June is Cataract Awareness Month according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology. As part of Cataract Awareness Month we have published this great article:

Cataract Surgery Patients Found to Live Longer

Previous studies have shown that older persons with cataract-related visual impairment likely have a greater mortality risk than their peers who have normal vision – and that cataract surgery might reduce that risk.

New research from Australia has confirmed this in a study that compared people over the age of 49 years who have cataract-related vision loss and have cataract surgery #cataractsurgery to correct this, and those similarly-aged who have the same type of vision loss, but did not have the surgery. The study found that there is a 40 percent lower long-term mortality risk in those who had the surgery.

The research was drawn from data gathered in the Blue Mountains Eye Study, which examined vision and common eye diseases in an older Australian population. #cataracts Adjustments were made for age and gender as well as a number of mortality risk factors, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, smoking, heart disease and body mass index.

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Dr. Stephen Weinstock, Ophthalmologist, is marking the 40th anniversary of his practice this year. In 1974 he opened a small office in Largo which has grown and expanded to become the Eye Institute of West Florida #eyeinstituteofwestflorida, a leading institution for ophthalmology and research center with eight partners providing innovative care using leading edge technologies for treating eye diseases and disorders. This year The Eye Institute of West Florida celebrates their 40th Anniversary honoring a tradition of progressive service, innovation, and cutting edge technology led by Dr. Stephen Weinstock

Robert J. Weinstock, M.D. is a board-certified ophthalmologist and is fellowship-trained in cataract and refractive surgery. He became interested in ophthalmology at an early age – as he watched and assisted his father. Dr. Weinstock has joined the practice in 2001 after completing his residency at the St. Louis University School of Medicine. He is the Director of Cataract and Refractive Services at the Eye Institute of West Florida and The Weinstock Laser Eye Center. #eyeinstituteofwestflorida #eyeinstituteofwestflorida #cataractsurgeons He also is an associate clinical professor of ophthalmology at the University of South Florida, and serves as the Surgical Director of the Largo Ambulatory Surgery Center. He was named one of 250 in Premier Surgeon’s List of Leading Innovators of 2010 for his contributions to cataract surgery and premium IOLs. In addition to performing thousands of vision correcting cataract and LASIK #cataractsurgery procedures each year, Dr. Weinstock speaks and teaches nationally and internationally on customized cataract surgery and surgical innovations. He is continuously engaged in clinical research and studies to evaluate new technology, many of which are sanctioned by the FDA. He #drrobertweinstock is recognized internationally as an expert on new implant technology and microincisional surgical techniques. He has authored many book chapters on cataract surgery and continues to write journal articles on cataract and refractive surgery.

Undergraduate: Brandeis University, Waltham, MA

Medical School: The Chicago Medical School, IL
Internship: St. John’s Mercy Medical Center, St. Louis, MO
Residence: St. Louis University School of Medicine, MO
Fellowship: The Eye Institute of West Florida

Board Certifications: American Board of Ophthalmology, Cataract Certification (Sub-Specialty) Cataract/Implant Surgery, American Board of Eye Surgery, LASIK Certification (Sub-Specialty) Refractive Surgery
Academic Appointment: Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Ophthalmology, University of South Florida, Tampa
Specialty: Refractive Cataract & LASIK Surgery

Robert J. Weinstock, MD, can be reached at Eye Institute of West Florida, 148 13th St. NW, Largo, FL 33770; 727-478-1299; or at http://cataractsurgeons.com for a consultation. email: rjweinstock@yahoo.com.