Cataract Surgery Fort Myers

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Experience exceptional cataract care under the expert guidance of Medical Director, Dr. Brad Snead, MD, a cataract surgeon and ophthalmology specialist in Southwest Florida. In a region known for its numerous eye care facilities, Dr. Snead stands out for his expertise in diagnosing and treating cataracts.

While there is currently no medical treatment to reverse or prevent cataract development, Dr. Snead utilizes time-tested medical procedures to remove cataracts, providing a clear path to restored vision. If you’re looking to address your family’s cataract treatment needs, contact Snead Eye Group today.


Cataracts can affect people of all ages, but over fifty percent of individuals aged 60 and above, get diagnoised with cataracts. Due to this nature, it is critical that every person should stay up to datee with an eye exam or keep in contact regularly with an ophthalmology office.

A prevalent belief in the medical community emphasizes that, given enough time, virtually every person will develop a cataract at some point in their life – a diagnosis that medical professionals, especially the best cataract surgeons in Southwest Florida, are equipped to handle with skill and expertise.

When a cataract develops, the eye’s natural lens gradually becomes clouded, impeding the passage of light through the retina. Those affected often describe the experience like viewing the world through a waterfall or a sheet of wax paper, with vision progressively blurring and dimming, echoing a sentiment that’s common in numerous exam reviews.

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The impact of cataracts on daily activities isn’t something that should be underestimated. Tasks such as reading become more challenging, and even driving a car can become hazardous.

Fort Myers, FL residents, and those across other locations in Southwest Florida, experiencing cataracts may also find themselves bothered by troublesome glare, halos around lights, or even double vision.

As the cataract worsens, frequent changes in eyeglass or contacts prescriptions may be necessary, suggesting frequent interactions with a knowledgeable ophthalmologist – an M.D. – in Southwest Florida.

If you or a member of your family is grappling with cataracts, it is crucial to schedule an appointment with your ophthalmologist right away. An ophthalmologist, often referred to as an eye doctor, can conduct a comprehensive eye exam evaluation, answer all your questions about your condition, provide guidance, and recommend the most appropriate course of action – an expert diagnosis that the best cataract surgeon M.D. can certainly deliver.

Contrasting the past when such surgeries were considered risky, required a lengthy hospital stay and was usually postponed for as long as possible, today, cataract surgery is performed on an out-patient basis and takes only a short time under the hands of the best cataract surgeons. Patients can then return to their homes and rest in comfort, avoiding the inconvenience and expense of hospitalization.

Snead Eye Group positive reviews, is proud of all of our positive reviews and is here to bring the best cataract surgeons and offer the revolutionary LenSx® laser, which provides cataract patients with an optimized refractive cataract surgery experience. Integrated within their office procedures, this tool signifies a leap past traditional manual techniques, where the surgeon used a blade. Instead, the LenSx® laser allows surgeons to create more accurate and precise incisions, thus fostering higher predictability and better results.


During your procedure, the LenSx® femtosecond cataract laser offers many advantages. Prior to cataract surgery, Snead Eye Group performs a number of tests, takes measurements, and plans your cataract surgery.

With the state-of-the-art technologies within its eye care procedures, Snead Eye Group prides itself in being the best cataract surgery provider, equipped to offer personalized and planned solutions for your surgery in our Southwest Florida locations.


Snead Eye Group is proud to offer the revolutionary LenSx® laser which provides cataract patients with an optimized refractive cataract surgery experience. Typically, cataract surgeries are performed manually where the surgeon uses a blade to create all of the incisions during the procedure. With the introduction of the first  FDA cleared custom cataract laser, the LenSx® femtosecond cataract laser, the cataract surgeons at SNEAD EYE GROUP have the ability to create incisions and reduce astigmatism with a laser.

The incisions are more accurate and precise, thus eliminating some of the variables that have complicated cataract surgery results in the past. Recent results show that the laser is up to 10x more precise than manual techniques for portions of the cataract surgery. By exhibiting a high level of accuracy and precision, outcome of cataract surgery with LenSx is more predictable. Studies have shown that with cataract surgery using the LenSx®   femtosecond cataract laser at SNEAD EYE GROUP, patients have a better chance of seeing 20/20 or better vs. manual blade incisions.

During your procedure the LenSx® femtosecond cataract laser has many advantages. Prior to cataract surgery, SNEAD EYE GROUP performs a number of tests as well as take measurements to plan your cataract surgery.

While measurements are taken before your procedure, the LenSx® Cataract Laser uses a range of highly advanced technologies including integrated optical coherence tomography (OCT) to capture precise, accurate, high-resolution images of your eyes.

With the data collected from these images – and measurements a plan can be created for your cataract surgery that had not been possible with traditional technology. Cataract surgery with LenSx can be performed at our center as well as our Fort Myers eye surgery center.


Topical anesthesia and self-sealing incisions have taken cataract surgery to the next level. Many patients are able to see with clear vision much sooner after the surgery. In most cases it is now possible to return to daily activities such as driving and reading almost immediately. With “eye drop” anesthesia, there is rarely the need to inject the eye which delays vision restoration and could cause temporary swelling and skin discoloration.



For the individual who desires the least amount of dependency on glasses AND the very best vision possible, at all ranges near through distance, for everything you do. Multifocal IOLs are the best of the best and desired by busy people on the go! This package includes:  Advanced multifocal lens, and limbal relaxing incision if necessary


  • Can eliminate the need for glasses for most activities.
  • Multifocal IOLs may also be available that have the ability to correct astigmatism.
  • Can be performed by LenSx.


For the individual who desires better distance vision and correction of astigmatism. Toric IOLs offer improved night vision and less dependence on glasses while driving.  The ideal patient includes those bothered by astigmatism, people who utilize a computer for numerous tasks, and people who enjoy outdoor activities such as fishing, boating and golfing. This package includes: High Definition Aspheric lens or Toric lens, and limbal relaxing incision if necessary.


  • Ideal for patients who want clear distance vision without glasses.
  • Can be performed by LenSx.


For the individual that desires good vision but doesn’t mind wearing glasses. This package includes: Basic Monofocal lens, usually correcting distance vision. However, if you have astigmatism you will need glasses for all ranges of vision.


  • Costs are typically covered by Medicare and other insurance.


Every cataract patient’s journey, from noticing initial symptoms of cataract to its eventual removal at the center, is unique. While some may notice cataract development within months, for others, it may take years. Regularly visiting your cataract surgeon or eye doctor can facilitate tracking your eye health and guide you on whether cataract or eye surgery is needed.

According to a survey conducted by the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, more than 98% of cataract patients had their vision successfully improved after surgery. Many patients experienced vision that is actually better than before they developed cataracts. Once removed, cataracts will not grow back. However, some patients may experience clouding of a thin tissue called the capsule or “bag” that holds the intra-ocular lens (IOL.) In most cases a laser is used to painlessly open the clouded capsule and restore clear vision.


Snead Eye Group works with Care Credit, a finance company that can help patients pay any high insurance deductible and help pay for lasik surgery, Tecnis Multifocal or Toric Lens for cataract surgery patients. When patients apply and are approved we offer a two year, no interest rate, payment plan.


Cataracts tend to develop over time – it can take months or years for a cataract to manifest itself. How do you know when it is time to have a cataract removed? The answer is quite simple. The time to have your cataract removed by our adept cataract surgeons is when you believe your quality of life would be better if you could see better. Only you can decide when it is time to open your eyes to a bright, clear world.


Because cataract surgery can be performed with just topical anesthesia, patients typically feel nothing during or after the procedure at our center. Previously, a needle was used to inject the eye anesthetic. However, with all the latest advancements, including the smaller incision, we can now use eye drops to numb the eye, which means no stick of a needle before a surgery such as lasik surgery or eye surgery. The major advantage of not having to wear a patch, besides patient comfort, is that patients can immediately see the improvement in their vision.



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Snead Eye Group – Fort Myers
4790 Barkley Cir, Fort Myers, FL 33907

Phone: (239) 936-8686


Monday:          8AM – 5PM
Tuesday:          8AM – 5PM
Wednesday:    8AM – 5PM
Thursday:        8AM – 5PM
Friday:             8AM – 5PM
Saturday:        Closed
Sunday:           Closed