Florida cataract, glaucoma, and eyelid surgery center.

Patient Testimonials

When eye surgical expertise, and compassion come together, amazing things happen. Almost every day, we receive wonderful letters of thanks from eye surgery patients. It is testimonials like the ones you read here that validate what we do and keeps us focused on being "Dedicated to the Work of Healing."

Optical Center Right Inside Our Lobby

Our doctors correct your vision, our goal is to preserve your vision. Our optical boutique provides premium lenses to fit everyone's lifestyle. There is no need to drive all over town.  Our professionally staffed boutique caters to each and every patient individually. The licensed optician has over 26 years experience and will give you honest opinions. No need to go elsewhere.

Board Certified Ophthalmologists

The Suncoast Eye Center provides its patients with outstanding vision care. Our professional and friendly medical staff uses the latest technology to meet the needs of our patients. Clinic surgeons are board-certified ophthalmologists with years of experience performing surgical and laser procedures. 

Licensed Optometrists

Optometrists are specifically educated, trained and licensed to examine the eye and surrounding structures for the purpose of prescribing eyewear or contact lenses.  All doctors are board certified optometrists and Dr. Kaplan specializes in comprehensive eye exams, as well as Sports Vision. 

Locations & Contacts

Hudson, Florida
14003 Lakeshore Blvd
Hudson, FL 34667
Phone: (727) 868-9442
Toll Free: (800) 282-6341
Crystal River, Florida
221 N.E. Hwy 19
Crystal River, FL 34429
(352) 795-2526
Deb Marlin (Coordinator)
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A Repeat
For Gold!

Both Dr. Seigel and Dr. Freedman extend their sincere thanks to all who voted Suncoast Eye Center "Best of Suncoast" for a second year.

Regain Sharp Vision

Most people over the age of 60 experience some level of blurry vision due to cataracts, and almost everyone over 50 loses their ability to read comfortably without glasses due to presbyopia.

What is a cataract?

Cataracts are a result of the natural lens inside the eye becoming cloudy, brown or yellow. The lens of the eye works much like a camera lens, light passes through it, allowing images to be focused on the retina. The result is a perfect picture if the lens is clear, assuming the rest of the eye is healthy. However, if the lens becomes clouded, light is scattered, and a fuzzy or blurred image forms on the retina, (the “film” of the eye). Cataracts are a normal part of the aging process, but people can develop them at any age from an injury or a disease or from taking certain medications.

When these symptoms are so severe that they interfere with daily activities, the doctor may recommend removing the natural lens that has become cloudy and replace it with an intraocular lens (implant or IOL). The good news is that cataracts are the leading cause of treatable vision loss in adults and cataract surgery is one of the safest and easiest procedures for patients to undergo.

Signs Of Cataracts:

  • Difficulty driving or seeing at night
  • Difficulty reading, especially in low light
  • Difficulty viewing a computer screen
  • Colors appear dim and faded
  • The appearance of glare or starbursts around lights
  • Frequent change in glasses prescription

Please protect your vision.


What Is The Treatment For Cataracts?

A comprehensive eye examination can detect cataract formation. In the early stages, prescription glasses can help you see better. In time, however, cataracts become so dense that good vision can no longer be maintained with prescription eyewear. At that time, surgery may be the best option to restore vision.

Only one eye is operated on at a time, the eye with the worse vision is usually done first. Surgery is often timed so that one eye has adequate vision while the surgical eye heals. When the clouded lens is removed during cataract surgery, it is often replaced with an artificial lens implant.

Today, innovative technology has provided patients with so many different choices in intraocular lenses (IOLs); depending on whether a patient loves to golf, play tennis, read or does a lot of night time driving.


At the Suncoast Eye Center

At the Suncoast Eye Center, home of the premium lenses, cataracts are treated with the most advanced surgical procedure available: smallincision, no-stitch surgery. Both Dr. Seigel and Dr. Freedman remove the clouded natural lens of the eye and replace it with an advanced, artificial Multifocal Lens. This unique multifocal implantable lens is proven to provide excellent vision at near, intermediate and far distances without glasses; under all lighting conditions - day and night.

Multifocal Lens procedure

The Multifocal Lens procedure is performed over 15 million times per year worldwide and is recognized for its safety and predictability. The beauty of using this type of lens is that is relies on the eyes working together, as they are designed to do. By having both eyes processing all visual information in the same way, the multifocal lens gives people natural vision at all distances, much like they had when they were young. Therefore, the implants must be put in both eyes.


The Next Step

If cataracts are affecting your lifestyle, now is the time to call the SUNCOAST EYE CENTER and find out your best option. Call today or send us a message to schedule your evaluation...1-800-282-6341.


- Helping you treat and take care of your sight. -

Suncoast Eye is on the mark with eye care services "At Suncoast Eye Center there are specialists from the Department of Ophthalmology who provide the full range of clinical services to adults and children. This includes the cataract, eyelid and glaucoma surgery, as well as muscle surgery."

"We have provided outstanding eye care for Florida Since 1982. Our reputation is unsurpassed in both regular eye care services and surgical procedures."

"Suncoast Eye Center provides comprehensive services to help you treat and take care of your sight. Whether you need highly specialized surgery or simply your first pair of glasses, you can get the very best ophthalmic care."

"We are committed to providing all of our services in a compassionate, supportive environment. Suncoast Eye Center offers a variety of patient support services, including educational materials and programs. "


More on cataracts & your options

Cataract Surgery Lens Options

When a patient has cataract surgery the cloudy lens is taken out and a new lens is put in its place.  Most patients aren't aware that there are different types of lenses that could be used.  Premium IOLs - Restor, Tecnis Multifocal Lens, and Toric lenses. To help our patients make the most informed decision I have organized this simple article that should not be passed up.

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Top reasons to have your outpatient eye surgery at Suncoast Eye Center

  • Experience
  • Quality of care
  • Latest techniques
  • Pleasant atmosphere
  • Friendly staff
  • Board Certified Ophthalmologists
  • (AAAHC) Ambulatory Healthcare Accreditation
  • Members of Better Business Bureau
  • State of the art technology
  • Accepts most insurance plans
  • Offer transportation for surgery patients


Good Articles & Letters of Thanks

Contributions & Donations

++Suncoast Eye Center donations to the Lightning Foundation help make it possible for children to attend a Tampa Bay Lightning Hockey Game
++Hudson Elementary Expresses thanks and appreciation for Dr. Seigels support and generosity during the holiday season.
++The Angelus Inc. sends thanks to the Suncoast Eye Center for a very generous donation.

Computer Eyeglasses (What are they?

One would never imagine that such a useful and innovative tool could cause so much physical discomfort! As a result of CVS, science professionals seized the opportunity to create computer eyeglasses to alleviate these common conditions and make computer usage less painful and more comfortable read more...

Polarized Sunglasses – Useful Information About Polarized Sunglasses

Introduced several decades ago the use of polarization was once limited to a few brands of eyewear. Fortunately today many consumers can enjoy the benefits of this eye protection without sacrificing the style that they prefer. read more...

Take Care of your Eyes

Often, we take our eyes for granted and do not take proper care of them as we do our teeth or our skin.  Taking care of our eyes is important especially since we use our eyes a lot.  read more...

Surgery With a Double Shot

What do cataract surgery and coffee have in common? Both now require that you choose among a confusing variety of options. Read this article and in less time than it would take your barista to serve up your favorite coffee drink you will have the knowledge to discuss this choice with your eye surgeon. read more...

Freedom From Glasses

After forty years of wearing glasses, routine cataract surgery frees one patient of the need for prescription eyewear. read more...

**Dear Dr. Freedman**

I just wanted to thank you so much for the fantastic job done on my eyes. read more...

**Dear Dr. Seigel**

Please make sure that Doctor Seigel sees this and let him know that he is one of the nicest Doctor's I have ever met. read more...

Suncoast Eyecenter Introduces CareCredit

As a service to our patients, we are pleased to offer the CareCredit card, North America's leading patient payment plan. CareCredit offers a full range of payment plans to meet every financing need. With the popular No Interest Payment Plans* there are no interest charges if the balance is paid in full within the specified time period. Or, if you prefer an even lower monthly payment, you can choose the low interest, Extended Payment Plan* for procedure fees from $1,000 to over $25,000. Plus, there are no upfront costs, no annual fees, and no pre-payment penalties. It’s easy to apply and you may receive an online decision in seconds. Follow the link below for more details.

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Cataract removal video using the "phacoemulsification" technique

The formation of cataracts is a normal part of the aging process. Fortunately, cataract surgery is extremely safe and effective. Modern cataract surgery is usually performed using a microsurgical technique called, "phacoemulsification".

Cataract removal video using the The video you are about to watch shows a cataract being removed and a new lens being implanted using the phacoemulsification procedure.

The procedure starts with the eye being frozen/numb. The initial incision is made into the clear dome shaped cornea. Viscoelastic is instilled into the anterior chamber. The outer membrane of the lens is pinched. Fluid is then used to separate the lens from the outer membrane, which is rotated and freed. (A circular capsulorhexis is performed). The lens and any excess material are removed. Viscoelastic is instilled to maintain the outer shape of the membrane. The intraocular lens is inserted into the natural lens space. Any remaining gel and lens material is removed at this point. The edges of the clear corneal wound are then hydrated to prevent leaking and the anterior chamber is filled with balanced salt solution and Miostat. The wound is then visualized and tested to make sure there are no leaks.

Today we are able to offer patients astigmatism correcting Toric lens Implants, as well as near vision and presbyopia correcting lens implants such as the Tecnis® Multifocal and ReStor® lens implants (IOL) to help patients minimize or possibly even eliminate the need for glasses.


Suncoast Eye Center receives accreditation by the AAAHC

The Suncoast Eye Center/Eye Surgery Institute is pleased to announce that we have recently been accredited for 3 years by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC)

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Our patients privacy is important.

The Suncoast Eye Center has a long-standing commitment to the rights and privacy of our patients and clients. We have always protected the confidentiality of health information of the people who rely on us for care. State and federal laws also protect the confidentiality of this sensitive information.

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Saving Sight Together

Dr. Lawrence A. Seigel and Dr. Alan M. Freedman together are continuously reaching out to the community to help others. In 1985, they established the SUNCOAST EYE CENTER FOUNDATION, with the goals of this non-profit foundation being to provide and educate the communities served by the Suncoast Eye Center about healthy eye care.
Follow the link below to learn more about the foundation, its activities, or how you can help our continued growth. learn more »

Eye Surgery Institute

The Suncoast Eye Surgery Institute first opened January 1989. Our state-of-the-art facility is equipped with two operating rooms, two laser suites and comfortable pre and post-operative areas. Your surgical experience and comfort should be as pleasant as possible. Providing that personal attention and care is our main goal.
The Surgery Institute is Medicare-certified and fully licensed by the State of Florida. learn more »

Free Speakers Bureau

Need a speaker for your group? The Suncoast Eye Center provides an informative seminar on the aging eye. Covering topics including cataracts, glaucoma, droopy eyelid problems, macular degeneration and several others. The seminar can be tailored to work with your existing program.. learn more »

"The Suncoast Eye Center, Eye Surgery Institute, is dedicated to providing the highest level of ophthalmological care, in a professional, caring, pleasant atmosphere, and is committed to providing their team members a secure, caring, and safe work environment."

"The goal at the Suncoast Eye Center, Eye Surgery Institute, is to continuously strive for improvement in providing quality car to patients, and a pleasant work place for team members."