Dr. Marguerite Kohlepp – Dr. Kohlhepp earned her Bachelor of Arts degree, summa cum laude, from the State University of New York at Albany. She went on to receive her medical degree at the Stony Brook School of Medicine in New York. She completed an internship in the Department of Pediatrics at Stony Brook University Hospital and another in the department of Internal Medicine at Winthrop University Hospital in Mineola, New York. Dr. Kohlhepp then completed a Residency in the Department of Ophthalmology at Catholic Medical Center in Flushing, New York, and a Fellowship in Vitreo-Retinal Surgery at the University of Nebraska in Omaha. Dr. Kohlhepp is board certified in Ophthalmology and is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Medical Association and Pasco County Medical Society.
Dr. James X. Lawrence – Dr. Lawrence earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from Saint Michael’s College in Burlington, Vermont and his medical degree from Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee. He then completed an Externship with the Department of Health, Education and Welfare’s Indian Health Services. Dr. Lawrence specialized in primary eye care and has been in practice since 1981. He is a member of the Florida Optometric Association, American Optometric Association, Hillsborough Society of Optometrists, Beta Sigma Kappa International Optometric Honor Fraternity and Sigma Alpha Sigma Honor Student Fraternity. Since 1995, he has been on the staff of Florida Eye Specialists and Cataract Institute. Dr. Lawrence is experienced in the diagnoses and management of complex eye diseases and commonly treats patients with glaucoma.
Dr. Dilip Rathinasamy – Dilip Rathinasamy, better known as ‘Dr.Samy’, received his Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Miami. He attended medical school at the University of South Florida and completed his internship in Newport News, Virginia before returning to the University of South Florida for his Ophthalmology residency. Dr. Samy specializes in cataract surgery. Using the latest techniques and technology, such as laser-assisted cataract surgery and advanced lens implants, he is able to restore vision in his patients and allow them to participate more fully in life. Dr. Samy also enjoys serving as an Affiliate Assistant Professor for the USF Residency program helping residents learn and hone their skills as new cataract surgeons.
Dr. Pauline Thai – Dr. Thai received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of South Florida here in Tampa, FL. Following her passion for helping people, she moved to Fort Lauderdale where she completed her Doctor of Optometry degree from Nova Southeastern University. Her post-graduate training continued with an additional year at the William Chappell VA Outpatient Clinic in Daytona Beach, where she became residency trained in Primary Care and Ocular Disease. Dr. Thai spent the last 7 years working with a busy optometric practice in the Lakeland area before joining our team. She brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience diagnosing and managing complex ocular conditions. Dr. Thai is passionate about making a difference in the lives of her patients. Outside of work, she loves spending time near the water with her family and two fun-loving dogs!
Cataract Screening and Care
Our Physicians specialize in pre and post-operative cataract care at our Ruskin eye clinic. Cataracts are diagnosed through various tests as well as dilated eye exams. We may employ tonometry and other diagnostic measures to ensure an accurate and precise lens placement. We are able to determine your candidacy for laser cataract surgery and predict any problems that may hinder a successful outcome.
What Are Cataracts?
A cataract is a “clouding” of the eye’s natural lens, which can result in objects looking blurry, hazy or less colorful. Cataracts are often described as looking through wax paper or cloudy cellophane. A developing cataract may also cause changes such as double vision, increased sensitivity to bright light, halos and poor night vision. Most cataracts are related to aging, so the risk of cataracts increases with each decade of life starting around age 40. You should consider getting treatment because, if left untreated, cataracts can worsen and lead to a loss of vision.
Cataract surgery replaces the natural lens of the eye with an artificial lens referred to as an IOL or intraocular lens. This surgery is highly successful and has been dramatically improved over the years. Our surgical team utilizes the most advanced femtosecond laser on the market and can help deliver a precise and customized cataract surgery experience. We can restore your vision so that you have a better ability to work, read or just simply enjoy the beautiful sights life has to offer. With minimal risk involved, cataract surgery is one of the most performed surgical procedures in the United States and carries one of the highest success rates of any surgery type. This is an outpatient surgery and you will be able to return home the same day.
Our experienced cataract specialist in Ruskin is:
Routine eye exams are the best way to spot cataracts early. With exams, you will know the state of your vision health through a visit to our eye clinic.
Our Hours and Location
We are open for appointments from 8am to 5pm, Monday through Thursday and 8am to 4pm on Fridays. We are closed on Saturday and Sunday. If you need to be seen on a weekend, our Brandon office of Florida Eye Specialists and Cataract Institute schedules Saturday morning appointments from 8am to 12pm. Our Ruskin office is located at 612 North US Highway 41, at the intersection of 7th Avenue NW. Give us a call at 813-645-3831 to schedule an appointment.
More About Us
Florida Eye Specialists and Cataract Institute is recognized as a leader in eye care within the Tampa Bay community. We are driven by excellence and provide personalized care by treating our patients like family. Since 1981, we’ve dedicated our services to be the premier eye care and surgery center on the western coast of Florida. Recruiting the finest of physicians and using state-of-the-art technology, we serve the area with several convenient locations.
Whether you are seeking a routine eye exam, specialty, surgical or cosmetic eye care, we have you covered. You can request an appointment by simply filling out the form online or give us a call at 813-681-1122. You may have questions and need answers before you come in for your exam so please give us a call. Your new patient paperwork can be accessed at the top of our website prior to your appointment.
Remember that Florida Eye Specialists and Cataract Institute is here to serve you with expert level care that is right in your own neighborhood. Contact us and get the best personalized eye care around.