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
"I am so happy with the results of my first cataract surgery that I have already scheduled the one in my right eye. Everyone at Kirk is professional, compassionate, and wonderful."- J.B. / Google / Mar 03, 2022
"Amazing eye service! Professional, knowledgeable, organized eye service for cataract surgery. Pain free and results above expectations! From the receptionist to the doctor, Kirk eye center delivered exceptional srervice!!"- J.F. / Google / Jul 16, 2022
"I had cataract surgery on my right eye October 26th 2021 and then on April 26th 2022 I had surgery on my other eye for cataracts. Both eye surgeries were to correct my long distance vision. And it wound up correcting both visions. I was supposed to have only reading glasses after both surgeries but as a result I no longer need glasses for either. I couldn't be happier Dr Carter Kirk and his family did wonders I highly recommend them."- R.N. / Google / Jul 30, 2022
"Dr Kent Kirk and the entire staff are amazing.They are caring, well organized and I had a fantastic resultMy sight in my right eye went from just barely being able to see the big E on the eye chart to 20/25 visionJust incredible!!!Thank you Dr Kent Kirk and staff I could not be happier Getting ready to do my second cataract surgery and I would NOT use anyone else but Kirk Eye Care!!!They know what they are doing and do eye care extremely well!!"- I.D. / Yelp / Sep 13, 2022
"Although I am fairly young, for some reason my eyes started to develop cataracts. Getting to a point when driving my car became a dangerous adventure, after a thorough search on internet I have opted for cataract surgery at Kirk Eye Center. I wasn’t disappointed, everything there was top notch! Starting from the receptionists to the nurses, I was always treated in a very professional and courteous manner. Many thanks to Ms Joyce Wolter, the surgery manager who helped me going through all the paperwork and dealed with my insurance! She made everything look easy to me! All my life since childhood I’ve had poor vision but now after my right eye surgery I have 20/20 vision! It feels like I am reborn, all these vibrant colors and multitude of details I have never been aware before! Thank you from the bottom of my heart, Dr Scott Kirk! You gave me the best gift! We all take for granted the vision and we realize that only after we lose it! Note: I have opted for premium IOL’s, I wanted for my eyes the best I can get. They are quite expensive and not covered by insurance, but I can personally state that they worth every penny! I cannot wait for the left eye surgery a week from today!"- G.R. / Google / Sep 22, 2022
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.
Traditional cataract surgery FAQs
Is cataract surgery painful?
Cataract surgery is not a painful procedure. Most individuals report feeling only a minor amount of discomfort after surgery, and this can be controlled with medication and eye drops. Recovery from our cutting-edge cataract procedure is typically quick and easy, with most people returning to their normal activities within a few days.
Does cataract surgery prevent future vision problems?
Yes, cataract surgery can help prevent future vision problems in River Forest. By removing the cloudy lens from your eye, surgery can restore your vision and prevent further deterioration. However, it’s important to note that cataract surgery will not prevent all future vision problems. These include age-related changes to the eyes after surgery.
What restrictions will I have after cataract surgery?
There will be some restrictions after cataract surgery. Kirk Eye Center does recommend avoiding strenuous workouts and contact sports for a short period. You will also need to wear sunglasses when outside to protect your eyes from the sun’s harmful UV rays. These prevent irritation and give your eyes time to heal properly. We discuss all post-operative instructions beforehand.
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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