Cataract Surgery

Cataract Surgery

Although cataracts can be managed in the early stages, you will eventually require surgery in order to avoid debilitating vision loss.

Fortunately, modern cataract surgery is safe, effective, and capable of restoring excellent vision – with or without corrective eyewear.

Learn why Midway and Garfield Ridge chooses Primary Eye Care Associates in Chicago, IL, for cataract diagnosis and surgical coordination.

What Are Cataracts?

Cataracts develop when protein fibers begin to clump together within the crystalline lens of the eye.

The function of the lens is to refract light as it enters the eye, focusing it upon the retina. The retina then converts this light into nerve impulses sent to the brain, allowing you to perceive images. When a cataract clouds your lens, it blocks the passage of light through the eye to the retina. This can cause your vision to lose definition, and make colors look faded. The effect is often compared to looking out of a frosted window, and it becomes more pronounced as time passes.

Although ample lighting and up-to-date corrective lens prescriptions can be used as conservative solutions in the early stages of cataracts, eye surgery is the only permanent treatment.


According to the National Eye Institute, more than half of all Americans older than 80 either have cataracts or have had cataract surgery. 

Cataracts Example

Cataract Risk Factors

  • Being 55+
  • Excessive sun exposure
  • Previous eye injuries
  • Tobacco use
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Corticosteroid use
  • Obesity
  • High blood pressure

Notice These Symptoms?

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Common symptoms of cataracts include:

  • Double vision
  • Halos around lights
  • Clouding of the lens
  • Distorted or dim vision
  • Difficulty seeing at night
  • Colors appearing dull, yellowed, or faded
  • Light sensitivity and glare

If you experience these symptoms, you should visit us in Chicago, IL. During your visit, we can determine the cause of your vision changes and if cataract surgery is necessary.

Our Garfield Ridge practice is located by Midway International Airport. You can request an appointment by filling out our form or calling:

(773) 735-6090

A Chicago Office Patients Have Trusted for Years


Elizabeth Ayala

Chicago, IL


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Extremely professional friendly great atmosphere Dr. Chander really has a lot of patience with this patients and explains everything in detail And I don't feel rushed when making a discussion. I enjoy going to his office I makes me feel appreciated.

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Vivian Gomez

Chicago, IL


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I’ve been coming into this office for years! (Close to 10 years) Dr. Chandler is excellent! He is very thorough explaining every test and I truly feel like he cares about his patients eye health...I don’t see myself going anywhere else. Love it here!

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Cataracts Are a Common Part of Aging But Clouded Vision Doesn't Have to Be

Cataracts are a common part of aging, and our Chicago team can help you look out for the signs during your routine eye care appointments. We also provide eye disease screenings, in case you or a loved one notice symptoms. Dr. Steven Chander is always happy to explain the condition and treatment, like he does in this video.

Cataract Surgery Is


We understand concerns about safety, but rest assured that cataract removal is one of the most common surgical procedures in the world.


Thanks to local anesthetic, the procedure is not painful. The surgeons we coordinate with even perform the surgery with the patient conscious.


Cataract removal only takes about 10-12 minutes to complete. For perspective, that's less time than it takes many dentists to place a filling.

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Brian Szumigalski

Chicago, IL


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Very friendly and compassionate staff. Always very kind!. Dr. Chander is awesome!! He takes time and listens and has a pleasant demeanor.

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Debbie OBrien

Chicago, IL


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Even after 24 years Dr. Chander and his staff are still the greatest!

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Cataract Surgery Step-by-Step

If our Chicago, IL, team determines that a cataract is causing your symptoms, we can begin coordinating your surgery, which will be performed at a nearby ambulatory center. During surgery, the clouded natural lens will be removed from your eye and replaced with a synthetic intraocular lens (IOL).

We refer out to established Chicago surgeons, who will remove your cataracts and implant your IOL.
We refer out to established Chicago surgeons, who will remove your cataracts and implant your IOL.

Corneal Incisions

To remove the lens, your surgeon will first make precise incisions in the cornea (the dome-shaped front surface of the eye) using a laser.

Cataract Removal

 A special ultrasound tool is used to break the lens into smaller pieces, which are then gently suctioned out through the incisions. 

IOL Placement

Once your natural lens has been completely removed, your doctor will implant the IOL. Sutures are not necessary to facilitate the healing of the corneal incisions.

See How Cataract Surgery Works

During cataract surgery, an ophthalmologist removes the clouded natural lens of the eye and replaces it with an artificial lens. Modern IOLs can correct vision at multiple distances, and can even correct astigmatism. Our team can diagnose your cataracts and coordinate your surgery with an established Chicago ophthalmologist.

What Is Cataract Surgery Recovery Like?

Closeup of someone putting in eye drops

While some patients report experiencing improved vision immediately following surgery, it is important to understand that it might take a week or longer for your vision to stabilize. Full recovery can take up to a month. We usually schedule a follow-up visit at our Garfield Ridge office the day after surgery to make certain that you are not experiencing any complications.

After a friend or loved one drives you home from your procedure, plan to rest for the remainder of the day. You might experience a "scratchy" or irritated sensation as you heal. We may prescribe special eye drops to control inflammation, as well as pain relievers such as acetaminophen to control discomfort.

The Difference At Primary Eye Care Associates

Safe and Technologically Advanced Surgery

We offer laser cataract surgery coordination, pointing you to a safer and more precise approach than traditional techniques that use scalpels. Your safety and satisfaction are our priorities, and we take every measure to minimize risks by working with a trusted eye surgeon to conduct your procedure.

A Leading Surgeon

Our Chicago, IL, practice works with a cataract specialist who was personally chosen by our clinical director, Dr. Steven Chander. Dr. Chander is an authority on laser eye surgery procedures (including LASIK) who has authored a book on the topic and regularly presents lectures to colleagues.

Comprehensive Coordination

Dr. Chander can diagnose your cataracts at our Chicago, IL, practice, conveniently located right next to Midway International Airport. After explaining your options, such the IOLs available, he will coordinate your surgery, which will be conducted by trusted local ophthalmologists. Once you've recovered, you can visit us for regular vision appointments with a doctor who understands you and your past condition.

Virtual Consultations Available

With cataracts, acting sooner rather than later is crucial. It can mean easier treatment and it can stop you from struggling with symptoms. If you want to get to know us before you visit, contact our Chicago team for a convenient virtual consultation.

Giving Chicago Vision Patients Much-Deserved Peace of Mind

"Dr. Chander and his staff are terrific! They went above and beyond to help my Mom. We had an issue with an rx and they made themselves available and helped Mom get what she needed on Easter no less. If you want a great doctor and staff, go to Primary Eye Care and see Dr Chander." Janet Curry

Intraocular Lenses The Key to Restoring Your Vision after Cataract Surgery

Intraocular Lens

What Is an IOL?

Intraocular lenses (IOLs) are synthetic crystalline lenses that ophthalmologists use to replace the clouded natural lens during cataract surgery. Like prescription eyeglasses, IOLs provide custom vision correction for different distances, and can even be used to address astigmatism.

Monofocal vs. Multifocal

There are many different kinds of IOLs out there. In general, they can be either monofocal (correction for one distance) or multifocal (correction for a range of distances). Some IOLs are even able to correct astigmatism, further enhancing a patient's vision after cataract removal.

Advanced Vision Technology

Our practice in Chicago, IL, can use advanced technology to measure your eyes and determine which type of lens is best for you. We believe in using state-of-the-art tools to fully prepare you to visit a trusted ophthalmologist for your surgery.

Unsure About IOL Options? Our Board-Certified Optometrist Is Here to Help

Have questions? There are countless IOLs out there— and we won't stop until we can find the right one for your needs, unique eyes, and budget. The team at Primary Eye Care Associates will make sure that you truly understand your condition and your options, like non-surgical treatments, by offering thorough explanations.

If you do need surgery, Dr. Chander will explain the process and IOL choices in detail. He will only refer you to skilled local ophthalmologists that he knows he can trust to restore your vision and enhance your quality of life.

Patients who live in the greater Chicago area and want to learn more about cataracts and cataract removal can contact our practice to begin. You can also call:

(773) 735-6090

The Cost of Cataract Surgery


The cost of cataract surgery varies based on patient needs. Cataract removal with a monofocal lens starts at $1,800, while a premium multifocal lens could cost $5,000. We can discuss pricing during your consultation at our Chicago, IL, practice.

Happy Patients and Healthy Vision The Hallmarks of Our Chicago Practice


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Chicago, IL


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Dr Chander goes above and beyond! He not only managed to fit me in last minute but had me in and out with time to spare before my flight. Before I even landed back in CO he had already sent a referral for a local specialist for me to see. Dr Chander has earned my loyalty and trust and will definitely be seeing me again! Highly recommend! Very professional!

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Chicago, IL


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I have been going here since my two kids were 10 and 11 years old. That was 27 years ago. Still the same great doctor and wonderful staff! Very thorough eye exams! Wonderful Doctor who explains everything and answers all your questions. 

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Cataract FAQs

From diagnosis to surgery, it's common to have questions about cataracts. We're happy to answer them when you visit our Chicago office, but until then, we'll give you a good foundation with these often-asked queries:

Is cataract treatment permanent?

Many patients wonder if they will only need surgery for each eye once. Luckily, the answer is yes. That's because the lens your surgeon implants is created with longevity in mind, providing a lifetime of cataract-free vision.

Will cataract surgery improve my vision?

After cataract surgery, it's normal to experience 20/20 vision, or very close to it. However, it's still possible for patients to have improved vision, but not perfect vision. In that case, you may still need glasses. We can explain more during your consultation.

Can I have cataracts without even knowing it?

Patients with cataracts affecting their eyes may be unaware of the condition in earlier stages. That's because cataracts may begin with tiny changes to your eye. They may even be asymptomatic, which is why it's important to visit our Chicago team for your yearly eye disease screening and exam.

Dr. Steven Chander

Primary Eye Care Associates

Primary Eye Care Associates is a family-friendly vision care practice in Chicago. Led by our eye doctor, Dr. Steven Chander, our practice provides a variety of services, features a state-of-the-art optical laboratory, and includes an optical boutique with designer frames. Dr. Chander is certified by:

  • The National Board of Examiners in Optometry
  • The American Optometric Association

To schedule an appointment with our team, please fill out our online form or call (773) 735-6090.

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