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Cataract Surgery

    Why Do So Many People Choose Mid Florida Eye Center For Their Cataract Surgery?

    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!

    What Are Cataracts?

    Cataracts are not a disease or a growth, but a progressive condition that causes the eye’s natural lens to become cloudy.

    The lens inside the eye that you're born with is made up primarily of water and proteins. With age, the proteins will begin to clump up and cloud a part of the lens. That process starts to form a cataract. Cataracts may be white or take on color such as yellow or brown. As cataracts become more opaque and dense, the retina receives less and less light. The light that does reach the retina becomes increasingly blurred. This causes gradual impairment of vision. If left untreated, cataracts can cause unnecessary blindness. Though, this blindness can be corrected with cataract surgery.

    How Do I Know I Have A Cataract?

    Common cataract symptoms include increasingly blurred vision, halos around light, glare, difficulty seeing at night, double vision, and reduced color perception. Almost everyone has at least some form of clouding in the lens of the eye over the age of 70, but diabetes, heart disease, or history of eye trauma or eye surgery may speed up the clouding process of the lens. To be certain, however, it is recommended you have a complete eye examination by an ophthalmologist or optometrist.

    Cataracts do not cause pain or discomfort. Also, cataracts do not cause intermittent vision blurring. If you are experiencing these symptoms, please have an appointment scheduled with an ophthalmologist or optometrist. 

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    What is the Treatment for Cataracts?

    There is no nonsurgical treatment for cataracts. Early in their development, vision can be improved by changes in eyeglasses, adding an anti-glare coating on glasses may reduce glare and halos, and brighter lighting may help when reading. When cataracts advance beyond this stage and vision cannot be improved, the cataract 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.

    Cataracts are non-preventable, they occur naturally with the aging process. Although, you can slow down the process by eating a healthy diet, wearing polarized UVA & UVB protective sunglasses, do not smoke, protect your eyes from possible trauma, and be sure to manage diabetes and heart disease if you have been previously diagnosed.

    When Should I Have 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 common, 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 150,000 cataract surgeries, lens implants, and laser procedures. Most of which, 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 that Mid Florida Eye Center Surgeons helped pioneer, many don’t know we can customize cataract surgery with premium lens implant options which are 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?

    Without a replacement lens, very thick glasses would need to be worn at all times to compensate for the removal of your natural lens. To reduce you need of glasses, when your cataract is removed, we will replace it with an artificial lens. This lens is called an IOL, or intraocular lens (intraocular meaning inside of the eye). The IOL is made to fit into the natural lens support system of the human eye. 

    What Are My Options?

    Until recently, patients did not have options as to the IOL type. The standard monofocal lens, designed to improve distance vision, was implanted in all cataract procedures. Patients had to wear glasses for close up, arm's 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. 



    Basic cataract surgery is an option for all patients but you must keep the following in mind; Basic cataract surgery is a manual procedure where the surgeon uses a blade for some portions of the surgery. The lens used in basic cataract surgery is a monofocal (single focus) lens which does not correct astigmatism or any optical problem with your eye other than the cataract. The potential drawback is that after surgery you may need to wear glasses for all tasks, even if you didn’t wear glasses before surgery. Basic cataract surgery with a monofocal lens is covered by insurance but there is an additional fee for non-covered services/ items. 

    Because there is such a diverse selection of monofocal lenses and potential optical problems that may go undetected, we offer Basic Plus cataract surgery as an option if you choose to forego or are not a candidate for bladeless laser cataract surgery. We use a range of highly advanced technologies to capture precise measurements.  These measurements and the data they provide are then used to plan and perform cataract surgery to exact specifications not attainable with basic cataract surgery. Basic cataract surgery and the monofocal lens are covered by insurance but not the additional fees associated with this advanced technology and comprehensive evaluation.



    Laser cataract surgery is an opportunity for patients who want increased freedom from glasses.  It’s the most advanced cataract surgery technique available today.  The surgery is totally bladeless, giving surgeons increased accuracy and the ability to correct astigmatism. Plus, the laser’s real time 3D imaging, when combined with our surgeon’s expertise, results in a truly customized cataract procedure. When paired with advanced technology options, the precision of laser cataract surgery can dramatically improve your vision and lifestyle! Although insurance covers the cost of cataract surgery with a monofocal lens, they do not cover the additional fees associated with the advanced technology options performed with the laser. Patients must meet certain requirements to be considered a candidate.

    What to Expect?

    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.

    Dr. Baumann, Dr. Panzo, and Dr. Charles use a technique called phacoemulsification, a surgical technique that allows the recovery time to be shorter and reduces the risks from larger incisions.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.


    Who Are Mid Florida Eye’s Cataract Specialists?


         Gregory Panzo, M.D.  Jeffrey Baumann, M.D.  Keith Charles, M.D.