A Synthetic Solution for Clearer Vision
Intraocular Lenses Chicago
When most people think of surgical vision correction, the procedure that first comes to mind is LASIK surgery. While LASIK is an extremely effective treatment for many, it is not a universal solution. Patients who suffer from presbyopia, those with high degrees of hyperopia or myopia, patients with cataracts, or those with certain irregularities of the eye may not be suitable candidates for LASIK. Fortunately, intraocular lenses placed by our Chicago surgeons offer an effective alternative treatment. To learn more about how you can benefit from intraocular lenses, please contact our practices in Chicago, Highland Park or Hoffman Estates.
Cataracts occur when the crystalline lens within the eye becomes clouded or discolored, making a patient's vision hazy or blurred. While cataracts can occur in patients of any age, they are most likely to occur in patients over the age of 60. We offer laser cataract surgery to break up and remove the clouded lens, and replace it with an intraocular lens (IOL) that restores clear vision.
LenSx Laser Cataract Surgery
The Alcon LenSx laser platform is the leading technology in the burgeoning field of laser-assisted custom cataract surgery. Chicago Cornea Consultants, Ltd. is excited to offer this new, precision driven option to our patients in the Hoffman Estates office. Dr Parag Majmudar and Dr Maria Rosselson, who have enjoyed performing conventional cataract surgeries at the Hoffman Estates Surgery Center for several years are now enhancing patient experiences with the option of including the LenSx.
Dr. Randy Epstein was one of the first ophthalmologists in Chicago certified to perform LenSx cataract surgery. He has been performing this procedure at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Chicago for a number of years, and plans to utilize this technology on the North Shore at some point in the near future.
Types of IOL's Used During Cataract Surgery
Refractive lens exchange is often used in cataract surgery, replacing a clouded or discolored lens with an IOL. There are several types of IOL's for a patient to consider when undergoing cataract surgery:
- AcrySof ReSTOR : The AcrySof ReSTOR is a multifocal intraocular lens. It has the ability to restore a patient's full range of vision. Its unique patented design allows clear perception of objects that are up close or far away. Patients with the AcrySof ReSTOR IOL can benefit from a reduced dependency on reading glasses or bifocals.
- AMO Tecnis: We also utilize the advanced AMO Tecnis multifocal IOL in our practice
- The Bausch and Lomb Crystalens : The Crystalens is another IOL that improves vision at a range of distances. The Crystalens IOL has the ability to change shape, allowing patients to focus on objects both near and far.
- Toric Lens: Toric intraocular lenses are suited for patients suffering from astigmatism.
Enhanced Accuracy with the ORA System
For patients who are having toric or multifocal intraocular lenses implanted, patients who suffer from astigmatism, or patients who have had prior refractive corneal surgery, we offer the WaveTec ORA system at two of our locations. Our doctors can discuss this method in further detail and determine if it is right for you.
Phakic Intraocular Lenses
Phakic intraocular lenses are designed to correct extreme cases of nearsightedness. They are especially beneficial for patients who have been ruled out as LASIK candidates because of especially thin corneas, dry eyes, or oversized pupils. Using either the Verisyse or Staar Visian ICL phakic IOL's, we can offer patients improved vision and increased freedom from contact lenses or glasses. During an outpatient surgical procedure, these IOL's are placed over the natural lens of the eye in order to effectively treat high degrees of myopia. This advanced technology offers long-lasting benefits similar to those achieved with LASIK.
Refractive Lens Exchange
Refractive lens exchange is the surgical replacement of the crystalline lens, which lies behind the cornea. During this procedure, we remove the natural lens and replace it with an IOL. Refractive lens exchange can correct presbyopia and high degrees of hyperopia, two conditions that cannot be treated through LASIK surgery. By replacing the patient's natural lens with an intraocular lens, we can greatly decrease or eliminate the need for corrective lenses.
Learn More about Intraocular Lenses
If you would like to learn more about long-term vision correction with IOL's, contact Chicago Cornea Consultants in Chicago, Highland Park and Hoffman Estates to schedule a consultation.