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Laser Cataract Surgery

Couple riding through the woods on bikes after Cataract SurgeryCataracts cloud the vision and make it appear as though there is a film covering the natural lens of the eye. This is a progressive condition that can be treated conservatively in its beginning stages. However, as cataracts become more of a problem and begin to interfere with a patient’s ability to perform daily tasks, more aggressive treatment may become necessary. Laser cataract surgery performed in our Chicago area practices can help you if your cataracts have reached advanced stages. Contact us today in Chicago, Highland Park or Hoffman Estates to learn more.

What are Cataracts?

Cataracts are a condition in which the clear lens of the eye becomes clouded or discolored, obstructing light from properly reaching the retina. This makes images appear blurred, dull, or distorted. While cataracts can occur in patients of any age, they are most common in older patients. In fact, two-thirds of adults over the age of 60 experience some degree of cataracts. In the early stages, cataracts may not interfere with vision at all. However, as the condition progresses, the eyesight will be affected and corrective lenses will become necessary. Cataracts can eventually become so severe that glasses and other conservative treatments can no longer help, and surgery becomes necessary.

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Laser Cataract Surgery

Laser cataract surgery is a process of removing a clouded lens and replacing it with a synthetic intraocular lens (IOL), without the use of a blade. First, a laser is used to create an incision near the cornea. Next, a laser applies energy that softens and breaks the crystalline lens into tiny pieces so that it can be removed through the incisions. We then replace the lens with a premium intraocular lens designed to meet the vision needs of our patients.

LenSx Laser Cataract Surgery

LenSx LogoThe 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, Dr. Rachel Epstein 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 the Chicago area certified to perform LenSx cataract surgery. Along with Drs. Douglas Kaplan and Rachel Epstein, he has been performing this procedure in Chicago and on the North Shore for many years.


 


Results

It is important for patients to realize that the results of laser cataract surgery will not be immediate. Many patients experience blurry vision for a while following surgery, and it can take several weeks for the eyes to completely heal. During this time, the brain must become acclimated to using the IOL to focus. However, once adapted to the IOL, vision should be remarkably clearer. Most patients experience decreased dependency upon corrective eyewear following laser cataract surgery, and some are able to stop using prescription eyewear completely.

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Cataracts are a common condition that can have a significant impact on your quality of life. Fortunately, there are advanced treatments available that can safely and effectively restore your vision. If you are suffering from cataracts, contact us in Chicago, Highland Park or Hoffman Estates to learn more about how laser cataract surgery and intraocular lenses can restore the clear, dependable vision you deserve.

LASIK eye surgery is a procedure that is designed to reduce your dependency on eyeglasses and contact lenses. Here at Chicago Cornea Consultants, our LASIK surgeons and eye doctors use the latest in laser vision correction technology to ensure each patient receives optimal results.
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As leaders in the field of ophthalmology, we were among the first in the area to offer the advanced Alcon LenSx laser platform for cataract surgery. This exciting new technology allows our skilled ophthalmologists to make incredibly precise modifications, enhancing the patient experience.
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Traditionally, presbyopia, which happens to all of us as we age, has always meant glasses for clear reading vision. It's a condition not even correctable by laser vision correction. Luckily, there is an option. Refractive lens exchange allows patients a clear alternative to reading glasses and is capable of reducing or eliminating presbyopia by using an advanced multifocal intraocular lens.
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Keratoconus describes a cornea that weakens as collagen fibers deteriorate, causing the cornea to adapt a cone-like shape. Keratoconus can cause blurred vision, light sensitivity, glares, and decreased night vision. In its early stages, keratoconus may be treated with the use of prescription glasses or contact lenses. Keratoconus is also one of the most common reasons for corneal transplant, and one of the most successful. Call any of our offices and ask to speak to the Vision Correction Surgical Coordinator, or use the contact form below.
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It's estimated that a million or more Americans have glaucoma and don't even know it. People with glaucoma often do not experience any symptoms until they begin losing their peripheral vision. One of the scariest things about glaucoma is that it usually has no symptoms in the early stages, earning glaucoma the name "silent thief of sight." Anyone can be at risk, so it's important to have your vision regularly examined.
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At Chicago Cornea Consultants, our doctors take great care in maintaining ocular health for our patients. However, a number of our patients voice concerns regarding soft lines and wrinkles around the eyes and other regions of the face. We have responded by introducing cosmetic procedures like BOTOX® Cosmetic through our Chicago practice.
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Dry eye can result from a lack of sufficient production of your own natural tears, with an inability to provide adequate lubrication for your eyes. This can cause mild to severe discomfort including itching, stinging and burning. Dry eyes are a common concern in Chicago, and the experienced team of corneal specialists at Chicago Cornea Consultants have the latest advancements in technology to treat dry eye.
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Contact lenses are medical devices which interact directly with the ocular surface of the eye. At Chicago Cornea Consultants, we provide exceptional care to ensure that you obtain the best possible vision with contact lenses that fit appropriately and maximize health benefits.
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