All About Cataract Surgery
We Perform Cataract Surgery In Hoffman Estates, Northwest Chicago
Cataract occurs when the normally clear lens of the eye becomes clouded. In a nutshell, cataract surgery removes this hazy lens and replaces it with a transparent artificial intraocular lens (IOL). At Sullivan Ostoich Eye Center, Dr. Kevin L. Sullivan is a board-certified ophthalmologist and surgeon, expertly qualified and highly experienced in performing laser and cataract surgery.
The main symptoms of cataracts are blurry vision and increased glare from lights. Sometimes these problems are so minor that they don’t disturb your daily life. However, when cataracts are more severe, they can impair your ability to live normally, such as:
- Performing your job properly
- Watch television
- Climb staircases
- Identify faces confidently
Cataracts may also interfere with medical treatment of another ocular condition, such as diabetic retinopathy or macular degeneration, as they can prevent a thorough eye examination of the back tissues of your eye. These are all reasons why your eye doctor may recommend cataract surgery. Dr. Sullivan will meet with you to discuss your candidacy for the procedure.
What To Expect During Cataract Surgery At Your Hoffman Estates Eye Doctor
Start to finish, the entire procedure generally takes one hour or less and is done on an outpatient basis. We’ll walk you through the basic steps of what to expect.
Your eye doctor will insert dilating eye drops and you’ll be given local anesthetics to numb the eye region. You may also be prescribed a relaxing sedative that will make you groggy but not put you to sleep.
The clouded lens will be removed and an artificial, clear IOL will be implanted. The implant is composed of either silicone or acrylic, and you will not be able to feel, see or sense it in your eye. It is placed inside your eye not on the surface like a contact lens.
Immediately after the surgery, your vision will likely be blurry due to the pupil being dilated. This should improve within a couple of days, as your eye heals. You will not be able to drive yourself home after the surgery, so be sure to arrange a ride. You may resume normal activity the day after surgery including driving.