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Cataract Surgery Specialist

Chicago Glaucoma Consultants - CGC Eye Center

Board Certified Ophthalmologist & Surgeon located in Glenview, IL & Chicago, IL

If you have cataracts and a resulting case of poor vision, board-certified ophthalmologists and surgeons at Chicago Glaucoma Consultants - CGC Eye Center, with two convenient locations in Glenview and Chicago, Illinois, offer a minimally invasive solution. They provide cataract surgery, using state-of-the-art technology and procedures, to restore your vision and prevent eye health problems. Schedule a consultation with Chicago Glaucoma Consultants - CGC Center by phone or online today.

Cataract Surgery Q & A

What is cataract surgery?

A cataract causes the lens of your eye to get cloudy, which diminishes your vision and overall quality of life. During cataract surgery, your eye doctor removes the lens in your eye and replaces it with an artificial lens to help you see clearly. Cataract surgery is common, safe, and highly effective.

Why might I need cataract surgery?

Your ophthalmologist might recommend you undergo cataract surgery if vision problems associated with cataracts prevent you from safely driving, working at your job, or completing everyday tasks. Symptoms of cataracts include:

  • Blurry vision
  • Cloudy vision
  • Light and glare sensitivity
  • Night vision problems
  • Seeing halos around lights
  • Fading colors
  • Yellowing of colors
  • Double vision
  • Frequent vision changes

To diagnose cataracts, your eye doctor reviews your eye health history and symptoms. They complete a comprehensive dilated eye exam and vision tests and let you know if you’re a good candidate for cataract surgery.

How should I prepare for surgery?

Prior to cataract surgery, your eye doctor might ask you to avoid food and drinks. Stop taking medications that might increase your risk of bleeding. Your provider may ask you to use eye drops a day or two before cataract surgery. Make arrangements for someone to drive you home after the procedure.

You may require an intraocular lens (IOL) implantation. If so, about a week prior to your scheduled surgery, your eye doctor completes an ultrasound to measure your eye’s shape and determine which type of lens implant works best for you.

What should I expect during cataract surgery?

Right before surgery, your ophthalmologist dilates your pupils using eye drops and gives you local anesthesia to numb the treatment area. They offer you a sedative, so you can stay awake during the procedure and still feel relaxed.

Your eye surgeon at Chicago Glaucoma Consultants - CGC Eye Center makes a tiny incision, removes the clouded lens from your eye, and might implant a clear, artificial lens in its place. The procedure is fast and painless, often completed in under an hour.

What happens after the procedure?

After cataract surgery, a friend or family member can drive you home. Get plenty of rest and follow all post-surgery instructions, which may include using eye drops to prevent infection and other complications. 

You might feel slight itching or discomfort in your eyes for a few days. Don’t rub your eyes, and wear an eye patch, shield, or glasses if your surgeon recommends it. 

Expect your vision to improve a few days after your surgery. Limit or avoid bending and lifting for about a week after the procedure. Attend all follow-up appointments with the team. Complete healing may take about eight weeks.

Don’t live with cloudy vision associated with cataracts when cataract surgery at Chicago Glaucoma Consultants - CGC Eye Center is safe and effective. Schedule a consultation by phone or online today.