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?
Treatment Can Be Nothing Short of Life-Changing
See More ClearlyAfter 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 IndependenceMany 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 ConfidentMany 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?
The cataract is broken up and removed, then an intraocular lens (IOL) is used to replace the natural tissue.
Are cataracts a common vision problem?
A Huge Number of People Suffer from the Disease
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.
Are you a candidate for cataract surgery?
Factors to Consider:
Severe Vision ImpairmentYour vision is substantially obscured by cataracts, cannot be sufficiently corrected with visual aids, and detracts from your ability to live life fully.
Reliance on LightingYou 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.
Advanced techniques are used to improve efficiency and precision...
How do these tools work?
Advancements in Surgical Care
The procedure is fairly straightforward when performed by a skilled surgeon...
What to Expect: Treatment Timeline
Cataract surgery is an outpatient procedure that takes less than 15 minutes to perform on each eye. 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.
Day of the Procedure
NumbingLocal anesthesia is used to completely numb the treatment area and a liquid solution is applied to your eye to dilate your pupil. Our practice also offers relaxing sedation to help you feel comfortable throughout the entire procedure.
IncisionsSmall incisions will be carefully made on the surface of your eye to reach the cataract. These incisions will close on their own so they do not require stitches.
Removing the CataractThe probe will then be inserted and ultrasound waves will be applied to shatter the cataract into multiple fragments so they are small enough to be suctioned out.
IOL PlacementThe artificial lens will then be implanted on the top of the existing lens in your eye.
Cataract surgery is an outpatient procedure that takes less than a half hour to perform on each eye.
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.
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 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
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 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 concerns. Our Merriville practice can help you learn how to protect your vision for years to come.