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Using the latest techniques, proven innovations, with 35 years of surgical experience (40,000 cataract surgeries and 80,000 eye surgeries) and our state-of-the-art facilities, Dr. Stuart Kaufman is one of Tampa Bay’s premier cataract surgeons. The skill to perform precise cataract procedures comes from years of training, dedication and experience.
A cataract is an opacity or clouding of the normally clear crystaline lens of the eye, caused by the aging process, metabolic changes, injury, various forms of radiation, the UV light of the sun, diabetes, smoking, alcoholism, glaucoma, toxic chemicals, and certain drugs like steroids. The leading cause of vision loss among adults age sixty or older, cataracts can impair vision, making everyday activities increasingly difficult. In simple terms, a cataract is usually part of the normal aging process that changes the natural, clear lens of the eye into a cloudy, opaque structure that inhibits or diminishes the passage of light to the retina. The condition can be compared to a window that is frosted or “fogged” with steam.
There has been a rapid evolution in cataract treatment over the past few years, which translates to added patient benefits, including improved visual outcomes and faster recoveries. Phacoemulsification is a quick outpatient procedure that corrects vision with little discomfort and a rapid return to normal activities. It requires a tiny incision and breaks up the cataract with ultrasound waves. Next, a soft flexible synthetic intraocular lens (IOL) is inserted into the lens capsule of the eye. There are also premium lifestyle lens options like Crystalens®, ReSTOR™, Tecnis Multifocal™, and TRULIGN™ to provide distant, near, and intermediate vision. For those patients that have astigmatism, we offer procedures like limbal relaxing incisions and lens implant options such as monofocol toric lenses or the accommodating toric TRULIGN™ lens implant. In most cases, the incision is so small that the eye heals rapidly with little or no discomfort. Eye drops are used after cataract surgery and the patient is asked to refrain from swimming or water activities for two weeks.
Cataract surgery is considered one of the most popular and high successful procedures. In fact, a study by the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery recently reported that more than 98 percent of cataract patients had their vision successfully improved following surgery. Many patients report vision that is even better than before they developed cataracts. Results are permanent; once removed, cataracts will not recur.