Cataract Surgery in Oak Lawn

Cataract Surgery in Oak Lawn

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Don’t Let Cataracts Cloud Your Vision

Over 50% of people aged 65 and older have a cataract in one or both eyes. As the cataract progresses, vision deteriorates, leading to a decreased quality of life. Fortunately, cataract surgery can easily treat this condition.

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What Are Cataracts?

Cataracts are cloudy patches that develop on the lens of your eye. Cataracts can cause blurred or double vision, may increase light sensitivity and interfere with driving, especially at night. Without cataract surgery, millions of people around the world would be unable to see clearly.

The most common symptoms include:
  • Blurred or double vision
  • Trouble seeing at night
  • Sensitivity to glare
  • Colored halos around lights
  • Colors appearing more faded
  • Requiring brighter light for reading

When to Get Cataract Surgery

As we evaluate your eye health and vision, we'll carefully examine your lens for signs of cataract formation. If a cataract is detected and the clouding is causing visual disruption, our optometrist will refer you to a trusted surgeon for cataract surgery. Advanced Eye Care Professionals will be there for you, providing pre and post cataract surgery care.

As the condition begins to seriously impair your vision and adversely affects your daily life, impacting your ability to read, drive, watch TV or recognize faces, you should seriously consider surgery.

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Benefits of Cataract Surgery

  • High success rate

    Cataract surgery, one of the world’s most commonly performed surgeries, has a 95% success rate.

  • Quick and convenient

    This procedure can take just 30 to 45 minutes in an outpatient setting or hospital.

  • Prevents other eye problems

    Removing cataracts can reduce the risk of eye inflammation and pressure inside the eye–a leading cause of glaucoma.

  • Rapid recovery time

    Patients start seeing more clearly within a few days. Colors may seem brighter thanks to the new, clear lens.


How to Prepare for Cataract Surgery

  • Apply antibiotic or anti-inflammatory eyedrops a few days before surgery if instructed to by your eye doctor
  • Arrange for a ride after the surgery, since you won’t be able to drive
  • Wash your face in the morning of the procedure and don’t wear eye makeup, strong perfumes or aftershave

What Happens During Cataract Surgery

Cataract surgery removes your natural cloudy lens and replaces it with an artificial intraocular lens (IOL) to improve and restore vision. This common and very safe procedure is performed by an eye doctor (ophthalmologist) on an outpatient basis.

  • The eye surgeon (ophthalmologist) will perform cataract surgery on one eye at a time. That means that you will come in for another surgery on the second eye. The procedure is brief and typically takes 30 to 45 minutes to complete.
  • The eye doctor will place drops into your eyes to numb them and dilate your pupils. Though you’ll be conscious during the procedure, you may be offered a sedative to help you remain calm. The eye surgeon will then remove your natural lens and replace it with the IOL. You should feel no pain or discomfort thanks to the anesthetic.
What Happens During Cataract Surgery

Cataract Surgery After-Care

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After surgery, you may feel a bit drowsy as an after-effect of the sedative. Your eye doctor will prescribe eye drops to prevent infection, inflammation and to reduce pressure within your eye. The surgeon may recommend that you wear an eye patch for a few days after your surgery and the protective shield when you sleep during the recovery period. Make sure to avoid rubbing your eyes or touching them unless necessary.

A day after cataract surgery, we'll provide a post-operative eye exam to make sure that all is well. Your Oak Lawn optometrist will further perform a series of follow-up exams in the weeks and months to come. If determined that you require corrective lenses following your cataract surgery, we'll make sure you get the proper prescription.


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Cataract Surgery Management FAQs

What are side effects of cataract surgery?

While side effects are rare, there are some issues that people commonly encounter in the days after surgery, as the eyes heal.

  • Dry eye
  • Feeling that something is in the eye
  • Blurry vision
  • Light sensitivity

If any of these side effects do not subside within a week or two, please contact Advanced Eye Care Professionals.

Can I delay cataract surgery

You can delay cataract surgery, but keep in mind that your vision will likely worsen the longer you put off the procedure.

When is cataract surgery not recommended?

Cataract patients who also have age-related macular degeneration or retinal detachment may not respond well to cataract surgery and the new lens may not correct vision.

Can cataract surgery give me 20/20 vision?

If you had great vision before developing cataracts, it’s likely that cataract surgery will restore your sight. Moreover, the IOL inserted into your eye can be designed to correct refractive errors, providing you with clear vision.

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- Jun. 12, 2024
Love the personal attention, no rushing and customer service.
- Jun. 11, 2024
Dr. Opferman was fantastic, as always!
- May. 26, 2024
Highly recommend Dr. Tiffany Polanek and the whole staff at Advanced Eye Care. The whole process of ... making an appointment to the communication, to the actual appointment itself is a well oiled machine.
- May. 12, 2024
This place is fantastic. I loved everyone I saw that day. I just wish they had Saturday hours. I... 'm a school teacher with an evening job as well. The lack of Saturday hours made picking up my item difficult. I had to take time off work to go pick up my glasses. That was the only issue. My original appointment was during spring break but the pick up time was a few weeks later.
- May. 09, 2024
Advanced Eye Care is a great place. I wouldn't go anywhere else. Dr. Hogan is kind and very profess... ional. Her staff is great. They called me when an earlier appointment opened up just like they said they would. I would highly recommend!
- May. 09, 2024
AEP is a great place to have your peepers checked and Dr. Polanek is a top notch doctor!!
- Apr. 11, 2024
No wait, great doc and warm staff. Great experience.
- Mar. 29, 2024
I have been coming here for three years and I absolutely love the doctors and staff. Everyone is ama... zing.
- Mar. 04, 2024
Dr Hogan and her staff are friendly, professional and highly experienced. I would not trust anyone ... else to provide care to my daughters.
- Feb. 27, 2024
Dr. Polanek is the best. Very friendly and great bedside manner. Highly recommend her if you are loo... king for an eye doctor.
- Feb. 27, 2024
I had very red eyes and I did not know what it was took the doctor 15 minutes to find out I have pin... k eye. Gave me medicine and said I am good to go. They were fast and not messing around 5 stars
- Feb. 12, 2024
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- Jan. 05, 2024
Great Eye Dr, very thorough and took time to explain things so that my mom could understand them. Al... so very kind and friendly. Great experience!
- Dec. 31, 2023
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- Dec. 17, 2023
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- Dec. 05, 2023
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- Sep. 23, 2023
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- Sep. 13, 2023
I had my first appointment with Dr. Tiffany Polanek. She was very friendly and helpful. She answers ... all of my questions and educating me on eye care. I really appreciated her tips for my dry eyes. The staff were all friendly and welcoming. I ended up ordering my contact lenses with them and will be going back to purchase some eyeglasses. They have a great selection to choose from!
- Sep. 10, 2023
Everyone was very pleasant and caring. I have been going there over 10 years...simply the best!!!

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Your Cataract Surgery Co-Management Specialist in Oak Lawn

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Hours
  • Monday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Tuesday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Thursday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Friday Closed
  • Saturday By Appointment Only
  • Sunday Closed
Insurance Plans
  • VSP
  • Medicare
  • United Healthcare
  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Anthem
  • EyeMed
  • Metlife

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