After age 65, you are much more likely to develop a cataract. In fact, nine out of 10 Americans have some form of cataract at this age. Cataracts must be surgically removed, and because you are in South Florida, you can have eye cataract surgery in Fort Myers at Elmquist Eye Group.
Why do I need surgery?
Cataracts are caused by protein breakdown in the eye. The breakdown is a natural part of aging, but unfortunately, the proteins clump on the lens and cloud vision. If you are over age 65 and have blurred vision, you may have a cataract. Colors may also not appear as vibrant as they used to be.
Cataract surgery involves removal of the clouded lens and replacement with a lens implant. We can even implant vision correction lenses, including multifocal lenses and toric lenses for astigmatism correction. Cataract surgery is one of the most effective and safest surgeries; we conduct it as a fast and painless outpatient procedure in our state-of-the-art Elmquist facility.
Tell me more about cataract surgery
Cataract surgery is effective and safe. Our patients always say it was much easier than they expected and they wish they had done it sooner. Surgical techniques have advanced in recent years, and our Elmquist surgeons are trained on the latest surgical techniques. We also use the latest in lens technology to correct a wide range of vision problems including nearsightedness, farsightedness and even astigmatism. Today’s technology allows us to correct for a high refractive error, so more of our patients benefit from lens correction.
Why a trusted surgeon is key
We understand that you want a surgeon you can trust, and you will find that at Elmquist Eye Group. Our eye surgeons are board-certified ophthalmologists who have additional fellowship training from the American Academy of Ophthalmology.In fact, you can trust our experienced team of eye care professionals for all your vision and eye health needs. Patients don’t notice cataracts in the early stages, because they are too small to interfere with vision. We usually detect early evidence of cataracts during your annual eye examination. If you are an older adult, we add cataract evaluation techniques to your general eye exam. These few additional tests help us determine whether you have a cataract, and help us assess cataract progression. If your cataract is significant enough to interfere with vision, it is likely time for surgery and we’ll do a surgical evaluation to ensure you are a good candidate.
About 50 million people in the US will have a cataract by 2050. Several factors contribute to the formation of cataracts, including exposure to UV rays, genetics, aging and smoking.
If your vision is blurrier than usual, or colors seem faded, you might have a cataract. If you suspect that you do, and it has been a while since you’ve had an eye exam, give Elmquist Eye Group a call today to schedule an appointment. We perform eye cataract surgery in Fort Myers and also at our convenient Cape Coral location. We are ready for you to be our next new patient.