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What is a Cataract?

Cataracts tend to be a part of the natural aging process and are one of the most commonly treated eye conditions by ophthalmologists. The surgeon a part of the St. Luke’s at The Villages team, cataract surgeon Dr. Kimberly Ireland, has been an innovator in the many advancements that have worked to make cataract surgery one of the safest and most frequently performed surgeries in the United States.

A cataract is when the eye’s normally clear lens becomes cloudy due to proteins and fibers in the lens breaking down, leading to hazy and cloudy vision. Most cataracts develop due to aging—more than half of all American adults have had a cataract or cataract surgery by the age of 80. However, a cataract can also develop when an injury impacts the tissue that makes up the eye’s lens.

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What Does Vision Look Like with Cataracts?

The lens is the part of the eye that is responsible for focusing the light that passes in the eye and for producing clear, sharp images. As we age, the lenses in our eyes become less flexible and harden, making them more susceptible to becoming cloudy. Clouded lenses negatively impact eyesight and the quality of vision.

Common symptoms of cataracts include:

If you have been diagnosed with cataracts or are struggling with cloudy vision in one or both eyes, you are not alone. Start your journey to #lifechangingvision by contacting us today!

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Cataract Treatment

The only effective way to treat cataracts is with surgery.

During cataract surgery, the cloudy lens gets removed and replaced with a clear, new artificial lens, known as an intraocular lens (IOL). Kimberly Ireland, MD will position the IOL in the same place as your natural lens. This artificial lens becomes a permanent part of the eye, allowing for clear, unobstructed vision.

Typically, the surgery is performed by making a tiny incision on the side of the cornea. In some cases, Dr. Ireland may use a laser to perform some aspects of the surgery, resulting in an even gentler, more precise procedure. After the cataract is completely removed, one of our skillful surgeons replaces it with an IOL, which allows light to focus clearly again.

Cataract surgery is typically done on an outpatient basis and surgeons usually use a local anesthetic to numb the area around the eye. As with any surgery, there are some risks that can follow cataract surgery but this procedure is generally a safe and easy one followed by minor complications.

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How to Choose the Right Lens for Cataract Surgery?

When planning your cataract surgery, cataract surgeon Kimberly Ireland, MD will explain to you the different types of intraocular lenses available and the different benefits that come with each type of lens. Dr. Ireland is here to help guide you during the decision process of selecting a lens that fits both your budget and your lifestyle.

Trifocal (Panoptix, Panoptix Toric)

Lifestyle Vision

Our most popular cataract package is our Lifestyle Vision option. This option is designed to help patients achieve the highest possible level of independence from glasses, and the greatest level of versatility in their vision with lenses that allow for clear vision both up-close and at a distance. Dr. Ireland will work with you to find the high technology lens that is best suited to your needs.

Toric (Astigmatism Correcting)

Astigmatism Reduction

The Astigmatism Reduction package is one that has been designed to reduce the blurring effects caused by astigmatism. Innovative intraocular lenses paired with surgical astigmatism reduction techniques that have been specially designed to minimize astigmatism allow patients who choose this option to experience sharp, clear vision. Appropriate candidates who choose this package may even undergo bladeless cataract surgery. Prior to surgery, our adept cataract surgeons will work with you to assess your vision goals to determine whether your vision should be focused to see best up-close, far away, or a combination of the two (known as monovision).

Monofocal (Single Vision)

Monofocal Intraocular Lenses

The Monofocal Intraocular Lens option includes standard cataract surgery and a single focus intraocular lens implant. This new lens will work to improve overall clarity in your vision, but with this option, glasses are still recommended to fully optimize vision.

It’s important to note that deciding which lens implants that works best for you, requires a thorough evaluation of your lifestyle needs and an understanding of the available technology. At St. Luke’s at The Villages, our team of eye care professionals is here to help you on the path to Life Changing Vision, call 352-375-0080 to schedule a cataract consultation today!

"Today's cataract lens technology can correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism."

- The Refractive Surgery Council

Cataract Surgery Vision Options

Our Recommendation for Your Surgical Plan

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Lifestyle Vision

The most independence from glasses with the fullest range of focus.

  • Bladeless laser cataract surgery (for appropriate candidates)

  • Lifestyle lens implant

  • Custom astigmatism reduction
    (for appropriate candidates)

  • State-of-the-art imaging and diagnostic testing

  • LASIK enhancement, if needed

  • $4,000 per eye - plus co-payments, co-insuranceand deductibles

astigmatism vision

Astigmatism Reduction

Glasses needed for near vision, maximizes distance vision.

  • Bladeless laser cataract surgery (for appropriate candidates)

  • Custom astigmatism reduction

  • State-of-the-art imaging and diagnostic testing

  • LASIK enhancement, if needed

  • $2,500 per eye - plus co-payments, co-insurance and deductibles

Standard vision lens

Standard Vision

Will need glasses to optimize vision, overall clarity improved.

  • Manual Cataract Surgery

  • Monofocal Intraocular Lens

  • Patient is responsible for co-payments, co-insurance and deductibles.

Why Choose St. Luke's at The Villages for Your Cataract Surgery?

At St. Luke’s, our highest priority is helping our patients achieve life-changing vision while providing them with the highest levels of care and safety. Compared to the national average, we are proud to say that our surgical center has a significantly lower incidence of eye infection and other surgical complications.

Some of Our Innovations Include:

Where is Cataract Surgery Performed?

We perform cataract surgeries in our Ambulatory Surgery Centers at St. Luke’s at The Villages Lake Sumter Landing location. Pre-operative and follow-up appointments are available in Brownwood and Lake Sumter Landing. We also proudly van service by appointment for surgery days.

Ready for Life Changing Vision?

Higher quality vision equates to a better quality of life and at St. Luke’s at The Villages, our goal is to help all of our patients achieve life-changing vision. Everything we do, from our organization’s history of rich innovation, thoughtful adoption of new technology and unsurpassed commitment to care, is intended to provide our patients with the best opportunities to achieve their vision goals. Dr. Kimberly Ireland is one of the most experienced and accomplished cataract surgeons in the world, and she is dedicated to providing her patients with top-notch care. At St. Luke’s, you are bound to be in great hands.

If you have been diagnosed with cataracts or are struggling with cloudy vision in one or both eyes, you are not alone. Start your journey to #lifechangingvision by contacting us today!

Our Cataract Surgeon

Kimberly Ireland MD
Kimberly Ireland, MD
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We proudly serve patients at our eye clinics in The Villages at Lake Sumter Landing and Brownwood. Our philosophy is to treat those we serve as though they are a member of our own families. From the first phone call or email to the follow-up visit and beyond, we’re here to serve you. Our goal is to help preserve and optimize your vision.

The Center for Advanced Healthcare at Brownwood
2955 Brownwood Blvd. Suite 303
The Villages, FL 32163
Lake Sumter Landing
1050 Old Camp Road, Suite 230
The Villages, FL 32162