Cataract

Cataract

What is a cataract?

A cataract is a slow, progressive clouding of the eye's natural lens. It interferes with light passing through the eye to the retina.Over time cataracts typically result in blurred or fuzzy vision and sensitivity to light. Thankfully, cataract removal with Dr. Robert L. Epstein can restore your vision.


Symptoms of Cataracts

Cataracts are extremely common in older individuals. They occur when proteins build up on the lens of the eye, causing cloudy or blurry vision. In the early stages, the cataracts may not be visible in a mirror, but as they mature, you may see white spots or spots that look cloudy when you look at your eyes.

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  • Need more light to read
  • Frustration from bright lights
  • Night Driving Problems
  • Increased eyestrain
  • Double Vision
  • Cloudy, fuzzy and blurry vision
  • Colors seem faded or yellow
  • Frequent changes in eyeglass prescription
  • You see glare or halos around lights, especially at night.
  • You can no longer see well enough to read or watch TV.


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Causes of Cataracts

  • Getting Older - Age is a major cause of developing cataracts.
  • Birth defect like abnormal conditions in the eyes of unborn babies
  • Environmental factors such as disease, toxic chemicals, medications
  • Accidents or Injuries
  • Exposure to ultraviolet light
  • Cigarette Smoking


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What happens during Cataract Removal?

Using the most up to date methods, surgery is typically performed using a small incision,  phaecoemulsification technique. This means that the cataract surgery is accomplished using the smallest possible incision, and removal of the lens material is accomplished using an ultrasonic needle.


To schedule an appointment to see if cataract removal would be right for you, give us a call today at (815) 363-2020.


THE PROCESS OF CATARACT SURGERY

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CATARACT LENS OPTIONS


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ReSTOR™Lens

The AcrySof ReSTOR lens is a foldable IOL that represents breakthrough technology because of its unique, patented optic design, which allows patients to experience the highest level of freedom from glasses ever achieved in IOL clinical trials.

The AcrySof ReSTOR IOL uses a combination of three complementary technologies: apodization, diffraction and refraction, to allow patients to experience a full range of high-quality vision without the need for reading glasses or bifocals



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During U.S. clinical trials, the results with ReSTOR were remarkable:

80% of patients reported that after lens implant surgery with ReSTOR lenses, they no longer    needed glasses or contact lenses to see clearly at all distances.

94% said they could drive and read the paper without contacts or glasses.

Nearly 94% were so satisfied that they would have the procedure again



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Multifocal IOL

We provide the technology that makes freedom from all glasses possible when Lasik does not apply.

The ReSTOR lens, a multifocal implant with so-called apodized diffractive lens, the CrystaLens, an accommodative implant, and the ReZoom lens which is another multifocal lens do much to free people of the need for glasses not only for long vision but also for reading and intermediate vision.The Verisyse lens implant and the Visian ICL implant both are designed to bring excellent distance vision for people who do not have cataracts and whose eyes are too nearsighted to be adequately helped with LASIK.