Cataract Surgeon in Chicago / Des Plaines, Illinois
The Midwest Center for Sight is home to some of the most experienced Chicago cataracts surgeons. Over the years, they have helped numerous individuals achieve their best possible vision through cataract surgery with premium IOLs, such as AcrySof ReSTOR, Toric, Crystalens and Visiogen Synchrony. Please explore the paragraphs below to learn more about cataract surgery in Des Plaines / Chicago and how it can help you realize your vision correction goals.
What is a cataract?
A cataract is a clouding of the normally clear lens of the eye. The lens focuses light rays on the retina at the back of the eye to produce a sharp image of what we see. When the lens becomes cloudy, the light rays cannot pass easily through it, and the image becomes blurry.
Cataracts usually develop as part of the aging process, but can also come from:
- Eye injuries
- Certain diseases
- Genetic inheritance
The cataract may need no treatment at all if the vision is only a little blurry. A change in your eyeglass prescription may improve vision temporarily.
There are no medications, eye drops, exercises, or glasses that will cause cataracts to disappear once they have formed. When you are not able to see well enough to do the things you like to do, cataract surgery should be considered. Surgery is the only way to remove a cataract.
Cataract Surgery in Des Plaines / Chicago
Cataract surgery involves removing the clouded natural lens through a tiny surgical incision in the eye. Once the cloudy lens is removed, a replacement lens known as an intraocular lens, or “IOL,” is inserted through the same incision.
The Midwest Center for Sight is certified to use a number of IOLs. During your consultation, your cataracts Chicago surgeon will determine which lens implant is the best for your situation. The available IOLs include:
Safe and effective
Cataract surgery has an overall success rate of 98% or greater. In fact it's one of the safest and most effective procedures in the country, with 3 million* surgeries performed each year in the United States.
What can I expect if I decide to have surgery?
A complete eye exam will be performed to determine if you have a cataract. When you and your Chicago cataract surgery specialist have decided that your cataract should be removed, your eye will be measured to determine the proper power of the intraocular lens that will be placed in your eye during surgery. You will then meet with a surgical counselor to set up a surgery date and receive your preoperative instructions.
The day of the surgery
Surgery is usually done on an outpatient basis. Upon arrival for surgery, you will be given eye drops and medication to help you relax.
A local anesthetic will make the operation painless. Typically anesthetic drops are used, which avoids the need for an injection around the eye. Through an IV (intravenous line) you will be given medication that puts you into relaxed state. The skin around your eye will be thoroughly cleansed, and sterile coverings will be placed around your head. The doctor will perform the surgery and after a short stay in the outpatient recovery area, you will be ready to go home. You should plan to have someone else drive you home.
Is cataract surgery painful?
Cataract surgery is generally a simple outpatient procedure that causes little discomfort. The doctor will make a tiny incision in your eye, remove your eye's clouded natural lens, and replace it with an acrylic lens. The results are permanent, and the actual surgery takes only minutes. Most of our cataract surgery Chicago patients are back to their normal activities the very next day. Typically the procedure is performed on one eye at a time with an appointment for your second eye about one month later.
*MedMarket Diligence, November 2006