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Miracle 092619101019Sun Times Issue 02.07.19

Relief For A Baseball Icon

Bucky Dent’s Cataract Surgery Is A Homerun At Braverman Eye Center

While Bucky Dent is most famous for his home run in a tie-breaker game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park at the end of the 1978 regular season, this south Florida native has done so much during his 67 years.
As a former football and baseball standout at Hialeah High in the late 1960’s, Dent’s career has truly been filled with more ups than downs – and being part of the historic New York Yankee organization for decades – he cherishes every moment.
But as much as he has been “Superman” to so many baseball fans throughout the years, Dent is just like all of us when it comes to his eyesight, and when he had cataract surgery on March 12, it brought relief from years of vision that wasn’t so perfect.
His visit to the spacious, state of the art, Braverman Eye Center in Hollywood for an initial consultation, brought smiles and plenty of optimism about his vision and how it could be corrected.
“My eye doctor back in Connecticut felt that I needed cataract surgery, and because of my home here in south Florida, immediately suggested  Dr. (Stanley) Braverman,” Dent recalled. “From the first time I went for the consultation, it was amazing. Dr. Braverman and his staff went over everything with me.”
Like anyone when it comes to having anything to do with the eyes, Dent was obviously concerned, but that meeting with Dr. Braverman eased all of that. Dent has been wearing glasses for years, and because his vision was getting blurry and he was having a tough time seeing, the surgery was needed to keep up that quality lifestyle.
Because of his busy schedule, still working with the Yankees, his plan was to do the first one in March, which was successful, and then come back later on and get the other eye done.
“I can tell you this, within the first few days of the surgery – when things started to come together – it was amazing how clearly I was seeing. Because the other eye needs to have the same procedure done, you can see the difference.”
As for the surgery, it could not have gone better. Dent was pleased. He is looking forward to getting the other eye done and cannot recommend Dr. Braverman and the Braverman Eye Center enough. Said Dr. Braverman, "Bucky had a great result from the surgery. He is 20/20 with no correction!"
“The experience was tremendous and there was NOT a step that wasn’t explained,” said Dent, who also had his astigmatism corrected at the same time as the cataract surgery. “It certainly makes my daily life a lot easier.”

Dent's unlikely homer 41 years ago is one of the most famous plays in history. The bat he used to clear the Monster wasn't his own. Teammate Mickey Rivers, another south Florida prospect (Miami Northwestern) noticed that Dent's bat had a crack in the handle, and so he lent his lumber to Dent midway through his pivotal plate appearance. 
Dent is the only player to homer in a one-game tiebreaker out of the No. 9 spot in the lineup. He hit out of the ninth spot in all but 12 of his appearances during the 1978 campaign.
He wasn't the only player who homered that day at Fenway. Future Hall of Famers Carl Yastrzemski and Reggie Jackson also had homers as well, with Jackson's eighth-inning solo homer proving to be the difference in the one-run contest.
Dent's moment in the sun didn't end in the tiebreaker. After a quiet ALCS performance against the Royals, he hit .417 (10-for-24) with seven RBIs to claim World Series MVP honors in the Yankees' six-game triumph over the Dodgers.
For the baseball fans who watched him play from the day he was drafted in 1970 by the Chicago White Sox in the first round, you will be happy to know that Russell “Bucky” Dent is doing well – and seeing better than ever.  

A cataract is formed when the natural lens of the eye, responsible for focusing light and producing sharp images, becomes cloudy and hardens, resulting in a loss of visual function. The lens of the eye is clear at birth but is one of the first parts of the body to show the effects of aging. A cataract is painless and usually develops gradually over several months or years. The onset of a cataract in one or both eyes may cause decreased night vision, impaired depth perception, and increased color distortion.
Cataracts are the leading cause of vision loss among adults age 55 and older. In fact, poor vision from cataracts affects 60 percent of all adults over age 60. However, cataracts also can result from injury, heredity, or medications, so they can affect people of all ages.
Understanding that no two conditions or patients are the same, Dr. Braverman analyzes the patient’s symptoms, performs a comprehensive eye exam, and may test for glare disability and contrast sensitivity before making a diagnosis. The final decision to proceed with the surgery belongs to the patient.
Your optometrist or Dr. Braverman may prescribe glasses, medication or surgery depending on your symptoms, complaints and age. Usually surgery will not be recommended until glasses no longer work to make you visually happy. In the case of clear lensectomy surgery, the patient cosmetically wants to get rid of their glasses, but they are out of the LASIK treatment range.

Thanks to new advancements, this is a great time to have cataract surgery. Your eye is like a camera. It has photographic paper (the retina), and a camera lens. Two excellent options exist for cataract surgery. The choice is yours. Traditional Cataract Surgery is the removal of your cloudy natural camera lens, which is usually dissolved using high frequency ultrasound through a small (less than 3 millimeter) opening. If your eye qualifies, the second option, Laser Assisted Cataract Surgery can now be done using state of the art Femtosecond Laser technology to assist with parts of the cataract surgical procedure, including softening up the cloudy camera lens.
This Femtosecond Laser Assisted Surgery reduces the amount of high frequency ultrasound needed. Laser Assisted Cataract Surgery takes a delicate procedure and refines it even more, so that the surgical precision is unparalleled. The computer-guided accuracy of the laser compliments your doctor’s skills with today’s latest technology. An artificial man made clear lens is then placed inside the eye where the cloudy lens used to be.
There are several types of high quality premium vision lenses that can be used, giving you potentially better results than with a standard basic lens. After the surgery, eye drops are given to the patient to aid in the healing of the eye, which takes a few months, but the patient is able to return to normal activity almost immediately after surgery and usually sees well within just days. If the eye is otherwise healthy, cataract surgery is successful in more than 98% of patients and they enjoy improved vision after the procedure. Cataract surgery continues to improve. Recent developments include no-stitch surgery, topical anesthesia, surgical correction of astigmatism, new upgraded premium lens designs, Laser Assisted Cataract Surgery, and Dr. Braverman's newly trademarked LACE™ procedure. The LACE™ procedure, if you are deemed a candidate, can nearly always guarantee that the patient will need no glasses for distance vision, and no glasses for distance or near vision if a multifocal lens implant is used. At the Braverman Eye Center, we are proud to offer the advanced AMO CATALYS® Precision Laser System, for unsurpassed Femtosecond Laser Assisted cataract surgery performance.

About Dr. Stanley Braverman
Dr. Stanley Braverman is a Voluntary Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Miami School of Medicine’s Anne Bates Leach Eye Hospital/Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. He is also an Adjunct Associate Clinical Professor at the Nova Southeastern School of Optometry and the official LASIK and Cataract Surgeon for the Florida Panthers.
In addition to treating patients, Dr. Braverman, a board certified ophthalmologist, has been a medical researcher, and is the inventor of several eye surgical instruments, and author of many articles for medical journals. Dr. Braverman's newly trademarked LACE™ procedure (Laser Assisted Cataract Extraction) provides the best possible cataract surgical results. He has lectured at professional meetings about upgraded lens implants, advanced cataract surgery and LASIK, both nationally and internationally. He has been recognized by Newsweek Magazine as one of the Fifteen Leaders in Laser Eye Surgery in 2011, and recently co-authored a book on Z-Lasik that is being distributed internationally. You can find it on
An initial cataract or LASIK consultation can be scheduled by calling the Braverman Eye Center at: (954) 458-2112 or (305) 374-8694. For additional information please contact Regina Vasquez, Surgical  Coordinator for cataract surgery, or Rosemary Hartford, LASIK surgery Coordinator, or visit the Braverman Eye Center website at www.bravermaneyecenter .com - where you can watch a video of cataract or LASIK surgery and learn more about all of the latest advances in cataract surgery and upgraded lens implants, as well as LASIK Surgery, including Near-Far Multifocal PresbyLASIK, for patients over 40 years old who require glasses for both distance and near vision.
In addition to Dr. Stanley Braverman, a Refractive Cataract and LASIK Laser Vision Correction surgeon, your other subspecialty eye care needs can also be evaluated and treated. On staff at the Braverman Eye Center are Rashid Taher MD FACS and Tirso Lara MD FACS, Vitreo-Retinal surgeons; Andre Sarraga MD FACS, Ophthalmic Plastic, Reconstructive and Cosmetic Surgeon; Aarup Kubal MD FACS, Complex Glaucoma Specialist and Corneal Surgeon; Eric Ciliberti MD, Neuro-Ophthalmologist;
Alan Lane MD FACS, General Ophthalmology and Glaucoma Care; Jonathan Leon-Rosen MD FACS, Glaucoma Surgery and Oculoplastics; and Ryan Y. Hargreaves OD, Shalonda McCallum OD and Youssef Choucair OD. All sub-specialist surgeons at the Braverman Eye Center are Board Certified.

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