Traditional Cataract Surgery
As a safe and dependable procedure, traditional cataract surgery or phacoemulsification is one of the most common surgeries performed across the world. Our talented team of South Florida ophthalmologists at Palm Beach Eye Center can complete both traditional or laser cataract surgery and select which procedure works best for your needs. At your consultation, we complete several diagnostic exams of your general eye health and develop a personalized strategy for your surgery. The difference between each surgery is that we perform traditional surgery manually and use laser-assisted technology for the other treatment. Please schedule an appointment with one of our ophthalmologists in Lake Worth, FL to receive more information about traditional cataract surgery. Our team would love to talk with you about the techniques for your cataract procedure.
About Cataract Surgery Reviews
"I develop dryness in my eyes about 3 or 4 years ago. At that time I went to see a group of physicians in the Boynton Beach area and after that I went to see another group in Palm Beach Gardens. After that group I then went to see another set of physicians in the Boca Raton area. One of my friends recommended an eye doctor in the Delray Beach area and after seeing all four of them I realized that all of them are trained about the same and are pretty much very basic in their methodologies. Each of them prescribed artificial tears of different types and put plugs in my tear ducts. One gave me Restasis that burned. It was after that that I asked one of my friends who has dryness of her eyes who he uses and he says that she uses the doctors at Palm Beach Eye Center specifically Dr. Wallshein and that his physician recommended. I called my VIP internist and asked who she used and I got a different answer. It was something like here are 3 names, and in a softer voice "but all the doctors in the area use this last one on the list, Dr Wallshein." She said "so do I." So I was in his office and he starts listening to my case and after 5 mins of my experience, he just asked me to stop right there and basically requested that he be allowed to do some dry testing on the spot. It was done and it was determined that I have multiple problems leading to my condition and he said that artificial tears and plugs were never going to be an effective way to treat it. So I'm supposed to believe this one and not everyone else? My wife and I was shocked and so we left the office. I requested my medical records and ended up going to another physician in the Fort Lauderdale area who than recommended once again artificial tears, plugs and this time a steroid. After doing this for several months with no improvement, I decided to return to Palm Beach Eye Center to discuss my case further. The doctor asked where I had been for so long and I said that I decided to get another opinion. We both smiled. To be honest I thought the doctor was looking to get some extra money because there was a test that was not covered by insurance of $40. He said he wished everything was covered as well because it would certainly be a lot easier to treat patients in an effective way. Anyway after multiple years of all my problems, Dr Wallshein made a treatment plan and I followed it. It's been 2 months now that I saw the good doctor and I feel great. My eyes are perfect and I sleep great at night. I can use the computer all day long. I cannot tell you how this is changed my life and I cannot tell you how wrong people can be and short-sighted. Anyway I'm just very pleased with this doctor. My wife had cataract surgery and had an absolute beautiful outcome with 20/20 vision distance and near. My daughter now sees him and she's very happy with her new contact lenses. I highly recommend this practice to all my friends. They are truly ethical smart and are thinking outside the box when it comes to treating conditions that nobody else does and I mean this literally as I saw just about everyone else."- L.S. / Google / Dec 16, 2018
"I started with this physician about 10 years ago. I was recommended by my primary care physician who used him. I also have about 40 other friends that use Dr. Wallshein. He performed cataract surgery on many of them. He also performed lid surgery on several. Dr. Wallshein is very caring and very ethical. We all love going to his practice and he's a good doctor. My vision after cataract surgery is 20/20 without glasses. I had no pain or discomfort from it. All of my friends had great outcomes as well. I had lid surgery with him as well and my lids look fantastic. Prior to surgery explained that I may get black and blue for up to 4 weeks. The usual is 2 weeks. I had it for about 10 days and a little swelling. I also was told that small scars could form around the sutures but I didn't get any. My friend had a few and were removed easily. Botox was explained helps keep the lids looking great for a much longer time than just the lids surgery itself. He's completely right. Anyone that hasn't had the Botox looks like they're the same a year later. Mine has been excellent for much longer. I read a review that was negative on here about lid surgery. The person is clueless. All you need to do is call the good doctor and he'll take care of everything. The office can get busy. Well that's because everyone wants to go to him. All the doctors in the area do and they send everyone."- R.J. / Google / Dec 16, 2019
"Ive been going to Palm Beach Eye Center in Lake Worth for 10 years. My physician is Dr. Wallshein. The first exam was about 10 years ago when I called the office for an emergency. He came to the office right away and saw me for my issue. I had an infection in the eye and he treated it with antibiotics. It went away fast. He gave me his cell phone number to call if there was a problem and I had a follow up exam scheduled. On other visits I had been seen by him for cataract surgery and had both eyes done. My vision is spectacular and I can drive and read without any glasses. Since the beginning all of my family sees him. I have also recommended all of my friends and about 20 have all had amazing experiences in his office. Between all of my friends we have been to almost every eye doctor in Lake Worth, Delray, Boynton and Wellington areas. Everyone is most impressed with Dr. Wallshein. On occasion we have had to wait a little longer than I'd like but when he's in the room he gives you all the time you need and always ask is there any other issues. One time, my husband had another issue. He said he was having difficult with his balance and seeing as well. Dr. Wallshein stopped what he was doing, ordered a bunch of tests, and a few in the office. My husband ended up having a serious condition that everyone else missed. We Love Dr. Wallshein. The best."- M.L. / Google / Dec 16, 2018
" Whoever thought the cataract surgery could be a good experience, But with Dr. Pearlman at the head of the table it was “all good”. From his office staff to the surgical staff everything was done to make me feel comfortable. I am just scheduled my second eye surgery and look forward to it. I have been singing his praises to anyone that would listen!"- Anonymous / Healthgrades / Mar 13, 2019
"I have always had good experiences at Palm Beach eye center starting with Dr Barish several years ago and most recently with Dr. Jay Wallshein who performed my cataract surgery to the utmost satisfaction. I am very happy to recommend Palm Beach Eye Center. J Katz"- J.K. / Google / Oct 15, 2021
What to Expect with Cataracts
For the most part, all people living with cataracts qualify for traditional cataract surgery as long as they are in good physical health. During your consultation, we can determine your eligibility and figure out if you have any underlying issues, such as astigmatism, macular degeneration, or retinal detachment, which may hinder your results. Once we have thoroughly assessed your eyes and medical history, you’ll receive a detailed treatment plan and information about the cost.
Offered as an outpatient procedure, it takes about 15 minutes for each eye, and before your surgery, we numb both. After you feel comfortable, one of our team members places an eye speculum to keep your eye open and prevent it from moving. Next, we create a small 1/8-inch incision at the edge of the corneal tissue to access your lens for removal, then place a new intraocular lens (IOL) or an artificial lens. Because the incision is so small, you don't require stitches. Before you leave, our team will provide detailed aftercare instructions that may include using eye drops, wearing an eye bandage, sleeping without impacting your results, and scheduling follow-up appointments to assess your healing. Following your procedure, you could have distorted vision for about 1 – 2 hours, but this will subside as your brain gets used to the new lens.
Cataract Surgery FAQ
How long does it take to recover from cataract surgery?
Most often, patients are able to return to their normal daily routine about eight weeks following their cataract surgery. Typically, any initial pain or discomfort will often diminish within a few days with the help of prescription eye drops given to you by a member of our skilled eye care team.
Is cataract surgery painful?
Generally, cataract surgery is considered relatively painless due to the use of a numbing solution that is administered to the eyes, keeping the patient from feeling any discomfort. Following surgery, the eyes may continue to feel numb for several hours, at which point, there could be some slight discomfort.
How long will it take for my vision to stabilize after cataract surgery?
Though recovery time can vary between patients, most of our patients find that their eyesight has stabilized about 1 – 3 months following cataract surgery. Follow-up appointments will also be scheduled during this time to make sure that your eyes recover properly and to provide you with an updated prescription for your glasses.
Say Goodbye to Cataracts
At Palm Beach Eye Center, our team of highly skilled ophthalmologists in Lake Worth, FL can help you receive any eye care you require. If you have been diagnosed with cataracts or suspect you have symptoms of cataracts, please reach out to our South Florida eye center to schedule a consultation with us. We can help you discover the benefits of traditional cataract surgery or laser-assisted cataract surgery.
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