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Cataract Surgery in Tampa, FL

Gulfcoast Eye Care is committed to improving vision and eye health for patients in the Pinellas Park and Palm Harbor areas. Our board certified cataract surgeon, Dr. Michael Manning, specializes in diagnosing and treating cataracts and he is highly experienced in advanced cataract surgery techniques.

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Cataract Surgery in Tampa, FL

Gulfcoast Eye Care is committed to improving vision and eye health for patients in the Pinellas Park and Palm Harbor areas. Our board certified cataract surgeon, Dr. Michael Manning, specializes in diagnosing and treating cataracts and he is highly experienced in advanced cataract surgery techniques.

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The Gulfcoast Difference

At Gulfcoast Eye Care, you’ll find a team of friendly experts ready to help you manage your vision with cataracts and plan your cataract surgery when you’re ready. Our skilled team uses advanced technology to diagnose, treat, and remove cataracts to provide our patients with the best results and smoothest recoveries.

What Are Cataracts?

A cataract is a very common eye condition that affects over 24 million Americans. Cataracts occur when the eye’s natural lens hardens and becomes cloudy, reducing the ability of the lens to properly pass light to the retina. Cataracts frequently develop with age but can also affect younger people as a result of a congenital defect or injury.

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Symptoms and Potential Causes of Cataracts

Are you experiencing any of the symptoms below, or do any of the following risk factors apply to you? Schedule a comprehensive eye exam with our doctors today and we can determine how to best restore your vision from cataracts.

SYMPTOMS

  • Vision that has become blurry or dulled
  • Cloudy vision
  • Halos or glare around light
  • Light sensitivity
  • Colors that seem faded
  • Double vision
  • Glasses or contact lens prescriptions that need to be changed often
  • Trouble seeing at night
  • “Ghost” images
  • A need for increased light while reading or engaging in other activities

RISK FACTORS

  • Diabetes
  • Smoking
  • Eye injuries
  • Light sensitivity
  • Certain medications, including steroids
  • Long-term exposure to ultraviolet light or radiation
  • Genetic factors

Treatment for Cataracts

In the early stages of having a cataract, your symptoms will typically be mild, and you may be able to find improvement with glasses or brighter lighting. However, as symptoms inevitably progress, surgery is the only way to completely treat cataracts. Cataract removal is one of the most commonly performed surgical procedures in the United States and is widely regarded to be safe and effective. During cataract surgery your eye’s natural lens is replaced with an intraocular lens implant (IOL).

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Cloudy Lens Removal in Cataract Surgery at Gulfcoast Eyecare
Your cataract surgeon will make a tiny incision to remove the cloudy lens.
Clear Vision after Cataract Surgery at Gulfcoast Eyecare
A new artificial lens will be inserted to offer you clear vision.

What Are Intraocular Lens Implants (IOLS)?

Intraocular lens implants, known as IOLs, are artificial lenses that serve as replacements for your eyes’ natural lenses once your cataracts are removed. Traditional cataract surgery with a standard IOL will reverse the effects of cataracts and restore distance vision, but patients may still need glasses for activities like reading or to correct conditions like astigmatism. Our practice offers a full range of advanced IOLs that can allow patients to see more clearly at a variety of distances without a heavy reliance on corrective eyewear. For patients who would like to experience LASIK-like results, advanced IOLs can correct astigmatism, presbyopia, and vision at all distances!

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The Advanced IOL Difference!

In addition to clearing up vision from cataracts, advanced and premium IOLs have the additional benefit of enhancing your vision, reducing your reliance on eyeglasses and contact lenses.

Meet Our Board-Certified Cataract Surgeon,
Dr. Manning

Dr. Michael Manning is a renowned cataract surgeon with years of experience, and our entire team at Gulfcoast Eye Care is dedicated to providing compassionate care. Contact us with any questions or to schedule a consultation appointment in Pinellas Park, Palm Harbor, or St. Petersburg, Florida

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Dr. Manning answers common Cataract Surgery Questions

Cataract surgery at Gulfcoast Eye Care is performed by Dr. Manning in an outpatient surgery center. Upon arrival at the center, your eye will be numbed with anesthetic eye drops and you will be given a mild sedative to prepare for surgery. Patients are generally quite comfortable during surgery and usually don’t feel any pain, only a pressure sensation. Your cataract surgeon will make a tiny incision to remove the cataract and will replace the natural lens with a new, artificial IOL. Surgery is performed one eye at a time. The cataract surgery incision is self-healing and doesn’t typically require any sutures.
You will need to have a friend or family member drive you home after surgery, and you should plan to rest the remainder of the day. Recovery after cataract surgery typically requires minimal downtime, but you’ll typically be advised to avoid strenuous activity and exercise for one week and avoid swimming for two weeks. You’ll be given detailed instructions for antibiotic and anti-inflammatory eye drops, which should be used for several weeks after surgery to ensure proper healing.
Research shows that over 95% of the more than 3 million cataract surgeries performed in the U.S. each year result in improved vision without complications, and many patients feel that their overall quality of life improves greatly after cataract surgery. However, other conditions of the eye may affect your visual outcome after surgery. In order to understand the appropriate timing of surgery and to get a sense of the potential benefits and outcome of surgery, a comprehensive eye examination is required.
Did you know that many of the costs associated with standard cataract surgery are covered by medical insurance? Health plans vary, so check with your insurance provider to see if your plan covers a portion of your cataract surgery, and to verify that Dr. Manning at Gulfcoast Eye Care is in network with your plan. Many patients opt for an advanced or premium IOL because it can offer a more significant improvement in overall vision by reducing or eliminating your need for corrective eyewear after surgery.

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We know that patients may be nervous to seek out cataract treatment, but your vision is precious, and we want to help you live life with healthy eyes and clearer vision.

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