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Cataract Surgery Procedure: Selecting a Surgeon

by Damion Wasylow 5 February 2019 08:43 AM

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If you or a loved one is considering cataract surgery, choosing the right surgeon for the procedure is your most important decision. No two surgeons are the same, so it’s essential to research and interview local ophthalmologists to find one with the ability and expertise you expect.

Here are five criteria to consider when selecting your cataract surgeon…


Cataract surgery is a specialty in every sense of the word, one that requires specialized training in both the basic procedure and the modern and evolving surgical techniques that make it one of the safest medical procedures available.

Only about 9,000 physicians in the U.S. regularly perform cataract surgery.

Dr. Gregory Snodgrass of North Florida Cataract Specialists and Vision Care is among the nation’s best-trained cataract experts. He obtained his medical degree from the West Virginia University School of Medicine and completed his internship and Ophthalmology Residency at Riverside Methodist Hospital and The Ohio State University, serving as Chief Resident. Five years ago, he was the first ophthalmologist in North Central Florida to use the LenSx system for laser-assisted cataract surgery.


There’s no substitute for experience. Book study and med school instruction provide the foundation, but there’s even more to learn from actually performing the procedure. A surgeon who has successfully treated thousands of patients has a lot of real-world experience from which to draw. 

Dr. Snodgrass has performed more than 20,000 successful cataract surgeries, while earning accolades from patients and colleagues alike. He was recently inducted into the prestigious International Association of HealthCare Professionals and named one of Gainesville’s top three eye doctors.


Cataract surgery has come a long way in recent years. Not long ago, traditional surgery was the only option available to patients. While traditional techniques are still viable, many patients today opt for laser-assisted surgery. Laser cataract surgery is pain-free and requires less recovery time. Selecting an eye surgeon who offers both will allow you to fully explore all your options. 

North Florida Cataract Specialist and Vision Care has an outstanding track record with both traditional and laser-assisted procedures. In fact, Dr. Snodgrass was the first local eye surgeon to use the state-of-the-art LenSx laser cataract system. He regularly performs both traditional and laser-assisted cataract surgeries.


The best cataract surgeons surround themselves with outstanding people, tools and resources in order to make the complete surgical process as pleasant and effective as possible. Surgery can be scary, so it’s crucial to have friendly staff with a great bedside manner to make you feel comfortable and cared for. It’s also important to have a facility that offers outstanding surgical technology alongside modern amenities.

North Florida Cataract Specialists and Vision Care’s staff is top-notch. They gladly take time to answer all of your questions and support you in every way possible. From the practice’s three convenient locations to the Laser and Outpatient Surgery Center where Dr. Snodgrass performs cataract surgeries, you’ll find state-of-the-art facilities for cutting-edge eye care. 


You don’t have to like your surgeon, but it’s a whole lot nicer if you do. After all, through the course of your diagnosis, evaluation, treatment and recovery, you’ll meet several times with your cataract surgeon. Even more important is finding a surgeon you can trust.

Dr. Gregory Snodgrass puts patients first. His pleasant demeanor makes him a patient favorite, leading to reviews including, “Dr. Snodgrass has to be the world's best ophthalmologist! His positive and professional approach includes a focused determination that my eyes will be as healthy as possible,” and, “As a patient, I appreciate his friendliness and concern for my vision and well-being.” 

If you’re considering cataract surgery, contact North Florida Cataract Specialists and Vision Care today at 352-373-4300.



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