Cataract Surgery

Understand Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

Experiencing Cataracts

Cloudy or Blurry Vision Seeing “Light Halos” Poor Night Vision Yellowing or Fading of Color Light and Glare Sensitivity Double Vision

Dr. Harvey | Anterior Segment Eye Surgeon

What is a Cataract?

A cataract is the slow, progressive clouding of the eye’s natural lens. At birth, the natural lens is clear, but as we age it yellows and hardens. It is caused by a change in proteins of the lens, which make it less translucent. The cataract interferes with light passing through the eye, resulting in a gradually blurring or fuzzing of vision. Everyone will at some point develop cataracts based on lifestyle, genetics and age.

Cataract Symptoms

Having a cataract can be like looking through a foggy car windshield. Things may look blurry, hazy or less colorful, but often the change has been so gradual you may not even realize your vision has been compromised.

Symptoms that you may notice are a reduced ability to see well at night, especially while driving or viewing oncoming headlights. You may notice you’re more sensitive to sunlight or lamplight. And quite often, you realize your glasses prescription is changing frequently, after a long period of stability. While you may think it is an error with the prescription, it is more likely cataracts, and glasses won’t help the condition.

Modern Cataract Surgery

Cataract surgery is an operation to remove the natural lens in your eye when it becomes cloudy. The lens functions to bend (refract) light rays that enter the eye to help you focus. If the lens is cloudy or compromised, it makes it difficult for light to penetrate and for you to see well.

A cataract will progress until eventually there is a complete loss of vision in the eye. Surgery is the only way to correct a cataract. You should consider surgery when cataracts cause enough loss of vision to interfere with driving, hobbies, reading, or general enjoyment of daily life.


During cataract surgery, your cloudy natural lens is removed and replaced with a clear lens implant. That lens is called an intraocular lens (IOL), and the choice of implants is critical to the way you’ll see for the rest of your life. Dr. Harvey will spend time visiting with you about your lifestyle, career, hobbies, and vision needs. He will then recommend lens implant options that deliver the range of vision you desire.

Cataract Surgery

Why Choose Independent Vision Group?

  • Experienced Surgeon
  • Advanced Technology
  • Personalized Care
  • Convenient Locations
  • Collaborative Care
  • Partnered with state-of-the art Opthalmic surgery center

Dr. Harvey has performed tens of thousands of successful cataract surgeries in the Chippewa Valley.

We are partnered with the area’s only state-of-the-art, dedicated ophthalmic surgical facility, Independent Surgery Center. Our collaborative care model allows you to be seen close to home, often in the office of your current eye care provider.

Experience the latest advancements in cataract surgery with options to see distance and near vision all in one procedure. With many options available, Dr. Harvey and his highly trained team are professionals in helping you select the option that is best for your lifestyle.

Experience + Personal Care

Choosing Independent Vision Group for your intraocular care means choosing a team that prioritizes your satisfaction and exceeds your expectations at every stage of your treatment. We understand that vision is a precious gift, and we are committed to helping you maintain it for a lifetime.

With our experienced team, advanced technology, personalized care, convenient locations, and patient-focused approach, we believe we are the right choice for your intraocular care needs.

Contact us today to schedule a consultation and experience the difference of exceptional care.

Vision After Cataract Surgery

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Frequently Asked Questions

A cataract is a clouding of the natural lens in the eye, which can lead to vision loss or impairment. It is usually a result of aging, but can also be caused by injury, medications, or certain medical conditions.

Cataract development can cause a variety of symptoms, including blurry or hazy vision, difficulty seeing at night, sensitivity to light, double vision, and faded or washed-out colors.

During cataract surgery, the cloudy natural lens is removed and replaced with an artificial intraocular lens (IOL). The procedure typically takes less than 20 minutes and is virtually painless. You may plan to return home immediately after your procedure.

The need for glasses after cataract surgery depends on several factors. The most relevant is the type of lens implant chosen. Many patients find that they no longer need glasses for distance vision after surgery, but may still require them for reading or close-up tasks.

Most health insurance plans cover basic cataract surgery when it becomes a medically necessary procedure. However, out-of-pocket costs can vary depending on your coverage and the implant you choose.

In most cases each eye is done on a separate day. Typically the second eye is done one day, to one week after your first eye is completed.

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