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Cataracts Specialist

Chicago Glaucoma Consultants - CGC Eye Center

Board Certified Ophthalmologist & Surgeon located in Glenview, IL & Chicago, IL

If you suffer from blurry, clouded eyesight, or dull vision, you may have cataracts. If you want to regain the sight you’ve lost, reach out to Chicago Glaucoma Consultants - CGC Eye Center, with two convenient locations in Glenview and Chicago, Illinois. Led by board-certified ophthalmologists and surgeons, they’re experts in eye care and vision recovery. To learn more, book an appointment online or over the phone today.

Cataracts Q & A

What are cataracts?

A cataract is an eye condition that causes the eye lens to cloud. The lens, made up primarily of protein and water, helps to focus images and light on your retina. Sometimes proteins in the lens deteriorate, and the fragments clump together, causing cataracts, which can lead to blurry vision. 

What causes cataracts?

Lifestyle choices, circumstances, and conditions may increase your risk of developing cataracts. Examples include:

  • Aging
  • Diabetes
  • Trauma to the eye
  • Genetics
  • Eye inflammation
  • Some systemic medicines
  • Exposure to UV rays
  • Smoking

In rare cases, cataracts can occur at birth or they might develop during childhood.

What are some cataract symptoms?

You may have cataracts if you experience blurry vision, double vision, poor night vision, color fading, a halo around lights, or outdated eyewear prescriptions. To find out if you have cataracts, your eye doctor completes a comprehensive eye exam. This often includes a visual acuity test, dilated retinal exam, and slit-lamp examination. 

How can my provider treat cataracts?

Your provider can treat cataracts in a number of ways, depending on how large or advanced the cataracts are. They might recommend:

  • Using a magnifying glass when you read 
  • Purchasing anti-glare sunglasses
  • Getting a new prescription
  • Using brighter lighting
  • Having cataract surgery

The Chicago Glaucoma Consultants - CGC Eye Center team personalizes each cataract treatment based on the severity of your condition. 

Ways to lower your risk of developing cataracts include getting routine eye exams, not smoking, wearing sunglasses with ultraviolet radiation protection, and using protective eye gear when you’re active to lower the risk of eye trauma.

Is cataract surgery safe?

Cataract surgery is one of the safest, most effective, most commonly performed surgeries in the United States. Any surgery carries some risks, such as bleeding and infection. 

To reduce the risk of complications after cataract surgery, the Chicago Glaucoma Consultants - CGC Eye Center team recommends keeping your eyes clean, washing your hands before touching your eyes, and taking all prescribed medications as directed.

Don’t let cataracts darken your world. If you’re ready to take charge of your vision, reach out to the team at Chicago Glaucoma Consultants - CGC Eye Center. Schedule a consultation by calling the office or using the online booking feature today.