Traditional Cataract Surgery
In most cases, cataracts are an unavoidable part of getting older that start to develop after 40 years of age. This is the age when the proteins comprising the lens of the eye often begin to degrade or clump together. The fogginess caused by cataracts eventually gets worse and prevents light from arriving at the retina correctly. This fogging of the eye's lens ultimately results in loss of vision, and often, total blindness if not treated appropriately. Considered to be both incredibly safe and extraordinarily effective, traditional cataract surgery (phacoemulsification) is among the most frequently conducted procedures globally. The ocular surgeons at Kirk Eye Center are knowledgeable in traditional cataract surgery so call our office in River Forest or Gurnee, IL today to learn more about cataract removal options.
Am I a Candidate for Surgery?
Suitable candidates for traditional cataract removal surgery should be in good general health. Particular types of astigmatism might lessen the chances of optimal results, which might impact an individual's eligibility for the treatment. However, some types of astigmatism are now treatable in the same procedure with the cataract surgery. Likewise, some preexisting eye problems, such as macular degeneration or retinal detachment, might affect a patient’s eligibility for cataract surgery. At Kirk Eye Center, patients will undergo an in-depth eye examination to establish whether traditional cataract surgery is the most effective treatment.
Traditional Cataract Surgery Reviews
"My successful cataract surgery gave me great vision and increased abilities. The doctor and staff gave expert care during prep and surgery. Post-surgery follow-ups were clearly detailed. I recommend Kirk Eye Center for all-optical and surgery needs. Thank you for all your services, care, and concerns."- D.H / Office Visit / Dec 08, 2020
"Kirk Eye Center is a wonderful office with absolutely amazing doctors. I have had experiences with a lot of the office staff and most of the doctors that work here and they are as nice as they come. Having a surgery center connected to the main office building is extremely convenient for cataract surgery too!"- L.B. / Google / Jun 08, 2021
"Both of my parents have had cataract surgery with Kirk Eye Center in Gurnee and they couldn’t be more pleased. The staff makes it easy and convenient, including a shuttle to the surgical center. Both of their vision improved dramatically, and painlessly. I would highly recommend Kirk Eye Center to anyone."- J.W. / Google / Jun 25, 2021
"Submitting this on behalf of Paul Koko. Paul had surgery on both eyes by Dr. Scott Kirk. One eye was nearsighted and the other was far sighted. First procedure included an Antistigmatic Lens to correct the stigmatism in left eye and two weeks later had "regular" cataract surgery to right eye. Both are doing great. Uses inexpensive "reader" classes for fine print but does not need for general tasks. Everyone in Surgical Center was courteous, helpful and there was no pain at all. Total procedure took only about 18 minutes. Went home after short rest. We have been patients at Kirk Eye Center for more than 40 years and highly recommend their kind and excellent treatment."- P.K. / Google / Jul 28, 2021
"I have had cataract surgery in the past 3 weeks. My vision is remarkable! I want to thank those at River Forest location. Your care and compassion is over the top! So thank you Anna, Laura, and Cindy, and Suzanne at the front desk. Thank you to the great staff at the Gurnee location. You're wonderful! And of course thank you Dr. Tyler Kirk and Dr. Scott Kirk. I would and will highly recommend Kirk Eye Center to anyone inquiring."- D.M. / Google / Aug 31, 2021
What To Expect with Cataract Surgery
We offer traditional cataract surgery as a fast and comfortable outpatient procedure that typically lasts around ten minutes per eye. Like with laser cataract surgery, the patient stays conscious; however, his or her eyes are completely numbed prior to surgery. First, we will put a suction device on each eye to guard against movement. Next, we will manually create a microscopic incision at the rim of the corneal tissue. Then, a different device will be used to reach the lens through the incision. This device crumbles the cataracted lens by emitting ultrasonic waves so it can be easily taken out and replaced with a new intraocular lens through the same opening. The opening will close up on its own quickly.
Cataract Surgery Follow-Up
Once the surgery is done, each patient is provided with thorough at-home care instructions to ensure the smoothest healing and recovery. These rules may include points, like the appropriate use of any anti-inflammatory eye drops, whether an eye bandage will be needed, advice on sleeping without putting pressure on the eyes, and not doing strenuous exercises. It is normal for cataract surgery patients to deal with a degree of distorted vision for an hour or so following the procedure, but this is temporary. It's also possible to have slight bruising that looks like a black eye for a short period.
Say Goodbye to Cataracts
When you visit Kirk Eye Center, our primary goal is maximizing your vision and total ocular health. If you have been diagnosed with cataracts or have noticed the usual symptoms, contact our River Forest or Gurnee, IL office to schedule a consultation with our expert ophthalmology team and discover all the options for managing the condition, such as this remarkable procedure for better vision.
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