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Sun Times Feature Story

Picture Perfect Eyesight

Creative Richard Kluft Blown Away By The Results At Braverman Eye Center

Hollywood - At the age of 70, Richard Kluft is certainly not your average retiree.

First of all, many of us know his work from such major films such as “Cape Fear”, “Rock of Ages” and the legendary “Wizard of Oz” to name a few.

Kluft was a longtime skilled post production professional who was responsible for colorizing and transforming older film into digital. He was a colorist, and a darn good one.

“Need your eyes a lot for that,” said Kluft, laughing. “Plenty of detail involved and that was something I did most of my adult life.”

So skilled and well respected was Kluft that he had the pleasure of working on elite movies such as Cape Fear, which was shot in South Florida.

With all the work he did for so many years, using his eyes for everything, Kluft never had problems. Other than the minor this or that, he was fortunate that with all of his work depending on his eyesight that nothing serious ever developed.

But like most of us, age seems to catch up - one way or another - and when he was 50, the first signs of eye problems began, but it was something that he monitored, and years later, when things started to decline, Kluft found out that cataract surgery would make his life a lot better.

“Obviously when I was told by Dr. (Stanley) Braverman that it was time for me to have the cataract surgery, I was a bit apprehensive,” Kluft recalled. “But that was just temporary.”

Once he went through three different prescriptions and couldn’t drive at night at all, it was time to get things moving toward the cataract surgery.

From consulting with Dr. Braverman and his team, Kluft knew exactly what to expect - and was eager to get his vision back again.

The procedure for Kluft was a Symfony Lens - and from the moment he walked into the office, he realized that he was in the best hands possible.

“The experience - from start to finish - was amazing,” Kluft said. “You come in there, and not know what to expect and before you know, literally, you are finished.”

Kluft’s experience before, during and after the surgery was positive; he has found himself telling everyone he knows about the Braverman Eye Center.

Today, he sees 20/20 - and for the first time in a few years - talented Richard Kluft is back being his creative self!

As excited as Kluft was to talk about his cataract surgery, he was equally impressed with the new Hollywood location.

With so many upgrades made - and the size of the facility - here is one patient who was simply blown away.

“I never expected something like this,” Kluft said. “It is indeed so impressive and can handle so many more patients at the same time. It is really great the way there are different sections for different things. I love it.”

What Are Cataracts?
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.

Cataract Surgery: What To Expect
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 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 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 and the Anne Bates Leach Eye Hospital/Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. He is also an Adjunct Associate Clinical Professor at the Nova Southeastern School of Optometry. 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 recently 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, Surgery Coordinator for cataract surgery, or Rosemary Hartford, LASIK Coordinator for LASIK surgery, or visit the Braverman Eye Center website at 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 sub-specialty 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; Jesse Pelletier MD, FACS, Corneal Surgeon; Eric Ciliberti MD, Neuro-Ophthalmologist; and Ryan Y. Hargreaves OD, Shalonda McCallum OD and Parul Jain OD. All sub-specialist surgeons at the Braverman Eye Center are Board Certified.

Braverman Eye Center’s new office is located at: 1050 N. Federal Highway, Hollywood, Florida 33020.