Cataract Services in Fort Myers, FL

Cataracts are a vision disorder primarily associated with aging eyes. As our eyes begin to mature, the lens located behind the iris, or colored part of the eye, begins to become cloudy. Sometimes the cataract grows very slowly and the effects are hardly noticeable to the patient.
Others grow rather quickly and patients complain of blurred or milky vision. Although not visible from the outside, patients with advanced cataracts show many symptoms of their disease. Often they mistake blue colors for green or reds for orange.
That's because cataracts at maturity have a yellowish tone so patients feel like they are seeing through a yellow film. Other symptoms include a reduction in vision. Seeing street signs, especially at night is difficult and glare from oncoming cars is enhanced.
The lens of your eye is similar in shape to an M&M. The candy coating is similar to the lens and the chocolate center is similar to the chocolate inside. In order to see clearly, the cataract (the chocolate in the M&M) must be removed. Surgery is the only cure for cataracts.

How Do I Know If I Need Cataract Surgery?

Only your doctor can tell you if your cataracts are ready for surgery. If you have not had a cataract evaluation and you are having difficulties as noted above, call your eye doctor to schedule your evaluation today. The sooner you make your appointment, the sooner your life will become a brighter and clearer world.

What Are My Treatment Options?

Today's cataract surgery techniques are relatively simple compared to many years ago. Now, we are excited to introduce the Bausch & Lomb Femtosecond Laser that will assist the doctor in performing your precision laser cataract surgery.
By creating ultra-short pulses that do not transfer heat or shock, the Victus Laser extends and optimizes not only the safety and precision of your surgery, it also enhances the experience of surgery for the patient to ensure that you are receiving the most acute accuracy and comfort available to surgeons today.
A phacoemulsifier gently lifts up the cataract and suctions it out like a mini vacuum cleaner. If the surgery ended there, patients would need thick cataract glasses to compensate for the lens. Today's technology, however, provides a variety of intraocular lenses that make vision following surgery better than it ever was before surgery.
These lenses will last for the rest of your life. Cataracts do not grow back, so you will only need lenses inserted one time. There are times when a few cells remain in the eye after surgery. In those cases, a YAG laser is used following surgery to remove those few cells and maximize clear vision.
Dr. R. Aouchiche performs cataract surgery at the state-of-the-art St. Marks Surgery Center. Cataract surgery is quick and virtually pain free. Recovery time is very rapid, with most patients experiencing only minor discomfort and returning to most normal activities the next day.

Types of Lenses

Because vision problems vary among patients, there is a variety of cataract lenses available today.


The standard single-vision lens is configured to adapt to any near or farsighted vision problems the patient had prior to surgery resulting in sharp distance vision. Patients who have presbyopia, or diminished ability to read fine print, will still need reading glasses to compensate for the eyes inability to focus on near objects.


Although these lenses look similar to a single-vision lens, multifocal lenses provide a wide range of visual ability from reading to distance vision. Concentric circles provide an array of vision strengths to help the eye focus up close, mid-range, and distance. After cataract surgery, most patients are much less dependent on glasses of any type—reading or distance.


Some patients suffer from astigmatism prior to cataract surgery. Astigmatism occurs when your cornea or lens is shaped irregularly. Toric lenses are precisely designed to minimize rotation once the lens is in the eye allowing correction as it is needed to provide sharp distance vision. Patients may need reading glasses following surgery.
To learn more about our cataract services, contact the pros at West Coast Eye Care in Fort Myers, Florida, today. Call (239) 466-3111.