dilate your pupils to examine your eyes. He or she will also do tests such as visual acuity and glare testing to determine the severity of the cataract.
About Cataract Treatment
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.
Whether you and Dr. Elmquist decide upon traditional cataract surgery or bladeless laser-assisted cataract surgery, today’s modern surgical techniques offer the following advantages:
- No injections: In the “old days,” anesthesia had to be injected into the eye with a needle to numb the area. This occasionally damaged the optic nerve or the eye itself. Today, the eye is numbed with anesthetic eye drops. This makes it easier for the eye to recover after surgery and most patients see well almost immediately. It is also beneficial for patients who take blood thinners.
- No stitches: Incisions made in cataract surgery today are extremely tiny (about 1/8-inch). Most of the time, they are self-healing, so no stitches are required. Not only does this provide for a faster recovery, but having no uncomfortable stitches to deal with means that patients can return more quickly to their normal activities.
- Better lenses: New, high-tech replacement lens technologies make it possible for many patients to see well at a distance and up close without having to wear glasses after surgery. These new intraocular lens implants (IOLs) are able to correct not only myopia or hyperopia but also astigmatism. Of course, you and Dr. Elmquist will decide which lens is best for your eyes.
For cataract treatment in Cape Coral, get in touch with Elmquist Eye Group. Call us at (239) 936-2020 to discuss any questions you may have about your eye or vision problems.