A cataract refers to the clouding of the natural lens in the eye. Patients with cataracts often feel like they are seeing the world through a fogged window. Vision becomes progressively more blurry, making it difficult to read, drive, or see details clearly. At Fishman & Sheridan eyeCare Specialists, we provide effective cataract treatment to restore your eyesight. Our doctors, Jeffrey A. Sheridan and Craig D. Fishman, perform cataract surgery at our ambulatory surgery center in Leesburg, FL. Patients from all three of our convenient offices in Leesburg, Eustis, and Clermont can receive treatment at our center.
Do I Need Cataract Surgery?
In the early stages, you may not notice any changes to your vision. As the cataract grows larger, however, you may begin to experience:
- Increasing difficulty with night vision
- Cloudy, dim, or blurred sight
- Light sensitivity
- Fading or yellowing colors
- Glare or “halos”
- Double vision in one eye
- Frequent prescription changes
Some patients also report that they need brighter lights to complete normal activities. Although glasses and contact lenses can offset these effects to some degree, surgery is the only way to permanently treat a cataract.
If you suspect you have a cataract, Dr. Fishman or Dr. Sheridan will assess your vision during an exam and determine if you are a candidate for surgery. At this time, we can provide you with a personalized cost estimate and address any concerns you may have about risks or side effects.
Our surgeons use advanced techniques to perform your cataract surgery as efficiently and conservatively as possible.
During cataract surgery, your doctor will replace the clouded lens in your eye with an intraocular lens implant (IOL). Before the procedure, we will take precise measurements and perform comprehensive testing to recommend the optimal IOL for you.
What to Expect on the Day of Your Procedure
We typically recommend patients arrive about an hour before their surgery. Our welcoming coordinator will check you in and then a member of our team will show you to one of our state-of-the-art surgical suites. You can remain in your normal clothes during the procedure.
Cataract surgery is an outpatient procedure which generally takes about 10 minutes to complete. We will first ensure your comfort by administering intravenous (IV) sedation. Then, we will place numbing eye drops into your eye. Our surgeons use a phacoemulsification technique to break up the clouded lens and restore your vision. During the procedure, your surgeon will:
- Use sound waves to break up the hardened lens
- Gently remove the fragmented lens using an ultrasonic device
- Place the intraocular lens
Our surgeons use advanced techniques to perform your surgery as efficiently and conservatively as possible. We use self-sealing micro-incisions to avoid the need for sutures and minimize your recovery time. While it may take up to six weeks to completely recover from cataract surgery, many of our patients return to their normal activities within just a few days.
See the World Clearly Again
As they progress, cataracts can impact every aspect of your daily life and make normal activities significantly more difficult. While you cannot prevent cataracts, more than 90 percent of patients who undergo cataract surgery regain useful vision. If you are struggling with cataracts, our team can provide safe, effective treatment. For more information, contact our office online, call (352) 360-2301, or visit one of our three locations today.