Top Cataract Specialists in Southwest Florida

Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness, and about 70% of people develop cataracts by the age of 75. If you think you may have a cataract, schedule an examination with Yasaira Rodriguez, MD, one of the top cataract specialists in Southwest Florida.

Top Cataract Specialists in Southwest FloridaElmquist Eye Group provides comprehensive eye care services to patients of all ages in our state-of-the-art facilities in Fort Myers and Cape Coral, Florida, and in our satellite office at Shell Point Retirement Community.

The Elmquist Team

Yasaira Rodriguez, MD is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. She is also a member of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. Dr. Rodriguez is an experienced eye surgeon whose areas of expertise include LASIK, cataract surgery, eyelid surgery and in-office procedures.

Kate Wagner, OD, partner, and Nina Burt, OD are optometrists who are board certified by the State of Florida and the National Board of Optometry and take pride in offering a unique blend of expert eye care and a passion for providing the best service to every patient.

The doctors at Elmquist Eye Group are among the best qualified in the region to answer your questions about cataracts and help you find the most appropriate treatment options.

Cataract Symptoms

Cataracts are an inevitable part of the aging process, but many people don’t even realize they have one until it is discovered during a routine eye examination. The symptoms of cataracts include:

  • Cloudy or blurred vision
  • Difficulty seeing at night or in low light
  • Increased sensitivity to light
  • Halos and glare around lights
  • Colors seem faded or yellowed
  • Needing brighter light for reading and other activities
  • Frequent eyeglass prescription changes
  • Double vision in one eye

Cataract Removal

Cataracts can develop in one eye or both eyes, but they do not spread from one eye to the other. If Dr. Rodriguez determines that a cataract is the cause of your vision problems, nothing needs to be done until you feel that it is affecting the quality of your life.

As the cataract worsens, you may decide it’s time to have it surgically removed. Traditional cataract surgery involves removal of the clouded natural lens of the eye and replacing it with an artificial intraocular lens (IOL). There is little to no discomfort, and vision is usually restored within days.

While traditional cataract surgery provides excellent results, the surgery is faster, safer and more accurate than ever thanks to improvements in laser technology. Elmquist Eye Group now offers bladeless laser-assisted cataract surgery, a revolutionary procedure that enhances our ability to offer patients the best possible visual outcomes.

Call Elmquist Eye Group today at (239) 936-2020 to speak with the top cataract specialists in Southwest Florida. We are proud to be leaders in bladeless laser-assisted cataract surgery and can help you decide if this procedure, or another option, may be the clear choice for you.