Cataract Treatment in Des Plaines, IL
The lens of the eye is essential for clear vision. The lens is normally clear, allowing for refraction of light and normal sight. It's possible, however, for the lens to become cloudy. This is known as a cataract. This condition can be very mild or very severe. Cataracts are one of the most common eye-health problems across the world. Thankfully, cataracts can be treated safely and effectively.
Request more information about cataracts today: Call (847) 824-3127 or contact Dr. James Katz online.
A cataract is caused by the clouding of the eye's lens. The lens of the eye sits just behind the iris. When a cataract affects the lens, it becomes cloudy and incapable of properly refracting light. This leads to blurry, distorted vision.
Some people are born with cataracts, while others develop them at a more advanced age. Certain risk factors make a person more likely to develop a cataract. These include:
- Advanced age
- Certain steroid medications
- Family history
- High blood pressure
- Radiation exposure
- High sunlight exposure
- Eye injury
- Frequent eye infections
- Failed eye surgery
Having one or more of these factors doesn't necessarily mean a person will develop cataracts; they only increase the chance. Some people seem more likely to develop the problem due to their genetics and personal history.
All of the symptoms of cataracts have one thing in common: reduced quality of vision. In general, those who suffer from a cataract report vision that is:
- Lacking in color
- Sensitive to light
A frequent warning sign of cataracts is the frequent changing of eyeglass or contact prescription. There are three major types of cataracts:
- Nuclear cataracts, which affect the center of the lens. Unique symptoms of nuclear cataracts include yellowing vision and nearsightedness.
- Cortical cataracts, which affect the edges of the lens. Unique symptoms of cortical cataracts include difficulty in high light situations and trouble with glare.
- Posterior subscapular cataracts, which affect the back of the lens. Unique symptoms of posterior subscapular cataracts include “halos” around light sources and difficulty in high light situations.
Regardless of which type of cataract is present, symptoms such as blurry vision and a lack of focus are to be expected.
Very minor cataracts may not require treatment. This is because the only viable cataract treatment is surgery. When cataracts have begun to majorly affect vision and quality of life, it may be time to consider cataract surgery.
Cataract surgery can be done in several ways, but the general idea is always the same: the cataract is removed and replaced with an intraocular lens implants (IOLs). An IOL is an artificial lens created from silicone, plastic or acrylic material. They eventually become a part of the eye, and as such require no stitches, home care or maintenance.
Cataract surgery is most often performed as an outpatient procedure, meaning the patient can return home the same day as surgery. Cataract surgery recovery is generally minor, with most normal sight returning within a few days.
Request Cataract Information Today
Cataracts can make everyday life difficult with cloudy vision, blurriness and glare. Request more information about cataracts today: call (847) 824-3127 or contact Dr. James Katz online.
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