A cataract is when your eye’s natural lens becomes cloudy. Proteins in your lens break down and cause things to look blurry, hazy, or less colorful.
If you have a cataract, your lens has become cloudy, like the bottom lens in the illustration. It is like looking through a foggy or dusty car windshield. Things look blurry, hazy, or less colorful with a cataract.
Aging is the most common cause. This is due to normal eye changes that begin to happen after age 40. That is when normal proteins in the lens start to break down. This is what causes the lens to get cloudy. People over age 60 usually start to have some clouding of their lenses. However, vision problems may not happen until years later.
Other reasons you may get cataracts include:
Most age-related cataracts develop gradually. Other cataracts can develop more quickly, such as those in younger people or those in people with diabetes. Doctors cannot predict how quickly a person’s cataract will develop.
There are technical requirements for standard cataract surgery including use of a microscope and phacomulsifier (image courtesy J&J vision). A contemporary advance form of cataract surgery using a laser is called Femtosecond Laser Cataract Surgery of FLACS Then he or she will replace it with an artificial lens. This new lens is called an intraocular lens (or IOL). When you decide to have cataract surgery, your doctor will talk with you about IOLs and how they work.
Cataracts are a very common reason people lose vision, but they can be treated.
Westchester Eye Surgeons has been successfully treating cataract patients for more than 20 years. Dr. Spero J. Kinnas is one of the leading eye surgeons in the Chicago area. We specialize in the treatment of cataracts using the latest technologies and practices to ensure the utmost in safety and expedited recovery times.
Westchester Eye Surgeons proudly offer a wide range of services for eye surgery in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. Our website offers a wealth of information including videos and an insight into technologies to help you decide which cataract treatment is right for you.
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