Cathleen McCabe, MD
Brian Foster, MD



The Eye Associates
(800) 941-8114 for FREE LASIK & Clear Lens Replacement Screenings

West Bradenton, FL: 6002 Pointe
West Blvd.
(One block south of Blake Medical Center off 59th St. W.)

East Bradenton, FL: 7230 55th Ave E
(12 Oaks Plaza at SR 70 & I-75 -
Next to Geckos)

Ellenton, FL: 7915 U.S. Hwy 301 North, Suite 101
(Harris Center, corner of 301 & 80th Ave E/Wellon Ranch Rd)

Sun City Center, FL: 779 Cortaro Drive
(In the Marketplace at Cypress Creek, Behind Taco Bell off SR 674)


Dr. Cathleen McCabe


Dr. Brian Foster



Serving patients seeking LASIK eye surgery in Bradenton / Sarasota and the surrounding area

Imagine living your life without the hassle of glasses or contact lenses. LASIK surgery is one of the greatest breakthroughs in vision correction technology today. With wavefront-guided laser technology, many patients experience even better vision than they ever had with glasses or contacts. Whether you are nearsighted, farsighted or have astigmatism, LASIK can help! Even if you've been told in the past that you are not a candidate, technology advancements may now make you a good candidate. Call (800) 941-8114 for a FREE LASIK screening today!

The Eye Associates' LASIK surgeons are also cataract surgeons and high-tech lens implant specialists. In addition, they perform elective procedures, such as Clear Lens Replacement (CLR) clear lens extractions/refractive lens exchange and implantable collamer lenses for patients without cataracts who want to reduce their dependency on glasses. Our patients love their new active life without glasses after LASIK and CLR at The Eye Associates. Call (800) 941-8114 for a FREE CLR screening today!

Dr. Cathleen McCabe has performed over 17,000 LASIK procedures and is a LASERVISION Top 100 Surgeon, ranking her among the most experienced LASIK/refractive surgeons in the country. Dr. McCabe has also performed over 30,000 cataract surgeries and was named to the Premier Surgeon 250 list, which recognizes the most outstanding premium IOL surgeons in the United States. Implantable collamer lenses and clear lens extractions are also part of her list of surgical services. Dr. McCabe has been awarded the American Cancer Society Fellowship Award, the Armand J. Quick Award in Biochemistry, the Hiram Benjamin Award in Anatomy, and the Frankow Award for Outstanding Scholarship. She shares her expertise through publications as well as speaking at ophthalmological and optometric seminars. In addition, she has participated in medical missions providing much needed care to individuals in Bolivia, Belize, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala and Paraguay.

Dr. Brian Foster is a board-certified ophthalmologist, fellowship-trained corneal specialist and cataract surgeon. He is experienced in the latest innovations in cataract surgery, including bladeless laser cataract surgery and advanced technology lenses. He also performs modern corneal transplants, including DSAEK for Fuch's endothelial dystrophy, DALK for keratoconus, clear lens replacement (CLR) / refractive lens exchange (RLE), LASIK and dry eye treatment. Dr. Foster is the recipient of the prestigious Resident Excellence Award by the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons. His passion for helping others has led him to make several medical mission trips to Honduras and the Caribbean to help the residents improve their vision and quality of life.


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Dr. McCabe was recently named a PS250 Premier Surgeon.

Patients referred to The Eye Associates can be assured that they will receive accurate evaluations, honest opinions and the most effective surgical recommendations for their personal needs. We use the most advanced technologies and techniques for laser vision correction surgery, including NASA-approved wavefront technology for Custom LASIK. The combination of comprehensive training and experience with the latest technology laser system ensures optimal LASIK outcomes. The surgical suite in Sarasota is equipped with the VISX Star 4 excimer laser, considered by many experts to be the best laser for LASIK eye surgery. The VISX Star 4 laser features a 3-D eye tracking system, iris registration, the latest wavefront technology and SmartBeam technology, which adjusts the laser beam size based on each individual treatment, thereby minimizing the amount of corneal tissue removed during LASIK surgery. The VISX Star 4 was designed to provide patients with maximum safety, precision, a speedy recovery and the best possible vision correction results.

Prior to performing LASIK surgery, the surgeon measures the patient's unique refractive errors. After administering anesthetic eye drops, the surgeon gently creates a corneal flap, a thin piece of tissue that is lifted from the surface of the eye, allowing access to the underlying corneal tissue. Next, the state-of-the-art VISX Star 4 excimer laser is used to reshape the cornea, thereby eliminating the patient's visual flaws. The corneal flap is then placed in its original position to protect the eye during the healing process.

For patients who are not good candidates for LASIK, our team also offers PRK, LASEK, Epi-LASIK, clear lens extractions/ refractive lens exchange and implantable collamer lenses. And for those patients with cataracts, the new high-tech lens implants are a great option that allow simultaneous correction of both near and distance vision so that glasses may not be needed after surgery.

The first step in eliminating your glasses or contact lenses is to schedule a FREE LASIK screening. Call The Eye Associates at (800) 941-8114 to set up that appointment and learn more about your vision correction options.

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The Eye Associates: Going Beyond the Industry Standard to Excellence

For more than 30 years, The Eye Associates has served the Sarasota, Manatee and south Hillsborough area, providing local families access to the latest technology, leading-edge equipment and the most highly skilled eye physicians and surgeons in the area. They have been repeatedly named BEST Ophthalmologist, BEST Optometrist, BEST Eyewear and BEST Hearing in the Bradenton Herald People's Choice Awards, and finalist for BEST Dermatologist.


Dr. McCabe was named a LASERVISION Top 100 Surgeon.

The Eye Associates' patients have many options when it comes to evaluations, second opinions, LASIK and cataract surgery. While exciting advances in surgical techniques and advanced implants have revolutionized cataract and lens replacement surgery, it is the surgeon's experience and skill that guarantee an excellent result. Because the goal is to listen to and thoroughly assess the individual needs of each patient, The Eye Associates exceed industry standards by providing unsurpassed treatment with those needs in mind.

Cathleen McCabe, MD, and Brian Foster, MD, both possess a unique combination of cataract and refractive surgical skills. The Eye Associates' patients have many options when it comes to evaluations, second opinions, LASIK and cataract surgery. While exciting advances in surgical techniques and advanced implants have revolutionized cataract and lens replacement surgery, it is the surgeon's experience and skill that guarantee an excellent result. Because the goal is to listen to and thoroughly assess the individual needs of each patient, The Eye Associates exceed industry standards by providing unsurpassed treatment with those needs in mind.

The Eye Associates has six locations with nine medical ophthalmologists covering the specialties of cataracts, cornea, glaucoma, retina, LASIK and oculoplastics. Five board-certified optometrists are on staff for comprehensive primary eye care, contact lenses and eye health wellness exams. A board-certified dermatologist and a board-certified hearing instrument specialist are also part of The Eye Associates team, who promise the community "Sight For Life and So Much More."

Believing that knowledge is power, The Eye Associates hosts "Sight For Life," a TV show on ABC7 Sundays at 10 AM, addressing topics such as eye care, vision correction surgery, hearing, cosmetic services and dermatology. Dr. McCabe, Dr. Foster and other eye specialists also appear on "Local Doctors on Call," a LIVE call-in television show on SNN6 Tuesdays at 7 PM, during which callers have their questions answered by The Eye Associates' experts. In addition, The Eye Associates offer FREE vision screenings at some office locations as well as on their 35-foot bus, called The SightMobile, which provides FREE distance vision and glaucoma screenings in the community. For available dates and times, please call Cindy Baxter at (941) 792-2020. New patients are always cordially welcome.

What Do Patients Say About the Eye Surgeons at The Eye Associates?

"Thank you, Dr. McCabe, for the incredible, life-changing, miraculous gift you have given me! May your talents continue to bless others as I have been blessed." —Carol G.

"What I like most about The Eye Associates is the efficiency and attentiveness of the staff. I have been totally satisfied here for many years." —Russell S.

"I was so impressed with Dr. Foster's kindness, openness and expertise. Thank you so much for a very pleasant and informative visit." —Charlie C.

"I liked the organization, cleanliness, efficiency and cooperation with each other. I can't imagine anything better. I am so happy and amazed. I can see again." —Mary G.

"When I go to The Eye Associates, I can expect professional and proficient service every time. They have the friendliest and most courteous staff I've ever seen. That's why they are my only choice for eye care." —Tom M.

More about the LASIK Surgeons at The Eye Associates

Cathleen McCabe, MD, received her medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin. She completed her internship at St. Luke's Medical Center and her ophthalmology residency at the prestigious Bascom Palmer Eye Institute of the University of Miami School of Medicine. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology and has memberships with the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Medical Association, the Society for Excellence in Eyecare, and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.

Brian Foster, MD, received his medical degree from the Emory University School of Medicine, where he then completed his medical internship. Dr. Foster went on to an ophthalmology residency at Wake Forest University Eye Center, and received his fellowship training in cornea and external disease at the Eye Consultants of Atlanta. Dr. Foster continues to be an active member of the community through medical volunteer work.

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