Precise Cataract Surgery

Richard Marcovecchio recalls his vision began to decline around age 50, a common denominator for many people.
“I started wearing glasses around middle age,” Richard recalls. “My eyesight just wasn’t as clear as it once was, so I had no choice but to get glasses. Eventually I worked my way up to contact lenses. I ride a motorcycle, and it was easier for me to wear contacts than have glasses on my face.”
Within the first month of using contacts, things went downhill quickly for Richard.
“My eyelids were getting real heavy and droopy,” he shares. “Every time I put the contact lens in my right eye, my eyelid would push it out. I couldn’t ride my motorcycle because I couldn’t get both contacts in. Wearing eyeglasses was not an option when riding, so I knew I needed to see an ophthalmologist to discuss what my options were.”
Richard asked his fellow riding buddies for a referral and says several recommended he seek the advice of Alexandra Kostick, MD, at Atlantic Eye Center in Palm Coast.
“I was surprised that so many people I asked knew of her,” Richard recalls. “Given that so many people are familiar with her level of service, I decided I would make an appointment.”

Lift Up Those Lids

“When I first met with Richard late last year, I did a complete examination and determined that the first course of action that needed to be taken was an upper lid blepharoplasty to lift his eyelids so he could see better,” conveys Dr. Kostick.
Blepharoplasty is done as an outpatient under local anesthetics. During the surgery, an incision is made in the upper lid crease, and through that incision, the extra skin and muscle are removed. Then, sutures are placed along the incision.
Any scarring is normally present along the lid crease, she adds, so when the eyes are open, the scar is tucked away into the normal fold of the lid crease.
“The procedure was a piece of cake,” Richard shares. “After my eyelids healed, my vision seemed to be back to normal, but not for long.”

VerifEye+ Technology

Over the last six months, Richard developed rapidly progressing cataracts.
Cataracts occur when “protein clumping” clouds the eye’s lens and affects vision. As cataracts develop, patients describe a variety of symptoms, including a loss in the vibrancy of colors or the need for frequent changes in eyeglasses.
“Everything seemed a lot blurrier,” Richard confirms. “And night driving was definitely more cumbersome. I felt like it was becoming a hazard for me to be driving at night, so I had to keep my driving to daylight hours.”
After consulting with Dr. Kostick, it was decided that Richard was at the stage where the cataracts did need to be removed.
“It was definitely time for cataract surgery,” Dr. Kostick remembers. “He wanted to be able to get back on his motorcycle again and ride safely.”
During cataract surgery, an ultrasonic device is used to emulsify or break up the cloudy, natural lens. Once cataracts are removed, an intraocular lens (IOL) is implanted in the eye to correct vision permanently.
“When it was decided that Richard was ready to have the cataracts removed, I was pleased to be able to utilize the advanced ORA™ System with VerifEye+,” Dr. Kostick explains. “This advanced technology provides real-time, reliable data and image guidance so that ophthalmologists can more accurately select the appropriate advanced intraocular lens power and placement during cataract surgery.
“The availability of this state-of-the-art equipment goes along with our commitment to provide the most technologically advanced materials and services to patients. It has been absolutely wonderful to be able to fine-tune cataract surgery to the exact outcome the patient wants.”
Richard’s cataracts were removed, and his vision was corrected with monovision intraocular lenses, meaning one eye is corrected for distance and the other for reading.
“The lens prescription in each of his eyes is different to give him monovision,” says Dr. Kostick. “His right eye is now 20/20 for distance vision, and his left eye is 20/20 for near vision.”

Patient-Centered Services

Dr. Kostick’s patients become part of the Atlantic Eye Center family.
“When patients are seen in our clinic, they become part of our extended family,” she asserts. “We strive to make them comfortable in a very caring environment. We make it less of a business and more of a personal touch when they come through.”
A strong reputation in the community is also something the staff at Atlantic Eye Center strives to maintain.
“I think word of mouth is so very important, and we pride ourselves on the referrals we get,” Dr. Kostick assures. “I can honestly say my staff goes out of their way to ensure that people are cared for to our utmost capability.”
Richard says he has referred several friends to Dr. Kostick and could not imagine experiencing a better outcome with his vision anywhere else.
“I can see the gauges on my motorcycle, and I can read road signs clearly again,” Richard shares. “I feel assured knowing Dr. Kostick educates herself all the time to be able to learn and provide the most advanced care to patients. It makes me feel confident in her abilities.
“I recommend Atlantic Eye Center to anyone in need of eye surgery or just general eye care. The staff and Dr. Kostick are really fantastic!”

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