December 31, 2023

Health Pros: Cutting Edge Expertise Has Changed Cataract Surgery

1.7 min read| Published On: December 31st, 2023|

By Akers Editorial

Health Pros: Cutting Edge Expertise Has Changed Cataract Surgery

1.7 min read| Published On: December 31st, 2023|

Cutting Edge Expertise Has Changed Cataract Surgery

Over the years, there have been remarkable ophthalmic medical advances that have provided patients the ability to maximize their visual outcomes.

Jeffrey D. Baumann, M.D. specializes in advanced technology cataract surgery and intraocular lens implants. He has had the pleasure to assist, witness and participate in many remarkable ophthalmic surgical improvements, including being the primary investigator in numerous national implant studies that have contributed to the medical advances that are offered today.

Dr. Baumann, long term Florida resident, has been practicing in Lake County for 36 years. He established Mid Florida Eye Center in 1987 with partner Gregory J. Panzo, M.D.

“We built the first surgical center dedicated to eyes in Central Florida. We took cataract surgery out of the hospitals and made it simpler and less expensive. Now most cataract surgeries are performed in surgical centers, not hospitals,” notes Dr. Baumann.

In the past, standard cataract surgery was performed by creating an incision with a blade. However, with today’s advances, surgeons can now offer Femto Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery (FLACS). FLACS replaces many of the steps that require a blade and softens the cataract, allowing for smoother removal in some instances. A lens implant is placed in the eye, whether the surgery is performed by traditional blade or an assisted laser.

Ophthalmic lens implants have improved greatly over the years, giving the patient the ability to choose the best lens for daily activities and overall health of the eye.

“I placed the first multifocal lens implants in Central Florida back in the late 1990s. We’re now in the fifth generation of multifocal lenses and they have dramatically improved,” says Dr. Baumann. “Not every eye is the same and not every patient desires the same outcome. Today we can customize visual outcomes based off one’s preferred lifestyle and ocular health.”

When cataracts are diagnosed during an exam, this does not automatically result in a surgical recommendation. Cataract surgery may be recommended if you have:

Cataract surgery may be recommended if you have:

 Blurry vision during daily activities

 Difficulty seeing in dim lighting

 Change in color perception


Mid Florida Eye Center has four clinics, two surgical ambulatory centers and three optical shops, located in Mount Dora, Leesburg, Wildwood and Summerfield. There are nine doctors on staff, including ophthalmologists and optometrists. All are accepting new patients, providing you with quality eyecare and exceptional customer service. To schedule an evaluation at Mid Florida Eye Center, call 888-820-7878, or visit our website at:    

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