Choosing a Cataract Surgeon

If you are struggling over choosing a cataract surgeon, we encourage you to schedule an appointment and a cataract evaluation with Elmquist Eye Group and discuss your concerns with our experienced team.

Choosing a Cataract SurgeonPatients throughout Southwest Florida have selected 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.

Yasaira Rodriguez, MD is a board certified ophthalmologist and a member of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. Dr. Rodriguez’s eye surgery expertise include cataract surgery, LASIK, eyelid surgery and in-office procedures.

What kind of eye doctor will you need?

Not all eye doctors can perform eye surgery. For example, optometrists (ODs) are qualified to perform eye exams and vision tests but cannot perform cataract surgery. Ophthalmologists are MDs or DOs and are qualified to perform eye surgery. Dr. Rodriguez is a highly skilled ophthalmologist and refractive surgeon.

Is the cataract surgeon licensed to practice in your state?

Dr. Rodriguez is licensed as a Medical Doctor by the Florida Board of Medicine. You can confirm the information with a visit to the Florida Department of Health’s website.

Is the cataract surgeon board certified?

If your cataract surgeon claims to be board certified, take the time to verify it with the Certification Matters website operated by the American Board of Medical Specialties. Board certification reflects a level of distinction and experience that should be top of the list when evaluating an ophthalmologist for cataract surgery. Dr. Rodriguez is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Does the cataract surgeon utilize state-of-the-art technology?

Cataracts are treated by surgically removing the cloudy natural lens and replacing it with a clear artificial lens, called an intraocular lens or IOL. A key component of your decision-making process should involve whether the cataract surgeon you choose offers the most modern IOL options, such as AcrySof® ReSTOR® and Tecnis Multifocal lenses, that can correct both near and distance vision. Dr. Rodriguez’s experience with each of these lenses will help you decide on the right lens for your eyes.

Elmquist Eye Group is also proud to offer laser cataract surgery technology which is designed to improve the precision, safety and accuracy of cataract surgery and provide patients with the best vision outcome.

When choosing your cataract surgeon, it pays to learn about the doctor’s credentials and about all of your options when making the decision. Never compromising on safety, Elmquist Eye Group utilizes the safest, most advanced technologies and equipment to ensure that we deliver the best possible results. Get in touch with us today at (239) 936-2020.