Lafayette Regional Health Center (LRHC), part of HCA Midwest Health System—Kansas City’s leading healthcare provider—offers eye care services that include the most advanced cataract services in addition to a complete spectrum of eye exams, glaucoma, diabetic eye exams, Lasik evaluations and macular degeneration care.  

More than 22 million Americans, 40 years of age or older, are affected by cataracts, which cause clouding of the eye’s natural lens. Across the globe, more people are diagnosed with cataracts than with glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy combined. Considered the leading cause of blindness in the world, the number of Americans with cataracts is expected to reach more than 30 million individuals by 2020, as our population ages.

“Lafayette Regional Health Center is dedicated to providing the very best treatment available for our cataract patients,” says Darrel Box, LRHC Chief Executive Officer. “The expertise of our cataract surgeons reflects the highest level of cataract care available to the community right here in the Lexington area.”

Cataract risk factors include family history, ultraviolet radiation, diabetes, hypertension, obesity and high myopia (nearsightedness). Statin medications, prolonged use of corticosteroids and hormone replacement therapy may also contribute to development of cataracts. Smoking and significant alcohol consumption are linked to increased cataract risk, as well as previous eye injury or inflammation, and eye surgery.

Michael E. Somers, MD, is a board-certified Ophthalmologist who sees patients at LRHC. He attended Brown University School of Medicine and completed his residency at Yale New Haven Hospital and a fellowship at Louisiana State University health Sciences Center. He is also certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology.

“Our ophthalmology and support staff offers exceptional cataract care and assistance for each and every patient we see,” Dr. Somers says. “Patients benefit enormously from the expertise of these dedicated professionals.”

Call (660) 259-6884 to schedule an appointment with an ophthalmologist at LRHC.