Educational articles about cataracts including cataract surgery, cataract implants, and the symptoms associated with cataracts.

Phacoemulsification Surgery for Cataracts

Created by Charles Kelman in the late 1960’s, Phaco also referred to as phacoemulsification is used to restore vision in patients whose vision has become cloudy from cataracts.  Kelman created phacoemulsification surgery as a variation to extracapsular cataract extraction to remove the cataract with a smaller incision, less pain, and a shorter recovery time.

In traditional cataract surgery, during phacoemulsification, the eye’s internal, cloudy lens is emulsified (broken up) with an ultrasonic hand piece and aspirated from the eye.  Once the fluids are aspirated from the eye, they are replaced with irrigation of balanced salt solution that maintains the eyes anterior chamber.  In most cases, the insertion of an intraocular lens immediately follows phaco surgery.

With today’s technology, lasers are used in addition to ultrasound to soften and break up the cataract.  With laser cataract surgery, a skilled surgeon first takes […]

Fireworks Eye Safety & Cataract Awareness Month

June is “Fireworks Eye Safety & Cataract Awareness Month”.  In this article we are going to address cataract awareness.  As you may already know, a cataract is a clouding of the eye’s lens that affects vision.

Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness in aging adults and incidence increases in each decade of life beginning around age 40.  Cataracts affect nearly 25.7 million Americans over age 40 and is projected to increase to 45.6 million by 2050.  Factors that increase your risk of developing cataracts include obesity, smoking, high blood pressure, diabetes, a family history of cataracts, radiation, previous eye surgery, extensive exposure to sunlight, previous injury or inflammation in the eye, long-term use of steroid medication, and aging.

There are two ways cataracts affect your vision:

Clumps of protein reduce the sharpness of the image that reaches the retina, making that […]

New Laser Assisted Cataract Surgery

We are excited to announce that the most advanced technology in laser assisted cataract surgery has been available at the Fort Lauderdale Eye Institute since early 2014.
Laser Assisted Cataract Surgery
Drs. Skolnick and Fernandez de Castro are highly skilled cataract surgeons who are experienced in performing laser assisted cataract surgery using both the Abbott CATALYS® Precision Laser System and Alcon LenSx® platform. We, as part of a group of local cataract surgeons, spent over six months researching the four different FDA approved femtosecond laser platforms available and purchased the first privately owned CATALYS® system in South Florida and now other centers in Florida have followed suit.
These systems offer…

Precise imaging of the anterior segment of the eye
The ability to perform a perfect capsulotomy or opening in the lens
Gentle fragmentation or softening of the lens
Astigmatic laser incisions
The ability to create […]

Cataract Surgery – What To Expect Afterwards

Cataracts are clouding of the lens of the eye which causes your vision to become progressively more blurred with time.  Many people describe their night vision as being affected and overall filmy or foggy vision in general are common complaints.  An increase in glare, dimming of colors and double vision are also symptoms of growing cataracts.

The most common cataract surgery is phacoemulsification where a small incision is made in the eye and the lens is broken up and replaced by an implant or intraocular lens. Newer toric implants such as the Alcon Acrysof, AMO tecnic toric, and multifocal implants such as the Restor and Tecnis, are being used as well as the conventional monofocal implants so that many people do not need eyeglasses correction after surgery.


Cataract Surgery Advancements

The doctors here at the Fort Lauderdale Eye Institute have had the privilege of offering our patients with the most advanced surgical techniques to preserve vision especially in the realm of cataract surgery.

With advancements in minimal no stitch incisions advanced technology IOL’s, Multifocal IOL’s, Toric IOL’s the doctors at the Ft.Lauderdale Eye Institute are on the forefront of all these technological innovations.

Patients using the Multi-focal IOL’s have correction for both distance and near vision.  The need for glasses after surgery has been greatly reduced with the use of this implant type.

Toric IOL’s treat patients astigmatism without having to make more incisions on the cornea and have decreases the need for glasses after surgery as well.

Recovery time has been reduced with patients seeing tremendous improvements by the next day with the use of topical anesthesia and clear corneal incisions which reduced […]