Cataract Surgery in Edwardsville

Cataract Surgery in Edwardsville

Offering Pre-Operative & Post-Operative Care

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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. Edwardsville Vision Center 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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Your Cataract Surgery Co-Management Specialist in Edwardsville

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Hours
  • Monday 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thursday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Saturday 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • Sunday Closed
Insurance Plans
  • VSP
  • Medicare
  • United Healthcare
  • Aetna
  • Spectera
  • Medicaid
  • Anthem
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • EyeMed
  • MetLife

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.

Patient Reviews
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- Feb. 13, 2024
I had an eye vision appointment on 2/13/24. Great overall experience and great environment! Friendly... and very nice staff. I would definitely recommend this place for all your vision needs. Thanks for a great experience. 👍
- Jan. 17, 2024
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- Jan. 11, 2024
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ across the board! I had an appointment for a glasses and contacts exa... m with Dr. Boatman 1/10/24. I was greeted warmly by the staff up front and quickly moved into the testing room with the assistant where I had my preliminary tests done (I can’t remember her name but she was informative and kind). After those tests, Dr. Boatman greeted me across the hall and carefully walked me through my exam. She was friendly, thorough and understanding. I have tried several different types of contacts over the last 20+ years and have struggled finding anything comfortable. She listened to my concerns and was able to recommend a new type specific for my astigmatism and even had some trial lenses to give me before I make a final decision. I went back up front to finish my appointment and pay. I had a few questions about my insurance and prescription and the staff were extremely helpful and knowledgeable. I’ve been going to the eye doctor since I was 8 years old; it’s not always a pleasant experience. This is not the case at Edwardsville Vision Center. Dr. Boatman and the staff were fantastic! 10/10 recommend 🤗
- Jan. 08, 2024
I love this establishment. They were very nice and efficient and got the job done.
- Nov. 10, 2023
Highly impressed with how friendly staff members are. The doctor is fabulous. Definitely a great pla... ce to bring children.
- Oct. 05, 2023
They were very very AWESOME
- Sep. 18, 2023
Great staff and convenient location to my home.
- Sep. 14, 2023
Excellent services, helpful staff. Everyone is friendly and knowledgeable!
- Sep. 11, 2023
Everyone was professional and very friendly. Had my new glasses quicker than I expected.
- Aug. 27, 2023
Quick and great experience.
- Aug. 21, 2023
Great staff and plenty of frames to choose from. I have been a customer for years and am always ha... ppy with every visit.
- Aug. 11, 2023
The staff are excellent - friendly, knowledgeable, and make you feel at ease.
- Aug. 09, 2023
Great staff and experience. Dr Ashley Marvin is very knowledgeable and personable. Staff was very fr... iendly and helpful. My son was so nervous about his first exam and he absolutely loved his experience. He can’t wait to go back. Highly recommend!
- Jul. 10, 2023
Great service, kind,courteous staff
- Jul. 09, 2023
Quick and easy to book an appointment. Nice people 🙂
- Jun. 23, 2023
We started going to Edwardsville Vision Center when my son needed his Kindergarten eye exam and we w... ere finding it difficult to get him in anywhere. 4 years later and we go back every year, wonderful staff who have been there as long as we have. The eye Doctors are all great and wonderful with the kiddos and myself.
- Jun. 11, 2023
Great staff and great service. I know I'm not, but it feels like I get special treatment. They a... ctually remember their customers.
- Mar. 23, 2023
Very friendly staff and helpful.
- Mar. 13, 2023
Go every year, Luv this place. Dr. Is awesome and also all staff. Professional, friendly, helpful.... Always helps me choose best frames for my face. I gather 3 Frames I like and girls help with their opinion as to their choice for me. Always works out. Always satisfied with everything. I go there every year.
- Jan. 24, 2023
It was my first time there, the doctor was super nice and so were the rest of the people working the... re. No one pushed any purchases on me at the end, which was appreciated. I plan on coming back!

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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 Edwardsville 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 Edwardsville Vision Center.

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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