Medical City Eye Center
665 Apollo Boulevard
14120 US1 Bay Street Square
Rafael Trespalacios, MD, and Paul J. Befanis, MD, are board-certified ophthalmologists treating cataract Orlando patients at Medical City Eye Center, a full-service eye care facility. Dr. Trespalacios, or "Dr. Tres," as he is referred to by patients, has been selected by respected colleagues in the field of cataract and LASIK surgery as one of the "Best Doctors" in the country. For the third year in a row, Dr. Tres has been selected as a Premier Doctor in the field of cataract and LASIK surgery. He is one of only a handful of surgeons in the world with surgical outcomes so incredible that they are insurable through VisionLock. As a leading eye surgeon in central Florida, Dr. Tres is familiar with the newest sight-saving technologies and procedures in the area. He was the first eye surgeon in central Florida to perform the iStent procedure, the first in east central Florida to use an ICL, the first to perform the ultra-thin DSAEK procedure, the first eye surgeon in the state of Florida to perform the bilateral Intacs procedure, the first and only provider of the IEK procedure in central Florida, and the first eye surgeon in east central Florida to use placenta tissue to reconstruct the ocular surface of a blinded patient. Dr. Tres frequently donates his surgical services to underserved communities throughout central Florida through the "Gift of Sight" program. In 2012, Dr. Tres performed an IEK procedure at no cost for this organization.
Dr. Befanis is the founder and medical director of Brevard Eye Center (now called Medical City Eye Center). He is a fellowship-trained retinal specialist who has been performing cataract surgery and other vision correction procedures for nearly 25 years. An innovator in his field, Dr. Befanis was the first surgeon located in the region between Jacksonville and Palm Beach, Fla., to perform eye surgery with the use of the Crystalens intraocular lens implant. He currently sits on the executive board of the Refractive Surgery Interest Group of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
At Medical City Eye Center, Drs. Trespalacios and Befanis provide comprehensive eye care, including cataract removal surgery with premium intraocular lens implants (IOLs). Together with their staff, Drs. Trespalacios and Befanis are dedicated to combining advanced ophthalmic technology, exceptional skill and an overall caring, compassionate nature to deliver customized care and highly accurate vision correction results to their patients.
Drs. Trespalacios and Befanis perform "no-stitch, micro-incision" cataract surgery at Medical City Eye Center. To begin cataract removal surgery, the eye surgeon creates a minute, self-sealing incision in the eye, through which he accesses the cataractous (cloudy) eye lens. He then performs phacoemulsification, a technique that uses ultrasound energy to break up the cataractous lens into small pieces. Dr. Trespalacios or Dr. Befanis next uses pulses of liquid to flush away the cloudy lens pieces from the eye. He replaces the clouded lens with an IOL, which he inserts through the original incision. Medical City Eye Center offers a variety of IOL options, including premium IOLs (e.g., multifocal IOLs to help patients see clearly at different distances and toric IOLs to correct astigmatism), to accommodate the diverse vision correction needs of their patients.
Drs. Trespalacios and Befanis perform cataract surgery with topical anesthesia, so patients do not feel any pain during the procedure. Orlando cataract patients who undergo eye surgery with Dr. Trespalacios or Dr. Befanis notice clearer vision at multiple distances and are sometimes able to reduce their daily reliance on prescription eyewear.
In addition to cataract removal surgery, Medical City Eye Center offers advanced cataract and glaucoma treatment with FDA-approved iStent® surgical therapy, laser eye surgery such as LASIK, management of diabetic eye conditions and general eye care services.
To schedule a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Trespalacios or Dr. Befanis to learn more about your vision correction options, please contact Medical City Eye Center by calling (877) 391-8277 today.Email the Surgeon
"I am an osteopathic physician, board-certified in neuromusculoskeletal medicine and osteopathic manipulative medicine. I am sharing my visual history and my experience at the Brevard Eye Center out of respect and gratitude for what Dr. Rafael Trespalacios and his team have done for me.
"My near-sightedness developed at the age of nine. After 30 years of corrective lenses and significant myopia, I decided to do something about it. I had done research on the various laser options for refractive correction, and I chose the Brevard Eye Center at the high recommendations of my colleagues and patients.
"I first met the refractive patient coordinator and an optometrist for my initial evaluation and measurements. They were very thorough, informative, professional, and friendly. The equipment they utilized was state-of-the-art. I then had an appointment with Dr. Trespalacios and found him to be very professional, knowledgeable, and capable. He took the time to go over all my results, we worked together on a plan, and he answered all my questions. We concluded, based on my corneal thickness and degree of nearsightedness, that I was a perfect candidate for ICLs. I went home and thoroughly researched ICLs from the company that makes them and the procedure to insert them, all the way to outcome studies. The more I learned, the more excited I got to have the procedure done.
"The surgery center at the Brevard Eye Center, the facility itself, and the staff are the best I have come across in my career. Being in a surgery center as a patient was a brand-new experience for me, and I was treated with respect by friendly, competent staff. I truly felt I never lost my identity as a person and I was very comfortable before, during, and after the procedure.
"A few hours after my procedure, I could see 20/15 in both eyes with no pain or discomfort. My vision is sharp and clear for both distance and reading. I am amazed by the fact that I now have perfect vision without the need for glasses or contacts. The natural structure of my eye and cornea is basically unaltered, and the procedure I had could at any time be completely reversed.
"In conclusion, I am extremely impressed with Dr. Trespalacios and the Brevard Eye Center. I now have perfect vision with no maintenance and I am living my life with no limitations in activities or confidence." Trevor Nimmons
Rafael Trespalacios, MD, was born in New Jersey and was raised in Inverness, Fla. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in biology and microbiology from the University of Central Florida in Orlando. He next earned his Doctorate of Medicine from the University of South Florida School of Medicine in Tampa. Dr. Trespalacios performed both a one-year medical internship and a three-year ophthalmology residency at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in Columbia. During his ophthalmology residency, Dr. Trespalacios was selected as a member of the Bylaws Committee and as chief resident. He was also recognized as Resident of the Year.
Dr. Trespalacios then distinguished himself from his ophthalmic peers by completing an extra year of training via a fellowship in cornea and refractive surgery at Price Vision Group / Cornea Research Foundation of America in Indianapolis, Ind. During his fellowship training, he garnered firsthand experience in the development of complex corneal procedures, including vision treatment with artificial irises, vision treatment with artificial corneas, advanced corneal transplants, vision treatment with implantable collamer lenses and keratoconus treatment with Intacs. Thanks to this added layer of advanced ophthalmology expertise, Dr. Trespalacios is able to offer comprehensive eye surgical care, including vision correction procedures that go beyond traditional LASIK and cataract surgery.
Dr. Trespalacios now serves as director of refractive services at Brevard Eye Center in east central Florida, where his patients benefit from the sophisticated surgical skills he has honed in his many years of advanced ophthalmology training. He performs thousands of sight-saving procedures per year and has earned a reputation for excellence in his field. Dr. Trespalacios also serves as professor of ophthalmology at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine. He is the author and co-author of numerous ophthalmology publications. Dr. Trespalacios is a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and a member of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery and the American Medical Association.
Paul J. Befanis, MD, earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in biology at Adelphi University in Garden City, N.Y. He obtained his Doctor of Medicine degree at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. Dr. Befanis completed a medical internship at Franklin Square Hospital in Baltimore, Md., before performing his ophthalmology residency at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. Dr. Befanis also completed an advanced training fellowship in vitreoretinal diseases at Washington Hospital Center in the District of Columbia. He has completed numerous advanced education courses, including courses pertaining to eye pathology, cataract surgery, advanced incisional and photorefractive surgery and LASIK surgery. Dr. Befanis is a member of the following professional organizations:
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