Cataract Surgery in St. Augustine

Cataract Surgery in St. Augustine

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Don’t Let Cataracts Cloud Your Vision

Over 50% of people aged 65 and older have a cataract in one or both eyes. As the cataract progresses, vision deteriorates, leading to a decreased quality of life. Fortunately, cataract surgery can easily treat this condition.

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What Are Cataracts?

Cataracts are cloudy patches that develop on the lens of your eye. Cataracts can cause blurred or double vision, may increase light sensitivity and interfere with driving, especially at night. Without cataract surgery, millions of people around the world would be unable to see clearly.

The most common symptoms include:
  • Blurred or double vision
  • Trouble seeing at night
  • Sensitivity to glare
  • Colored halos around lights
  • Colors appearing more faded
  • Requiring brighter light for reading

When to Get Cataract Surgery

As we evaluate your eye health and vision, we'll carefully examine your lens for signs of cataract formation. If a cataract is detected and the clouding is causing visual disruption, our optometrist will refer you to a trusted surgeon for cataract surgery. Anastasia Eye Associates will be there for you, providing pre and post cataract surgery care.

As the condition begins to seriously impair your vision and adversely affects your daily life, impacting your ability to read, drive, watch TV or recognize faces, you should seriously consider surgery.

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Benefits of Cataract Surgery

  • High success rate

    Cataract surgery, one of the world’s most commonly performed surgeries, has a 95% success rate.

  • Quick and convenient

    This procedure can take just 30 to 45 minutes in an outpatient setting or hospital.

  • Prevents other eye problems

    Removing cataracts can reduce the risk of eye inflammation and pressure inside the eye–a leading cause of glaucoma.

  • Rapid recovery time

    Patients start seeing more clearly within a few days. Colors may seem brighter thanks to the new, clear lens.


How to Prepare for Cataract Surgery

  • Apply antibiotic or anti-inflammatory eyedrops a few days before surgery if instructed to by your eye doctor
  • Arrange for a ride after the surgery, since you won’t be able to drive
  • Wash your face in the morning of the procedure and don’t wear eye makeup, strong perfumes or aftershave

What Happens During Cataract Surgery

Cataract surgery removes your natural cloudy lens and replaces it with an artificial intraocular lens (IOL) to improve and restore vision. This common and very safe procedure is performed by an eye doctor (ophthalmologist) on an outpatient basis.

  • The eye surgeon (ophthalmologist) will perform cataract surgery on one eye at a time. That means that you will come in for another surgery on the second eye. The procedure is brief and typically takes 30 to 45 minutes to complete.
  • The eye doctor will place drops into your eyes to numb them and dilate your pupils. Though you’ll be conscious during the procedure, you may be offered a sedative to help you remain calm. The eye surgeon will then remove your natural lens and replace it with the IOL. You should feel no pain or discomfort thanks to the anesthetic.
What Happens During Cataract Surgery

Cataract Surgery After-Care

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After surgery, you may feel a bit drowsy as an after-effect of the sedative. Your eye doctor will prescribe eye drops to prevent infection, inflammation and to reduce pressure within your eye. The surgeon may recommend that you wear an eye patch for a few days after your surgery and the protective shield when you sleep during the recovery period. Make sure to avoid rubbing your eyes or touching them unless necessary.

A day after cataract surgery, we'll provide a post-operative eye exam to make sure that all is well. Your St. Augustine optometrist will further perform a series of follow-up exams in the weeks and months to come. If determined that you require corrective lenses following your cataract surgery, we'll make sure you get the proper prescription.


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Cataract Surgery Management FAQs

What are side effects of cataract surgery?

While side effects are rare, there are some issues that people commonly encounter in the days after surgery, as the eyes heal.

  • Dry eye
  • Feeling that something is in the eye
  • Blurry vision
  • Light sensitivity

If any of these side effects do not subside within a week or two, please contact Anastasia Eye Associates.

Can I delay cataract surgery

You can delay cataract surgery, but keep in mind that your vision will likely worsen the longer you put off the procedure.

When is cataract surgery not recommended?

Cataract patients who also have age-related macular degeneration or retinal detachment may not respond well to cataract surgery and the new lens may not correct vision.

Can cataract surgery give me 20/20 vision?

If you had great vision before developing cataracts, it’s likely that cataract surgery will restore your sight. Moreover, the IOL inserted into your eye can be designed to correct refractive errors, providing you with clear vision.

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- Jun. 19, 2024
While vacationing in beautiful St. Augustine my glasses got stepped on. They were badly bent and I ... was not sure they could even be straightened. Mr. Matt Lee took the challenge, even though the glasses were not made by Anastasia Eye Associates/The Vision Center. He repaired them and sent me on my way, and would not accept payment for his time or service. I am so very happy to recommend them to anyone and everyone! Thanks, Mr. Lee!
- Jun. 11, 2024
Very efficient and friendly.
- Jun. 09, 2024
Recently moved to St A from Maryland and had to find all new doctors. Anastasia Eye was a blessing.... Also purchased a pair of sunglasses from them - their professionalism and guidance was much appreciated .
- Jun. 05, 2024
Great experience. Matt was such a great help!
- May. 18, 2024
I appreciate that Matt is always willing to adjust my glasses and replace the pads at no charge. In ... fact all the staff are very friendly and provide great advice. They also carry a great selection of frames.
- May. 02, 2024
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- Apr. 30, 2024
Very good experience. My sight is the best it has been in years. Very professional and friendly.
- Apr. 30, 2024
Dr Greene and staff are excellent. Matt in the optical department is awesome. Goes above and beyon... d. Highly recommend
- Apr. 17, 2024
Dr. Greene has been my eye doctor for four years. Very thorough exams every time. Everyone that work... s there is helpful and professional. A great place to buy your prescription glasses. Thanks
- Apr. 04, 2024
I just had an eye exam with Dr. Greene and his office. From the front desk to his associates, you co... uldn’t ask for a more professional staff.Friendly and nice. It was a really great experience! Highly recommend their services!
- Mar. 28, 2024
This is a fair family business that I trust. They have a huge selection of frames to choose from as ... well!
- Mar. 20, 2024
Visited Anastasia Eye Associates on A1A this morning to replace the pads on the nose piece on my gla... sses. Optical Manager Matt took great care of me. Replaced the pads at No Charge (wow) and also noticed one the screws on my lens was loose and fixed that too. That was pretty awesome. We r visiting from Wisconsin and he sure helped us out. Highly recommend them!!! Thanks Matt!!! Sue Rheingans
- Mar. 01, 2024
I broke my eyeglasses and I only have the one pair. I found out that my optometrist does not do rep... airs and wouldn't even fit me a new frame. I called Anastsia Eye Associates and the receptionist told me to come in so they could do an assessment. Matt Lee the Optician took over 30 minutes finding a frame to match my lenses as he could not repair my broken frames. He then put my current lenses in the new frames and made sure they fit me properly. I was so impressed! They are now my Optometrist and I have an appointment later this month for a full exam. Thank you so much!
- Feb. 27, 2024
Broke my glasses while traveling, went to this establishment, and he was able to repair them in 10 ... minutes. No charge. A very fine looking business.
- Jan. 30, 2024
Ms. Katie, Thank You for being so kind during my appointment scheduling, you explained everything th... oroughly and returned my calls.
- Jan. 22, 2024
10 years of experience with Dr. Green, Matt and team. They provide seasoned expertise and excellent ... patient/customer care and service.
- Jan. 14, 2024
Traveling in the St. Augustine area and my glasses needed repair. Walked in and Matt Lee repaired my... glasses in five minutes at no charge. Wonderful service and friendly people.
- Jan. 12, 2024
A Friendly, caring team of professionals!! We were so impressed and have already spread their name a... round town. So glad we found Dr Green and his team! 😊
- Dec. 29, 2023
Broke my sunglasses frames and within a half hour I had new frames! Excellent and fast customer serv... ice by Michelle!
- Dec. 08, 2023
Walked in for a repair. The attention & service was exceptional. 5-Star

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