Changing the quality of life for 1,200 patients annually
Cataract surgery is considered the safest and most effective procedure performed in the United States.
Florida Eye Institute is a complete eye care facility with a fully licensed outpatient surgery center. Unlike hospital operating rooms or other outpatient settings, our operating rooms are specifically designed for eye surgery. This helps us respond quickly to changing needs for advanced technologies and procedures. An average of 1,200 cases are performed each year in our licensed and accredited surgery center.
At birth, the lens of the eye is normally clear, but is one of the first areas in the body to show the effects of aging. A cataract is formed when the natural lens of the eye, responsible for focusing light and producing sharp images, becomes cloudy and hardens, resulting in a loss of visual function.
Though painless, cataracts are the leading cause of vision loss among adults age 55 and older. In fact, poor vision from cataracts affects 60 percent of all adults over age 60. However, cataracts can form at any age as a result of injury, heredity, or certain medications.
As we grow older, the lens gradually loses its water content and increases in density. The lens become hard in its center and the ability to focus on near objects is diminished. As the lens ages, it also becomes less clear, which may cause decreased night vision, impaired depth perception, and increased color distortion. These natural processes may set the stage for cataract formation.
The first step to addressing cataracts is to schedule an appointment with an ophthalmologist. An ophthalmologist will assess symptoms and perform a comprehensive eye exam. The physician will also carefully examine the eye to determine if other conditions exist and make the determination if this is a cataract case and if you are an appropriate candidate for cataract surgery.
Once it’s determined you’re an appropriate candidate, and you’ve decided to move forward with surgery, there are important choices to make based on your vision preferences and medical history. Technological advances have created a variety of (IOL) lens applications, each with unique benefits and features. Every patient is different, and our team of board-certified ophthalmologists will help you choose the best IOL option for you. Patients can now correct loss of reading vision (presbyopia) and astigmatism at the time of their cataract surgery. This can significantly reduce – or even eliminate – the need for glasses after surgery!
Cataract Lens Options
TECNIS® Symfony IOL
Introducing TECNIS® Symfony IOL, the first and only presbyopia correcting extended range of vision IOL.
Toric IOLs for Cataracts and Astigmatism
Toric IOL is an implantable intraocular lens that treats both cataract and astigmatism at the same time.
Tecnis® Multifocal IOL
Tecnis Multifocal IOL is an advanced implantable lens, empowering you with high-quality vision in any light condition, from near to far distances-and everything in between.
Improved Quality of Life
After having one of the most delicate microsurgical operations in modern medicine, you should be able to resume most activities almost immediately. However, some care is necessary to ensure proper healing and to avoid unnecessary complications. Our patients are extremely satisfied with surgery results. According to a recent AARP study, three-quarters of cataract patients reported enjoying life more and wished they had the procedure sooner. Additionally, 85% felt well educated about the surgery, and 75% said they properly understood lens and vision options.