Cataract Surgery in Willowbrook

Cataract Surgery in Willowbrook

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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

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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. Penn Eye Care 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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Hours
  • Monday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thursday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Saturday 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • Sunday Closed
Insurance Plans
  • VSP
  • Medicare
  • United Healthcare
  • Aetna
  • Spectera
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield

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.

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- Apr. 18, 2024
DR. Penn and each of his optometrist collegues- I have had the pleasure of meeting that has performe... d any of my eye exams- In both their experience and knowledge and treatment and caring nature yhry provide to their patients- can be described as nothing less than STELLAR - Optometrists- Equally as stellar to Dr. Penns expertise and treatment he provides to all his patients. The office staff at Dr. Penn’s optometry office - I sm a a long time patient of- for overt 12yrs, is beyond exemplary to say the least- Of the many years I have been a patient. They are happy, so professional, provide a welcome and accomading atmosphere, happy to help and always go above and beyond to assist patients with any and all questions or needs their customers have. They are exceptional, expietenced and beyond knowledgeabke, in both eye care- optometry,-,well educated as well is in caring and providing all customers material, or other physical eye care needs. Love Love Love - A*******.
- Mar. 25, 2024
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- Mar. 18, 2024
The staff always provide quality service. I have been a customer over 20 years and purchased many pa... irs of glasses and am always pleased.
- Mar. 18, 2024
I love Penn Eye. The staff is truly amazing. They make me feel comfortable during my exams, all of m... y concerns are addressed and even the process of selecting a pair of frames is personalized. Thank y’all for truly caring about your patients!
- Mar. 04, 2024
The entire staff is wonderful! Dr. Penn is an amazing doctor who is very attentive to his patients.
- Dec. 22, 2023
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- Nov. 26, 2023
I am the second generation of my family that’s been going here for my whole life. I’ve referred ... friends here too. I just feel like I’m going to visit some family or friends when I come for my visit. Super professional and sweet people.
- Sep. 09, 2023
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- Sep. 07, 2023
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- Sep. 02, 2023
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- Aug. 19, 2023
The doctor was very extremely thorough and explained everything in detail.
- Jul. 27, 2023
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- Jun. 15, 2023
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- Mar. 27, 2023
SUPER impressed. Dr. Penn and his entire staff are skilled, kind and welcoming. They took all my anx... ieties away about my eyes, and it was a really good visit. Dr. Penn took time to answer ALL of my many questions and Noe took time to help me find a pair of glasses that looked good on me. The whole staff welcomed us and even weighed in on the glasses. My husband saw the other Doctor there and we both felt they took very good care of us. Then when we can back to pick up our glasses the entire staff welcomed us and helped us! Our minds were blown. They offer a wide range of prices from discount to designer on glasses and give you your prescription if you ask for it. We highly recommend this place.
- Feb. 14, 2023
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- Feb. 12, 2023
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- Jan. 16, 2023
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- Nov. 29, 2022
Dr. Penn is honestly the best there is in his field. Trust me my eyes are a mess and he always gets ... my prescriptions correct. When he retires I am going to need him to see me at his house. It gives me anxiety just thinking about him retiring. 🙂
- Oct. 28, 2022
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- Oct. 23, 2022
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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 Willowbrook 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.


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 Penn Eye Care.

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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