Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery Can Restore Your Vision

See More Clearly

During the procedure, Dr. Tepper can 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 help you 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.

So what happens during cataract surgery?

Advanced Treatment Options

cataract surgery technology

At Wicker Park Eye Center, we use top-of-the-line technology to make your diagnosis and treatment safer, more precise, and more comfortable. Our IOLMaster® 700 identifies irregular geometries 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. 

That sounds great, but do I qualify for 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 level is also the cut-off point to be a legal driver.

You Have Problems Performing Daily Activities

Some patients reach 20/40 vision, but still feel they can function. 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. 

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

The History of Cataract Surgery

So what happens during modern cataract surgery?

What to Expect during Treatment

Before your procedure, you will need to undergo an examination to determine the best intraocular lens for your needs. We will perform a range of tests and explain your options to you.

Cataract surgery is an outpatient procedure, and you will need someone to drive you home afterward.

Cataract surgery typically takes an hour or less to perform.

On the Day of Surgery

Cataract surgery typically takes an hour or less to perform.

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 soften the cataract using the laser.

Next, he will remove the clouded 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, full recovery typically takes about eight weeks.

What will my vision be like after surgery?

Our Patient Results

Before

Cataracts can cloud your vision.

After

Corrective surgery can restore clarity.

That looks good, but can I afford it?

Cost Factors

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, 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 increase the likelihood of a successful outcome.

The best way to find out how much cataract surgery will cost 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. 

Is cataract surgery really worth it?

Live a Fuller, Longer Life

*According to findings published in 2013

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

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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 office online or call (773) 376-2020 today.

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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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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

Message

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.