What are Cataracts

About 50 percent of people over the age of 60, in addition to some younger patients, suffer from cataracts. The condition involves a gradual clouding of the lens of the eye that obstructs light from passing through the retina, resulting in a blurring or dimming of vision. This causes normal activities, such as driving and reading, to become more difficult. Patients with cataracts may also experience glare, halos and double vision. Although there is currently no treatment available to prevent or reverse cataracts,cataract surgery can help to restore clear vision.

Cataract Surgery

During cataract surgery at our Chicago, Illinois practice, the cataract is removed from the eye using the phacoemulsification technique. Performed on an outpatient basis, our cataract surgeons use local anesthesia or apply anesthetic eye drops. Utilizing sound energy waves, the cataract is dissolved into microscopic particles. Next, the surgeon will remove the particles from the eye. Cataract surgery requires a small, self-healing incision, and an implantable lens such as crystalens® or ReSTOR® will be inserted to replace the natural lens of the eye.

Cataract Surgery Recovery

While recovery from cataract surgery varies by the individual, most patients experience vision improvement immediately after treatment. Patients can resume their daily routine within a day or two of cataract surgery at our Chicago, Illinois area practice. For more information about the procedure, read answers to cataract surgery questions we frequently hear from our patients.

To find out if you are a good candidate for cataract surgery contact Kovach Eye Institute today!