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what are cataracts


Over fifty percent of people over the age of 60, and quite a few younger than that, suffer from cataracts. Cataracts are so common that it is said that everyone will develop one if they live long enough.

A cataract is a progressive clouding of the eye’s natural lens that interferes with light passing through the retina. Sufferers usually describe the condition as similar to looking through a waterfall or a piece of wax paper, with gradual blurring or dimming of vision.

Reading may become more complex, and driving a car can become dangerous. Cataract sufferers may also be troubled by a bothersome glare, halos around lights, or even double vision. As the cataract worsens, frequent eyeglass prescription changes may become necessary.

Reading may become more difficult and driving a car can actually become dangerous.

Cataract sufferers may also be troubled by a bothersome glare, halos around lights, or even double vision.

Currently, there is no medical cure to reverse or prevent the development of cataracts. Once they form, there is only one way to achieve clear vision again: to physically remove the cataract from the eye.



A cataract can develop in months or years. Learn more about cataract surgery costs.

How do you know when it is time to have a cataract removed? The answer is quite simple.

The time to remove your cataract is when you believe your quality of life would be better if you could see better.

Only you can decide when to open your eyes to a bright, clear world.



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When you choose to have cataract surgery with Snead Eye Group, you and your doctor will choose which replacement lens, or IOL, is best for you. Because there are many factors which will determine the best lens option, we will assist you in making an informed decision on the lens most suitable for your lifestyle.

iol multifocal lenses


Presbyopia is a condition that causes near vision to decrease as we age, making it difficult to see things up close. Multifocal lenses are designed to combat the effects of presbyopia for clear distance vision plus a full range of intermediate and near vision, reducing the need for corrective lenses or even reading glasses. Multifocal lenses are for individuals who desire the most minor dependency on glasses. The lenses are FDA-approved and give patients clear vision.

iol tecnis lens


The Tecnis® Multifocal IOL is an implant specifically designed to offer both distance and near vision after cataract surgery. This premium lens brings objects at varying distances into focus using diffraction technology. A series of rings on the entire inner surface of the Tecnis lens focuses the light from objects in your vision at varying distances. This allows for a smooth focus transition between distant, intermediate, and near targets.

iol toric lens


Toric or astigmatic lenses are for individuals who desire better distance vision and the correction of their astigmatism. Astigmatism is when the eye is longer or shaped like a football rather than a basketball. Images become distorted as light rays are prevented from meeting at a common focal point. Astigmatism is common and can be corrected with intraocular lenses and limbal relaxing incisions performed with the LenSx laser during cataract surgery.


Redefine your vision with the AcrySof® IQ PanOptix® Trifocal Lens, the first and only trifocal lens available in the United States.

Delivering an outstanding range of vision, the PanOptix® Lens is the latest advancement from the AcrySof® Family of Lenses.

The AcrySof® IQ PanOptix® Trifocal IOL is a type of multifocal IOL used to focus images clearly onto the back of your eye (retina) to allow clear vision after cataract removal. In addition, the center of the AcrySof® IQ PanOptix® Trifocal IOL allows for better near (reading) vision and intermediate (computer work) vision than a mono-focal lens would provide.

Panotix IOL lens
lensx bladeless laser


Snead Eye Group is committed to offering the latest technology and state-of-the-art equipment for superior surgical outcomes. It is the only practice in the Southwest Florida area offering LenSx Femtosecond Cataract Laser surgery in its surgery centers. Snead Eye Group is proud to offer the revolutionary LenSx® Femtosecond Cataract Laser, providing cataract patients with an optimized refractive surgery experience.

Typically, cataract surgeries are performed manually, with the surgeon using a blade to create all of the incisions during the procedure. With the introduction of the first FDA-cleared custom cataract laser, the cataract surgeons at Snead Eye Group can 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.



Everyone heals somewhat differently, but many cataract patients report improvement in their vision almost immediately after the procedure.

Because cataract surgery at Snead Eye Group only uses a topical anesthetic and a self-sealing incision, most patients return to their everyday work and lifestyle routines within a day or two.

According to a survey by the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, more than 98% of cataract patients had their vision improved after surgery.

Many patients experience vision that is better than before they developed cataracts.

successful cataract surgery

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.