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 people in Midway and Garfield Ridge choose Primary Eye Care Associates in Chicago, IL, for cataract surgery...

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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, IL, 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 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 older than 55
  • Excessive sunlight exposure
  • Previous eye injury
  • Use of tobacco products
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Use of corticosteroids
  • Obesity
  • High blood pressure

Cataract Surgery Explained

Cataract surgery is a quick, minimally invasive procedure that can enhance your vision. Most patients no longer need glasses or contacts following the procedure. Dr. Steven Chander provides advanced surgical techniques and multiple IOL options for the best outcomes.

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Love Dr Chander and have paid cash to see him when my insurance was all crazy. He's so amazing, and I literally would not go anywhere else, even if it was free apparently! He is so knowledgeable, friendly, and truly concerned for his patients. His staff is so friendly, and the choices of frames there are gorgeous. Love my eye doctor! ♡

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Is It Time for an Exam?

Common symptoms of cataracts include:

  • 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 Primary Eye Care Associates in Chicago, IL. During your visit, we can determine if conservative treatments are sufficient, or if cataract surgery is necessary.

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

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


Intraocular Lenses The Key to Restoring Your Vision after Cataract Surgery

Intraocular Lens

IOLs replace the clouded natural lens. These artificial lenses correct vision for different distances, and can even be used to address astigmatism.

What Is an IOL?

Intraocular lenses (IOLs) are synthetic crystalline lenses that ophthalmologists use to replace clouded lenses during cataract surgery. Like prescription eyeglasses, IOLs provide custom vision correction.

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. Customized care and a variety of lens options set our practice apart.

Do You Have Cataracts? Contact Primary Eye Care Associates

If you've experienced any symptoms or risk factors of cataracts, it's important to speak with the team at Primary Eye Care Associates. Dr. Chander  skilled ophthalmologists to restore vision and enhance quality of life. If you live in the greater Chicago area and want to learn more about cataracts and cataract removal, contact our practice online. You can also reach our office by phone at:

(773) 735-6090

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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.

Cataract Surgery Step-by-Step

If our Chicago, IL, team determines that a cataract is causing your symptoms, 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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My family has been coming here for 35 years. I’ve tried an optometrist closer to home but came back for the comprehensive quality service. Dr Chander is very knowledgeable and I appreciate his expertise and professionalism. I’ve had some issues with my eyes in the past and he always knows what to do to help.

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Me and my family have been coming to see Dr Chander for many years and we are very happy and satisfied with their services here. Very professional and their staff very polite a and very good service. I really recommend this place to my friends and family.

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Cataract Surgery Cost


The cost of cataract surgery can vary based on the patient's need. Cataract removal with a monofocal lens starts at $1,800, while the use of a premium multifocal lens could cost as much as $5,000. We can discuss pricing during your consultation at our Chicago, IL, practice.

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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