About the Practice

Dr. Wehrly has performed thousands of successful eye surgeries and was one of the first local eye surgeons to train in and be qualified to perform the revolutionary LenSx® refractive laser cataract surgery. 


Dr. Wehrly is a Board-certified Diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology. He is fellowship trained in Cornea and External Disease at Duke University and has been operating on eyes since 1992. In 2001, after seven years of military service in the Air Force, Dr. Wehrly joined Lake Eye Associates.  He had served as Chief of Ophthalmology at MacDill AFB in Tampa, and as Chief of Ophthalmology and Director of Laser Eye Surgery at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Dr. Wehrly has performed more than 20,200 successful state-of-the-art cataract surgeries, 12,000 refractive surgeries, and thousands of other ocular and laser procedures. He was the first surgeon in Central Florida to perform LenSx® refractive laser surgery.

Dr. Wehrly has extensive experience in multifocal implants and has implanted thousands of Toric® IOLs, including the new multifocal Symfony® extended range of vision lens. He also combines glaucoma and cataract surgeries, utilizing endocyclophotocoagulation (ECP) and iStent®, to reduce intraocular pressure and preserve vision in a single event.

Dr. Wehrly has been a predominant figure in the Lake County community for 16 years, donating his time to the care of the indigent and contributing to several charities. He lives in Tavares with his wife and three children.


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Cataract Diagnosis and Treatment



Procedure: Cataract Surgery

“My husband has been a patient with Lake Eye for a long time and has always been happy with them, so when I decided it was time for cataract surgery, I knew where I would go to have it done.

“I was a bit nervous about the surgery at first. I knew the lens implant I received would be up to Dr. Wehrly and I couldn’t help but wonder if it would be the best choice for me. But Dr. Wehrly explained in detail how his thorough examination and testing during surgery would help him select the right lens for me. He also gave me eye drops and medication before surgery to reduce the amount of drops I’d need afterward, so I wouldn’t need to be constantly putting them in.

“As it turned out, I had nothing to worry about. I had my surgery and everything went smoothly. Recovery was so quick and easy, I hesitate to even call it recovery. I used the drops a couple times a day for a couple of weeks, that was it. Dr. Wehrly and the entire staff at the Santa Fe Surgery Center were great. The entire process was so easy!

“A week after my surgery I won a putting contest at a Ladies Day golf event! The vision in my eye is so much better that I already have an appointment to see Dr. Wehrly about having my other eye done, and this time I’m totally confident about the surgery and the lens he will pick. Dr. Wehrly rocks!”


Procedure: Cataract Surgery

Since having surgery with Dr. Wehrly, I feel more confident driving at night and I don't need glasses for daily activities. Now, I can sign my name without searching for my glasses!

Kathy Lee

Procedure: LenSx® Cataract Surgery and lens implants for both eyes


I was having trouble with night vision due to cataracts in both eyes. From the beginning the staff was extremely professional and there was never a rushed feeling. They provided answers, discussion, literature to read, so I was well-informed. Everything was done in a simple, step-by-step format that was very informative. I met with Dr. Wehrly and was immediately confident that he was the right choice of surgeons.

Dr. Wehrly performed my laser surgery at The Santa Fe Surgery center. Their staff was also superb and I always felt like I was getting excellent treatment. There were no problems whatsoever. The cataract surgery was a breeze, the drops were no big deal, it is truly amazing!

My night driving has dramatically improved and I no longer see halos around people (though I sometimes miss joking that everyone looks like an angel). I honestly cannot believe how much better I can see! I didn’t realize how bad it was.

The surgery and Dr. Wehrly have been life changers!

Anna Coakley

Procedure: Cataract Surgery on Both Eyes


I was experiencing cloudy vision and it kept getting worse. I started having trouble driving and with my favorite hobby, pellet guns. Targets were blurry and my accuracy was way off. I finally went to see Dr. Wehrly, who informed me I had cataracts in both eyes.

The idea of surgery scared me until Dr. Wehrly told me how safe, quick and effective the procedure is. I was so grateful for the time he spent explaining it all to me. The surgery was a piece of cake. I got my "bad eye" done first, then my "shooting eye" two weeks later. Immediately I noticed how vibrant colors were.

I couldn't believe what I'd been missing! Recovery was fast and easy. All I needed was eye drops for a few weeks. Two days after my surgery I went to the shooting range and hit the bull's eye so many times it looked like Swiss cheese! And I brought the proof in to Dr. Wehrly, who I love. He's a great doctor and a great guy. I highly recommend Lake Eye.