Cataract Surgery in Chicago, IL

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Cataracts cloud your vision and make the world look blurry, hazy, or less colorful, affecting your ability to perform many essential tasks.

Dr. Daniel Tepper can perform femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery to restore clear, sharp vision.

Find out what cataract surgery at Wicker Park Eye Center in Chicago, IL, can do for you...


Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery – Experience the Benefits

See More Clearly

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

Feel More Confident

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.

State-of-the-Art Technology and Treatment Options

At Wicker Park Eye Center in Chicago, we use top-of-the-line technology to make your diagnosis more accurate and your treatment safer, more precise, and more comfortable.

Our IOLMaster® 700 is a top-rated preoperative tool that identifies irregular measurements in your eye before treatment. In addition, our OPD-Scan III system completes 20 different diagnostic measurements in less than ten seconds per eye. During the procedure, we use advanced femtosecond laser technology. This advanced laser is used to make precise cornea incisions. The femtosecond laser can also break up the clouded natural lens rather than performing traditional phacoemulsification. This is a crucial step before placing an artificial lens.

How IOLs 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 IOL is the type of eye issues you face besides cataracts. Astigmatism, for example, is a common concern that often accompanies cataracts. Selecting an IOL that corrects astigmatism can reduce your dependency on prescription lenses after your eye surgery.

Your IOL Options


Toric artificial lenses can restore your vision while also correcting for astigmatism.

Alcon AcrySof®

We provide a range of lenses from AcrySof IQ, including monofocals.

TECNIS Symfony®

The Symfony lens corrects age-related farsightedness, as well as astigmatism.

TECNIS® Monofocal

This advanced monofocal lens comes preloaded for optimal predictability.

Cataract Surgery Costs: Pricing, Financing, and Insurance

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

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 the femtosecond laser, 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.

Live a fuller, longer life.

Studies have shown that patients who undergo cataract surgery have a 40% reduction in mortality risk.

*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.

Understanding the Progression of Cataracts

Cataracts are 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.

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. Stronger glasses and contacts prescriptions can also help.

While there is promising research into alternatives, the only way to truly address the effects of a cataract is to surgically remove and replace the natural lens with an IOL. Wicker Park Eye Center can treat people throughout the Chicago area suffering from mild, moderate, and severe vision loss caused by cataracts.

Early Stages of Cataracts Symptoms May Not Be Apparent

Since cataracts often show no signs when they are small, the only way to effectively detect cataracts early is to visit our Chicago vision center 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.

Other Symptoms When You Should See An Eye Doctor

Blurry Vision

ProcedureAs a cataract grows, your vision becomes blurrier and you may develop double vision.

Other Vision Changes

Cataract patients struggle to see clearly at night, and colors may seem faded or yellow.

Prescription Updates

If you often need to increase the strength of your lenses, you may need surgery.

What Happens Without Treatment? Cataracts Can Only Get Worse

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. Over time, the lens begins to become opaque. This leads to a milky appearance, as well as a brownish tint to the vision.

The process of a cataract getting worse makes it more difficult to read and perform other normal daily activities, eventually causing total vision loss. That's why it's important to visit an eye surgeon for cataract treatment. The surgery is currently the only viable option for truly restoring clear vision.

Modern Cataract Surgery Is Safe And Effective

A Routine Surgery Performed On Millions Of Americans Every Year

While the decision to proceed with surgery should be carefully weighed, know that cataract treatment 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, performing countless surgeries at his Chicago eye care center. This surgical procedure has evolved in recent decades to be an incredibly safe and straightforward treatment with life-changing results.

Cataract Surgery Candidates

Who Qualifies for Surgical Treatment?

Most healthy people who develop cataracts qualify for surgery. We check for several factors:

You Are Suffering from Cataract Symptoms

Cataract surgery is recommended when patients suffer from worsening cataract symptoms. This often means advanced vision problems involving blurriness, glare, halos, and poor night vision. We will also make sure to rule out other conditions with similar symptoms.

Noninvasive Treatment Is No Longer Effective

ProcedureEarly stages of cataract treatment involve stronger prescriptions, extra reading lights, and the use of assistive devices. Cataract surgery is recommended when these treatments are ineffective.

You Are in Good Overall Health

Patients should be in good overall health and able to undergo surgery without unnecessary risk. If a patient suffers from glaucoma or other eye conditions, we can discuss if those issues will affect their eligibility.

How To Prepare for Cataract Surgery

Patient Education

Wicker Park Eye Center empowers patients through education and clear instructions. We share educational videos so patients understand the basics of the procedure and take time to answer all questions about cataract treatment before surgery.

Undergo Tests

About a week before your cataract surgery, we will conduct an ultrasound test at our Chicago office to assess the size and shape of your eye. This information helps to identify the right type of IOL to use during the procedure.

Evaluate Medications

Certain medications can increase your risk of bleeding during cataract surgery recovery. Make sure to disclose all of your medications to our team so we can recommend alternatives as needed and ensure a safe recovery.

Use Eyedrops

Dr. Tepper may prescribe eyedrops to use a day or two before surgery to reduce the risk for infection. Be sure to use these eye drops and any other pre-operative medications as directed by our eye care team.

Prepare for Recovery

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

What to Expect During the Surgery: A Step-By-Step Overview

Ensuring Patient Comfort

First, we will use eye drops to dilate your pupil and numb the area. We can also provide oral sedatives and anesthesia to help you feel relaxed during surgery.

Corneal Incisions

Dr. Tepper will use a precise femtosecond laser to make small incisions on the cornea. The corneal incisions will allow access to the clouded natural lenses of the eye.

Prepping the Natural Lens

Dr. Tepper will then soften the clouded natural lens of the eye using the femtosecond laser. A process known as phacoemulsification may also be used at this point.

Removing the Natural Lens

Next, Dr. Tepper will precisely remove the clouded lens. Whether phacoemulsification or the femtosecond laser was used, the precious step allows for easier removal.

Placing the IOL

Once the cataract is removed, Dr. Tepper will place the IOL. Prior to the surgical date, the ideal IOL for your needs will be determined to ensure high-quality vision.

Completing the Surgery

With the intraocular lens in place, the cornea incisions are closed to complete the surgery. Vision will improve over the next few days, but full recovery typically takes about eight weeks.

Take it Slow the First Few Days of Healing

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 eyedrops 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 at our Chicago office to monitor your healing. Keep in mind that it takes about eight weeks to fully heal and that you will likely need two separate surgeries if both eyes are affected by cataracts.

Cataract Surgery Recovery

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 of recovery, 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 cataract surgery 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.

Cataract Surgery Outcomes

Long-Lasting Effects

Since a cataract is typically yellow-tinted or brown-tinted, colors will look muted and dull for patients with a cataract. Placing an intraocular lens as part of cataract treatment can allow you to see the world clearly and vibrantly again. For most patients, colors will appear brighter and more brilliant. You can expect these effects to last for years to come.

Greater Freedom and Independence

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? Schedule a Cataract Consultation

Dr. Daniel Tepper is a board-certified ophthalmologist who has been providing advanced cataract surgery to patients in the Chicago, IL area for over 20 years. Our team at Wicker Park Eye Center performs state-of-the-art cataract treatment in a compassionate environment. Dr. Tepper works alongside fellowship-trained optometrist Dr. Parisha Shah to restore and maintain your vision following surgery.

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