Cataract Surgery in Crystal Lake

Cataract Surgery in Crystal Lake

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Don’t Let Cataracts Cloud Your Vision

Over 50% of people aged 65 and older have a cataract in one or both eyes. As the cataract progresses, vision deteriorates, leading to a decreased quality of life. Fortunately, cataract surgery can easily treat this condition.

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What Are Cataracts?

Cataracts are cloudy patches that develop on the lens of your eye. Cataracts can cause blurred or double vision, may increase light sensitivity and interfere with driving, especially at night. Without cataract surgery, millions of people around the world would be unable to see clearly.

The most common symptoms include:
  • Blurred or double vision
  • Trouble seeing at night
  • Sensitivity to glare
  • Colored halos around lights
  • Colors appearing more faded
  • Requiring brighter light for reading

When to Get Cataract Surgery

As we evaluate your eye health and vision, we'll carefully examine your lens for signs of cataract formation. If a cataract is detected and the clouding is causing visual disruption, our optometrist will refer you to a trusted surgeon for cataract surgery. Coventry EyeCare Associates will be there for you, providing pre and post cataract surgery care.

As the condition begins to seriously impair your vision and adversely affects your daily life, impacting your ability to read, drive, watch TV or recognize faces, you should seriously consider surgery.

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Benefits of Cataract Surgery

  • High success rate

    Cataract surgery, one of the world’s most commonly performed surgeries, has a 95% success rate.

  • Quick and convenient

    This procedure can take just 30 to 45 minutes in an outpatient setting or hospital.

  • Prevents other eye problems

    Removing cataracts can reduce the risk of eye inflammation and pressure inside the eye–a leading cause of glaucoma.

  • Rapid recovery time

    Patients start seeing more clearly within a few days. Colors may seem brighter thanks to the new, clear lens.


How to Prepare for Cataract Surgery

  • Apply antibiotic or anti-inflammatory eyedrops a few days before surgery if instructed to by your eye doctor
  • Arrange for a ride after the surgery, since you won’t be able to drive
  • Wash your face in the morning of the procedure and don’t wear eye makeup, strong perfumes or aftershave

What Happens During Cataract Surgery

Cataract surgery removes your natural cloudy lens and replaces it with an artificial intraocular lens (IOL) to improve and restore vision. This common and very safe procedure is performed by an eye doctor (ophthalmologist) on an outpatient basis.

  • The eye surgeon (ophthalmologist) will perform cataract surgery on one eye at a time. That means that you will come in for another surgery on the second eye. The procedure is brief and typically takes 30 to 45 minutes to complete.
  • The eye doctor will place drops into your eyes to numb them and dilate your pupils. Though you’ll be conscious during the procedure, you may be offered a sedative to help you remain calm. The eye surgeon will then remove your natural lens and replace it with the IOL. You should feel no pain or discomfort thanks to the anesthetic.
What Happens During Cataract Surgery

Cataract Surgery After-Care

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After surgery, you may feel a bit drowsy as an after-effect of the sedative. Your eye doctor will prescribe eye drops to prevent infection, inflammation and to reduce pressure within your eye. The surgeon may recommend that you wear an eye patch for a few days after your surgery and the protective shield when you sleep during the recovery period. Make sure to avoid rubbing your eyes or touching them unless necessary.

A day after cataract surgery, we'll provide a post-operative eye exam to make sure that all is well. Your Crystal Lake optometrist will further perform a series of follow-up exams in the weeks and months to come. If determined that you require corrective lenses following your cataract surgery, we'll make sure you get the proper prescription.


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Cataract Surgery Management FAQs

What are side effects of cataract surgery?

While side effects are rare, there are some issues that people commonly encounter in the days after surgery, as the eyes heal.

  • Dry eye
  • Feeling that something is in the eye
  • Blurry vision
  • Light sensitivity

If any of these side effects do not subside within a week or two, please contact Coventry EyeCare Associates.

Can I delay cataract surgery

You can delay cataract surgery, but keep in mind that your vision will likely worsen the longer you put off the procedure.

When is cataract surgery not recommended?

Cataract patients who also have age-related macular degeneration or retinal detachment may not respond well to cataract surgery and the new lens may not correct vision.

Can cataract surgery give me 20/20 vision?

If you had great vision before developing cataracts, it’s likely that cataract surgery will restore your sight. Moreover, the IOL inserted into your eye can be designed to correct refractive errors, providing you with clear vision.

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- Jun. 20, 2024
Great place to get your eyes checked and for new glasses. Entire staff was so kind and courteous and... made my eye appointment as enjoyable as possible. They treat you very well there and go out of their way to make the experience easy. Highly recommended!
- Feb. 21, 2024
I just want to put a shout out to anyone anyone at all that needs to have their eyes checked please ... don't pass up Coventry eye Care they do an awesome job and they are very thorough and they care and when it comes to picking out the glasses be sure to ask for Zoe she'll go above and beyond and way out of her way to make sure you get the right pair for your face so that you'll feel good and look good about them thank you everybody over there I had a great experience!
- Sep. 14, 2023
Debbie was an absolute ROCKSTAR!!! I came in not even knowing what type of glasses I was looking for... and she took her time helping me decide what I was looking for. She gave me good solid advice about the fit and features of the different frames. She made me feel comfortable and not rushed to figure out what I wanted. GIVE THAT WOMAN A RASIE!!!
- Jan. 03, 2023
Brett does a terrific job. He is genuinely helpful and helped select glasses which will look great a... nd have the Coventry quality we have come to expect! Kudos to Brett for all of his help!
- Oct. 25, 2022
I was in between going in and out of town for a family matter and they were able to get me in immedi... ately. Dr Rodriguez was very personable and thorough. I felt very comfortable with his exam . The wonderful staff here, Debbie, Ashley and Zoe made me feel like a VIP.
- Aug. 03, 2022
Our entire family goes here and we are always pleased with the staff and service. We get quality car... e and all questions we ask answered.
- Feb. 25, 2022
Professional expert eye care. State of the art equipment, Doctor and staff are courteous, knowledge... able, with detailed analysis and explanations. Highly recommended.
- Feb. 11, 2022
Always great customer service, friendly and knowledgeable staff. Wide selection of frames and even s... pecialty lenses for sunglasses and sports wear.
- Jan. 06, 2022
Everyone is always so friendly and helpful.
- Dec. 18, 2021
Always a good experience from the thorough exam and results discussion to the choosing of frames and... the coordination of insurance. Great people to work with.
- Dec. 15, 2021
As always professional, friendly and thorough. I’ve been going to Coventry Eye Care for many years... .
- Nov. 29, 2021
Great office staff. Everyone is very nice and they use all updated technology.
- Nov. 24, 2021
Wonderful experience here with my young son. Everyone was so friendly, communicative, helpful, and c... omforting. I was blown away with the fact that the doctor and staff focused on the “ whole” child and not just his eyes. The patience, friendly demeanor, and child like conversation with the doctor kept my son engaged and cooperative. As a mother, I was comfortable and appreciative of the doctors approach of not only being a professional but a parent, too. We will be back!
- Nov. 03, 2021
I have been using Coventry Eyecare for about 5 years now. Never have I been disappointed. I had some... issues with the same pair of glasses twice and both times they stepped up and took care of the issue. I recently moved out of Crystal Lake and I live about 25 miles away but will continue to use them for my vision/eyeware needs.
- Oct. 21, 2021
Coventry has been taking great care of me for 25+ years. They continue to invest in state of the ar... t technology combined with warm/family team members delivering a First class experience. I am in great hands. Thank you!
- Oct. 20, 2021
Great staff !!! Coventry Eye Care is the best!
- Oct. 19, 2021
My visit today was good and thorough and staff was very nice and helpful. Recommend this facility to... anyone needing good care for vision issues.
- Oct. 13, 2021
Very thorough and friendly staff!
- Sep. 23, 2021
Great staff always a good experience
- Sep. 16, 2021
Amazing, from start to finish! They are especially great with kids. My daughter is 6 and was extreme... ly nervous about her appointment and they were all so friendly and patient with her.

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