Everything You Need to Know about Cataract Surgery

The experts at Elmquist Eye Group have put together everything you need to know about laser cataract surgery and the latest advancements in intraocular lens technology.

Choosing Your Cataract Surgeon

Everything You Need to Know about Cataract Surgery

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

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. She is also board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

About Laser Cataract Surgery

Cataract surgery is one of the safest surgeries performed in the U.S. today, with a success rate that exceeds 95%.  The procedure is quick, most patients experience little or no discomfort, and clear vision is usually restored within a few days.

Elmquist Eye Group is proud to offer bladeless laser-assisted cataract surgery, a procedure that is designed to make treatment more precise, safer and more accurate.  It provides the same excellent outcome as traditional cataract surgery, but uses a different method.

Laser cataract surgery takes 5 to 10 minutes. Recovery time is very similar to traditional cataract surgery, and most individuals recover and return to their normal activities very quickly.

Of course, there are risks with any type of surgery, and they should be discussed with Dr. Rodriguez before surgery.

Intraocular Lens Technology

Today, there are several options when it comes to intraocular lenses:

  • Monofocal–A monofocal lens is a one-distance lens. It is the most basic type of lens, and most people will still require glasses for distance, intermediate and near vision.
  • Multifocal– Multifocal lens implants enable you to be less dependent on reading glasses compared to standard lens implants. These innovative lens implants correct for all distances and provide good near and far vision.
  • Toric–Compared to a conventional lens implant that does not correct astigmatism, the Toric lens implant is designed to improve how well you see without eyeglasses in the distance.
  • ReSTOR – The AcrySof® ReSTOR® lens implant is designed to help patients see clearly at all distances without bifocals or reading glasses. The majority of patients who receive this lens report that they never wear glasses for any activities.

No single type of lens is best for every patient, and your surgeon’s experience with each of these lenses will play an important part in obtaining the right lens for your eyes.

It’s difficult to explain everything you need to know about cataract surgery in one short page. For answers to other questions you may have, get in touch with Elmquist Eye Group today at (239) 936-2020 to schedule a consultation.