Cataract Surgery Specialists Serving Patients in St. Petersburg, FL, and Nearby Areas
Sight360 provides care in St. Petersburg as Opti-Mart, Eye Associates of Pinellas, Pasadena Eye Center, Ryczek Eye Associates, and Pasadena Surgery Center.
Cataracts can cause blurry vision and other symptoms, which can make it difficult to carry out your daily activities. Fortunately, cataract surgery can resolve these issues and allow you to get back to your normal routine. As with any surgery, though, it’s important to select a qualified and experienced surgeon. In the St. Petersburg, Florida, area, Sight360 is the name to know for cataract surgery—as a vision organization with several locations throughout the area, we offer comprehensive services including medical eye exams to diagnose cataracts as well as surgeries performed by expert cataract surgeons.
What Are Cataracts?
Cataracts occur when the lens in the eye starts to break down due to aging or injury, which causes the normally clear tissue to become clouded. This can cause symptoms such as:
- Blurred or dim vision
- Double vision in a single eye
- Increased sensitivity to light and glare
- Increased difficulty seeing at night
- Seeing halos around bright lights
- Colors appearing faded or yellowed
Cataracts may also interfere with the treatment of other eye conditions, as they can make it difficult for an eye doctor to examine the back of the eye. Some patients might not have significant symptoms of cataracts for years (or ever). However, if you are unable to see well enough to safely navigate your daily life or if your doctor deems it medically necessary, surgery may be required to remove the cataracts.
What to Expect With Cataract Surgery
In most cases, cataract surgery involves removing the clouded lens from the eye and replacing it with an artificial intraocular lens (IOL). At Sight360, we not only use the newest technology to perform cataract surgeries efficiently and precisely, but we offer premium replacement lens options for our patients, such as RxSight Light Adjustable Lenses (LAL). These lenses can be fine-tuned to your prescription after your surgery to provide the best visual outcome possible.
Your eye doctor may have you follow some steps ahead of the surgery, such as a pre-surgery visit to the clinic to measure the size and shape of your eyes, using special eye drops, cleaning your eyelids and eyelashes, temporarily stopping certain medications and not eating or drinking for several hours before your surgery.
You will likely be awake for the surgery, though your surgeon will give you numbing eye drops and may administer medication to help you feel calm and relaxed. This is typically a nearly painless outpatient procedure that lasts about an hour, so you won’t have to stay in the hospital and generally can go home soon after the surgery. However, you won’t be able to drive afterward, so bring a friend or family member who can take you home.
As you recover from the surgery, you will likely need to use special eye drops, wear a protective eye shield or glasses and avoid touching your eye, bending over and lifting objects for a few weeks. You may need a new prescription for glasses or contacts to see clearly after cataract surgery.
Your eyes may be sensitive to light and touch or feel itchy or uncomfortable for a few days following surgery. However, call your eye doctor right away if you notice any of these symptoms:
- Vision loss
- Extreme redness of the eyes
- Seeing floaters (flashing lights, spots or lines that float through your vision)
- Severe pain that’s not improved with medication
Learn More About Cataract Surgery
At Sight360, we’ve assembled the most credentialed and capable multidisciplinary vision care team to deliver a seamless experience to patients in St. Petersburg and the surrounding areas. We’ve served more than 100,000 patients to date. To learn more about receiving cataract surgery from a doctor in the Sight360 vision organization, contact us or request an appointment today.
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