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.

Why choose Primary Eye Care Associates in Chicago, IL, for your cataract surgery?

Top Practitioners Providing State-of-the-Art Treatment

Safe and Technologically Advanced Surgery

We offer laser cataract surgery, 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 during the 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 Care

Our Chicago practice, conveniently located right next to Midway International Airport, is equipped to care for every aspect of your eye health. Once you have undergone your cataract procedure at Primary Eye Care Associates, we can provide the ongoing care you need in order to maintain the best possible vision for the rest of your life.

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 can cause vision to lose definition, and make colors look faded. The effect is often described as being similar to looking out of a frosted window, and it becomes more pronounced as time passes.

Although ample lighting and up-to-date corrective eyewear 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. 

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Is It Time for an Exam?

Cataract symptoms include:

  • Cloudy, distorted, or dim vision
  • Difficulty seeing at night
  • Colors appearing dull, yellowed, or faded
  • Light sensitivity and glare

If you are experiencing these symptoms, you should visit Primary Eye Care Associates in Chicago, IL, as soon as possible for an evaluation. During your visit, we can determine if conservative measures such as a change in lens prescription or increased lighting are sufficient, or if surgery is necessary. You can request an appointment at our Garfield Ridge practice, located by Midway International Airport, by filling out our online form or calling:

(773) 735-6090

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Cataract surgery with our Chicago practice can transform your vision, allowing you to once again see the world in vivid color.

Intraocular Lenses The Key to Restoring Your Vision after Cataract Surgery

Intraocular Lens

IOLs are implants that replace your natural lens during cataract surgery.

IOLs are synthetic crystalline lenses that replace clouded lenses during cataract surgery. Like the lenses of eyeglasses, IOLs contain correction. They can be either monofocal or multifocal. We use an A-Scan device to take measurements of your eyes and determine which type of IOL is best for you.

Our Chicago practice's premium intraocular lens offerings include:

  • Crystalens®: This lens flexes according to the ciliary muscles of the eye, much like the natural lens. This premium lens can improve vision at a range of distances.
  • ReSTOR®: Relying on the same technology used in microscopes and telescopes, this lens uses tiered steps to improve focus both near and far. Some patients find that ReSTOR helps them reduce or eliminate their need for glasses.
  • ReZoom®: This IOL is often recommended for patients experiencing presbyopia, a hardening of the lens that typically occurs in a patient's 40s. It incorporates multiple focal points to improve vision at a variety of distances.

See How Cataract Surgery Works

During cataract surgery, the doctor removes the diseased portion of the natural lens and replaces it with an IOL.

Cataract Surgery Step-by-Step

If our Chicago team determines that you have a cataract, we can begin planning 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).

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.


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.

To expedite healing and experience the best possible outcome:

  • Don't rub your eyes
  • Don't drive until our doctor says you can do so safely
  • Don't lift heavy objects or strain yourself in any way
  • Don't swim or use a hot tub for at least a week after surgery
  • Take care to avoid irritants such as wind, dust, and pollen

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Primary Eye Care Associates

Primary Eye Care Associates is a family-friendly vision care practice in Chicago, IL. Led by 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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