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Cataract Surgery

Cataracts, a leading cause of blindness, gradually cause vision to become blurry or distorted which can drastically impact your lifestyle.

At Deen-Gross Eye Centers, our board-certified ophthalmologists can perform safe, precise cataract surgery to improve your eyesight.

What can cataract surgery at our Hobart and Merrillville, IN, offices achieve? 

What Is a Cataract? 

A cataract occurs when the crystalline lens (the clear lens behind the cornea) starts to become opaque and compromises the light that enters your eyes, decreasing your vision. Cataracts usually develop over time due to age, but medical conditions like diabetes and other eye conditions can increase your risk for cataracts. While cataracts don't harm your eye, they can impair your vision to the point where your quality of life suffers. Our doctors can use the latest techniques in ophthalmology to remove cataracts and restore your vision. 

Treatment Can Be Nothing Short of Life-Changing

See More Clearly

After cataract surgery, you will no longer suffer from blurred, distorted vision. Instead, you will be able to see much more clearly, and may even be able to reduce your dependence on corrective eyewear. 

Enjoy Greater Independence

Many cataract sufferers find themselves struggling to complete daily activities and even safely move around. With improved vision, you will be able to have a more independent lifestyle.

Feel More Confident

Many patients find that cataract surgery improves nearly every aspect of their life. Imagine enjoying your favorite activities again, whether you miss reading, knitting, or getting outdoors more often.

What happens during cataract surgery?

First, the crystalline lens is broken up and removed. Next, your doctor will implant an intraocular lens (IOL) to replace the natural tissue and restore focus. 

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"I Can Open My Eyes and See Perfectly" Our Surgical Solutions Provide Results 


Sandy Heath


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My husband and I have had cataract surgery with him. Just the best care by all. Can't day enough great things about everyone and of course the Dr.

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chris bland


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Dr Gross did my cataract surgery, I highly recommend. I see better that I have for 50 years, him and his staff are excellent.

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Does the surgery only address symptoms
of cataracts?

Cataract Surgery Can Also Improve Refractive Errors

While the primary purpose of this surgery is to address cataracts, removing the damaged lens and replacing it with an IOL can also correct existing refractive errors. The IOL we recommend will be based on whether you suffer from nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism. In this way, treatment can completely reduce or even eliminate your reliance on glasses and contacts.

We Use the Latest IOLs 

Once we remove the cataract, we can implant intraocular lenses to replace your clouded lens and improve your vision. There is a variety of artificial lenses available to meet a range of needs. Our doctors will explain your options during your consultation. 
Monofocal AcrySof IOL

Monofocal AcrySof IOL

Monofocal AcrySof® IOLs correct nearsightedness or farsightedness, but not both. Recipients will still need to wear glasses for certain tasks. 

AcrySof Toric IOL

AcrySof Toric IOL

The AcrySof® Toric IOL features the same high-end materials and design as the monofocal IOL, but it is designed for those with astigmatism. This intraocular lens can improve the clarity of distant objects and reduce the need for glasses or contact lenses for patients with astigmatism.

Vivity Extended Depth of Focus IOL

Vivity Extended Depth of Focus IOL

Vivity EDOF IOLs can correct both far and nearsightedness while minimizing the risk of visual side effects like light halos. While Vivity EDOF IOLs have several benefits, they may not be able to correct more pronounced cases of nearsightedness.  

Stop Suffering From Cloudy Vision Request a Cataract Surgery Consultation Today 

Are you struggling with daily tasks like reading or watching TV, even with glasses and plenty of light? Dr. David Gross and Dr. Jamie Taffora can remove your cataract and restore your vision with the latest IOLs. Our advanced technology and surgical techniques can make the procedure virtually painless and safe. 

During a consultation, our doctors can determine the best techniques and tools to serve your needs. We have offices in Hobart and Merrillville, IN, to serve you. Reach out today by completing our consultation request form or calling us at: 

(219) 769-8989

Dr. Nelson, Dr. Gross, and Dr. Taffora
Dr. Nelson, Dr. Gross, and Dr. Taffora

Am I Developing Cataracts? Factors to Consider

Severe Vision Impairment

Your vision is substantially obscured by cataracts, cannot be sufficiently corrected with visual aids, and detracts from your ability to live life fully.

Reliance on Lighting

You may find that you increasingly require bright lighting to complete normal tasks, such as reading.

Are there other treatment options?

Cataract Surgery Is the Only Long-Term Solution

If your condition has escalated to the point that glasses and contacts are no longer sufficient to help you see, cataract surgery is your only other treatment option.

Fortunately, cataract surgery is considered to be an incredibly safe and effective solution. In fact, over 3,000,000 procedures are performed each year in the U.S.

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Advanced techniques are used to improve
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The procedure is fairly straightforward when performed by a skilled surgeon...

What to Expect: Treatment Timeline

Your treatment will be performed by one of our board-certified ophthalmologists at a medical facility located near our practice.

Preparing for Treatment

It is important to be well-informed about what to expect before, during, and after cataract surgery, which is why our team focuses on providing patients with comprehensive education.

During your pre-surgical consultation, it is important to voice your concerns, ask questions, and discuss your medical history with our Merrillville vision specialists. By communicating with our doctors, they can develop a completely customized course of treatment that yields optimal results.


Cataract surgery is an outpatient procedure that takes less than a half hour to perform on each eye.

Day of the Procedure

Cataract surgery is an outpatient procedure that takes less than a half hour to perform on each eye.


Local anesthesia is used to completely numb the treatment area and eye drops are applied to dilate your pupil. Our practice also offers relaxing sedation to help you feel comfortable throughout the entire procedure.


Our doctors will create tiny incisions near the edge of the cornea to reach the cataract. These incisions will close on their own so they do not require stitches.

Removing the Cataract

A probe will then be inserted through the incision and apply ultrasound waves to break up the cataract into multiple fragments. We then remove the small pieces of the clouded lens using a suction device. 

IOL Placement

Our doctor will then implant the artificial lens in your eye to end the surgery, and your corneas will begin to heal. 

"The Best Care" 


Rebecca Persky


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WOW. Where do I even begin?! I'll start off with the most detail.... Ready? FOR THE FIRST TIME IN OVER 20 YEARS, I CAN OPEN MY EYES AND SEE.... PERFECTLY. No more fumbling for my glasses (praying that I didn't roll onto them while I slept or that one of my kids didn't pop a lense out), fishing my overly dry contacts out of my very sensitive & dry eyes, I can wake up & JUST SEE! 

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Paul Forsythe


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I went in today for a typical check up after cataract surgery a couple of years back with Dr. Gross. That was a win! My right eye was losing a little clarity due to some growth over the lens after the cataract surgery. Dr. Gross did on- the-spot laser surgery today, and I can see like I did when I was a kid. I can focus on a blade of grass driving down the road!

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After Surgery

Although cataract surgery is an outpatient procedure, our team asks that you relax your eyes for a short period of time at the medical facility immediately following treatment. By doing so, you decrease the risk for complications. We will provide eye drops and a complete set of instructions on how to take care of your eyes following your surgical treatment. 

  • Your vision may be slightly blurry immediately following surgery but your eyesight will dramatically improve over the next few days.
  • In most cases, patients continue to see positive, radical changes for up to two months after having cataract surgery.
  • You may experience mild soreness, sensitivity, and itching after surgery. It is important that you refrain from rubbing your eyes because that can cause retinal detachment, infection, and further complications. 

Our surgeons in Merrillville and Hobart will continue to supervise your progress as you recover. We require patients to schedule follow-up appointments every few weeks so our team can monitor your improvement.

Only Surgery Can Achieve a Dramatic Outcome

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Before Surgery

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After Surgery

Restore Your Eyesight Today  Meet with Our Accomplished Doctors 

Our seasoned doctors have performed tens of thousands of cataract surgeries over the past few decades. By combining experience and education with the newest technology, our doctors can use sophisticated surgical techniques to remove cataracts while making significant improvements in your vision. We may even be able to reduce your dependence on glasses and contacts. 

To find out more about how we can restore your vision, request a consultation by filling out our online form or calling our office at: 

(219) 769-8989

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How Can Patients Maintain Their Results?

After surgery, continue visiting your eye doctor for regular check-ups. Even if you are not experiencing blurred vision or other issues, checkups remain important so that your doctor can screen for other eye conditions or complications that could affect your eyesight. Meanwhile, make sure to:

  • Protect your eyes by wearing sunglasses
  • Refrain from smoking
  • Eat a nutritious diet with plenty of healthy fats and leafy greens

All of these precautions can minimize your risk of developing glaucoma, macular degeneration, and other age-related complications. Our Merrillville practice can help you learn how to protect your vision for years to come.

Financing Your Cataract Surgery 

While insurance coverage will vary depending on your provider and plan, most insurance plans cover some part of the cost since cataract surgery is a necessity for many patients. Our dedicated financial team can help you find out how much of the cost your insurance plan will cover. 

We also partner with CareCredit®, a financing company dedicated to healthcare, to offer low-interest monthly payment plans.

If you have any questions about financing, call our offices in Merrillville or Hobart at (219) 769-8989.


"Dr. Gross Is the Best" 


Zach Shumaker


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I am a 3rd year medical student at IUSM that just finished a 3-week rotation with Dr. Gross. I saw him do hundreds surgeries, and every single one was performed meticulously and carefully with the patient’s ideal outcome as well as their safety being his main goal throughout the surgery. It was so cool to experience the joy that so many of his post-op patients expressed the following day after having their vision restored. If you are looking for an ophthalmologist for a certain procedure, Dr. Gross is your guy.

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carol lietz


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My Husband Robert Lietz went to Dr. Gross for an exam and discovered he had Cataracts. Dr. Gross got him in for surgery and Bob was walking around without glasses and able to watch TV and read the newspaper in a matter of days. We are administering drops a couple times a day with an instruction sheet that is easy to read on when and how many times a day to put the drops in. I love Dr Gross. So if anyone out there needs to look into problems they are having with their eyes. Dr. Gross is the best.

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Deen-Gross Eye Center team

Deen-Gross Eye Centers

At Deen-Gross Eye Centers in Merrillville and Hobart, IN, we provide advanced solutions in a range of specialties. Using the latest technologies and techniques, Dr. David Gross, Dr. Jeffrey Nelson, and Dr. Jamie Taffora can truly transform your vision. Our doctors are affiliated with several notable organizations, including:

  • The Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • The American Osteopathic Association
  • The American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • The Indiana State Medical Association

We are available 24/7 to treat emergencies. To get in touch with us, you can request a consultation online or call (219) 769-8989.

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"After wearing glasses my entire life, Dr. Gross corrected my eyesight to better than 20/20 vision." Richard B - St. John, IN

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