Cataract Surgery

Dr. Michael Lamensdorf has provided his surgical expertise to the Sarasota and Manatee County areas since 1984. He has helped many thousands of patients regain their healthy sight and is a leader in bringing the latest technological advances to our community. Dr. Lamensdorf’s results are consistently ranked among the very best in the nation.

What is a Cataract?
The most common type of cataract is related to the aging of the eye. When the lens of your eye becomes cloudy, it becomes known as a “cataract.” The purpose of the lens is to help focus the light in your eye. When the cataract is removed, this ability must be replaced. Today, essentially every patient in the United States receives an intraocular lens (IOL) to replace this ability.

Until about the age of 42, our natural lens has the ability to change focus, allowing us to easily shift from near to far vision and back again. A round muscle in the front of the eye called the ciliary body can pull on the lens and thus change its shape. This allows us to change our focus. Gradually, the lens becomes stiffer.

Starting in our 40s, we all tend to lose our ability to focus up close. Ideally, we would like to correct this at the time the cataract is removed and the intraocular lens is implanted. Until recently, this was not possible since a traditional intraocular lens has only a fixed focal length. Today, the breakthrough technology of Premium Lenses offers the possibility of minimizing or eliminating the need for glasses after cataract or lens replacement surgery.

Causes of cataract include family history, medical issues, such as diabetes, eye injury, medications, unprotected exposure to sunlight and previous eye surgery.

Surgery is the only method by which a cataract can be removed. Cataract surgery is a highly successful procedure with over 1.4 million people having cataract surgery each year in the US with more than 95% of those surgeries performed with no complications.

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Common symptoms of Cataracts

  • Blurring of vision
  • Glare or light sensitivity
  • Poor night vision
  • Needing brighter light to read
  • Fading or yellowing of colors


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