If you have cataracts, you may be wondering how to find a good cataract surgeon. Naturally you want the best surgeon around, one who has both training and experience. You’ll find that at Elmquist Eye Group. Our surgeons are board-certified and began their ophthalmology training in the military. Let’s find out more about the Elmquist difference.
Our board-certified surgeons have many years of experience performing cataract and other eye surgeries like laser-assisted cataract surgery. Our surgeons are both board-certified and fellowship-trained by two prestigious organizations, the American Board of Ophthalmology and the American Academy of Ophthalmology, respectively.
We perform the surgeries at our Eye Specialists Laser & Surgery Center, a state-of-the-art outpatient surgical facility providing a full range of ophthalmic procedures. All anesthesia is provided by a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) under the supervision of an anesthesiologist. Our physicians are also affiliated with local hospitals like all of Lee Memorial Health System’s hospitals.
Our surgeons perform two types of cataract surgery, the traditional surgical blade cataract surgery and the newer laser-assisted surgical procedure. The Elmquist surgeons prefer the laser technique because the newer technology allows for a much more precise cataract correction.
The surgery involves use of a specialized laser to create a lens incision that is precise in both depth and length. Once the incision is complete, the surgeon uses the laser to break up the protein deposits that are forming the cataract. These pieces are removed from the eye and the lens implant is then put in place.
Laser surgery is precise, safe, and very effective, allowing our surgeons to correct very complicated cases once not possible with traditional methods.
Elmquist patients are very well cared for after surgery. We have developed our post-surgical regimen over many years, and very few of our patients have complications when they follow our guidelines. We monitor our patients for about an hour after surgery to check progress. We tape a plastic shield over the eye for protection and send you home with a pair of sunglasses to protect from sunlight glare.
We also prescribe two eye drops, one that is an antibiotic to fight infection and one that is for inflammation. We ask patients to restrict activities like bending over, sneezing, heavy lifting, and strenuous exercise for at least a week and sometimes longer because these activities puts undue pressure on the eye.
Infection after any surgery is always a risk, so patients should avoid certain activities like swimming during the first week after surgery. Furthermore, patients should not expose the eyes to dust, wind, pollen or other irritants for a few weeks after surgery.
We schedule several post-surgical follow-up exams with each patient to closely monitor healing progress. The biggest issue we have is that patients usually feel so great within a few days, that they often overdo it and engage in activities that are detrimental to healing. We are glad our patients feel great, but trust our doctors’ excellent knowledge and follow our guidelines to the letter.
How can you find a good cataract surgeon? Look no further than the local Fort Myers/Cape Coral cataract surgeons at Elmquist Eye Group who have the expertise, experience and excellence you can rely on for your eye care needs. Southwest Floridians have trusted their eyes to Elmquist Eye Group for over 25 years. Join them! We want you to be our next new patient.