Top Ophthalmologist in USA

At Elmquist Eye Group, patients appreciate the expertise and dedication of Yasaira Rodriguez, MD. She and the team are well-known throughout Southwest Florida for working to give every patient the individual attention they need.

Top Ophthalmologist in USA

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 LASIK surgery, premium cataract surgery, eyelid surgery and in-office procedures.

What is an Ophthalmologist?

An ophthalmologist is an eye doctor who has specialized experience in surgical and medical procedures with extra training in the diagnosis and treatment of complex eye conditions. He or she will typically have an MD (Doctor of Medicine) or DO (Doctor of Osteopathy) degree.

To become an ophthalmologist, one must complete four years of college, four years of medical school, one-year of internship, and a three-year residency in ophthalmology, or at least 12 years of post- high school education.

Some individuals will also complete one or two years of fellowship training in a specific field of ophthalmology. For example, if a doctor wants to become a retina surgeon, he or she would obtain a fellowship in retina surgery. They must also pass painstaking examinations to become licensed by their state regulatory board.

The status of Dr. Elmquist and Dr. Rodriguez as Fellows of the American Academy of Ophthalmology is another indication of their commitment to ophthalmology and signifies that their education and training, professional qualifications, surgical competence, and ethical conduct have passed a rigorous evaluation and met the high standards of the organization.

When You May Need an Ophthalmologist

The type of eye doctor you choose may depend on the level of care you need.

Optometrists and ophthalmologists both perform eye exams, and either can prescribe glasses or contact lenses. If you’re considering eye surgery, such as LASIK, or have a complex eye disease, such as severe macular degeneration or diabetic retinopathy, or complicated vision problems, an ophthalmologist is an excellent choice.

Ophthalmologists are trained to diagnose and treat eye diseases and disorders, prescribe medications, and perform all types of surgery to improve, or prevent the worsening of, eye and vision-related conditions. Many are also involved in scientific research into the causes of, and cures for, various eye diseases and vision problems.

At Elmquist Eye Group, our skilled board-certified optometrists, Kate Wagner, OD, and Nina Burt, OD, are well-trained to treat most eye problems, such as eye pain, dry eyes, conjunctivitis, eye allergies, as well as some chronic eye diseases, including glaucoma and diabetic eye disease. It’s not unusual for them to work side-by-side with Dr. Rodriguez to diagnose, treat and manage more complex conditions.

If you are seeking the top ophthalmologists in the USA, get in touch with Elmquist Eye Group at (239) 936-2020 to schedule an appointment and enjoy great eye health.