Cataract Surgery Specialist

Center for Advanced Eye Care

Ophthalmologist Surgeons located in Vero Beach, FL

Surgery is the only way to remove a cataract. The board-certified ophthalmologists and eye surgeons at Center for Advanced Eye Care in Vero Beach, Florida, perform traditional cataract surgery with the option for premium lens implants. If you think you have cataracts, call the office or request an appointment online today to learn more about cataract surgery.

Cataract Surgery Q&A

What is cataract surgery?

A cataract occurs when the normally clear lens in your eye becomes cloudy. Cataracts often develop with increasing age. Cataract surgery is a procedure that involves removing the cloudy lens and replacing it with an artificial one, called an intraocular lens (IOL).

The Center for Advanced Eye Care team gives you the option of using premium IOLs, including multifocal lenses that allow you to see clearly at all distances. Premium IOLs can even correct astigmatism and presbyopia.

Cataract surgery has a success rate of more than 90% and a minimal risk for complications. A procedure called phacoemulsification is the gold standard for cataract removal. This procedure uses ultrasound to break up the cataract, then a specialized instrument gently vacuums the pieces from your eye.

How are cataracts diagnosed and treated?

First, the Center for Advanced Eye Care team performs a comprehensive eye exam. This exam may include a variety of tests, such as pupil dilation to examine your lens, and tonometry, which measures the pressure in your eye.

Then, your ophthalmologist recommends the best course of treatment for you. Early-stage cataracts may be treatable with stronger prescription lenses and improved lighting. However, the only way to remove a cataract is with surgery.

When would I need cataract surgery?

The Center for Advanced Eye Care team may recommend cataract surgery if you have a cataract that affects your vision enough to interfere with normal activities. Cataract symptoms that may indicate the need for surgery include:

  • Difficulty driving at night
  • Trouble reading small print or watching television
  • Decreased ability to function independently due to vision problems

When cataracts keep you from doing the things you need or want to do, it may be time to consider surgery.

What are the different approaches to cataract surgery?

Common approaches to cataract surgery include laser-assisted cataract surgery and traditional cataract surgery. The primary difference between the two approaches is that the traditional method uses forceps to open the capsule that contains your lens, while laser-assisted surgery uses a laser to make the incision.

Currently, there’s a lack of research suggesting any benefit to laser-assisted cataract surgery. In fact, several studies show an increase in complications with the use of a laser. Additionally, laser-assisted surgery isn’t reimbursable through Medicare or most insurance plans.

For all of these reasons, the Center for Advanced Eye Care team only offers traditional cataract surgery. However, they continually review new technologies so they provide the best possible outcome for their patients.

For more information about cataract surgery, call Center for Advanced Eye Care, or request an appointment online today.