Cataract Care & Management in Grayslake

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Cataracts Aren’t The End of Your Vision

Is it getting harder to focus on things right in front of you? Are you spotting glare and halos in your vision when previously there weren’t any? Are you finding that your eyes are becoming cloudy or gray? You might be developing a cataract.

But don’t worry! Cataracts are common, and there are plenty of management and treatment options available to help keep your vision sharp and clear. If you believe you’re developing cataracts, please book an appointment with us today!

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What Are Cataracts?

Cataracts are an eye condition that develops in your clear crystalline lens. As cataracts grow, your natural lens becomes denser and more opaque, forming a milky or cloudy appearance.

There are 3 common types of cataracts that could develop:

  • Nuclear cataracts form in the center of the lens. At the beginning of their development, nuclear cataracts can cause nearsightedness. But as they progress, your lens may become yellow or brown.
  • Cortical cataracts look like small white wedges on the outer edges of your eye. As they develop, though, these wedges can stretch across your lens, interfering in your vision.
  • Subcapsular cataracts develop at the back of your lens. As they develop, they can cause glare, poor vision in bright light, or even halos around light sources.

What Can Cause a Cataract?

It’s uncertain exactly how a cataract forms, but a range of different health factors could increase your risk of developing them. In most cases, aging is one of the leading risk factors for developing cataracts, but younger people can still get them if they have certain risk factors like:

  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Eye injury
  • Smoking
  • High blood pressure
  • Excessive alcohol use
  • Past eye surgeries
  • A family history of the condition

Cataract Surgery: Is It Right For You?

What Is Cataract Surgery?

While glasses or contact lenses help correct vision issues caused by cataracts, cataract surgery is the only treatment available that completely removes the cataract.

Cataract surgery is similar to refractive lens exchange surgery, but instead of removing a clear lens, the surgery removes a cataract lens.

During cataract surgery, an ophthalmologist will make a small incision in the cornea of your eye and use an ultrasound probe to break up the cataract lens. They will then remove the broken cataract lens before replacing it with an intraocular lens (IOL) matched to your prescription and needs.

Following the surgery, you’ll need to let your eyes rest and heal for a couple of days. Please make sure you have transportation available after surgery because you won’t be able to drive.

Your doctor will prescribe you eye drops and other medication to ensure your eyes are healing correctly. In some cases, you may experience discomfort and acute vision issues, but these are expected to correct as the eye heals.

Your doctor will also book a follow-up appointment a few days after your surgery to ensure your eyes are healing as expected. Despite removing your cataract, there is still a chance you may need to wear glasses or contact lenses to achieve clear vision.

Before anyone is considered a candidate for cataract surgery, they will first need to have a comprehensive eye exam. Eye exams will help your eye care team determine if your eyes are healthy enough for surgery, and if there are any risks that need to be considered before undergoing the procedure.

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