Cataract Surgery in Chicago
You might expect your vision to deteriorate as you get older. However, you don’t have to accept poor vision as a foregone conclusion. If you develop cataracts, for example, you can restore your vision by seeing an ophthalmologist and undergoing cataract surgery. Cataracts are characterized by clouded lenses that prevent light from penetrating the eye, thus impairing vision. Modern cataract surgery is safe and effective—especially when performed by Dr. Gerstein at the Gerstein Eye Institute. If you suspect that you may have cataracts, visit our Chicago eye surgery center for an evaluation.
Cataract Risk Factors
Though some people are genetically predisposed to developing cataracts, there are also many controllable risk factors. The best way to prevent the development of cataracts is to be aware of your potential risk.
- Age: The vast majority of cataracts occur in older individuals. More than half of Americans aged 80 or above either have or have had cataracts.
- Diabetes: Diabetes is a chronic systemic condition that often compromises sufferers’ vision. This common disease is the leading cause of blindness in adults aged 20 to 74. If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, you may have a much higher chance of developing cataracts.
- Lifestyle Factors: There are a number of lifestyle habits that can increase your risk of all sorts of conditions, including cataracts. These habits include smoking, eating an unhealthy diet, refraining from exercise, and failing to wear proper eye protection outside.
Cataract Surgery Process
Cataract surgery is more advanced than ever, and can produce excellent results for cataract sufferers. Here’s a brief overview of what you can expect from cataract surgery at Gerstein Eye Institute.
- Evaluation: First, Dr. Gerstein will perform a series of tests to determine the severity of your cataracts. Before surgery begins, Dr. Gerstein will make sure you completely understand the different treatment options and their risks.
- Lens Removal: Once the surgery begins, Dr. Gerstein will administer local anesthetic and use ultrasound vibrations to break up the affected lens. He’ll then remove the lens fragments via suction.
- Lens Replacement: Once the old lens is gone, Dr. Gerstein will install a new, artificial lens. Depending on your preference, you may choose a lens that restores your pre-cataract vision or even improves upon it.
If your vision is in any way compromised, let the team at Gerstein Eye Institute take a look. We offer our Chicago patients routine eye exams, LASIK, cataract surgery, and many more services. Call our Chicago eye center at (773) 973-3223