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What makes Stephenson Eye Associates stand out as the preferred cataract surgery practice in the Venice & Sarasota area?



Dr. Stephenson is an award-winning cataract surgeon, Medical Director and founder of Stephenson Eye Associates. In addition to being certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology, she is among the few elite providers certified by the American Board of Eye Surgery. She was awarded a Distinguished Service Award from the Venice Lions Club for 25 years with Venice and Englewood Vision Center in 2014.



Dr. Stephenson is trusted by her community and has been caring for people in Venice for a long time. She is part of the community. Dr. Dee is a different kind of human that exudes extreme care and compassion and that’s what her patients love. Her attention to detail with diagnosis and implant selection is unmatched.



Dr. Stephenson has performed thousands of cataract surgery procedures and uses the highest level of technology to ensure her patients have the most successful possible outcome. Dr. Stephenson of Stephenson Eye Associates has been recognized by numerous institutions for her expertise including being named one of the Premier 300 Surgeon Innovators list of leading innovators for her contributions to cataract surgery and premium IOLs and also in Who's Who in Ophthalmology.

Meet Dr. Stephenson

If the world around you isn't as sharp and clear as it once was, don't delay seeking help. Since 1989, Dr. Dee Stephenson at Stephenson Eye Associates has successfully treated today's common vision problems. Dr. Dee can help you maintain your vision and independence.

Dr. Stephenson and her staff make every effort to put you at ease. This is from the refreshingly home-like office setting, to their friendly and courteous approach to caring for your vision needs. She is a Board Certified Ophthalmic Surgeon with extensive expertise in micro-incisional cataract surgery and implantation of premium intra-ocular lenses, as well as laser surgery for the treatment of glaucoma, corneal and external eye disease, vision problems related to diabetes, and more.

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A Leader in Cataract Surgery

Dee Stephenson, MD is one of the Sarasota County region's premier ophthalmologists specializing in cataract surgery. She is a leader in the advancements of cataract surgery using only the latest and most advanced technology to provide the best cataract surgery outcomes for her patients. Unlike other practices, Dr. Dee wants to meet with each patient for a comprehensive evaluation and thoroughly discuss the cataract surgery options that will provide the best visual outcome for their individual lifestyle needs. If you are seeking a Sarasota County cataract surgery expert who has a strong command of surgical techniques and uses the latest technology, be sure to contact Stephenson Eye Associates.

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What Should I Be Thinking About before Cataract Surgery?

Living with Cataracts

Cataracts are part of the normal aging process. As we age, more than just our appearances and physical abilities begin to change our eyes do as well. Cataracts are often considered part of the aging process and at some point in life, typically for those 50+, everyone will form cataracts. Early cataracts are almost unnoticeable to you but can be detected in a comprehensive eye exam. Most cataracts gradually develop over a period of years. The progression of your cataracts largely depends on your overall health and lifestyle.

Stephenson Eye Associates recommends annual eye exams for all those over the age of 40 to monitor the progression of cataracts and other eye diseases. When the cataract has developed to a point where it is causing visual impairment, cataract surgery is recommended. Dr. Stephenson's staff will thoroughly explain the entire surgical procedure as well as options for improving your visual outcome after cataract surgery with the use of premium lenses and also utilizing advanced laser technology during the procedure.

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Advanced Laser Cataract Technology

Over the past several years, there have been great advancements in cataract surgery technology. Stephenson Eye Associates is proud to be the first practice in Venice to offer patients both high level services and a bladeless cataract surgery experience. Dr. Stephenson uses the Lensar Laser Cataract System, which gives her the ability to make more precise incisions in the cornea and lens allowing for a procedure that is truly customized to your eye's own unique anatomy.

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What are the Benefits of Laser Cataract Surgery?

Lensar's Cataract Laser with Augmented Reality technology provides a unique high-resolution, 3-D view of the eye that allows Dr. Stephenson to tailor your treatment, which can improve your visual outcomes.

With the Lensar Laser's most advanced technology available, a customized cataract removal procedure is performed to your eye's own unique size and shape. The system was designed with comfort in mind, so you can relax knowing the latest technology available is being used to treat one of your most valuable senses - your sight.

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Learn More About Active-Lifestyle Lens Options

If you have cataracts, then you have some important decisions to make prior to your surgery. There are new advanced lens options that can reduce or even eliminate your need to wear glasses after cataract surgery. Dr. Stephenson is an expert in premium lens technology and will work with you to determine what lens is best for your lifestyle needs. If you research the options available in intraocular lenses, you will see many celebrities endorsing different lenses. Although this is beneficial to bring awareness about these advanced technology lenses, every eye is different. Depending on your individual visual needs, certain lenses will correct your vision better than others. The staff at Stephenson Eye Associates will educate you on these options and Dr. Stephenson will select the lenses best for your eyes.

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Do You Suffer From Dry Eyes?

Do your eyes burn, or feel itchy, scratchy, or sticky? Dry Eye syndrome is a problem that affects up to 20 % of the population and manifests itself in various types of eye pain. It is triggered by the strain our eyes are subjected to by our modern lifestyles.

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