St. Petersburg Office:
1601 38th Avenue N.
St. Petersburg, Florida 33713
13321 North 56th Street
Tampa, Florida 33617
Stephen Updegraff, MD, FACS, is a board-certified, fellowship-trained ophthalmologist offering advanced laser cataract surgery with premium, high-technology intraocular lens implants (IOLs) at his state-of-the-art, AAAHC-approved ambulatory surgery center dedicated and specifically designed for eye surgery. Although Dr. Updegraff is best known for his work as a pioneer of LASIK surgery, he has actually been performing cataract surgery for an even longer period of time. As he did with LASIK, Dr. Updegraff has participated in the development of a number of technologies and instruments used in lens implant surgery. He was the first surgeon in Florida to implant the Crystalens IOL, and he is currently a consultant working on the latest developments in laser cataract surgery.
Dr. Updegraff has earned five U.S. patents for innovative instruments, techniques and technologies pertaining to LASIK, as well as two patents for microsurgery. He has been named one of the leading innovators in premium IOL surgery by Premier Surgeon magazine and one of the "Best Doctors in America" by Tampa Bay Metro Magazine. Dr. Updegraff has also been featured as an expert in his field in media outlets such as the St. Petersburg Times, The Tampa Tribune and Bay News 9. He frequently trains other ophthalmologists in eye surgery, and also participates in educational videos, conferences and lectures pertaining to laser eye surgery.
To schedule a consultation for cataract surgery with premium, high-tech lens implants with Dr. Updegraff and learn more about your vision correction options, please contact Updegraff Vision at (866) 537-9287.Email the Surgeon
Dr. Updegraff performs the sophisticated "no-stitch, no-patch" cataract surgery with advanced intraocular lens implants (IOLs). During the procedure he creates a small, self-sealing incision the smallest incision available in the world on the surface of the eye. He then uses an ultrasound device to break up and remove the cataract (clouded crystalline lens), a process called phacoemulsification. The eye's natural lens is then replaced with an IOL, which remains in the eye permanently for clear postoperative vision. Premium IOLs are artificial implants that allow patients to restore their vision at multiple distances after the removal of the cataract. Dr. Updegraff offers several premium IOLs, including multifocal lenses. As a pioneer in the field of vision correction, Dr. Updegraff is also involved in the development of laser cataract surgery.
Stephen Updegraff, MD, FACS, obtained his undergraduate degree from Eckerd College and his medical degree from the Pennsylvania State University School of Medicine. He completed his transitional internship at the Louisiana State University School of Medicine Charity Hospital in New Orleans and his ophthalmology residency at the Louisiana State University Eye Center. He then received advanced fellowship training in cornea, refractive and laser surgery at the Hermann Eye Center at the University of Texas-Houston. Throughout his career, Dr. Updegraff has received numerous honors and awards for his innovation and outstanding accomplishments in the field, including the Kritzinger Award from the International Society of Refractive Surgery and the South African Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery; the Achievement Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology; and the Kadel Award for contributions in science from Eckerd College. He is a founding member of the American College of Ophthalmic Surgeons, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, and the International Society of Refractive Surgery.
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