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Everything You Need To Know About Cataracts

By the age of 80, you have a 50 percent chance of developing cataracts. If you are unaware of how cataracts can affect your vision, it is when your lens that is normally clear becomes clouded. When you are dealing with cataracts it will cause your vision to blur, making it difficult to complete your daily activities. If you are experiencing this it is important to get it checked out right away because if left untreated cataracts can lead to blindness. Those are the basics facts about cataracts, but what are some facts you haven’t heard before? Don’t worry – we’ve got you covered. Here are 3 facts that you probably didn’t know about cataracts.

When you first start developing cataracts, they may only affect a small portion of your lens, making you unaware of the vision loss that you are incurring. As the cataract increases in size, so will your vision impairment. As the cataract continues to grow and disrupt your vision you may start to experience some of the following symptoms:

  • The blurring of vision.
  • Glare, or sensitivity to light.
  • Double vision in one eye.
  • Frequent changes in eyeglass prescription.
  • Difficulty in reading in low light.
  • Declining night vision.
  • Fading or yellowing of colors.

As always – If you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, it is important to take the first step and schedule an appointment to get your eyes and vision checked out.

Currently, cataracts are very common and affect 22 million people in the United States that are above the age of 40. As you continue to age, your chances of developing cataracts continue to rise, with no known way to prevent their formation it is important to make sure that you are getting your eyes checked regularly. Worldwide, there are more cases of cataracts than there are cases of macular degeneration, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy combined – according to Prevent Blindness America (PBA).

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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