Our leading surgeons helped pioneer innovations in no-stitch, no-needle cataract surgery. Since then, patients have trusted us to perform more than 150,000 cataract and laser procedures.
Now, our doctors are again on the cutting-edge of cataract surgery with the introduction of new, multi-focal lens implants. Implanted during cataract surgery, these lenses allow the majority of patients to see near, far and in-between without glasses.
At Mid Florida Eye Center, we treat each patient’s needs individually, with the most ethical, compassionate, highest-quality care possible.
We specialize in Customized Cataract Surgery. We can help you see better than you’ve seen in years.
Cataracts are not a disease, but a progressive condition that causes the eye’s natural lens to become cloudy. Cataracts may be white or take on color such as yellow or brown. As cataracts become increasingly opaque and dense, the retina receives less and less light, and the light that does reach the retina becomes increasingly blurred. This causes gradual impairment of vision. If left untreated, cataracts can cause unnecessary blindness.
Common cataract symptoms include blurred vision, halos around light, glare, double vision and reduced color perception. To be certain, however, it is recommended you have a complete eye examination by an ophthalmologist or optometrist.
There is no medical treatment for cataracts. Early in their development, vision can be improved by changes in eyeglasses. When cataracts advance beyond this stage and vision cannot be improved with eyeglasses, the cataract (cloudy lens) must be removed if the patient desires better vision. The focusing power of the eye will be restored with a lens implant at the time of cataract surgery.
Cataract surgery is not an emergency, but is advisable when the cataract begins to interfere with normal daily activities such as golf, driving (particularly at night), and reading.
Modern cataract surgery is one of the most successful and least complicated procedures in the U.S. The doctors at Mid-Florida Eye Center have contributed to the development of self-sealing no-stitch cataract surgery. Our board-certified, fellowship-trained surgeons have performed more than 130,000 cataract, lens implant and laser procedures, most using no needles and just eye drops for anesthesia. This technique enables rapid recovery with little or no disturbance of the patient's daily routine.
Custom Cataract Surgery/Premium Lens Implants
While most people know that huge strides have been made in cataract surgery, including the no-stitch, no-needle procedures Mid-Florida Eye Center Surgeons helped pioneer, many don’t know we can customize cataract surgery with premium lens implant options which are exactly right for them. We were the first physicians in the region to offer a wide array of monofocal and premium multifocal lens options.
Why Do I Need A Lens Implant?
When your cataract is removed, your eye will need a replacement lens. The intraocular (inside the eye) lens implant (IOL) is made to fit into the natural lens support system of the human eye and provides natural peripheral and distance vision.
Until recently, patients did not have options as to the IOL type. The standard
lens, designed to improve distance vision, was implanted in all cataract procedures. Patients had to wear glasses for close-up, arms’ length, and sometimes distance vision corrections. Today with technologically advanced lenses, patients have options.
Once cataract surgery is recommended, you will be presented with different package options based on your visual needs and what type of IOL best suits your lifestyle. Your surgeon will recommend an IOL Package and specific IOL type based on your exam, lifestyle needs, and your health.
Multifocal/Accommodating IOL Package:
This package is designed to provide up-close, distant, and everywhere-in-between vision, which may reduce your dependency on glasses. It also includes special testing to determine the best IOL available for your needs, and looks at methods to reduce or eliminate your astigmatism. The IOL types in this package feature an aspheric quality which can offer superior optical characteristics including clear vision in low-light conditions such as while driving at night. Laser enhancement is also included should your surgeon recommend this procedure.
Toric IOL Package:
This package is designed to reduce or eliminate astigmatism and significantly improve uncorrected distance vision. Most of our patients who choose this package experience more freedom from glasses and less interference in their active lifestyle. The IOL type in this package features an aspheric quality which can offer superior optical characteristics including clear vision in low-light conditions such as while driving at night. Glasses will still be needed for close-up and arms’ length vision.
Custom Refractive IOL Package:
If you are not a candidate for the above IOL Packages, your surgeon may recommend a Custom Refractive IOL Package. This package includes special testing to determine the best IOL for your needs and correction of astigmatism. In most cases, the IOL type in this package features an aspheric quality which can offer superior optical characteristics including clear vision in low-light conditions such as while driving at night. This IOL is designed to provide distance vision only. You will need glasses for close-up, arms’ length and possibly distance vision.
Results Are Better Than Ever
This is a very exciting time. The lens implant you and your surgeon choose will affect how you see for the rest of your life, and can offer added freedom and convenience. We are here to help educate and guide you in making this very important decision.
Before Cataract Surgery
We will first review your medical history and perform a thorough eye exam. Once it has been determined that a cataract is the problem with your vision, advanced measurement techniques that utilize state-of-the-art computer and ultrasound technology will accurately measure and determine the power of lens implant to be inserted and the degree of astigmatism which may be corrected.
Next, our insurance specialists will discuss your financial arrangements and review your insurance coverage. You will receive step-by-step, pre-operative instructions so that on the day of surgery you will arrive as relaxed as possible.
The Day of Cataract Surgery
Cataract surgery at Mid Florida Eye Center is performed on an outpatient basis at our fully-accredited Surgery Center, the area’s first surgery facility dedicated completely to eyes.
Most of the time, a local anesthetic administered with an eyedropper is the only anesthesia required. However, you will be monitored throughout your surgery by a licensed anesthesia provider. Using no needles means less risk of complications and full use of the eye immediately following surgery.
Drs. Baumann, Panzo and Charles use a technique called phacoemulsification – a micro-surgical technique which uses a small probe and sound waves to liquefy the cataract material which is then suctioned out of the eye. This technique allows the eye’s natural supportive structure to hold the intraocular lens implant.
The procedure usually takes just 10-15 minutes, and most patients are able to return to normal activities the next day.
After Cataract Surgery
You will be sent home with a series of medicated eye drops that will be used over the next few weeks. For your convenience, we offer your post-operative medications at a discounted price. These medications can be purchased at any of our offices. The precise schedule for these medications will be explained before your cataract surgery and will meet with you following your surgery to answer any questions you may have.
YAG Laser Capsulotomy
Cataracts do not grow back. Sometimes, after the initial successful cataract surgery vision can become blurred when the capsule that supports the intraocular lens becomes cloudy. This problem can be easily remedied with laser surgery. Using a YAG laser, the center of the lens capsule is opened. This procedure allows light to pass clearly to the retina again and takes only a few minutes to perform. There are no restrictions after the procedure and the opening made is permanent.