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A Quick Look at Cataracts

Posted by Illinois Eye Center on Aug 28, 2019 9:00:00 AM

Over 24.4 million Americans age 40 years and older suffer from cataracts. More than half the population will have at least one cataract by the age of 80.  We want to help you learn more about this vision concern and how you can reclaim your sight.

What Are Cataracts?

Cataracts are a common eye problem, usually age-related, that causes the lens of the eye to become cloudy. As that cloudiness continues to prevent light from passing through the lens to your retina, you may experience increasingly blurry vision or see images that appear faded or discolored.

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Who is The Right Candidate for Cataract Surgery with Vision-Correcting IOLs?

Posted by Illinois Eye Center on Jul 17, 2019 9:00:00 AM

Cataracts happen when the lens of your eye clouds over, often becoming frosted like a steamed-up windowpane or even yellow. Cataracts are often age-related, but they can also arise as the result of trauma or medical conditions such as diabetic eye disease. Illinois Eye Center offers several cataract procedures that use intraocular lens implants (IOLs) to help restore vision — but are you a candidate?

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What Are Cataracts? Plus, Your Options for Cataract Surgery

Posted by Illinois Eye Center on Apr 19, 2019 9:00:00 AM

Over 24.4 million Americans 40 years of age and older are affected by cataracts, and prevalence continues to rise with age. This frustrating clouding of the eye’s lens can make your vision blurry or cause objects to seem hazy or dull. While some protective measures such as wearing glasses with adequate sun protection may slow the progress of cataracts, surgery is often the most effective way to treat cataracts and restore vision.

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Cataract Surgery: Three IOLs That Will Change Your Vision

Posted by Illinois Eye Center on Mar 21, 2018 9:00:00 AM

More than 24.4 million Americans aged 40 or older suffer from cataracts; a clouding of the eye’s lens that can lead to vision loss or blindness. Some people are born with congenital cataracts while others develop the condition as a result of aging, injury, or repeated exposure to environmental and lifestyle factors such as UV radiation, diet, alcohol, or cigarette smoke. Whatever the cause, cataracts can be debilitating, limiting not only the affected person’s vision but their quality of life as well. 

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Cataracts and IOL Options at Illinois Eye Center

Posted by Illinois Eye Center on Nov 8, 2017 8:39:00 AM

Cataracts generally occur as part of the natural aging process, and develop slowly over a number of years. As one of the most common surgical procedures in the United States, cataract surgery involves removing the cloudy lens of the eye and replacing it with an artificial one, called an intraocular lens implant (IOL). Illinois Eye Center uses the latest technology to assess each patient’s cataracts in order to help determine the best IOL to fit their lifestyle, needs and personality. 

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September is Healthy Aging Month

Posted by Illinois Eye Center on Sep 7, 2017 7:21:00 AM

As you grow older, there are various health challenges that naturally arise with age. However, by maintaining a healthy lifestyle and having regular health exams, you can be one of the 41% of adults over 65 who say they have very good or excellent health. No matter your age, it’s important to learn what to expect from your eyesight and how you can promote healthy aging.

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Cataract Awareness

Posted by Illinois Eye Center on Jun 7, 2017 8:02:00 AM

Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness worldwide, and more than 24 million Americans age 40 and older have a cataract. That’s why Prevent Blindness America recognizes June as Cataract Awareness Month.

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Cataract Surgery Can Help Lessen Your Dependence on Glasses

Posted by Illinois Eye Center on May 10, 2017 8:48:00 AM

The word “surgery” can sound scary, especially when it comes to your eyes. But for many people affected by cataracts, surgery can restore the ability to clearly see a grandchild's first smiles, drive safely at night and enjoy an evening book without reading glasses. For those people, cataract surgery can mean a brighter life.

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Say Goodbye to Your Cataracts and Hello to Multifocal IOLs

Posted by Illinois Eye Center on Dec 21, 2016 8:23:00 AM

Cataracts are a clouding of the eye’s lens that occurs naturally as part of the aging process. During cataract surgery, the cloudy lens is removed and replaced with a synthetic lens implant called an intraocular lens implant (IOL). Thanks to advancements in IOL technology, cataract patients now have options and are no longer limited to distance vision alone. Multifocal IOLs, also referred to as Advanced Technology Intraocular lens implants or Accommodative IOLs, are designed to provide a full range of vision offering the possibility of seeing well at more than one distance, and greatly reducing or even eliminating the need for glasses after cataract surgery.

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Advancements in the Treatment of Cataracts

Posted by Illinois Eye Center on Nov 9, 2016 8:08:00 AM

According to the World Health Organization, cataracts are responsible for 51 percent of the world’s blindness. Cataracts can be described as a clouding of the eye’s lens that occurs naturally with age. They're actually a buildup of proteins that clump together and start obscuring vision over time. Cataracts can cause varying degrees of vision problems, with less advanced cases causing blurry vision and extremely advanced cases causing total blindness.  Now, cataract treatment is (usually) an outpatient surgical procedure, but people have been working to reclaim their sight from cataracts for thousands of years.

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