FAQs – Advanced Cataract & Glaucoma Care, PLLC
To make an appointment, call our office at 727-300-0299. For non-urgent issues, you may be able to schedule online through our online portal, mainly for established patients with non-urgent scheduling needs. We have also partnered with DocClocker to help prevent delays and to help reduce the amount of time you spend in a waiting room.
Under limited circumstances, eligible patients may be able to utilize virtual TeleHealth services with Virtual Check-In, E-Visits and Telemedicine. Please check with our staff to see if your individual circumstances and needs may qualify for these services.
Having your records transferred to our office prior to your initial appointment is important to help the continued care of your eyes. We can provide you with a Medical Records Release Form that can be used to obtain your records. Getting these prior to the day of your first appointment is very helpful.
You may be dilated on the day of your exam, so please bring a driver if needed. You will typically be dilated on your first examination, along with at yearly exams, and 6-month follow-ups, or sometimes with new symptoms.
Paperwork is required by law and provides Dr. Sheets with details of your medical history and current medications. Please provide the most current and accurate information.
For significant trauma, injury or severe, sudden vision loss, it is best to call 911 or go to the nearest emergency department. For less urgent issues, please call our office at 727-300-0299 for additional guidance.
Please call our office during normal business hours at 727-300-0299 and provide us with your pharmacy information. After-hours prescription refills are typically discouraged due to our need to verify your records to prescribe properly. Understandable exceptions are for surgical care or emergencies.
ANYONE can get glaucoma. This is why it is important to schedule regular eye examinations with an ophthalmologist.
An abnormal buildup of inner pressure of the eye (intraocular pressure or IOP) leads to nerve damage of the optic nerve.
Usually none until there is severe damage. This is why glaucoma is called the “Sneak Thief of Sight.” Due to the usual gradual rise in pressure and vision loss occurring peripherally at first, most do not detect glaucoma until it is quite advanced.
So far there is no cure for glaucoma, but there are lots of treatments that can control or slow the disease. Currently efforts to reverse damage have been unsuccessful.
Glaucoma is most commonly treated with medications (usually in the form of eye drops), laser (to restore the natural fluid flow within the eye), or surgery to create new flow within the eye and surrounding tissues. Dr. Sheets will discuss the option(s) best for you.
Dr. Sheets will need to perform an examination of your eyes and optic nerves (ophthalmoscopy) and will need to measure your intraocular pressure (tonometry). Other components may include measuring your corneal thickness ( pachymetry), evaluating the eye’s natural drainage (gonioscopy), and computerized optic nerve analysis (optical coherence tomography – OCT).
It is when the natural crystalline lens in the eye becomes cloudy.
What are the symptoms of cataracts? Common symptoms are clouded, blurry or dim vision or increasing difficulty with vision at night. Sensitivity to light and glare, halos, or faded or yellowed vision are common. Frequent changes to eyeglasses or contact lenses are common findings. Double vision in a single eye can be a symptom.
Modern cataract surgery is performed using ultrasound energy to break up and remove the cataract. For many years, surgeons have replaced the eye’s old, cloudy or discolored lens with a new, clear acrylic or silicone intraocular lens (IOL). This IOL will then do the focusing for the eye.
Cataract surgery should be considered when your cataracts are affecting your daily activities.
There are many different IOL choices that can be used to help lessen your dependence on glasses and/or speed your recovery time. These will be discussed during your consultation, but include Toric, multifocal and monofocal IOLs.