As a toddler, Jeril Cohen was diagnosed as being legally blind.

From birth to her diagnosis at age three, Jeril’s parents had no idea of the severity of her vision difficulties. Then one
day her parents noticed that she was no longer reaching for her toys or even for her mother or father.

“They would surround me with toys, and I was not reaching out for any of them,” she explains. “I never reached for my parents, either, and that is when they started to worry. It seemed to them that I was staring off into space a lot of the time.”
After a trip to the ophthalmologist, Jeril was diagnosed as being legally blind. She was prescribed corrective lenses and remembers how different the world looked through those “Coke® bottle” glasses.

“I remember looking up at the sky and asking my mother, Mommy, what are those white things in the sky? because I had never really noticed the clouds before,” she shares.

At 12, Jeril was excited to be able to finally ditch those glasses and wear contact lenses.

“They were very large back then; they seemed to cover the entire eye,” she recalls. “They were hard lenses because that was my only option. I continued to wear hard lenses, though, even when the softer, disposable lenses became available.”
As the years progressed, Jeril developed cataracts. When it came time to have them removed, her choice of surgeon was crystal clear.

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Robert J. Weinstock, M.D. ‪#‎drrobertweinstock‬ is a board-certified ophthalmologist and is fellowship-trained in cataract and refractive surgery. 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 ‪#‎astigmatism‬ at the Eye Institute of West Florida and The Weinstock Laser Eye Center. 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 ‪#‎eyeinstituteofwestflorida‬ for his contributions to cataract surgery and premium IOLs. In addition to performing thousands of vision correcting cataract and LASIK procedures each year, Dr. Weinstock speaks and teaches nationally and internationally on customized cataract surgery ‪#‎cataracts‬ and surgical innovations.‪#‎cataractsurgeons‬ He is continuously engaged in clinical research and studies to evaluate new technology, many of which are sanctioned by the FDA. He is recognized internationally ‪#‎lasikeyesurgery‬ 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.