Routine eye care is an important part of preserving vision as you age. Even if you’re diligent in visiting your ophthalmologist, there’s always the risk of developing cataracts in your senior years. Cataracts generally take years to develop, which is why this problem is seen more often in seniors. Cataracts form over the lens of your eye, clouding your vision so that it appears hazy or blurry, much like when you’re looking through a foggy window.

If you’re having trouble with your vision, contact Fishman and Sheridan Eye Care Specialists in Leesburg, Eustis or Clermont, FL, for an eye exam to see if cataracts are obstructing your sight.


Causes of Cataracts

Cataracts are generally an age-related condition, but can also form as a result of eye injuries, past eye surgeries, or health conditions that affect your eyes, such as diabetes. Cataracts occur when protein fibers from the eye lens start to break apart and form a cloud over the lens of your eye. In the beginning stages, the effects of cataracts can often be corrected with prescription eyeglasses. As cataracts grow, they will distort your vision more and more. Eventually, your vision will become so impaired, you’ll have difficulty performing daily tasks like reading, driving, or watching TV. Once cataracts interfere with your lifestyle, our ophthalmologist in Leesburg, FL, may recommend cataract surgery.

Cataracts Symptoms

Cataracts can be easily detected during an eye exam. If you’re having problems with blurry vision, contact your eye doctor in Leesburg, Clermont, or Eustis, FL, to see if your vision problems could are being caused by cataracts. Some symptoms to watch out for are:

  • Cloudy or blurred vision
  • Double vision in one eye
  • Gradual loss of night vision
  • Fading colors or seeing things with a yellowish tint
  • Sensitivity to light
  • The appearance of halos around lights
  • The need for brighter lights for reading
  • Frequent changes in prescription eyewear to improve sight

The good news is that advanced cataracts can be treated and your vision restored through cataract surgery.

Cataracts Treatment

Over time, cataracts will reach the stage where prescription eyewear will no longer be effective in improving your vision. In this advanced stage, it’s likely that cataracts will impact your daily living and lower your quality of life. When you reach this point, it’s time to talk to our ophthalmologist about cataract surgery. We perform safe and effective cataract surgery procedures at Fishman and Sheridan Eye Care Specialists.

See Our Eye Doctor for Cataract Diagnosis and Treatment

To learn more about cataracts and their treatment, contact Fishman and Sheridan Eye Care Specialists in Leesburg, FL at (352) 360-2301, Eustis, FL at (352) 360-2301 or Clermont, FL at (352) 360-2301. We’re here to meet all your eye-care needs.


Do You Have Cataracts?



Is your vision cloudy? Is it getting harder and harder to read or watch TV? Are colors not as vibrant as they used to be? If your answer is "yes" and you're over the age of 40, there's a good chance that you have cataracts.

Cataract surgery with Drs. Fishman and Sheridan can restore your vision and dramatically improve your quality of life. If you are interested in undergoing surgery with our cataract experts, the first step is to schedule an eye exam at one of our state-of-the-art offices in Leesburg, Clermont, or Eustis, FL.

To schedule an initial exam, contact us online or give us a call.

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Why Fishman & Sheridan?

Experience and Expertise

Both of our ophthalmologists have decades of experience and have achieved board certification. They are experts in surgical eye care committed to giving their patients in Leesburg, Clermont, and Eustis the best vision possible.

Cataract Specialty

Drs. Fishman and Sheridan manage and treat a variety of eye conditions, but they specialize in cataract surgery. Local optometrists and other eye care professional regularly refer their cataract patients to our ophthalmologists.


Our ophthalmologists utilize cutting-edge equipment that makes cataract surgery as safe, comfortable, and precise as it has ever been. We also use the latest and best IOLs, including the groundbreaking PanOptix® lens.

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Cataract Surgery

Dr. Craig Fishman performs surgery at a local ambulatory surgical center. Dr. Jeffrey Sheridan has surgical privileges at Florida Hospital Waterman and South Lake Hospital. During this 10-minute outpatient procedure, our doctors can remove the cloudy lens and implant an intraocular lens, restoring clear vision almost immediately following recovery.


Cataract surgery concludes with the placement of an intraocular lens (IOL). IOLs replace natural lenses and, in many cases, can eliminate a patient's need for corrective eyewear. At our Leesburg-area practice, we offer a range of IOLs that can be used to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. We are particularly proud to offer the innovative PanOptix lens to qualifying patients.

Risks and Complications of Cataract Surgery

Cataract surgery is considered to be one of the safest surgical procedures. However, as with any surgery, there are risks to consider, including infection, damage or displacement of the intraocular lens, issues related to the retina, and complete loss of vision. While these complications are rare, it is important to be informed of all potential outcomes.

Cataract Surgery Side Effects

Side effects of cataract surgery may include inflammation and tenderness of the eye or macular edema (fluid retention in the retina), as well as glare. However, your risk of developing side effects is significantly diminished when you trust your eye health and vision to our experienced specialists.

Benefits of Cataract Surgery

Clear, crisp vision is the most notable benefit of cataract surgery. If you have suffered from blurry vision, surgery can enable you to once again read, drive, and participate in sports. At our Leesburg-area practice, we strive to improve our patients' health and their overall quality of life.

Recovery from Cataract Surgery

After cataract surgery, some patients may experience slight discomfort, redness, or itchiness. Other patients perceive some glare as their vision adjusts. Our doctors can provide detailed instructions to help manage these minor symptoms. After resting for a few days, patients are generally able to return to work and resume their normal routines.

Cost of Cataract Surgery

The price of cataract surgery will vary from case to case depending on the particular treatment plan. However, the cost generally includes the surgeon's, surgical center or hospital, and anesthesia fees, in addition to the type of IOL selected. Our eye care team can determine if your insurance plan covers these expenses.

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Cataract FAQs

What are the symptoms of cataracts?

The telltale symptom of cataracts is cloudy vision. Adults with cataracts may start to notice that colors seem faded, that it's more difficult to see at night, or that they have to change the prescription of their corrective lenses more frequently than before. If you are noticing these symptoms, or if your optometrist has diagnosed you with cataracts, schedule a consultation with Fishman & Sheridan eyeCare Specialists today.

What are the risk factors for cataracts?

The primary risk factor for cataracts is age. In fact, most adults older than 80 either have cataracts or have had cataract surgery. Besides age, some health conditions, including diabetes, can put you at greater risk of developing cataracts. Smoking has also been connected with an increased risk of cataracts.

How can I prevent cataracts?

You can reduce your risk of cataracts by protecting the health of your eyes. Wear sunglasses or a hat while in the sun, quit smoking, and eat a healthy diet. If you don't already have prescription sunglasses, visit one of our three offices today.

Is cataract surgery uncomfortable?

Drs. Fishman and Sheridan use IV sedation during cataract surgery to ensure your comfort and to keep you calm and relaxed. Most patients don't remember anything about their procedure.

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