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Cataract Surgery

When is it Time for Cataract Surgery?

The timing for cataract surgery is an individual decision based on your daily activities and vision needs. Cataracts will cause vision to deteriorate over time, and when they affect your activities such as the ability to drive or read, you may choose to have cataract surgery. Your surgeon can help you assess the risks and benefits of cataract surgery and how it can improve your lifestyle.


How is Cataract Surgery Performed?

When the patient and surgeon decide it’s time for cataract surgery, the cataract is surgically removed and replaced with a clear intraocular lens (IOL). At Coastal Eye Institute, we use an advanced surgical technique called phacoemulsification, which uses a tiny incision and usually does not require stitches or a patch after surgery (sometimes referred to as “no-stitch, no-patch cataract surgery”). The cataract is broken apart using ultrasound before it is gently removed. The lens implant is inserted through a small incision and unfolds once inside the eye. This technique allows the eye to heal more quickly with minimal discomfort and usually takes less than 15 minutes to complete. Patients who have the surgery in the morning are usually home in time for lunch and may watch TV the same day. Please watch the video below to learn more about cataract surgery.

Cataract Surgery
(Microincision Phacoemulsification)

Can I use cataract surgery as an opportunity to reduce my need for glasses?

Yes. In many instances advanced lenses can be utilized to allow patients to reduce or eliminate their need for reading and distance glasses. Not everyone is a candidate for the advanced lenses, but your surgeon will assess your vision and the health of your eye and discuss your options with you. If you would like to learn about these lenses click here. 


What happens after surgery?

Thanks to the micro-incision technique, you will go home the same day as your cataract surgery, be able to watch TV that night, and resume light activities. Eye drops are prescribed to prevent infection and swelling after surgery. Your surgeon will continue to monitor your progress during your post-operative appointments. If you need glasses, you will be fitted around 2-4 weeks after the procedure.


What is Laser Cataract Surgery?

With recent technological advancements in cataract surgery, surgeons now have options that allow patients to make informed decisions on how their cataracts will be removed. Patients can choose between standard cataract surgery (as described above) and laser cataract surgery.  To learn about laser cataract surgery, click here.


Do cataracts grow back?

Cataract surgery is a once-in-a-life-time procedure. Cataracts do not grow back. However, in some patients, the membrane that is behind the cataract that holds the lens implant becomes hazy or cloudy after surgery. This is called “posterior capsule opacification” and can cause glare, sensitivity to lights, and decreased vision. If this occurs, your cataract surgeon can quickly restore your vision with a painless laser treatment. Please watch the video below to learn more.


Yag Laser Capsulotomy

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Why Choose CEI?

Coastal Eye Institute (formerly Manatee Sarasota Eye Clinic) is one of the area’s largest ophthalmology practices featuring a comprehensive team of fellowship-trained ophthalmologists in every subspecialty of eye care.From infancy to the golden years...we provide care for the total health of your eyes. Trust your eye care to our specialists!


Coastal Eye Institute has fellowship-trained ophthalmologists in every specialty of eye care:

  • ➢ Laser Cataract Surgery
  • ➢ Glaucoma
  • ➢ Macular Degeneration
  • ➢ Diabetic Retinopathy
  • ➢ Dry Eye Disease
  • ➢ LASIK Laser Vision Correction
  • ➢ Neuro-Ophthalmology
  • ➢ Pediatric Eye Care
  • ➢ Routine Eye Care
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