Top Cataract Specialists in Fort Myers

Approximately 24.5 million people aged 40 and older have cataracts. If you are looking for the top cataract specialist in Fort Myers to thoroughly check your eyes for cataracts or other vision disorders, we invite you to get in touch with Elmquist Eye Group for a dilated eye examination.

Top Cataract Specialists in Fort Myers

Elmquist Eye Group has provided exceptional eye care to the residents of Southwest Florida for more than 25 years.

Yasaira Rodriguez, MD, is a board certified ophthalmologist and refractive surgeon who specializes in premium cataract surgery, LASIK, eyelid surgery, and in-office procedures.

We are pleased to offer the revolutionary bladeless laser-assisted cataract procedure and the latest advancements in intraocular lens technology.

Cataract Symptoms

Most cataracts develop very gradually. Although they eventually lead to vision loss, this may take many years to happen.  You may not notice any symptoms until the cataract has progressed. Here are some of the common symptoms:

  • Cloudy, dim or blurry vision
  • Colors look faded or yellowed
  • Sensitivity to halos and glare from lights
  • Difficulty seeing at night or in low light
  • Brighter light is needed for reading and other activities
  • Frequent eyeglass prescription changes
  • Double vision in one eye

If you experience any of these symptoms and they interfere with your day-to-day activities, you should schedule an appointment for an eye exam at Elmquist Eye Center and bring them to your eye doctor’s attention. Some of these symptoms can also be symptoms of other serious eye conditions.

Traditional vs. Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery

In traditional cataract surgery, tiny incisions are made in the cornea to remove the cataract. These incisions are created with a hand-held blade.  In the laser-assisted procedure, a precise beam of laser light and a computer-guidance system controlled by Dr. Rodriguez are used to make the incisions. The combination of the doctor’s surgical skills and the state-of-the-art laser technology can deliver extraordinary results.

In both the traditional and laser-assisted cataract procedures, the cloudy lens has to be fragmented to make it easier to remove. In the traditional procedure, ultrasonic energy is used to accomplish this. In the laser-assisted procedure, the laser is used to fragment and soften the cloudy lens, requiring less energy.

The laser causes less stress on the delicate fibers and membrane that will hold the new intraocular lens (IOL) in place and may help the surgeon position the replacement lens more accurately.

In both procedures, the surgeon removes the cataract with an ultrasonic probe and suction and inserts and positions the intraocular lens (IOL) you have selected.

While traditional cataract surgery provides excellent results, the revolutionary bladeless laser-assisted cataract procedure enhances our ability to offer patients at Elmquist Eye Group the best possible visual outcomes.

Get in touch with Elmquist Eye Group at (239) 936-2020 to learn about your options for cataract surgery in Fort Myers.  You can count on our top cataract specialists to provide the highest level of care.