Eye Centers of Florida
Have You Noticed a Change in Your Vision? HAVE YOU EXPERIENCED BLURRED OR CLOUDY VISION, FREQUENT CHANGES IN EYE prescriptions, night glare and hazy vision or colors that seem to fade? More than half of all Americans age 65 and older have a cataract. The natural aging process is the most common reason for their development. Cataracts also can develop following an eye injury such as a blow, puncture, cut or burn, or can be formed in association with certain diseases, such as diabetes. Your eye works like a camera, with a clear lens that focuses images on the retina at the back of your eye. When the lens becomes cloudy and discolored, causing increasingly blurred vision, it is called a cataract. Cataracts typically cannot be seen by external examination. At Eye Centers of Florida, physicians use a high-powered microscope to determine the type, location and size of the cataract, and an ophthalmoscope to view the interior of the eye. David C. Brown, M.D., founder and medical director of Eye Centers of Florida, was the first surgeon in Southwest Florida to implant the innovative foldable lens as part of a nationwide trial. Foldable lenses were pioneered in the 1980s, allowing surgeons to implant full-sized lenses through very small incisions in the cornea. All of our cataract surgeons use the sutureless or “no-stitch” technique, which Dr. Brown introduced in the
region. Sutureless cataract surgery reduces discomfort and results in a faster return to health and clear vision. In conjunction with the sutureless method, our surgeons use a technique called phacoemulsification to remove the cloudy lens (the cataract). The procedure is performed under a highpowered microscope and involves placing a tiny, ultrasonic probe in the eye through a very small incision, which breaks up the cataract and allows for gentle vacuum removal, leaving in place the lens capsule to provide a base for securing the intraocular lens implant. For your cataract evaluation, Dr. David C. Brown and his associates at Eye Centers of Florida welcome your questions about cataract surgery and your overall eye health. “The most experienced ophthalmology practice in Southwest Florida, serving Southwest Florida for over 40 years.” Editor’s Note: For more information or to make an appointment, call Eye Centers of Florida at 239-939-3456.
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