Robert Friedman, MD, FACS
Cathleen McCabe, MD
Brian Foster, MD

The Eye Associates
(800) 941-8114

Sarasota, FL:
2111 Bee Ridge Road
(Just south of Southgate Mall on Bee Ridge Road off US 41) Sarasota, Florida 34239

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

East Bradenton, FL:
6807 53rd Avenue East
(On access road that runs parallel with SR70 between 66th Street East & 71st Street East)

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

Sun City Center, FL:
3894 Sun City Center Blvd.
(Next to the Burger King on SR 674)

Venice, FL:
250 South Tamiami Trail, Suite 103

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Expert cataract surgeons serving west Bradenton, east Bradenton, Sarasota, Ellenton, Venice, Sun City Center, FL and the surrounding areas now offers Bladeless Laser Cataract Surgery

The Eye Associates has always been a leading innovator in cataract surgery. We are proud to be the first provider in Sarasota and Manatee counties to offer the Alcon LenSx® laser — the next evolution in computer-controlled Bladeless Laser Cataract Surgery. The LenSx® laser brings a new level of customization to cataract surgery, allowing each procedure to be specifically tailored to patient anatomy and surgeon preference.

Life Changing Cataract Surgery


Who Knew Cataract Surgery was a Good Thing

Bladeless Laser Cataract Surgery automates the most challenging steps of cataract surgery resulting in a significantly higher degree of precision. With traditional cataract surgery, the small incisions are made manually with a blade. But the LenSx® Laser automates steps such as performing corneal incisions, opening the capsule, and softening as well as breaking up the cataract, resulting in a significantly higher degree of precision than possible in the past. The LenSx is a femtosecond laser that emits cool pulses, and also has an advanced imaging system that provides both real-time video and three-dimensional visualization, enabling the surgeons to custom design a treatment plan that is individually tailored for each patient.

New patients are always cordially welcome. To schedule a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Friedman, Dr. McCabe or Dr. Foster and learn more about your vision correction options, contact The Eye Associates at 1-866-865-2020.


Robert Friedman, MD, FACS, Cathleen McCabe, MD, and Brian Foster, MD, are The Eye Associates’ highly experienced, board certified ophthalmologists who perform a wide range of vision correction procedures, including Bladeless Laser Cataract Surgery with high-tech intraocular lens implants (IOLs), for patients who want to be less dependent on eyeglasses after cataract surgery. This team of premier eye surgeons at The Eye Associates have helped tens of thousands of patients achieve clearer vision for a safer and happier life. “Restoring vision through the miracle of cataract surgery is a primary objective for The Eye Associates,” says Dr. Cathleen McCabe. “By adding computer control to key steps of the surgery, the LenSx®Laser allows us to achieve our goal by providing unquestionably the most technologically advanced option for our cataract patients.”

Robert S. Friedman, MD, FACS is a skilled cataract surgeon and fellowship trained glaucoma specialist. He has the reputation for excellence in Bladeless Laser Cataract Surgery as well as specializing in the medical and surgical management of glaucoma, providing his patients with outstanding results using the latest technology. He also enjoys teaching medical students and currently serves as an assistant clinical professor at both Florida State University College of Medicine and Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr. Friedman received his medical degree from the Rosalind Franklin University School of Medicine / The Chicago Medical School in 1987. Following medical school, Dr. Friedman completed a medical internship at the Michael Reese Hospital and Medical Center, a residency at the Louisiana State University Eye Center in New Orleans, and, finally, a glaucoma fellowship at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary in 1993. Dr. Friedman has been practicing ophthalmology in the Sarasota area since 2000. He stays active within the medical community as a member of the Sarasota County Medical Society, Manatee County Medical Society and the Florida Medical Association. Dr. Friedman is Board Certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology, is a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American College of Surgeons, and is a member of the American Glaucoma Society.


Dr. Cathleen McCabe is a board-certified ophthalmologist who is highly skilled in Bladeless Laser Cataract Surgery and LASIK. She has performed over 40,000 cataract surgeries and more than 17,000 LASIK procedures. She also performs elective refractive procedures, such as Clear Lens Replacement (CLR), Implantable Collamer Lenses (ICL), and the Raindrop Near Vision Inlay.

Dr. McCabe was chosen for inclusion in the highly selective list of Castle Connolly Top Doctors. She was selected by the physician-led research team at Castle Connolly Medical Ltd, whose mission is to provide a definitive source of the nation’s most outstanding physicians in order to help patients find the best healthcare specialists in their region. It is important to note that Castle Connolly Top Doctors achieve their prestigious standing in a truly unbiased review process; doctors do not and cannot nominate themselves or pay to be on the list. She has also been named on the Premier Surgeon 300 list of the leading innovators in premium IOL cataract surgery, and selected as a LaserVision Top 100 surgeon for her vast experience and excellent outcomes in LASIK and refractive surgery. Recently, Dr. McCabe was elected President of CEDARS/ASPENS-2017, a not-for-profit Society of Surgeon Educators whose mission is to expand the knowledge of ophthalmic surgery and foster excellence in patient care through clinical experience, peer-to-peer exchange and practice education. She also shares her expertise through publications as well as speaking at ophthalmology and optometric events. In addition, she participates in medical missions providing life changing care to individuals in Bolivia, Belize, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Kenya, St. Vincent, and Paraguay.

Dr. McCabe received her medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin and went on to fulfill her internship at St. Luke’s Medical Center. Dr. McCabe then completed her ophthalmology residency at the prestigious Bascom Palmer Eye Institute of the University of Miami’s 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 Eye Care, and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.


Dr. Brian Foster is a board-certified ophthalmologist, cataract surgeon, fellowship-trained corneal specialist, LASIK surgeon, Clear Lens Replacement surgeon as well as one of the few surgeons to perform the Raindrop Near Vision Inlay procedure. He is experienced in the latest innovations in cataract surgery including Bladeless Laser Cataract Surgery with advanced-technology high tech lens implants. He also performs modern corneal transplants, including DSAEK for Fuch’s endothelial dystrophy, DALK for keratoconus, clear lens replacement (CLR), and dry eye treatment, including serum tear 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.


Dr. Foster received his medical degree from the Emory University School of Medicine where he then completed his medical internship. Dr. Foster went on to complete 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.

Frequently Asked Questions About Bladeless Laser Cataract Surgery

What is a LenSx® laser?

The Alcon LenSx® is a femtosecond laser, which emits cool pulses to perform customized laser surgery to exacting specifications that are generally not attainable with traditional eye surgery. For nearly a decade, femtosecond lasers have helped surgeons perform LASIK with unparalleled precision and accuracy. Designed to revolutionize key steps in the cataract procedure, the LenSx® laser now allows surgeons to perform advanced cataract surgery that is more precise, predictable and reproducible.

Why did The Eye Associates begin utilizing the LenSx® laser for cataract surgery?

The Eye Associates has always been a leading innovator in cataract surgery, and we pride ourselves on having the most surgically advanced technology. When this advanced technology is paired with our seasoned surgical team, it translates to greater precision and outstanding outcomes.

What does the LenSx® laser do?

The Alcon LenSx® laser automates the most challenging steps of traditional cataract surgery, such as performing corneal incisions, opening the capsule, and softening and breaking up the cataract. Traditional cataract surgery involves the creation of several small incisions made manually with a blade. With LenSx® laser, the surgeon can create those incisions with the laser, resulting in a significantly higher degree of precision. Also, the advanced imaging systems provide both real-time video as well as three-dimensional visualization, enabling the surgeons to customize a treatment plan that is individually tailored for your eyes.

More About Cataracts

The Eye Associates offers the latest surgical techniques and utilizes state-of-the-art technology to diagnose and treat cataracts (the clouding of the eye’s natural lens). The surgeons of The Eye Associates use the “no-stitch” cataract surgery technique. This method involves a small incision in the eye, which is naturally sealed by the eye’s own pressure, eliminating the need for sutures. The incision is used to access the clouded lens (the cataract), which is broken up and extracted through a process known as phacoemulsification, using the advanced technology of the Infiniti Vision System. Once removed, the cloudy natural lens is replaced with an intraocular lens implant (IOL). The Eye Associates offers a basic monofocal lens, as well as the high-tech lifestyle lens implants, such as the AcrySof IQ ReSTOR Multifocal, AcrySof IQ ReSTOR Multifocal Toric, TECNIS Multifocal, TECNIS Symfony Multifocal, TECNIS Symfony Multifocal Toric, Crystalens, Trulign Toric, TECNIS Toric and AcrySof IQ Toric IOL. Most high-tech IOLs allow patients to change focus from near to intermediate to distance vision, thereby allowing patients to be less dependent on glasses. In addition, The Eye Associates offers LASIK, Clear Lens Replacement (CLR) surgery and the Raindrop Near Vision Inlay for patients wishing to be glasses-free but are not yet ready for cataract surgery. Call (800) 941-8114 for FREE CLR or LASIK screenings.

About The Eye Associates: Going Beyond the Industry Standard to Excellence

Since 1980, The Eye Associates has been providing families access to the latest technology, state-of-the-art equipment and the most highly skilled eye physicians and surgeons in the area. While exciting advances in surgical techniques and advanced implants have revolutionized cataract surgery, it is still the surgeon’s experience and skill that guarantee an excellent result. Dr. Friedman, Dr. McCabe and Dr. Foster have that skill and experience that you can trust. The Eye Associates’ surgery center is state licensed and Medicare approved. It also has an advanced accreditation from the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC), which is given only to those centers with superior patient-care ratings. The AAAHC Certificate of Accreditation demonstrates an organization’s commitment to provide safe, high-quality services to patients.


The Eye Associates has six locations with nine medical ophthalmologists covering the specialties of cataracts, corneal, glaucoma, retina, LASIK and oculoplastics. Five board-certified optometrists are on staff for comprehensive primary eyecare, contact lenses and eye health 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 weekly TV show on ABC 7 Sundays at 10 am, addressing topics such as cataracts, glaucoma, dry eyes, Zeiss eyeglass lenses, contact lenses, LASIK / Clear Lens Replacements, and hearing. Also, as a public service, The Eye Associates offers FREE distance vision and glaucoma screenings to community organizations on their 25-foot bus, aptly named The Sightmobile. For available dates and times for any of these events, please call Cindy Baxter at (941) 792-3937 ext. 2254 or email her at

The Eye Associates – SightMobile

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

“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.

“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.

“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.

“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.

“I would like to take this opportunity to tell you how wonderful I think Dr. Friedman has been. He is caring, competent and efficient. It has been, if it can be said when you have a medical problem, a real pleasure dealing with him. I sing his praises to all I come in contact with.” — James C.

“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.

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