Cataract Surgery Merrillville and Hobart
The only effective treatment for cataracts is surgery. Cataracts are the most common cause of blindness, so it is important to consult with our board-certified ophthalmologists if your vision has become clouded and distorted. Cataract surgery at our Hobart and Merrillville, Indiana vision care facilities is an outpatient procedure that takes less than a half hour to perform on each eye. Cataract surgery is safe and effective and can dramatically improve your vision and quality of life.
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 vision specialists. By communicating with our doctors, they can develop a completely customized course of treatment that yields optimal results.
Phacoemulsification Cataract Surgery
The most commonly performed type of cataract surgery at our Merrillville and Hobart vision centers is phacoemulsification. During the surgical procedure, a tiny incision is made in the top layer of your cornea, your cataract is completely shattered and removed by suction, and an artificial intraocular lens (IOL) is placed in your eye. Cataract surgery is a nearly painless outpatient procedure that is usually performed on one eye at a time.
What to Expect During Surgery
Dr. Gross, Dr. Malhotra and Dr. Ray will begin the procedure by applying a liquid solution to your eye to dilate your pupil. The surgery is performed while a patient is placed under local anesthesia. A tiny incision will be made in the surface of your eye. Our doctors will insert a small probe through the opening, stretching it down to the cataract. Using ultrasound waves, the surgeon will shatter the cataract into multiple fragments so they are small enough to be suctioned out. Once the particles have been removed an artificial IOL will be implanted on top of the existing lens in your eye. The new lens dramatically improves your ability to see both near and far.
The surgical cataract treatment is safe, effective, and quick. This restorative method doesn't require the use of stitches to close the incision. The small slice will heal on its own during the next few days of your recovery. Although cataract surgery is an outpatient procedure, our team asks that you relax your eyes for a short period of time at our facility immediately following treatment. By doing so, you decrease the risk for complications.
Your vision may be slightly blurry immediately following surgery but your eyesight will dramatically improve over the course of your recovery. 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 will continue to supervise your progress as your recover. We require patients to schedule follow up appointments every few weeks so our team can monitor your improvement.
Contact Us about Cataract Surgery
Whether you want to dramatically improve your quality of life through cataract surgery at our Merrillville and Hobart, Indiana offices or desire to radically enhance your vision with LASIK, we provide you with gentle, affordable, and comprehensive services that are tailored to fit your optical needs! Contact us today to schedule a consultation with one of our eye care experts and open your eyes to clearer, crisper vision!
"After wearing glasses my entire life, Dr. Gross corrected my eyesight to better than 20/20 vision."Richard B - St. John, IN