Cataract Formation

Cataract Formation

Normally, the eye’s lens is clear, allowing light rays to pass through and focus as they should on the retina. As a cataract forms, the lens gradually becomes cloudy. As light passes through this cloudy lens, the light cannot focus on the retina and objects become hazy or blurred.

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Types of Lens Choices With Cataract Surgery

There is a lot of information about cataract surgery lens choices on the internet. The best and most up-to-date information will come directly from a board-certified eye doctor.

Community Eye Center (CEC) is ophthalmology, optometry, optical in multiple Southwest Florida locations with its own AAAHC accredited eye-only surgery center.

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Providing Excellence In Care For Patients At Community Eye Center's Eye-Only Surgery Center, Dr. Michael A. Baskind, CRNA, PhD Stands Next To A Patient In A Post Cataract Surgery Recovery Room

Recovery After Cataract Surgery

Cataract surgeries are typically quick and uneventful. An estimated 3.5 million cataract removals are performed each year in the United States. It is one of the most common surgical procedures. Numbers also show that the chance of a good outcome and improved vision after surgery are excellent.

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Voted The Best Cataract Surgeon In The Area, Dr. Spadafora Performs A Cataract Surgery On A Patient At Community Eye Center's Eye-Only Surgery Center

About Cataract Surgery

Ophthalmologists, optometrists and eye health professionals work as a team to provide comprehensive eye care at Community Eye Center (CEC). Eye specialists including, cataract, glaucoma, retina and oculoplastics as well as an accredited eye only surgery center, CEC offers the best cataract surgery options possible for positive patient outcomes. Eye doctors may be seen at any of CEC’s multiple Florida locations in Port Charlotte, North Port, and Venice.

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An Eye-Only Surgery Center, Eye Clinic and Optical Shop, Community Eye Center Offers Patients, Like The One Smiling At The Camera, With Comprehensive Eye Care Including Treatment For Macular Degeneration, Cataracts, Glaucoma And More

Financial Assistance For Cataract Surgery

Cataract surgery is generally covered under insurance and Medicare plans. But, in the case that a procedure is not covered, or if you choose to upgrade your surgery to one of our elective procedures, such as a premium lens choice, Community Eye Center (CEC) partners with organizations that offer financial assistance for cataract surgery.

Read More »

Laser-Guided Cataract Surgery

Community Eye Center performs Laser-Guided Cataract Surgery. Dr. Schaible and Dr. Spadafora conducted research with a form of YAG laser in human cataract surgery more than a decade ago for the FDA.

Read More »

Premium Lens Choices With Cataract Surgery

In the past, cataract surgery used to be about preventing blindness; however, with the sophisticated advances in cataract removal, premium lens choices and ORA laser-guided cataract surgery, surgeons can return a patient’s vision to the way it was years ago.

Read More »

About Cataracts

About Cataracts Did you know that age-related cataracts are extremely common? A normal part of life, almost every person will develop cataracts at some stage.

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Blocked Tear Ducts and Dacryocystorhinostomy (DCR) Surgery

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What is a blocked tear duct and how is it treated?

When you blink, a tear film spreads over the eye making the surface smooth and clear. The tear film is made up of three distinct layers. An oily layer, a watery layer and a mucous layer. Each layer is needed for the tear film to keep our eyes moist.

Tears protect the eyes and keep them moist and healthy. Tears come from the conjunctiva which is the clear tissue over the white of the eye, and from the lacrimal glands. These glands are located above each eye. The tears flow across the surface of your eye and drain through tiny holes called puncta. Puncta are in the corners of your upper and lower eyelids near the nose. The tears then travel through tiny passages in the eyelids. They eventually go into the nasal lacrimal duct before emptying into your nose; this is why your nose runs when you cry. When the tear drainage system is either partly or completely blocked, tears cannot drain normally. The eye becomes watery and irritated it can also be constantly infected.

A blocked tear duct can be due to:
  • Age
  • Injury
  • Infection
There are many treatment options for blocked tear ducts including:
  • Antibiotics
  • Massage
  • Tear Duct Probing and Flushing
  • Balloon Catheter Dilation
  • Stenting and Intubation
  • External and Endoscopic DCR

DCR Options for Blocked Tear Ducts

Commonly performed to treat blocked tear ducts, Community Eye Center offers dacryocystorhinostomy (DCR)  surgery options. DCR is a procedure which opens the passageway for tears to drain properly out of the nose again. Patients are provided with general anesthesia or local anesthesia if the procedure is performed in an outpatient setting.

External Dacryocystorhinostomy (DCR)

External DCR is surgery that creates a new pathway for tears to drain from the eye when the tear duct is blocked. The surgeon will make a small incision near the inside corner of the eye. He or she will then create a new opening directly from the eye’s lacrimal sack into the nasal cavity to allow tears to drain. A surgical adhesive or stitches are used to close the incision and a tubelike stent may be used temporarily to keep the new drain from closing up while healing. The tube can be removed later in the physician’s office or outpatient surgery center.

Endoscopic Dacryocystorhinostomy (DCR)

Endoscopic DCR surgically creates a new pathway for tears to drain from the eye when the tear duct is blocked. The surgeon will insert a slender tube called an endoscope into your nasal cavity. He or she will then create a new opening directly from the eyes lacrimal sack into the nasal cavity to allow tears to drain. A flexible tube called a stent may be put in place temporarily to keep the new drain from closing up while healing. The tube can be removed later in the physician’s office or outpatient surgery center.

Community Eye Center offers treatment options for blocked tear ducts, including External and Endoscopic Dacryocystorhinostomy (DCR).

Community Eye Center Oculoplastic Surgeon, Dr. Mishra

A talented and sought-after licensed Cosmetic and Oculoplastic Surgeon with board certification in Anti-aging Medicine. Dr. Mishra offers a comprehensive array of treatments, including cosmetic and functional eyelid surgery, BOTOX, cosmetic and other options at Community Eye Center.

Read More About Oculoplastics & Cosmetics

There is a lot of information on the internet about eye health. The best information will come directly from a board-certified eye doctor. Call (941) 625-1325 to book a consult with one of Community Eye Center’s ophthalmologists, optometrists or opticians today.

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Financing For Cosmetic, Oculoplastics and Eyelid Surgery

Many private health insurance plans will cover the cost of functional eyelid surgery; this procedure may also be covered under Medicare. But, in the case that a procedure is not covered, or if you choose an elective procedure, Community Eye Center (CEC) partners with organizations that offer financial assistance.

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Entropion & Ectropion Repair

Community Eye Center offers Southwest Florida with the best oculoplastic, cosmetic and plastic surgery, including treatment of common eyelid malposition, entropion and ectropion repair.

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Cosmetic Treatments, Oculofacial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

Community Eye Center offers oculofacial plastic and reconstructive surgery options for patients with cosmetic, functional or reconstructive surgery needs. Our board-certified cosmetic and oculoplastic surgeon, Dr. Mishra, has extensive training and years of experience focused on plastic and reconstructive eye surgery. Dr. Mishra will customize and tailor your treatment plan. With attentive care, he strives to meet your goals with results that look not only beautiful but also natural.

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Eyelid Lift Surgery (Blepharoplasty)

Eyelift surgery, also known as eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty, is a surgical procedure that is performed to remove excess skin from the upper eyelids and/or reduce bagginess from lower eyelids.

This procedure is done for both cosmetic and functional reasons. While it can improve appearances, it is also done to improve sight for those whose eyelids sag and get in the way of their vision.

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Cataracts Frequently Asked Questions

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The lens of the eye can be compared to a camera lens. The eye lens is found behind the iris and the pupil. The lens focuses the light back toward the retina and the image is recorded there. Like a camera lens, the eye lens can also adjust focus.

Unlike a camera, the eye lens is not made of glass; it is mainly made of water and protein.  In an eye with normal vision, this protein is arranged in a way that the lens is clear and light is able to pass through it. But, sometimes the protein clumps together and starts to cloud the lens. This is a cataract. Over time, the cataract can grow and cloud a larger area of the lens, making it progressively more difficult to see.

Gradually, as cataracts progress, patients may experience symptoms such as:
  • Painless cloudy, blurry or dim vision
  • More difficulty seeing at night or in low light
  • Sensitivity to light and glare
  • Seeing halos around lights
  • Faded or yellowed colors
  • The need for brighter light for reading and other activities
  • Frequent changes in eyeglass or contact lens prescriptions
  • Double vision within one eye

If the clouding is mild or only involves a small part of the lens, vision may only be slightly affected. If there is more clouding and it affects the entire lens, vision will become severely limited and cataract surgery becomes necessary.

Age is the most common cause of cataract. However, cataracts do not only affect senior citizens. In fact, people can have age-related cataracts in their 40s and 50s. Most with cataracts in middle age will not experience a major impact on vision; it may take several years for the cataract to advance to cause a more severe problem. There are less common types of cataracts, not related to normal aging; these include: Non-age related Cataracts from other disease or medication These cataracts are caused by other eye diseases or previous eye surgery. Chronic disease can make you more likely to develop cataracts; for example, diabetes has been proven to increase the risk of cataracts. Excessive use of steroid medications can spur the development of this type of cataract as well. Congenital or developmental Cataracts This type of cataract can occur in infants or children. These cases may be hereditary or they can be associated with some birth defects; some occur without any obvious cause. Traumatic Cataracts These cataracts are related directly to an eye injury. Traumatic cataracts may appear immediately following an injury, or they can develop several months or even years later.

Cataracts can be diagnosed through a comprehensive eye exam. Our doctors at Community Eye Center perform thousands of these exams each year. During the exam:

  •    Patients will have a visual test that uses an eye chart test to measures sight at various distances
  •    Patients will have a dilated eye exam, during which drops are placed in the eyes to widen, or dilate, the pupils; a magnifying lens is used to examine the retina and optic nerve for damage and/or other possible eye issues; after the exam, the patient’s vision might be blurry for a few hours
  •    Patients will undergo a tonometry test. During this test an instrument is used to measure the pressure inside the eye
  •    Some patients may also require other tests may be required to determine the health and examine the structure of the eye.

Cataract surgery is rarely an urgent situation. It should be done when the patient is medically stable and when the patient’s cataracts begin to interfere with the patient’s ability to function in everyday activities such as driving and reading. A cataract may need to be removed even if it is not causing vision problems. For example, it may be necessary to remove a cataract if it prevents examination or treatment of another eye issue, such as age-related macular degeneration or diabetic retinopathy.

Choosing the right lens depends on a variety of factors, including lifestyle, medical history and the patient’s visual needs and expectations. Our doctors take time with the patient to help determine the implant that will be best suited for their unique needs. If it is determined that surgery is appropriate, this questionnaire will help your surgeon provide the best treatment for your visual needs.

Community Eye Center and St. Lucy’s Outpatient Surgery Center perform only eye surgery; because of this, all of our procedures are efficient and streamlined. Upon arrival, patients walk into a very warm, friendly environment, where they are asked the appropriate questions by our staff and allowed to express their own questions and concerns prior to surgery. Patients are relieved to find the surgery is painless. The eye surgeon uses anesthetic eye drops to numb the eyes, as well as I.V. medication to relax the patient. Using a process called phacoemulsification; the surgeon breaks up the cataract and “vacuums” it from the eye pouch – a very safe and proven technique.  The lens implant is then inserted. In most cases, a suture is not needed. The entire process takes 15 minutes.

More than 60 percent of patients see better than 20/30 the first day after cataract surgery. Those with pre-existing medical conditions, such as macular degeneration, glaucoma and corneal problems, usually find it takes a little longer to see clearly.

Post-surgery our doctors prefer to see patients the day after the procedure, then five days later and then again after two weeks. Most patients’ eyes stabilize during that time. Antibiotic drops are given to prevent infection and ease inflammation.

It is not necessary to travel for superior eye care.  Community Eye Center’s St. Lucy’s Outpatient Surgery Center is the only outpatient eye surgery center in Charlotte County with national accreditation from the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care. To earn this, the facility has to adhere to a rigorous standard. The doctors at Community Eye Center deliver exceptional care; this is fostered by the fact that CEC specializes exclusively in eye care.

Community Eye Center Cataract Surgeons

Community Eye Center offers treatment and diagnosis for cataracts as well as multiple surgery options, including premium lens implants. Community Eye Center's cataract surgeons are board-certified and dedicated to providing patients with excellence in eye care.

Read More About Cataracts & Cataract Surgery

There is a lot of information on the internet about eye health. The best information will come directly from a board-certified eye doctor. Call (941) 625-1325 to book a consult with one of Community Eye Center’s ophthalmologists, optometrists or opticians today.

A Loving Couple Who Choose To Look Into Each Others' Eyes

Types of Lens Choices With Cataract Surgery

There is a lot of information about cataract surgery lens choices on the internet. The best and most up-to-date information will come directly from a board-certified eye doctor.

Community Eye Center (CEC) is ophthalmology, optometry, optical in multiple Southwest Florida locations with its own AAAHC accredited eye-only surgery center.

Read More »
Providing Excellence In Care For Patients At Community Eye Center's Eye-Only Surgery Center, Dr. Michael A. Baskind, CRNA, PhD Stands Next To A Patient In A Post Cataract Surgery Recovery Room

Recovery After Cataract Surgery

Cataract surgeries are typically quick and uneventful. An estimated 3.5 million cataract removals are performed each year in the United States. It is one of the most common surgical procedures. Numbers also show that the chance of a good outcome and improved vision after surgery are excellent.

Read More »
Voted The Best Cataract Surgeon In The Area, Dr. Spadafora Performs A Cataract Surgery On A Patient At Community Eye Center's Eye-Only Surgery Center

About Cataract Surgery

Ophthalmologists, optometrists and eye health professionals work as a team to provide comprehensive eye care at Community Eye Center (CEC). Eye specialists including, cataract, glaucoma, retina and oculoplastics as well as an accredited eye only surgery center, CEC offers the best cataract surgery options possible for positive patient outcomes. Eye doctors may be seen at any of CEC’s multiple Florida locations in Port Charlotte, North Port, and Venice.

Read More »
An Eye-Only Surgery Center, Eye Clinic and Optical Shop, Community Eye Center Offers Patients, Like The One Smiling At The Camera, With Comprehensive Eye Care Including Treatment For Macular Degeneration, Cataracts, Glaucoma And More

Financial Assistance For Cataract Surgery

Cataract surgery is generally covered under insurance and Medicare plans. But, in the case that a procedure is not covered, or if you choose to upgrade your surgery to one of our elective procedures, such as a premium lens choice, Community Eye Center (CEC) partners with organizations that offer financial assistance for cataract surgery.

Read More »

Laser-Guided Cataract Surgery

Community Eye Center performs Laser-Guided Cataract Surgery. Dr. Schaible and Dr. Spadafora conducted research with a form of YAG laser in human cataract surgery more than a decade ago for the FDA.

Read More »

Premium Lens Choices With Cataract Surgery

In the past, cataract surgery used to be about preventing blindness; however, with the sophisticated advances in cataract removal, premium lens choices and ORA laser-guided cataract surgery, surgeons can return a patient’s vision to the way it was years ago.

Read More »

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Premium Lens Choices With Cataract Surgery

In the past, cataract surgery used to be about preventing blindness; however, with the sophisticated advances in cataract removal, premium lens choices and ORA laser-guided cataract surgery, surgeons can return a patient’s vision to the way it was years ago.

Patients seeking clearer distance and night vision without glasses or the ability to see clearly across distances after cataract surgery may consider a customized surgical option with a premium multifocal implant.

MIntraocular lenses (IOLs) are used to replace clouded lenses during cataract surgery. These lenses are implanted inside the eye when the original lens is removed. This is called refractive lens exchange. There are three types of lens exchanges available:

  • Standard Monofocal IOL
  • Multifocal IOL
  • Astigmatism-Correcting IOL

At Community Eye Center, the cataract surgeons consult with patients about their vision goals and different lens options. With this individualized treatment, eligible patients may choose a replacement lens that can correct multiple eye conditions.

Community Eye Center Cataract Surgeons

Community Eye Center offers treatment and diagnosis for cataracts as well as multiple surgery options, including premium lens implants. Community Eye Center's cataract surgeons are board-certified and dedicated to providing patients with excellence in eye care.

Read More About Cataracts & Cataract Surgery

There is a lot of information on the internet about eye health. The best information will come directly from a board-certified eye doctor. Call (941) 625-1325 to book a consult with one of Community Eye Center’s ophthalmologists, optometrists or opticians today.

A Loving Couple Who Choose To Look Into Each Others' Eyes

Types of Lens Choices With Cataract Surgery

There is a lot of information about cataract surgery lens choices on the internet. The best and most up-to-date information will come directly from a board-certified eye doctor.

Community Eye Center (CEC) is ophthalmology, optometry, optical in multiple Southwest Florida locations with its own AAAHC accredited eye-only surgery center.

Read More »
Providing Excellence In Care For Patients At Community Eye Center's Eye-Only Surgery Center, Dr. Michael A. Baskind, CRNA, PhD Stands Next To A Patient In A Post Cataract Surgery Recovery Room

Recovery After Cataract Surgery

Cataract surgeries are typically quick and uneventful. An estimated 3.5 million cataract removals are performed each year in the United States. It is one of the most common surgical procedures. Numbers also show that the chance of a good outcome and improved vision after surgery are excellent.

Read More »
Voted The Best Cataract Surgeon In The Area, Dr. Spadafora Performs A Cataract Surgery On A Patient At Community Eye Center's Eye-Only Surgery Center

About Cataract Surgery

Ophthalmologists, optometrists and eye health professionals work as a team to provide comprehensive eye care at Community Eye Center (CEC). Eye specialists including, cataract, glaucoma, retina and oculoplastics as well as an accredited eye only surgery center, CEC offers the best cataract surgery options possible for positive patient outcomes. Eye doctors may be seen at any of CEC’s multiple Florida locations in Port Charlotte, North Port, and Venice.

Read More »
An Eye-Only Surgery Center, Eye Clinic and Optical Shop, Community Eye Center Offers Patients, Like The One Smiling At The Camera, With Comprehensive Eye Care Including Treatment For Macular Degeneration, Cataracts, Glaucoma And More

Financial Assistance For Cataract Surgery

Cataract surgery is generally covered under insurance and Medicare plans. But, in the case that a procedure is not covered, or if you choose to upgrade your surgery to one of our elective procedures, such as a premium lens choice, Community Eye Center (CEC) partners with organizations that offer financial assistance for cataract surgery.

Read More »

Laser-Guided Cataract Surgery

Community Eye Center performs Laser-Guided Cataract Surgery. Dr. Schaible and Dr. Spadafora conducted research with a form of YAG laser in human cataract surgery more than a decade ago for the FDA.

Read More »

Premium Lens Choices With Cataract Surgery

In the past, cataract surgery used to be about preventing blindness; however, with the sophisticated advances in cataract removal, premium lens choices and ORA laser-guided cataract surgery, surgeons can return a patient’s vision to the way it was years ago.

Read More »

About Cataracts

Did you know that age-related cataracts are extremely common? A normal part of life, almost every person will develop cataracts at some stage. In fact, the majority of people will develop cataracts as they age. It is said that by the year 2020 more than 30 million American people will have cataracts and experience the blurring and distorted vision that comes along with it.

Many people are aware of the term, but do they know what exactly a cataract is or the symptoms that go along with it? With cataracts, vision can slowly become distorted over time. This gradual vision impairment can often go unnoticed for long periods. Cataracts can continue to progress at this pace until a person is blind. Thankfully, cataracts are very treatable and impaired vision can be restored due to modern medical advances.

The term cataract derives just as many words in the English language have, from Greek and Latin roots. The term comes from the Greek and Latin word for “waterfall.” It is believed that this term came about because the clouding of a person’s eye with cataracts resembled water flowing in one’s eyes. Those with untreated cataracts will experience blurred or distorted vision as well as faded colors. As the cataract progresses, these symptoms worsen and can lead to blindness. Although cataracts are associated with the typical signs of aging, they can also result from trauma, sun exposure or disease. The best way to understand the cause of cataracts is to examine the way that the eyes work. To do this, we must examine the parts of the eye, especially the lens and eyeball. The lens is comprised primarily of water and protein. The protein is distributed such a way that light can pass through it without being distorted.

When we age, the eye changes and the protein starts to separate and clump together. This creates a buildup that is difficult to see through; this will begin to affect a person’s vision as the buildup hardens. The lens will begin to thicken and it begins to become less transparent and pliable. This may only affect a small area of the eye at first, but within a matter of time that spot will increase and eventually cover the entire lens of the eye. The vision impairment experienced by a person with cataracts is because the light is scattered through the lens so that it cannot translate sharp images to the retina.

Not all cataracts are the same. There are classifications of cataracts that are determined based on location on a person’s lens. There are three primary types of cataracts nuclear, cortical and subcapsular. Other types which are not a result of aging include congenital and traumatic cataracts.

There is a lot of information available on the internet. The best facts about cataracts come from ophthalmologists with education, training, and experience in cataract surgery. Community Eye Center’s cataract surgeons have collectively performed thousands of successful cataract removal surgeries.

When it is time for cataract surgery, choosing the right eye surgeon and eye surgery center is a big decision. It can make the difference in outcomes. Community Eye Center’s cataract surgeons are dedicated and knowledgeable. CEC’s St. Lucy’s Outpatient Surgery Center is the only outpatient eye surgery center in Charlotte County with national accreditation from the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care.

Community Eye Center Cataract Surgeons

Community Eye Center offers treatment and diagnosis for cataracts as well as multiple surgery options, including premium lens implants. Community Eye Center's cataract surgeons are board-certified and dedicated to providing patients with excellence in eye care.

Read More About Cataracts & Cataract Surgery

There is a lot of information on the internet about eye health. The best information will come directly from a board-certified eye doctor. Call (941) 625-1325 to book a consult with one of Community Eye Center’s ophthalmologists, optometrists or opticians today.

A Loving Couple Who Choose To Look Into Each Others' Eyes

Types of Lens Choices With Cataract Surgery

There is a lot of information about cataract surgery lens choices on the internet. The best and most up-to-date information will come directly from a board-certified eye doctor.

Community Eye Center (CEC) is ophthalmology, optometry, optical in multiple Southwest Florida locations with its own AAAHC accredited eye-only surgery center.

Read More »
Providing Excellence In Care For Patients At Community Eye Center's Eye-Only Surgery Center, Dr. Michael A. Baskind, CRNA, PhD Stands Next To A Patient In A Post Cataract Surgery Recovery Room

Recovery After Cataract Surgery

Cataract surgeries are typically quick and uneventful. An estimated 3.5 million cataract removals are performed each year in the United States. It is one of the most common surgical procedures. Numbers also show that the chance of a good outcome and improved vision after surgery are excellent.

Read More »
Voted The Best Cataract Surgeon In The Area, Dr. Spadafora Performs A Cataract Surgery On A Patient At Community Eye Center's Eye-Only Surgery Center

About Cataract Surgery

Ophthalmologists, optometrists and eye health professionals work as a team to provide comprehensive eye care at Community Eye Center (CEC). Eye specialists including, cataract, glaucoma, retina and oculoplastics as well as an accredited eye only surgery center, CEC offers the best cataract surgery options possible for positive patient outcomes. Eye doctors may be seen at any of CEC’s multiple Florida locations in Port Charlotte, North Port, and Venice.

Read More »
An Eye-Only Surgery Center, Eye Clinic and Optical Shop, Community Eye Center Offers Patients, Like The One Smiling At The Camera, With Comprehensive Eye Care Including Treatment For Macular Degeneration, Cataracts, Glaucoma And More

Financial Assistance For Cataract Surgery

Cataract surgery is generally covered under insurance and Medicare plans. But, in the case that a procedure is not covered, or if you choose to upgrade your surgery to one of our elective procedures, such as a premium lens choice, Community Eye Center (CEC) partners with organizations that offer financial assistance for cataract surgery.

Read More »

Laser-Guided Cataract Surgery

Community Eye Center performs Laser-Guided Cataract Surgery. Dr. Schaible and Dr. Spadafora conducted research with a form of YAG laser in human cataract surgery more than a decade ago for the FDA.

Read More »

Premium Lens Choices With Cataract Surgery

In the past, cataract surgery used to be about preventing blindness; however, with the sophisticated advances in cataract removal, premium lens choices and ORA laser-guided cataract surgery, surgeons can return a patient’s vision to the way it was years ago.

Read More »

Eric A. Liss, M.D. Receives Board Certification From American Board Of Ophthalmology

Community Eye Center and St. Lucy’s Eye Surgery Center are pleased to announce that Dr. Eric A. Liss is now a board certified OPHTHALMOLOGYEric A. Liss, MDComprehensive Eye Care, Cataract SurgeryMEDICAL SCHOOL: Florida International UniversityCollege of Medicine, MiamiNorth Port Location: 941-423-813721275 Olean Boulevard, Port Charlotte, FL 33952941-625-13251988 Tamiami Trail South, Venice, FL 34293941-408-0145COMMUNITYEYE CENTERwww.communityeyecenter.comophthalmologist. The certification is sponsored by the American Board of Ophthalmology.

Board Certification requires passing a series of two exams after graduating from medical school as an MD and after a four year ophthalmology residency.

Certification is granted to ophthalmologists who meet a series of accredited medical training requirements, sign a practice pledge indicating their intent to practice with compassion, integrity, and respect for human dignity, and complete an intensive evaluation process which includes the Written Qualifying Examination (WQE) and an Oral Examination.

Physicians who meet all of the requirements for initial certification become diplomates of the Board and earn a certification valid for a period of 10 years. Since the early 1990’s, the Diplomates have been required to actively maintain their certification through a lifelong learning and practice improvement process currently known as Maintenance of Certification in order to extend the validity of that certificate.

Since 1916 more the 30,000 ophthalmologists have challenged themselves to meet the rigorous certification standards established by the American Board of Ophthalmology. The first medical specialty board founded in the United States, the American Board of Ophthalmology awards the only medical specialty certification in ophthalmology recognized by both the American Board of Medical Specialists (ABMS) and the American Medical Association (AMA).

Dr. Eric A. Liss is a native Floridian who was born and raised in Sarasota. He completed his under graduate degree at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee followed by graduate studies in Public Health and Epidemiology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Liss then returned to Florida for his medical education where he received his Medical Degree, Summa Cum Laude, from the Florida International University College of Medicine in Miami.

Dr. Liss completed his Ophthalmology Residency at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, where he served as a Chief Resident. He has published research in the areas of Retinal Disease, Refractive Surgery, Glaucoma, and Disorders of the Ocular Immune System and has presented his findings at multiple national ophthalmology conferences.

Dr. Liss is a Member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, Florida Medical Association, Florida Society of Ophthalmology, and the Charlotte County Medical Association.

Dr. Liss is a comprehensive ophthalmologist with an interest in Advanced Cataract Surgery, Macular Degeneration, and Inflammatory Disorders of the Eye.

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Dr. Eric Liss On Red Tide And Eyes

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Red Tide And Eyes

Eye Symptoms That Should Never Go Unchecked


With the summer season of beaches and fun in the sun comes another, less welcoming aspect of life in Southwest Florida, red tide. While the focus is usually on the respiratory and ecological impacts of these blooms of harmful algae, it is important to keep in mind that red tide can also significantly impact the eye health of you and your loved ones.

For the past couple months, Southwest Florida has been impacted by Red Tide. These algal blooms, caused by a species of dinoflagellate, known as Alexandrium fundyense, can cause people to have throat irritation, congestion, sneezing, itching, coughing, wheezing and even chest tightness. But, Red Tide may also cause people eye irritation including itchy and burning eyes, symptoms that can indicate serious eye conditions.

“Many patients may be familiar with the typical seasonal allergy symptoms such as redness and itchy eyes but it is important to consider the possibility that red tide can also be a significant factor for some individuals,” said Dr. Eric Liss, ophthalmologist at Community Eye Center. “For some, these symptoms may be minor and not overly bothersome, however other people may have significant difficulties with eye comfort, appearance, and even vision.”  

People experiencing eye irritation from Red Tide may benefit from a comprehensive eye exam. Different from a typical optical visit, during a comprehensive eye exam, eye doctors check the eyes for signs of chronic and progressive eye conditions that can significantly impair a person’s vision, comfort and ability to function normally.

“Just as it is important to get a regular physical exam even if you don’t have active symptoms, it is similarly important to regularly assess eye health for potentially silent but visually damaging conditions such as glaucoma or macular degeneration,” said Liss. “An otherwise healthy adult should receive a comprehensive eye exam on an annual basis, with more frequent visits depending on the presence and severity of ocular disease.”

Comprehensive medical eye exams become even more critical as people age because conditions such as cataracts, glaucoma and macular degeneration become more common. Early diagnosis and intervention of these diseases can often prevent vision loss or blindness.

“There is a widespread misperception that just because you don’t have any complaints about your vision that means that your eyes are healthy.  I see patients on a daily basis who have normal vision but who nonetheless are affected by potentially blinding conditions,” said Liss. “A clinic visit to address a quality of life complaint such as eye irritation is the perfect opportunity to make sure your overall eye health and vision are as good as they can be.”  

 

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