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What time am I required to arrive for surgery?

Oh, we’ll always call you the day before and let you know of your arrival time. Each doctor has a different schedule, so it depends on who you plan to see for your surgery.

How many days prior to surgery must I remove my contact lenses?

Every day that you are not wearing your contacts and wearing your glasses, you are unmolding your cornea. This is very important for a great surgical outcome. If you wear soft contacts and do not sleep in them, you must take them out for one week more...

Will someone tell me which medications I should stop taking prior to surgery?

Oh, sure. One of our nurses from the surgery center will call and review all your medications with you and discuss which medication(s) you may need to stop, if any, prior to surgery. more...

Do I need to fast prior to surgery?

Sometimes it’s nothing to eat or drink after midnight and sometimes it’s two hours before surgery. That’s something we’ll decide when you’re here for your cataract surgery evaluation. Not to worry, though, we’ll have a hot or cold beverage and a snack waiting for you after surgery.

Can I drive after surgery?

No, not the day of surgery. The light sedation you receive may make you just a little less responsive behind the wheel of the car. Therefore, for your safety and for others on the road, you will need a driver. Courtesy transportation is available if you have no other means of travel.

Are there restrictions and precautions to follow after the cataract procedure?

Just a few. For those of us who love to swim, you can still get in the water to exercise and cool off, but no putting your head under water for two weeks after surgery. It’s also important to remember that you can’t have any dental work done for two weeks after your procedure. more...

When can I resume normal activities such as travel, swimming, or exercise?

You can hop on a plane the day of surgery if you’d like. There are swimming restrictions for two weeks. As for exercise, we love exercise and suggest you go for it. Just remember to protect your eyes for a few weeks. Golf? Sure … day after surgery. Tennis? Of course … day after surgery.

What medical tests are needed prior to surgery?

Let’s talk for a minute. Don’t worry; with cataract surgery it’s so easy. We’ll check your blood pressure right here in the office, ask a few questions about medications and you’re set to go. more...

What is the difference between LASIK and Cataract Surgery?

The difference between LASIK and cataract surgery is that LASIK is a laser beam that treats the surface of the cornea. Cataract surgery requires a tiny incision in the eye to remove the cataract and implant your new lens. For patients with cataracts who wish to experience greater freedom from eyeglasses, we offer Laser Cataract Surgery. The LensAR laser system we use is ultrafast and makes super-precise incisions so that you get a perfectly round and centered opening to the lens of the eye. This is important if you wish to see better with an aspheric or advanced lens to reduce your dependence on glasses. 

How often do I take the medication that is prescribed for me and when do I administer the drops?

We keep it pretty simple for you. We will make sure your instructions are written down and we will always be available for you to call us. We know how easy it is to forget and how confusing it can be.

Is it okay to use artificial tears?

Absolutely. Artificial tears are a comfort solution, not a prescription medication. It’s an over-the-counter bottled eye drop you can use all day long whenever you want.

Is it ok to use warm compresses?

Of course! A warm compress is like a warm fuzzy. The eyelid loves warm compresses. You can start your morning with a warm compress and you can end your day with a warm compress. They’re so easy…just take a warm washcloth, apply it to your eyes, kick back and relax.

Are symptoms of soreness, foreign body sensation, floaters, or drainage normal after surgery?

Mmmm. Maybe and maybe not. You should call us and we will let you know what to do.

Is it safe to take medications from my Primary Care Physician or Over The Counter prescriptions?

If you’re planning surgery with us, we’ll discuss all the medications you take and we’ll decide together.

What are the pre and post operative surgery instructions?

This would depend on what surgery you’re planning and who your doctor is. We try to keep it pretty simple and we will be more specific with you when you come in for your evaluation. We will provide you with written instructions and are always available to answer any questions you may have.

Will the doctor prepare a letter, order, instructions or report if I need it for work or my primary care physician?

Of course we will be happy to prepare any correspondence necessary.

What are advanced lenses?

The advanced lenses ( ReSTOR, Crystalens HD and TECNIS Multifocal) are FDA-approved, all-distance vision, intraocular lenses (IOLs) used in cataract surgery or refractive lens exchange. more...

What should I expect after having surgery with advanced lenses?

There is minimal recovery time and most patients are able to resume their normal activities within a day or two of the procedure. Advanced lenses have been shown in clinical studies to provide good vision at all distances with decreased dependence on glasses.

How soon after the procedure will I be able to see at varying distances?

Some patients see more clearly immediately following their procedure. Most report their vision is good the next day and continues to improve over several months. Optimal results are best after both eyes have been implanted with advanced lenses.

How long does it take to adjust to the advanced lenses?

After surgery, the adaptation period may take up to six months, but most patients report less. After surgery in the second eye, you can expect a progressive increase in quality vision during the first three months.

How many patients are free from reading glasses, bifocals and trifocals after receiving advanced lenses?

At Center For Sight, 95% of patients find they never need glasses again after receiving advanced lenses. Occasionally, although rare, some patients may continue wearing glasses to help them perform specific tasks or see certain objects. The results achieved after receiving advanced lenses are truly life changing. In FDA studies, nearly 84 percent of patients see 20/40 or better.

Who is the ideal candidate for an advanced lens?

Anyone who has a normal eye exam and is dependent on reading glasses or bifocals for presbyopia (over 40 vision) may be a candidate. more...

Who is not an ideal candidate for advanced lenses?

Based on FDA clinical trials, the lens manufacturers have indicated the following types of patients are not ideal candidates for the ReSTOR advanced lens: more...

How many people have been treated at Center For Sight with advanced lenses?

Among Drs. Shoemaker, Lahners, Soscia, and Kim, thousands of advanced lenses have been implanted, making Center For Sight one of the leading groups in the United States.

What are the risks of this of lens replacement surgery?

The greatest risk is infection, which is very rare, occurring in less than one in every 5,000 cases. Lens replacement surgery is one of the most commonly performed surgeries in the United States.

What makes advanced lenses different from aspheric IOLs?

The aspheric monofocal (fixed-focus) lens implant provides excellent vision after cataract surgery, however most patients will require bifocals and/or contacts to have near and intermediate vision. Advanced lenses offer the greatest opportunity to reduce or eliminate your dependence on glasses.

Are payment plans available to help finance advanced lenses?

Yes, Center For Sight offers several convenient payment plans through a third party. You can speak to a patient care counselor to see what will work best for you, or visit our website to fill out the application.

What is a Cataract?

A cataract is the clouding of the eyes natural lens, making it difficult to read, drive and perform many daily functions. Cataracts are a normal part of the aging process, developing slowly and usually without causing problems in the early stages. However, as the cataract matures the cloudiness increases resulting in significant loss of sight and even blindness.

How do I know if I have a cataract?

Cataract symptoms are:

  • Cloudiness or blurry vision
  • Poor night vision
  • Double vision
  • Colors seem faded
  • Glare or halos
  • Light sensitivity

You should see your optometrist if you are experiencing any of these symptoms.

What are cataract symptoms?

  • Cloudiness or blurry vision
  • Poor night vision
  • Double vision
  • Colors seem faded
  • Glare or halos
  • Light sensitivity

What is the treatment for cataracts?

Cataract surgery is necessary to remove the cloudy lens which is then replaced by an artificial lens called an intraocular lens (IOL). more...

What are the benefits of advanced lenses?

Advanced Lenses. Imagine a life free from the restrictions and hassles of glasses. If you are suffering from poor vision and dependency on glasses due to a cataract, or if you simply want to be free from glasses, an advanced lens may be for you. more...

What is the AcrySof ReSTOR multifocal lens?

The AcrySof ReSTOR multi-focal lens provides good vision at all distances. Alcon’s patented technology combines the strengths of apodized diffractive and refractive technologies which are similar to the technologies used in microscopes and telescopes, allowing for good vision near and far.

What is the Crystalens?

Bausch & Lomb's Crystalens HD is the only FDA approved accommodating intraocular lens which provides enhanced depth of focus. This lens is designed to improve near vision without compromising intermediate and distance vision.

What are advanced lenses?

Advanced IOLs are artificial lenses used in cataract surgery or refractive lens exchange. These unique IOLs can help you achieve in exceptional visual acuity; meaning patients can read prescription bottles, magazines and newspapers while also seeing items at a distance independent of reading glasses or bifocals. more...

What is Refractive Lens Exchange or (RLE)?

Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE) corrects nearsightedness and farsightedness using an intraocular lens implant. RLE is often the procedure of choice for patients who are too nearsighted, too farsighted or have corneas that are too thin for laser vision correction. It is also an excellent alternative for those over the age of 40 and for those individuals who may be showing signs of developing cataracts.


What is Conductive Keratoplasty or CK?

Conductive Keratoplasty is a non-laser procedure that changes how the eye focuses light by reshaping the cornea. CK uses a controlled release of radiofrequency (RF) energy to heat and shrink the corneal tissue of the eye, which steepens the cornea’s shape. This steepening results in the desired refractive correction. more...

When was Center For Sight founded?

Director of cataract and lens replacement surgery at Center For Sight, David W. Shoemaker, MD, founded Center For Sight in 1986 with a mission is to be the best in the world at Bringing Clear Vision To Life ™, through caring and trusting relationships and the pursuit of excellence in eye, cosmetic, skin care and hearing services. more...

Is Center For Sight hiring?

Looking For A Positive Career Change? If you are energetic, organized, customer-service oriented and seeking an exciting new profession, then one of the nation's leading multi-specialty physician groups, Center For Sight is looking for you. more...

Who is Dr. Shoemaker?

Center For Sight Founder and Director of Cataract and Lens Replacement Surgery, Dr. David W. Shoemaker, has earned an international reputation for excellence as one of the world’s leading cataract and lens replacement surgeons. more...

What charities does Center For Sight support?

Our belief is that all people should have the opportunity to see their personal best, reach their full potential, and contribute to society. more...

What upcoming events is Center For Sight hosting?

For a complete list of our upcoming seminars and events, please see our Seminars section online or call 941-925-2020.

Who is Dr. Soscia?

Dr. William L. Soscia is a graduate from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He is a decorated Army officer, serving in the Persian Gulf War in Iraq. Following his military career, Dr. Soscia was admitted to the University of Florida College of Medicine where he graduated with honors in research and was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. more...

How do I schedule an appointment?

To schedule an appointment, please contact Center For Sight at 941-925-2020 or 800-941-6956.

Is Center For Sight accepting new patients?

Yes, Center For Sight is accepting new patients.

Does Center For Sight participate in Mission Cataract?

Yes.  Mission Cataract is Center For Sight's way of giving back to the people of the community by providing free cataract surgery to people of all ages without the means to pay; Mission Cataract is another name for caring.  Following the 1991 dream of Dr. Frederick Richburg in California, the mission of the program is to bring as many people as possible from blindness to useful and productive lives.  Center For Sight's goal is to expand the program each year so that more and more people can enjoy the wonderful gift of sight.

What is the cost of basic cataract surgery?

The average cost to the patient of basic cataract surgery (including pre-operative evaluation and diagnostic testing) is entirely dependent on the patient's health insurance coverage.  It can be as little as $500 (Medicare and supplemental insurance) to $1500 (Medicare only without annual deductible having been met).

What is a YAG?

YAG ... Yes, the infamous YAG laser.  This is one of many laser treatments available to us in the world of ophthalmology. This particular laser treatment is done in order to restore your sight if clouding of vision occurs after cataract or lens replacement surgery. Let me explain ... when your natural lens is removed we leave a membrane in place (like a drumhead) to help stabilize the eye. This membrane, also called a capsule, most likely will become cloudy as a normal part of the healing process.  The cloudiness is not harming your eye; however, you may notice symptoms of blurred vision and glare. 

The YAG laser treatment is very simple and one of the safest procedures in ophthalmology. Your eye will be dilated (you might want to bring a driver with you) so your surgeon has a good view of the cloudy capsule. You just sit upright in a chair like when you have your eyes examined.  The procedure is performed in a matter of minutes with an invisible laser beam and there is no pain or discomfort.

You may experience floaters for up to two weeks after the laser, however, this is normal and to be expected.  Do let us know immediately, though, if you have flashing lights with a new onset of floaters or a curtain of darkness that comes over your vision.  As I said, the YAG laser is very safe, however no procedure is risk free.  That “Fourth of July” celebration with flashing lights and multiple floaters could be symptoms of a retinal detachment (less than a 1 in 1,000 chance of occurrence). Keep in mind that the YAG laser is much safer than cataract surgery and the benefit of restored vision certainly outweighs the risk.

Here's some more good news about the YAG laser ... No eye drops are needed and there are no restrictions before or after the procedure. If you currently use eye drops your normal routine will not change. This is a medically necessary laser procedure and is billable to your insurance just like cataract surgery. Last, but not least, I'll bet you’d like to know what YAG stands for, right?  Y= Yttrium  A= Aluminum  G= Garnet.

What is monovision?

Monovision is one way we can fight presbyopia. Presbyopia happens when we lose the ability to see clearly up close without glasses. This typically occurs around the age of 40-45 and can be very bothersome to deal with. If you don’t like the idea of wearing those silly reading glasses, monovision is an alternative. This is easily done with the use of a contact lens or Lasik surgery. One eye sees well in the distance and the other eye sees well close up. All our O.D.’s can help with a contact lens fitting for this type of vision or check out Dr. Lahners if you want a permanent fix.

What is the difference between Advanced Lenses vs. LASIK?

Advanced Lenses are an implant that is placed in the eye, typically during cataract surgery. We currently implant 3 types of Advanced Lenses; ReStor, Crystalens, and Tecnis Multifocal. LASIK is a procedure that improves vision by treating the surface of the eye which is called the cornea.

What is an LRI?

Limbal Relaxing Incision (LRI) -is a refractive surgical procedure to correct minor astigmatism in the eye. Incisions are made at the opposite edges of the cornea, following the curve of the iris, causing a slight flattening in that direction. Because the incisions are outside of the field of view, they do not cause glare and other visual effects that result from other corneal surgeries like Radial Keratotomy. LRI’s have become the most common technique to correct astigmatism as part of cataract surgery.

What is a TORIC Lens?

There are two types of Toric lenses. Toric lenses are designed for people with a significant degree of astigmatism.
1. Toric IOL’s (Intraocular Lens) as a cataract implant option.
2. Toric Contact Lenses.
Have you been told you can't wear soft contact lenses because you have astigmatism? The difference is in the design of the lens. Toric lenses have two powers in them, created with curvatures at different angles (one for astigmatism, the other for either myopia or hyperopia). There's also a mechanism to keep the contact lens relatively stable on the eye when you blink or look around. To provide crisp vision, toric contact lenses cannot rotate on your eye.

What seminars does Center For Sight have planned?

Center For Sight hosts various seminars on several topics.  To see what's coming up, please visit:

Where can I find out more information about your surgery center?

The Center For Sight's ambulatory surgery center opened in January 2001. This state-of-the-art facility is staffed by ophthalmic and facial cosmetic surgeons, as well as RNs that are licensed in the state of Florida and have basic life support (BLS) and acute cardiac life safety (ACLS) certifications.  To obtain more information about our AAAHC-certified surgery center, please visit

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