Cathleen McCabe, MD
Brian Foster, MD

The Eye Associates
(800) 941-8114

FREE LASIK & Clear Lens Replacement Screenings

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

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 LASIK surgeons serving west Bradenton, Sarasota and the surrounding areas - Reviews for The Eye Associates

Imagine living your life without the hassle of glasses or contact lenses. LASIK 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, Bladeless All-Laser 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 1-866-865-2020 for a FREE LASIK screening today!


Meet our Bladeless All-Laser LASIK Surgeons

Dr. Cathleen McCabe is a board-certified ophthalmologist who is highly skilled in LASIK, Clear Lens Replacement, Implantable Collamer Lenses, Raindrop Near Vision Inlay, and Cataract Surgery. She 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 40,000 cataract surgeries and was named to the Premier Surgeon 300 list, which recognizes the most outstanding premium IOL surgeons in the US. She was also chosen for inclusion in the highly selective list of Castle Connolly’s Top Doctors. She was nominated by physician peers and 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.

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 much needed 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 in Milwaukee. 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 LASIK surgeon AND a LASIK patient. He is a board-certified ophthalmologist, fellowship trained corneal specialist, LASIK surgeon, Clear Lens Replacement surgeon, Raindrop Near Vision Inlay surgeon and cataract surgeon. He is experienced in the latest innovations in LASIK and cataract surgery, and brings the most up-to-date level of training and knowledge to his patients. He is also on the cutting edge of other procedures such as DSAEK for Fuch’s endothelial dystrophy, DALK for keratoconus, clear lens replacement (CLR) and dry eye treatments including use of serum tears. 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 before joining The Eye Associates.

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Patients of The Eye Associates can be assured that they will receive accurate evaluations, honest opinions and the most effective surgical recommendations for their personal needs. The combination of comprehensive training and experience with the latest technology laser system ensures optimal LASIK outcomes.

We use the most advanced technologies and techniques for laser vision correction surgery, including using two types of lasers for this vision correction procedure. We no longer use the old technology of manually making the flap using a microkeratome; we now use the computerized bladeless femtosecond laser, Alcon’s LenSx laser, to create the flap, which is the first step in the LASIK procedure. This increases the precision and safety of the vision correction procedure.

Next, the VISX Star 4 excimer laser, considered by many experts to be the best laser for LASIK eye surgery, is used to reshape the front surface of the eye, thereby eliminating the patient’s visual flaws. Using NASA developed wavefront technology, 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.

For patients who are not good candidates for LASIK, our team also offers PRK, LASEK, Epi-LASIK, Clear Lens Replacement/refractive lens exchange and implantable collamer lenses. If you have a cataract, the new high-tech lens implants are a great option offering correction of both near and distance vision so that glasses may not be needed after surgery. And if you see great at distance but just need help with your reading, then the Raindrop Near Vision Inlay may be the answer.

As you can see, there are many different choices for vision correction today. 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 what option would be best for you.

About 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 by the community. While exciting advances in surgical techniques and advanced implants have revolutionized eye surgery, it is the still the surgeon’s experience and skill that guarantee an excellent result. 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 35-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 New patients are always cordially welcome.

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Patient Reviews for 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 eyecare.” —Tom M.

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