Eye Surgeon Fort Myers
Whether you have a simple or complex eye problem that requires an eye surgeon, a Fort Myers ophthalmologist like Dr. Elmquist is trained to diagnose and treat eye diseases and disorders, prescribe medications, and perform all types of surgery to improve, or prevent the worsening of, eye and vision-related conditions.
Elmquist Eye Group is recognized in Southwest Florida for having the best eye doctors in the region. E. Trevor Elmquist, DO, is a board certified ophthalmologist who specializes in general ophthalmology and cataract surgery. His partner, Kate Wagner, OD, and associate, Nina Burt, OD, are board certified optometrists who provide comprehensive eye care services.
There are many types of eye surgery available today that can correct vision errors, often eliminating the need for corrective lenses, and treat eye conditions like cataracts, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and other conditions that may cause vision loss.
In the case of cataracts, artificial lenses (called intraocular lenses or IOLs) can be inserted into the eye to sharpen vision. Cataract surgery can also be done today with the assistance of a laser to make the procedure even more precise, safe and accurate.
Elmquist Eye Group offers bladeless laser-assisted cataract surgery. Developed by Alcon, the FDA-approved procedure uses the same femtosecond laser technology that is used in bladeless LASIK surgery.
Individuals who suffer from glaucoma may be able to take advantage of surgical procedures designed to lower intraocular pressure when medication is not sufficient. Surgery involves either laser surgery or making an incision in the eye to reduce the pressure. The type of surgery your doctor recommends will depend on the type and severity of your glaucoma and the general health of your eye.
The retina is the light-sensitive tissue that lines the back of the eye. It usually lies smoothly and firmly against the back wall of the eye. When the retina is exceptionally thin or becomes damaged, fluid may cause all or part of it to separate or “detach” from the tissue at the back of the eye.
Retinal detachments, holes and tears are serious conditions that require immediate attention. Without surgery, vision in the eye will almost always be completely lost.
The most common types of surgery for retinal detachment include:
- Laser surgery can repair tears in the retina that are causing the retinal separation.
- Cryopexy can freeze the tissue around a hole or tear to hold the retina in place.
- Pneumatic retinopexy involves pushing the retina back into place by means of a tiny bubble of gas.
- Scleral buckling surgery involves the placement of tiny bands of silicone rubber to help the retina reattach.
- Vitrectomy pushes the retina back against the wall of the eye to hold it in position.
Diabetic patients may experience a condition called diabetic retinopathy which occurs when the blood vessels in the retina are damaged due to diabetes and high blood sugar. Based on the nature and progression of the condition, your ophthalmologist may recommend laser surgery prevent further damage.
As a highly qualified eye surgeon in Fort Myers, Dr. Trevor Elmquist is committed to helping patients achieve better vision and superior eye health. To discuss surgical and other treatment options, give us a call at (239) 936-2020 to schedule an appointment.