Eye specialist corrects astigmatism at time of cataract surgery.

Carolyn Walton knows a lot about numbers. The math teacher and retired principal has made them her career; but like many things, they started getting harder for her to see.
“I had quite a bit of difficulty seeing my board and seeing my computer and my notes in front of me,” Carolyn relates.

Math teacher Carolyn Walton
can see clearly again.
“Things were difficult for me driving at night; lights bothered me; being out in the sun bothered me,” she adds. “I knew I had bad astigmatism in both eyes, but because it had gotten worse and things appeared kind of fuzzy and glazed over when I actually looked at them, I decided I better check it out. So I called Dr. Rob and he took care of me.”
“Dr. Rob” is Robert J. Weinstock, MD, #drrobertweinstock of The Eye Institute of West Florida #eyeinstituteofwestflorida . Dr. Weinstock is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and is fellowship trained in cataract and refractive surgery. He is director of cataract and refractive services at The Eye Institute of West Florida and The Weinstock Laser Eye Center and is recognized internationally for his microincisional surgical techniques.
Although Carolyn had worn glasses for about 20 years, she was concerned about the sudden onset of her latest symptoms.
“The fact that I was having more difficulty seeing things clearly came on quite quickly,” she notes. “It seemed like I was looking through cellophane. #cataracts Everything was all blurred. That came suddenly, which made me go to him immediately.”
Carolyn has known Dr. Weinstock for several years. Still, she was impressed by the thoroughness of her initial consultation. She was not surprised to learn that she had cataracts, a clouding of the lens of the eye. She was told she needed surgery.
Dr. Weinstock noted that in addition to her cataracts, Carolyn had a very high amount of astigmatism. He suggested to Carolyn that he treat both problems at the same time.
“Astigmatism means the shape of the eye is not round,” explains Dr. Weinstock. “It’s shaped a little more oval; more specifically, the cornea is more oval shaped. If you do just cataract surgery and leave the cornea that shape, patients will need glasses after cataract surgery for all ranges of vision. However, if you get laser cataract surgery combined with a specialized implant that corrects the astigmatism, #cataractsurgeons even patients who have high amounts of astigmatism can reduce the need for glasses after cataract surgery.”

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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. 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 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 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