Top Eye Cataract Surgeons in Southwest Florida

Elmquist Eye Group has been providing the residents of Southwest Florida with top notch eye care for more than 25 years. If you are experiencing signs and symptoms of cataracts, call us today and our staff will help you get the highest level of care from our top cataract surgeons.

What are Cataracts?

Top Eye Cataract Surgeons in Southwest FloridaCataracts are cloudy areas in the normally clear lens of the eye. The lens is made up mostly of water and protein. As we grow older, the natural proteins may begin to clump together, making some or all of the lens cloudy. This makes it difficult for the light to travel through the lens, and the images processed by the retina are no longer clear.

Meet Our Physicians

Kate Wagner, OD (managing partner) and Nina Burt, OD, are board-certified optometrists. Yasaira Rodriguez, MD is a board certified ophthalmologist and refractive surgeon who specializes in refractive laser-assisted cataract surgery, upper eyelid surgery, in-office procedures and comprehensive ophthalmology.

Potential Causes of Cataracts

The most common cause of cataracts is aging, but there are other causes. A traumatic cataract can result from an injury to the eye. Cataracts may also be caused by some medications, such as prednisone and corticosteroids, and by certain diseases, such as diabetes. And, although uncommon, it is possible for babies to be born with cataracts or develop them during their first year of life.

Evaluating for Cataracts

Early evidence of cataracts is typically discovered during an eye exam. The good thing about being diagnosed with cataracts is that they are curable with surgery. If you are 60 years or older, you more than likely have some level of cataracts. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, over 24.5 million Americans aged 40 and older are affected by cataracts. And by the year 2050, it is estimated that 50 million Americans will have them.

Visual acuity and glare testing are used to help diagnose cataracts. Your eye doctor will dilate your pupils in order to make a determination about the nature and the severity of your cataracts.

Early Signs and symptoms of Cataracts:

  • Poor night vision
  • Cloudy or blurry vision
  • Difficulty reading
  • Frequent prescription changes
  • Colors will seem faded
  • Multiple images or double vision in one eye
  • Sensitivity to light, glare, and halos around lights


If you live in Southwest Florida and are looking for a top cataract surgeon, call Elmquist Eye Group at (239) 936-2020. Our friendly, courteous team will provide you with the best care possible and get you started on a path to better eye health.