Fort Myers Cataract Surgeon
If you are having problems seeing the television or reading your favorite novel and you live in the Fort Myers area, visit Elmquist Eye Group to be evaluated for cataracts. Our cataract surgeon will provide you with the highest level of care.
The residents of Fort Myers have experienced quality care services from the Elmquist Eye Group for over 25 years. Our team of physicians has a combination of 60-plus years of experience between them.
- Yasaira Rodriguez, M.D. – Dr. Rodriguez is a board-certified ophthalmologist and experienced eye surgeon who specializes in refractive cataract surgery, upper eyelid surgery, comprehensive ophthalmology, and in-office procedures.
Prior to Cataract Surgery
Once a patient has been screened and diagnosed with cataracts, it is typically their decision whether to have surgery or wait. This will depend on each patient and how much the cataracts are affecting their daily lifestyle. Some symptoms, such as difficulty driving (especially at night), reading, or watching their favorite television show often helps the patient decide when they need to have cataract surgery.
During Cataract Surgery
Cataract surgery is an outpatient procedure performed with minimal sedation and numbing drops, which means you’ll be awake during the procedure and can go home on the same day.
The surgeon removes the clouded lens and replaces it with the intraocular lens (artificial lens) you have selected through a tiny cut in the cornea. The artificial lens then becomes a permanent part of your eye.
The entire procedure takes less than 30 minutes, but you can expect to be in recovery for a short amount of time, often 20 to 30 more minutes, and can then go home.
After cataract surgery, you can expect your vision to be a little blurry at first and may feel some mild discomfort for a few days, but this should improve within a few days.
Your eye doctor will monitor your healing for about a month after surgery, and complete healing often occurs within eight weeks. You will not have many restrictions as you recover, but it is important not to lift heavy objects or engage in strenuous exercise for about one or two weeks following surgery and most importantly to follow your surgeon’s advice.
Whether or not you will need glasses after cataract surgery depends on the type of intraocular lens you have implanted. In some cases, you will still need to wear glasses for reading and close-up work.
If you are experiencing signs and symptoms of cataracts, don’t leave them untreated. Contact Dr. Rodriguez, cataract surgeons at Elmquist Eye Group in Fort Myers at (239) 936-2020, and our staff will be happy to schedule an appointment for you, answer any questions you may have, and help guide you through the process.