What Is A Cataract?
Our doctors at Midwest Eye Centers specialize in modern cataract surgery and are dedicated to helping you improve your vision and quality of life.
Why Cataract Surgery?
This new intraocular lens is permanent and eliminates the chance of future cataracts forming.
Is Cataract Surgery Right For Me?
- Do you see glares, starbursts, or halos at night?
- Are you having difficulty driving or recognizing faces?
- Are colors not as sharp or vivid as you once remember?
Frequently Asked Questions
After making a very small incision outside your field of vision, your eye surgeon will insert a tiny probe and use ultrasound to break up the clouded natural lens. With suction, the pieces are easily removed, and through the same incision, the IOL is inserted and positioned correctly. You may have a protective shield to wear during sleep for about a week, and your eye surgeon will prescribe eye drops to be used several times each day for several weeks. For best results, it is very important that you follow your surgeon’s post-operative instructions exactly.
Several groups have an increased risk for developing cataracts and eventually need cataract surgery. Examples include:
- Steroid users
- Patients who have experienced trauma
If you have cataracts or plan to have cataract surgery, and you would like to be evaluated, the doctors of Midwest Eye Center would be delighted to assist you. Our doctors are recognized by their patients and colleagues as innovators and pioneers in cataract and intraocular lens (IOL) surgery.
Cataract treatment is offered at Midwest Eye Center in Calumet, Chicago, Mokena and Bourbonnais. Call us today so we can help you achieve a brighter future!
However, the BEST way to know if you have or are developing a cataract is by scheduling a consultation with one of our eye doctors. There, a doctor will run tests to properly assess your vision and whether or not cataract surgery is right for you.
Read more about cataract treatment options here and schedule a consultation to have one of our doctors examine your circumstance.
IOLs are permanent and maintenance free. You cannot feel them, you will never have to clean them, and unlike your natural lens, they stay clear indefinitely. The size, shape, design, material and prescription will be chosen by your doctor especially for you.
- Monofocal IOL: Assists patients in distance activities and helps lessen the dependent on glasses.
- Advanced Technology IOLs (AT IOLs): Offers variable distance viewing with greater possibility that glasses or contacts will not be needed.
- Extended Range of Vision IOL: Provides less dependence at all distances and offer greater freedom from eyewear than traditional monofocal IOLs.
- Toric (or Astigmatic) IOLs: Reduces or eliminates corneal astigmatism while greatly improving distance vision in patients.
- Accommodating (Crystalens) IOL: Corrects vision by changing focus as the patient views objects at varying distances.
Please contact an ophthalmologist at Midwest Eye Centers today, if you’d like to determine your candidacy for cataract surgery with intraocular lenses. Our doctors will evaluate your eyes to ascertain which one of the many intraocular lenses available may be right for you.
Patients having their cataracts removed are asked to wear a patch for approximately 6 hours post-operation and a plastic shield to bed, the first night only, to cover and protect the operated eye. You will be asked to use eye drops after surgery.
By following these recommendations and your doctor’s instructions after cataract surgery, you will soon return to activities that might have been previously limited or halted due to previous poor eyesight. If you or someone you know is considering cataract surgery, Midwest Eye Center surgeons are ready to help. To schedule an appointment, please contact us by filling out the online form or by giving us a call.
Much like our fingerprints, each of us has our own subtle differences when it comes to the eye, with the size, depth, lens position, and corneal curvature all ranging extensively. That is why our team employs the LenSx® technology to map each patient’s eye prior to surgery allowing for unparalleled accuracy.
The advanced LenSx® laser is designed specifically for performing the most important parts of cataract surgery. LenSx ® uses a laser source to produce femtosecond laser pulses; an aiming system to localize specific targets in the eye; an optical delivery system to accurately deliver laser pulses to desired targets in the eye; and a computer controller to accomplish clinical procedures.
At your cataract surgery consultation, our Midwest Eye Center specialists will discuss the process with you so that the best decision can be made for your situation and goals. We pride ourselves on delivering the best in technology and technique to make this important procedure as easy as possible for each patient.
What's It Like To Have Cataract Surgery
Schedule a consultation
At a time that’s convenient for you, a Midwest Eye Centers ophthalmologist will meet with you to discuss the changes in your vision and help you understand available options. The consultation and diagnostic testing are free, and certainly does not obligate you to any future service. We are able to determine if you are a candidate for cataract surgery. You will have an opportunity to schedule your procedure at this appointment. The doctor performing your consultation will be the same doctor performing your surgical procedure.
Arrive at the Surgery Centers for cataract surgery
After being greeted by the staff, you are met by the doctor who will be performing your surgery.
Travel home for recovery
After surgery, you must have a friend or family member provide your transportation home. You will experience improved vision right away, but we recommend not reading, driving, or using a computer for the rest of the day. After a good night’s sleep you can return to work the next day.
Come back the next day for a post-op Checkup
It is important that you meet with your ophthalmologist the day after your surgical procedure. We will confirm that your eyes are healthy and clear you for normal activity.