Get a Better View
At Gardens Eye Institute, we use modern diagnostic technology to treat your cataracts.
Dr. Iglesias can work with you to develop an individualized plan for your pre-care, procedure, and post-care based on your lifestyle. You deserve to have the best possible view of your life. Let us help.
Cataracts are clouding of your natural lens that occurs over time. This clouding prevents light rays from entering and focusing in your eye properly, resulting in blurry vision.
Some symptoms of cataracts are:
- Blurry vision
- Difficulties reading small print, even with glasses
- Difficulties driving at night
- Glare from oncoming headlights while driving
- Halos around lights
- Fading of colors
- Difficulties with sporting activities such as golf or tennis
How Are Cataracts Treated?
Cataracts are treated with outpatient surgery. It is one of the most common surgical procedures performed worldwide. Cataract surgery has evolved significantly over the past decade. During the procedure, the cloudy lens is removed and replaced with a clear intraocular lens (IOL). At Gardens Eye Institute, we use the latest surgical equipment, lasers, and IOL for cataract surgery.
How do I Know it Is Time for Cataract Surgery?
As cataracts develop, vision may become blurry. Everyday tasks, called activities of daily living (ADLs), such as reading or driving, become more difficult. When your eye doctor is no longer able to correct your vision with glasses, it may be recommended that you have cataract surgery. If glare at night prevents you from being able to drive, cataract surgery may also be recommended.
Dr. Iglesias and the team at Gardens Eye Institute can help diagnose, treat, and care for cataracts. Contact Gardens Eye Institute to schedule your appointment.
Cataract surgery is performed on an outpatient basis. The clouded natural lens of your eye is replaced with a clear intraocular lens (IOL).
Is Cataract Surgery Right for Me?
Cataracts typically develop at a gradual pace, until one day, you notice that daily tasks become a bit trickier.
Reading may be more difficult because you can’t see the pages clearly, or you may notice blind spots while driving. When your optometrist is no longer able to correct your vision with a regular prescription, it may be time to consider cataract surgery.
Before Your Procedure
About a week before your procedure, your eye doctor will do special in-office testing to measure the size and shape of your eye. These measurements help your eye doctor determine the right type and size of IOL for you.
Following these measurements, our team will discuss what lens options best suit your needs and your eye’s health. Drops will be ordered to your pharmacy that we will ask you to start using 3 days before your surgery. You may be asked to see your primary care doctor for an eye exam prior to surgery.
Day of Surgery
On the day of your surgery, you will need a friend or family member that can drive you as you are not allowed to operate a vehicle after your treatment. Normally you will be asked not to eat or drink for 12 hours prior to your surgery and avoid any makeup or lotions on your face on the day of surgery.
We recommend that you wear comfortable loose fitting clothing. Most patients only need a day or 2 to recover at home, but make sure to discuss what to expect with your eye doctor.
What to Expect During Cataract Surgery
Cataract surgery is an outpatient surgical procedure that typically takes less than 30 minutes to complete.
When you arrive at the surgery center, you will be taken to a pre-op area, where a nurse will get you ready for surgery. Before the procedure, your surgical eye will be dilated with drops, and an IV will be placed to give you medication to help you relax. Once you are taken to the operating room before your cataract surgeon begins, your eyes are numbed with anesthetic eye drops to prevent you from feeling pain. After the drops take effect, your surgeon will remove the natural lens and your cataract by creating a small incision in your cornea.
The incision allows for access to your lens, which is gently broken into smaller pieces and removed using a process called phacoemulsification. The lens capsule is left in place for the IOL to rest in after removing the natural lens. Once the IOL is in the right place, you will spend a short time in the recovery area before being allowed to go home and rest.
If you have decided to have laser-assisted cataract surgery, you will be brought to the laser suite before going into the operating room. A small cup will be placed on your eye in the laser room with some fluid. Dr. Iglesias will then program the laser to make incisions to enter the eye and correct your astigmatism. The laser will then be used to gently break the lens into smaller pieces. After this is complete, you will be taken into the operating room, and the surgery will be completed.
After Your Procedure
Please make sure you have a friend or family member available to drive you to and from your appointment. The procedure usually takes 30 minutes to complete.
Once your procedure is finished, your medical team will check to ensure you’re ready to go home to recover and provide you with post-care instructions.
Your IOL Options
Intraocular lenses (IOLs) are artificial lenses used to replace the natural lens during cataract surgery. At Gardens Eye Institute, we offer the latest in IOL technology.
There are many different kinds of IOLs. When selecting an IOL, you’ll need to consider your visual goals, lifestyle, and other needs before choosing one recommended by your eye doctor. We offer our cataract patients multifocal, toric, and extended depth of focus IOLs as well as standard monofocal lenses.
Schedule Your Cataract Screening Today
If you have noticed changes in your vision, it is important to book a cataract screening with us today to learn more about your treatment options.
- 11641 Kew Gardens Ave, Suite 209 (2nd flr)
- Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410
You can find stairs and elevators in between buildings 11631 and 11641.
Come See Us
We are conveniently located close to I-95, just off PGA Boulevard across from the Gardens Mall. You can find us on the 2nd floor of the Professional Centre—our team is looking forward to welcoming you!
- Monday: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
- Tuesday: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
- Wednesday: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
- Thursday: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
- Friday: 8:30 AM – 12:15 PM
- Saturday: Closed
- Sunday: Closed