Cataract Removal

Modern Laser Cataract Surgery

Restore clarity and brightness to your vision with the new standard in cataract removal—safer, gentler, and highly customizable. Quite simply, this is the best technology in the world.

Modern Cataract

This is not your parents’ cataract surgery

Laser-assisted cataract extraction with multifocal intra-ocular lenses make it so there are no needles, no blades, and potentially NO glasses afterward. This is the future of cataract surgery.


Laser-assisted cataract surgery is a precise treatment that’s highly customized to each patient. The method allows for little to no discomfort during surgery and a more rapid recovery. Patients will experience a gentler cataract removal versus traditional techiques, reduced inflammation, and the potential for a reduced need for glasses or contacts after surgery.

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One size does not fit all. There are different options for you to choose from when it comes to your replacement intraocular lens (IOL). Your doctor will help you determine the best option for you based on your anatomy, expectations, and lifestyle. Cataract surgery pricing can also be confusing. We will walk you through the process and help you fully understand the costs, including what your insurance will and won’t cover, so you can make a confident, informed decision.


The only way to know for certain if you have a cataract is to have a comprehensive eye exam. Our highly-experienced doctors can detect early signs of a cataract by looking at the lens of your eye. If a cataract is impeding your vision, the only way to restore it is to remove and replace the cloudy lens. With over 100,000 successful cataract surgeries performed, our SharpeVision surgeons take cataract surgery to a new level.

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Good to Know

What Are Cataracts?

A cataract is diagnosed when the lens of the eye is cloudy. Much like a dirty window, a cloudy lens is difficult to see through. As cataracts progress, it becomes increasingly hard to see and do the things you enjoy. If left untreated, cataracts can result in eventual blindness. Cataract surgery quickly and painlessly replaces the cloudy lens with a new lens implant. Cataracts can affect one or both eyes and are a normal part of aging. If you live long enough, you will likely have cataracts to some degree. But factors such as smoking, diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, and sun exposure can speed up the clouding of the lens of your eye.


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What to Expect

MODERN CATARACT: Start to Finish

Comprehensive Exam

A comprehensive, dilated examination is the only way to know which vision-correction procedure is best for you. Your medical insurance can cover a portion of the cost of your surgery, so please bring your insurance information. Depending on your specific insurance benefits, you may have a co-pay due at the time of your consultation. While your exam involves comprehensive diagnostic testing, it is also our opportunity to learn more about you, your expectations, and your lifestyle. All of these factors play an important role in recommending the best procedure for you:

The complete exam can take up to 90 minutes. After all the data is collected, your doctor will examine you, discuss the treatment recommendation, discuss various lens implant options that may eliminate glasses after cataract surgery, and answer all your questions. Your visit will include dilation of your pupils, which will affect your eyesight for about 4-6 hours, as you may have experienced with a routine eye exam.

Candidate Quiz

Are you eligible?

Could cataract surgery be right for you? There are some conditions that could exclude certain patients. Take our quick and easy candidate quiz to find out if catarct surgery could be your vision correction solution.


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If you are considering LASIK, I highly recommend SharpeVision Modern LASIK, it’s the best decision I’ve ever made!

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The whole process from the consultation to the post-operation appointment have been smooth and helpful. The office is welcoming, warm and an overall great environment.

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The whole process was smooth and efficient and pleasant from the first call to the check up a month after the procedure. Love the lifetime guarantee as well.

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From start to finish SharpeVision was professional, kind, informative, and beyond expectations. The staff is amazing and the doctors are incredibly knowledgeable.

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Everyone on staff is so helpful and professional and kind. I would recommend SharpeVision to anyone I know.

James V — Chicago

I literally said to Dr. Lancaster “That was it? THAT WAS IT?” I could see immediately after, and now I’m seeing better than 20/20.

Doug O — Chicago

Had a wonderful experience here for LASIK! Will be highly recommending it to all friends and family who are considering! Dr. Lancaster was phenomenal!

Conrad S — Austin


You have Questions.
 We have Answers.

No, the laser can’t burn a hole in your eye. But it’s a good question! Find the answers to our most frequently asked questions at SharpeVision. Some of them may surprise you!

  • Can your eyesight get worse after laser eye surgery?

    If your vision is worse after LASIK or PRK than it was before with glasses or contacts, it’s almost always due to dry eyes or residual prescription. Both of these are fixable with time (for dry eyes which is almost always the cause of foggy vision for a month or more after LASIK) or with additional laser to touch it up (which is necessary approximately 1% of the time and free for the first year after surgery).

  • Which insurance plans cover some or all of the cost of laser eye surgery?

    Most insurance/vision plans do not pay towards LASIK or PRK, but we do honor the discount from EyeMed, VSP, and Davis, so that if you’re a member, your out of pocket expense will be the same. Always check with your insurance carrier or health benefits administrator before coming in for your exam. A few forward-thinking companies are currently paying for some or all of their employees’ LASIK, PRK, and ICL including The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Adaptive Biotech, and Zillow in Seattle.


  • Can you tell if I’m a candidate for laser eye surgery by looking at the prescription from my optometrist?

    No, not just by looking at your prescription. Your general optometrist measures your prescription and level of astigmatism for glasses and contacts and can refer you to a LASIK provider, but they cannot confirm if you will be a candidate for laser eye surgeryTo know if you are a candidate, you need to have a complete eye exam at a LASIK provider. At SharpeVision, we use highly specific equipment to topographically map the surface of  your eyes and get multiple prescription measurements, among other things. Our refractive surgeon-trained optometrists will then discuss all the results with you and determine if you are a candidate for LASIK.

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