Robert J. Weinstock, M.D.
Neel R. Desai, M.D.
Jeffrey S. Schwartz, M.D.
Kevin C. Greenidge, M.D., MPH, FACS
Richard J. Hairston, M.D., FACS
Jasmine Mohadjer, M.D.
Winston T. Cope, M.D.
Lewis I. Apter, M.D.
Ryan T. Sacksteder, O.D.
Priti B. Panchal, O.D.
Laser Cataract Removal
Advanced Intraocular Lens Implants
Clear Lens Exchange
General Eye Care
Eyewear and Contact Lens fittings
Weight Loss Clinic
The Eye Institute of West Florida is proud to offer a premier ophthalmology center for eye care in St. Petersburg, FL, located on Central Avenue. We offer Laser Cataract Removal, Advanced Intraocular Lens Implants, Clear Lens Exchange, LASIK, Glaucoma, Retina-Vitreous, Cornea, Dry Eye, Oculoplastics, General Eye Care, Eyewear and Contact Lens fittings and our Medical Weight Loss Clinic, Weight Wise Rx.
Your Source for Cataract Surgery in St. Petersburg
The Eye Institute of West Florida is a premier cataract eye care facility in Tampa Bay, with offices in Largo, South Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater. The Eye Institute of West Florida strives to ensure the best results possible for our patients in a safe and caring environment by using the latest techniques and technologies available. Our cataract surgeons have received the highest level of education and training available and our state-of-the-art facility allows us to provide the highest level of care possible. If you are considering cataract surgery and seeing a cataract surgeon in the Tampa Bay area, call our office at (727) 581-8706 to schedule a cataract evaluation with one of our premier cataract surgeons at one of our offices in Largo, Tampa, Clearwater or St. Petersburg.
What is Laser Cataract Surgery?
Cataract Surgery is a very popular procedure where your cloudy, natural lens is removed from your eye and replaced with a clear artifical lens or instraocular lens (IOL). Cataract surgery is an option for people for when their lens, through the natural aging process, becomes cloudy making vision foggy, blurry, hazy, and less colorful. Some describe it as looking through a dusty car windshield or looking through wax paper.
What is a Cataract?
As mentioned above, a cataract is the clouding of the eye's natural lens. Cataracts are a normal part of growing older, but can develop at any age. There are certain lifestyle choices that can increase the risk of cataracts including diabetes, smoking, eye infections, medications (such as steriods), exposure the sun's ultraviolet light and past injuries or surgery. Cataracts are progressive in that symptoms are subtle at first, but as the cataract matures, becomes yllow in color making it hard to see through. Colors, once vivid, become dull. People also experience difficulty reading along with glare and halos around lights (especially at night). Patients also find themselves getting frequent changes in their eyeglass prescriptions. Because of this, night driving becomes difficult and dangerous.
The Cataract Surgery St. Petersburg Process
What to Expect
Your first appointment will be with one of our Cataract Surgery Experts. After you our one-on-one consultation, our team of Cataract Surgery Counselors will schedule all the necessary appointments for your procedure and be your point of contact for your questions and/or concerns. Your next appointment will involve extending testing to determine the correct measurements that will allow your eye surgeon to select the correct intra-ocular lens implant to fit your lifestyle. Your last appointment will involve a physical exam by one of our physician assistants to ensure your fitness for the procedure.
Day of Cataract Surgery
After you check in to the Largo Ambulatory Surgery Center, we will use anesthetic eye drops to numb your eye. You will be placed in a comfortable, movable bed where you will receive prescribed medication to help you relax. Your eye will then be dilated and you will be brought into an operating room where your doctor will make a painelss, 2mm incision into the clear part of your cornea. You can also elect to have a more precise incision made by a laser.
Once the cataract is exposed, your cataract surgeon will use ultrasonic waves to break up the cataract into microscopic particle that will then be gently removed using the phaecoemulsifcation process. Once your cataract has been extracted, your eye surgeon will gently implant the pre-selected lens to replace your natural lens. The option of using an intra-ocular lens allows for astigmatism correction ensuring better vision without the need for glasses. The incision is so small that it heals without stitiches and there is generally no pain with this procedure. You can return home immediately after your cataract surgery.
After Cataract Surgery
You will pre-scheduled for a post-op visit to check your eye after cataract surgery. You can return to your favorite activities such as playing golf, reading or swimming and if you elected to have an intra-ocular lens, you will have less dependence on glasses or contacts.
There are important instructions to follow after your cataract surgery. It is normal to feel mild discomfort and itching days after your surgery but you will be asked to avoid pressing or rubbing on your eye. Your eye doctor will prescibe you medication to control the pressure in your eye and prevent infection. You can use cotton balls or a soft tissue to gently wipe your eyelids. A few days after surgery, all your discomfort should disappear completely and complete healing occures within eight (8) weeks after your cataract surgery.
The Eye Institute of West Florida | St. Petersburg
The Eye Institute of West Florida is a multi-specialty ophthalmic practice proudly providing surgical and non-surgical vision care in the Tampa Bay area since 1974. We have fellowship-trained specialists for every eye disease including cataracts; LASIK; refractive procedures; glaucoma; oculoplastics, such as eyelid lifts; retina diseases, such as macular degeneration or retinal detachments; diseases of the cornea and dry eye. The Eye Institute of West Florida is home to the Largo Ambulatory Surgery Center, a surgery center customized to the specific needs of eye surgeons. In association with The Eye Institute of West Florida is the Weinstock Laser Eye Center for LASIK surgery, the Aesthetic Institute of West Florida, offering cosmetic surgical and non-surgical procedures and Weight Wise Rx, our medical weight loss clinic.