Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery Can Completely Restore Your Vision

See More Clearly

During the procedure, Dr. Tepper will replace the clouded crystalline lens with an intraocular lens (IOL). Certain IOLs can also help many patients reduce their dependency on glasses or contacts.

Improve Your Quality of Life

Cataracts can make it difficult or impossible to read or drive. Cataract surgery can allow you to reclaim your independence and feel more confident in your day-to-day life.

Reduce Your Risk of Injury

When your vision is clouded, your risk of falling is greater. Studies have shown that cataract surgery can reduce the odds of hip fracture by 23 percent.

Ready to See Clearly?

Dr. Daniel Tepper

Dr. Tepper is a board-certified ophthalmologist who has been providing advanced cataract surgery to patients in the Chicago area for over 20 years. Our team at Wicker Park Eye Center provides state-of-the-art eye care in a compassionate environment. Dr. Tepper works alongside two fellowship-trained optometrists, Dr. Dustin Krassin and Dr. Parisha Shah, to restore and maintain your vision.

Call (773) 376-2020 today to speak with a member of our team.

The procedure is fairly straightforward and incredibly effective...

Understanding Cataracts and How Surgery Can Help

Eye with cataract

A cataract is a clouding of the natural lens in the eye. This condition is generally related to the aging process and can occur in one or both eyes. As the lens becomes more clouded, vision becomes progressively more blurry. While you can combat these vision changes with a stronger prescription, the only way to truly address the effects of a cataract is to remove and replace the natural lens with an IOL during cataract surgery. 

Is cataract surgery really worth it?

Live a Fuller, Longer Life

Cataract surgery statistic

*According to Ophthalmology®, the journal of the American Academy of Ophthalmology

In addition to living longer, studies show that patients experience a 20 to 36% improvement in their overall quality of life after cataract surgery.

Our Patients Love to Visit Wicker Park Eye Center

"I had such a wonderful experience at Wicker Park Eye Center. Anything involving your eyes is a nerve racking experience and Dr. Tepper made me feel so comfortable but more importantly well informed. He really took his time explaining to me what was wrong and provided proper treatment. The staff was also so lovely and welcoming :) Highly recommend!"

Ali Fischer

When should you start considering surgery?

These Common Symptoms Mean It Is Time to See a Doctor

In Its Early Stages, a Cataract Does Not Cause Symptoms

Since cataracts often show no signs when they are small, the only way to effectively detect cataracts early is to visit our office regularly for comprehensive eye exams.

As the cataract grows larger, you may notice:

  • Light sensitivity
  • Glare 
  • Halos around lights
  • Cloudy or dim sight

Our patients also report the need for brighter light to complete normal activities. Driving at night may also become more difficult.

Am I even eligible for surgical treatment?

Most Patients with Cataracts Qualify for Surgery

While most patients who have cataracts in one or both eyes can benefit from surgery, your doctor will only recommend the procedure if you meet certain qualifications. During your consultation at our office, one of our doctors will determine whether:

You Have 20/40 Vision or Worse

Medicare and other insurance companies typically will not pay for cataract surgery until your vision is 20/40 or worse. This diagnosis is also the cut-off point for legal drivers.

You Have Problems Performing Daily Activities

Some patients experience 20/40 vision, but still feel they can function adequately. If your cataracts do not interfere with your daily life, there is no need to proceed with surgery. Our doctors can monitor your cataracts until you are ready to undergo surgery. 

We Take Great Care of Our Patients

"I'm new to Chicago and as a first time patient going through the process of insurance changes, I have dealt with a LOT of unfriendly staff and doctor's offices. Wicker Park was totally different. All of the ladies at the front desk were nice and patient, as well as informative. The tech was also very sweet and the doctor was extremely kind and explained everything clearly and easily without scaring me. I will definitely refer this office to others. Thanks for everything!"

Erin Goins

I'm worried about the risks of surgery...

Modern Cataract Surgery Is Safe and Effective

While the decision to proceed with surgery should be carefully weighed, know that cataract removal is a very common procedure. In 2017, approximately 3.8 million cataract procedures were performed in the United States. Dr. Tepper has over 20 years of experience as a cataract surgeon. This surgical procedure has evolved in recent decades to be an incredibly safe and straightforward treatment with life-changing results.

How is modern cataract surgery different from what my parents had?

The History of Cataract Surgery

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Cataract surgery basically consists of three simple steps...

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Advanced Treatment Options

cataract surgery technology

At Wicker Park Eye Center in Chicago, we use top-of-the-line technology to make your diagnosis and treatment safer, more precise, and more comfortable. Our IOLMaster® 700 identifies irregular measurements in your eye before treatment. In addition, our OPD-Scan III system completes 20 different diagnostic measurements in less than 10 seconds per eye. During the procedure, we use advanced laser technology to break up and remove the crystalline lens before placing premium IOLs for clearer vision.

Restore Clear Vision for a More Fulfilling Lifestyle

Living with clouded, blurry vision can hold you back from the things you love. Cataract surgery can lift the veil from over your eyes so you can enjoy life to the fullestContact our Chicago practice online or call us today at:

(773) 376-2020

We can customize your results...

Different Lenses Are Designed to Address Additional Vision Concerns

During your consultation with Dr. Tepper, you will discuss the different artificial lenses available to you during cataract surgery. We offer a variety of IOLs with different benefits and prices. One of the key factors in choosing an implant is the type of eye issues you face besides cataracts. Astigmatism, for example, is a common concern which accompanies cataracts. Selecting an IOL which corrects for astigmatism can reduce your dependency on prescription lenses after your eye surgery.

A Range of Intraocular Lenses

Learn More about IOLs

Our Team Makes Every Visit Quick and Easy

"I am very impressed with Dr. Tepper and his staff for their  being professional, honest, kind and competent. The friendly team is also  courteous, conscientious and humane to their patients and family  with observed good teamwork making every visit quick and easy in a clean and a nice office..."

Cora Guerrero

How to Prepare for Cataract Surgery

Undergo Tests

About a week before your eye surgery, we will conduct an ultrasound test to assess the size and shape of your eye. This information helps to identify the right type of lens implant.

Evaluate Medications

Certain medications can increase your risk of bleeding during the surgery. Make sure to disclose all of your medications to our team so we can recommend alternatives as needed.

Use Eyedrops

Dr. Tepper may prescribe eyedrops to use a day or two before surgery to reduce the risk for infection.

Prepare for Recovery

You will need to arrange for someone to drive you home after your procedure. Most patients also need someone to help them around the house for about a week after the surgery.

Cataract surgery is an outpatient procedure...

What to Expect on the Day of Cataract Surgery

Cataract surgery typically takes an hour or less to complete.

Cataract surgery typically takes an hour or less to complete.

First, we will use eye drops to dilate your pupil and numb the area. We can also provide sedatives to help you relax.

Dr. Tepper will use advanced laser technology to make small incisions. 

He will then soften the damaged portion of the lens using the laser to facilitate the removal process.

Next, Dr. Tepper will precisely remove the clouded part of the lens.

Once the cataract is removed, he will place the IOL.

You should notice your vision beginning to improve over the next few days. However, a full recovery typically takes about eight weeks.

After surgery, how soon can I return to my normal activities?

Take It Slow for the First Few Days

Your vision will be blurry for the first few days after cataract surgery. You will need time to get used to the artificial lens placed during the procedure. We may prescribe you medicated eye drops or place a protective shield over your eye to allow for proper healing. 

As much as possible, avoid rubbing your eyes or putting pressure on them. In most cases, we schedule several follow-up appointments to monitor your healing. Keep in mind that it takes about eight weeks to fully heal and that you will likely need to stage your surgery if both eyes are affected by cataracts.

A Typical Cataract Surgery Recovery Timeline

You should start to notice a difference in your vision right away.

You should start to notice a difference in your vision right away.

First Follow-Up

We typically have our patients return to the office a day or two after surgery so Dr. Tepper can assess the effects of the procedure.

Initial Effects

You should start to notice a difference in your vision right away. Colors may seem brighter, though your vision may remain blurry at first.

First Week

During the first week, make sure to wear a protective eye shield while sleeping or napping. 

Second Follow-Up

The week after your procedure, we will ask you to come in to check how healing is progressing. All discomfort is typically resolved by this time.

Final Evaluation

Generally, we will check your results about a month after the procedure as well. 

Full Results

Most patients fully heal within about eight weeks. At this point, you can undergo surgery for the cataract in the other eye if needed.

What will my vision be like after surgery?

Life-Changing Results

Before cataract surgery


Cataracts progressively cloud your vision.

After cataract surgery


Corrective surgery can restore clarity.

Cataract Surgery Can Achieve Brighter, Clearer Vision

Since a cataract is typically yellow- or brown-tinted, colors will look muted and dull for patients with a cataract. Placing an intraocular lens can allow you to see the world clearly again. For most patients, colors look brighter and more brilliant.

In addition, you can enjoy a new clarity of vision and greater freedom in your daily life. Many patients return to activities they have not been able to participate in for years. Undergoing cataract surgery with a skilled eye doctor, such as Dr. Tepper, can transform your overall quality of vision and life. 

Ready to See Clearly Again?

Dr. Tepper is a board-certified ophthalmologist with over 25 years of experience. As an experienced cataract surgeon, he understands the importance of integrating technology into the procedure for greater comfort and enhanced results. If you are ready to start your journey to clearer vision, contact our practice online or call (773) 376-2020 today.

The results sound impressive, but can I afford it?

Determining Cataract Surgery Cost

The cost of cataract surgery can vary based on numerous factors, including:

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Type of IOL

There are a variety of intraocular lenses available, each offering distinct advantages and carrying a different cost. You can discuss your options with our team during a consultation.

Technology Used

Advanced technologies, such as lasers, can make cataract surgery faster, safer, more effective, and more comfortable. However, in some cases, they can raise the final cost of your procedure.

Surgeon’s Experience

At Wicker Park Eye Center in Chicago, you can benefit from advanced care from a highly skilled, board-certified ophthalmologist. Although more experienced surgeons often charge more than less experienced colleagues, this added investment can ensure a successful outcome.

The only way to find out how much cataract surgery will cost you is to schedule a consultation and receive a personalized cost estimate from Dr. Tepper. We can work with Medicare or your insurance company to help you claim the best possible coverage. We can also coordinate with third-party financing institutions to help you budget for out-of-pocket costs. 

Always Providing a Great Experience

"The BEST CUSTOMER SERVICE!  This is how people should do their job. The staff is SUPER Friendly and Nice.  The atmosphere at this clinic is so calm and clean. Everyone is relaxed and doing their job. Thank you so much Wicker Park Eye Center for the great experience on my visit."

Girl K.

Without Treatment, Cataracts Will Only Get Worse

Smiling little girl

When a cataract is small, it only affects a section of the lens. Over time, cataracts tend to grow so vision gradually worsens. As the clouded area of the lens becomes larger, your vision may become duller or blurrier. Then, the color of the lens begins to darken, creating a brownish tint to the vision. This process makes it more difficult to read and perform other normal activities. Cataract surgery is currently the only viable option for truly restoring clear vision.

There Is Only One Real Option for Restoring Your Sight

While there is some promising research into alternatives, cataract surgery is currently the only viable option for truly restoring clear vision. If you are still hesitant to undergo eye surgery, your only options are to update your corrective eyewear to combat the changes to your sight.

Some lifestyle changes, such as quitting smoking and controlling your blood sugar, may slow the progress of cataracts so you can enjoy your remaining vision for longer. However, if you are ready to see clearly again, reach out to our practice to learn more about cataract surgery.

Dr. Daniel Tepper

Dr. Daniel Tepper

Dr. Tepper is a board-certified ophthalmologist who has been practicing since 1991. He can diagnose a range of conditions and provide state-of-the-art treatments in a comfortable, family-friendly environment.

For more information about cataract surgery, contact our Chicago office online or call (773) 376-2020 today.


I have visited Wicker Eye Park Center a few times, with each visit I have received excellent service. Dr. Tepper is the best ophthalmologist that I have seen in many years. He, like his staff, is also courteous respectful and very professional. Juan B.


I have visited Wicker Eye Park Center a few times, with each visit I have received excellent service. Dr. Tepper is the best ophthalmologist that I have seen in many years. He, like his staff, is also courteous respectful and very professional. Juan B.

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Chicago Office

2222 W Division St
Suite 135 Chicago, IL 60622

Open Today 8:30am - 5:00pm

Open one Saturday per month

More Info Directions (773) 376-2020


I have visited Wicker Eye Park Center a few times, with each visit I have received excellent service. Dr. Tepper is the best ophthalmologist that I have seen in many years. He, like his staff, is also courteous respectful and very professional. Juan B.