Fort Myers Cataract Surgery

When you need the best cataract care in Fort Myers, visit Elmquist Eye Group. You can count on the highest level of care for cataract surgery.

About Elmquist Eye Group

Fort Myers Cataract SurgerySouthwest Florida residents have been coming to Elmquist Eye Group for more than 25 years for the highest quality eye care, including cataract evaluations and surgery, and other eye conditions that affect people of all ages.

Yasaira Rodriguez, MD is an experienced eye surgeon specializing in refractive cataract surgery, eyelid surgery and in-office procedures.

About 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.

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

Dr. Rodriguez uses special computer software to create a surgical plan with a 3-D map of your unique eye. The plan informs her of the location, depth, and length of the cataract. Using the plan and map, the femtosecond laser creates the incisions and assists in the cataract removal with a higher degree of precision than in traditional cataract surgery.

The incisions are extremely tiny (about 1/8-inch). Most of the time, they are self-healing, so no stitches are required. Not only does this provide for a faster recovery, but having no uncomfortable stitches to deal with means that patients can return more quickly to their normal activities.

The laser is also used to soften and fragment the cataract for removal, but the laser’s light energy is gentler and causes minimal damage to surrounding tissue. The surgeon removes the old lens and inserts the new artificial intraocular lens (IOL) you have selected.

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.

If you live or work in Fort Myers and think you may be a candidate for cataract surgery, contact Elmquist Eye Group at (239) 936-2020. We would be delighted to answer your questions and help restore clarity and crispness in your vision.