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Cataract Surgery in Chicago, IL

How To Deal With An Eye Cataract

Do you suffer from blurry vision or other eye cataract symptoms? If so, our ophthalmologists in Chicago, IL can help with our premium eye surgery options. With expert cataract surgery at our eye care center, we'll be able to improve your eyesight dramatically. Our ophthalmologists can treat any symptoms of cataracts that you may be suffering from.

Today, advanced technology solutions, such as ReStor®, Toric®, Crystalens® and Tecnis Multifocal® advanced technology lenses, provide the potential to rejuvenate vision and eliminate the need to wear reading glasses, providing a more independent quality of life.

What Is An Eye Cataract?

People commonly misunderstand an eye cataract to be a “skin” on the eye that must be “peeled off.” A cataract is not a growth, but a normally clear lens inside the eye that has turned cloudy. Cataracts interfere with vision by scattering light as it passes through the eye to the retina. This light dispersal causes commonly known cataract symptoms such as blurred images, loss of contrast, glare, or starburst. If you suffer from any symptoms of cataracts, you may need an ophthalmologist to perform eye surgery.

Causes of Eye Cataracts

Eye cataracts are usually a normal part of the aging process. Approximately 21 million American adults have cataracts. They typically develop by the time a person reaches his or her 60s or 70s, although they can occur at younger ages or may exist at birth. Other cataract causes can include eye trauma, inflammation in the eye, or diabetes. Eye cataracts usually develop in both eyes, but they may develop at different rates.

Cataract surgery may be needed if you have trouble reading, enjoying hobbies, reading street signs, or driving because of blurred vision or glare from headlights. If you believe that you are currently suffering from one of the symptoms of cataracts, you should contact an ophthalmologist to determine if you need an eye cataract procedure.

Cataract Surgery Options

  • Traditional Cataract Surgery
  • Advanced Technology Cataract Surgery

How Cataracts are Diagnosed

Eye cataracts are diagnosed during a comprehensive eye examination, which you can easily schedule an appointment for at the Gerstein Eye Institute. Many factors are considered when making the decision to perform a cataract procedure. These factors include:

Medical History - It is important for Dr. Gerstein to determine your eye symptoms and how they encumber your everyday life.
Eye Tests - A variety of eye charts and tests are used during an eye examination to determine your vision.
Eye Inspection - We will examine the front structures of the eye, including the clarity of the cornea and lens, using a variety of ophthalmologic instruments to determine if cataracts are obscuring your vision and not another disease.
Discussion - If cataracts are present, we recommend that you thoroughly discuss the benefits, risks, and alternative treatment options with Dr. Gerstein before you make a decision. You may also want to discuss Advanced Technology Cataract treatment.


Get Clear Eyesight Again

Advanced Technology Intraocular Lenses

There are now three advanced technology intraocular lenses (IOLs) available ReSTOR® crystalens®, and Tecnis Multifocal®. All are exciting new FDA-approved vision correction technologies that permit boomers and seniors to experience natural, seamless distance, intermediate, and near vision. The advanced Technology IOL is a space-age plastic lens that is surgically implanted to permanently replace the old, hard natural lens of the eye. These technologies have been proven to have the same safety as traditional lens implants, but also provide what many patients say they really want: greater freedom from glasses-including distance glasses and readers. This eye surgery often allows many people in their late forties and older (with or without cataracts) to return to the eyesight quality they had when they were younger.

Correcting Astigmatism

The AcrySof® Toric lens is a foldable, single-piece lens that an eye surgeon implants during cataract surgery to replace the clouded lens. The unique design of the AcySof® Toric IOL makes it possible to reduce or eliminate corneal astigmatism and significantly improve uncorrected distance vision. AcySof® Toric lens provides quality distance eyesight, independent of eyeglasses and contact lenses.

The AcySof® Toric lens is made of the same biocompatible lens material already successfully implanted in more than 25 million eyers since 1991.

Who Can Benefit from Advanced Technology Lenses

Only the experienced ophthalmologists at Gerstein Eye institute can determine if a patient is a good candidate for eye surgery procedures. The best candidate is over 50, has pupils that are not too large, little astigmatism, and eyes that are healthy, other than having cataract symptoms. Although the lens is FDA approved for patients with eye cataracts, some individuals without cataracts may be candidates for the cataract procedure too. Patients with glaucoma, inside-the-eye inflammation, diabetic retinopathy, macular disease, or other active eye disease may not be candidates for the lens.

Types of Vision Problems Corrected

These lenses can correct most degrees of nearsighted and farsightedness. Astigmatism may be corrected during or after the implantation by performing an additional cataract procedure.

For more information about advanced technology intraocular lenses, please call the Gerstein Eye Institute at 773-973-3223 for an appointment.

The LENSAR ™ Laser System provides surgeons the ability to tailor patient's cataract procedure.

Chicago, IL (November 3, 2014)—Dr. Gerstein of Gerstein Eye Institute in Chicago, IL is now offering laser cataract surgery, a new technology used to safely remove cataracts and restore vision.

"Our office prides itself on offering our patients the safest, state of the art technology to achieve the best vision possible. " comments Craig Gerstein, MD.

With the LENSAR Laser System, ophthalmologists and eye surgeons can remove cataracts in a more advanced way, using a laser. Using the LENSAR Laser System ensures that advanced, customized cataract procedures can be performed with laser precision. 1

About Cataracts:

The lens in your eye, which helps you focus, is made of water and protein. As we age, the protein can clump together, making the lens cloudy. This cloudy area is called a cataract. If you suffer from cataract symptoms such as blurry vision, you should consider contacting an ophthalmologist to determine if you need eye surgery.

A cataract needs to be removed when it affects your vision and everyday activities, like driving, reading, or watching television. Nearly 4 million cataract surgeries are performed in the United States each year, remaining one of the most common and safest procedures in the country.

How the LENSAR Laser Works:

Eye surgeons are now offering the LENSAR Laser System as part of their advanced cataract procedure with the goal of reducing the dependency on glasses or contact lenses, and use the same proven laser technology that's been used in LASIK procedures for over a decade.

LENSAR's 3-D modeling, Augmented Reality, takes a more intelligent approach to cataract surgery. With Augmented Reality, surgeons can make more accurate laser incisions that prior to the LENSAR laser were done manually, and without the 3-D view of the eye. It is LENSAR's precision, imaging, and laser incisions that help surgeons provide patients with better visual outcomes.

LENSAR, Inc., is a leader in the development and commercialization of the next-generation laser and advanced 3D reconstruction technology for refractive cataract surgery. If you would like to learn more about adding the LENSAR Laser System to your advanced cataract procedure, talk to our ophthalmologists for more details.

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Hours of Operation

Office hours at Gerstein Eye Institute are by appointment only and may change week-to-week based on the surgeons schedule. However, in general, our hours are as follows:

  • Monday: 8 AM - 4 PM
  • Tuesday: 8 AM - 4 PM
  • Wednesday: Closed
  • Thursday: 8 AM - 4 PM
  • Friday: 8 AM - 3 PM
  • Saturday: 8 AM - 12 PM

The office closes daily from 12-1pm