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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. They found the technology interesting, but cumbersome and, at times, bearing an unnecessary cost.

Femtosecond laser (very fast) is now FDA approved for use in humans to facilitate incision creation in cataract procedures. Medicare declined to cover the technology because it does not improve safety or efficiency of certain surgical procedures, therefore the cost of this technology is passed on to the patient.

Laser Cataract Surgery is being treated as “bladeless” which is very misleading for patients because a blade is still used to finish the incision and the rest of the surgery is the same as it always has been.

At Community Eye Center/St. Lucy’s Eye Surgery Center, the eye surgeons routinely use lasers during cataract removal to improve the accuracy of lens power selection for implantation to reduce a patient’s need for glasses. Traditionally, all measurements for cataract surgery were done preoperatively, while the cataract is still in the eye. With ORA guided (laser) lens selection, the measurements are double and triple checked in the middle of the procedure after the cataract has been removed for greater accuracy.

Multitudes of studies have shown this method to be a more precise way to select a lens implant power to neutralize the prescription, manage astigmatism and provide patients a greater ability to focus naturally without glasses.

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.

More Information About Cataracts & Cataract Surgery

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Cataract Surgery Recovery

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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Cataracts FAQ

Read answers to frequently asked questions (FAQ) about cataracts and cataract surgery, answered by the eye doctors at Community Eye Center.

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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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