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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Imagine waking up each morning and noticing your vision is diminishing. You have sensitivity to light and glares, your eyeglass prescription is constantly changing, and you are beginning to lose the ability to perform daily tasks like reading, driving, or even seeing the expression on a loved one’s face.
Cataracts typically occur as part of the natural aging process and develop slowly over a number of years. Others may be related to inherited genetic disorders that cause other health problems, increasing the risk of developing cataracts. Cataracts can also be caused by medical conditions such as diabetes, trauma or past eye surgery.