Chicago is known for its big-city, fast paced lifestyle. Having cataracts can slow you down and hinder your vision. You aren't alone—nearly 26 million Americans over the age of 40 have cataracts, and that number is expected to nearly double by 2050. With the number of cataract diagnoses steadily increasing, many of our Chicago area patients have been asking: is there a right time to consider cataract surgery?
Cataracts are defined as clouding of the eye's lens, which is meant to focus light and images on your retina. When the lens is distorted, vision can become blurry and severely obstructed. This occurs as part of the body's natural aging process.
If you've been diagnosed with cataracts, knowing when to consider cataract surgery can ultimately lead to successful results and improved vision. You should think about cataract surgery and contact Foulkes Vision if you experience life-altering symptoms, such as:
- Dim, blurry or yellowed vision
- Double vision in one eye
- Inability to drive at night due to difficulty seeing
- Sensitivity to glare
- Visual differences from one eye to the other
- Any visual changes that affect daily activities
Cataract surgery is a great procedure to restore vision. Dr. Richard B. Foulkes will usually perform this surgery with anesthetics and as an outpatient procedure, making it as comfortable as possible. However, cataract surgery may not be for everyone. To develop a treatment plan that fits your needs, Dr. Foulkes will meet with you to discuss options right for you. He may also recommend lens implants to achieve optimal vision correction.
If you are in the Chicago area and are considering cataract surgery, call our office at 630-724-1400. We have been restoring vision in communities all across Illinois for nearly 20 years.