For people in Chicago and worldwide, cataracts, or a clouding of your eye’s lens have become increasingly common as we age. In fact, by age 75, between 50 and 70 percent of Americans experience some degree of this common vision problem.
When you have questions about cataract treatment or surgery, please contact Foulkes Vision in Lombard, Illinois online or by telephone to schedule your free consultation with our eye doctor: 630-724-1400.
Find out more about cataract surgery:
- What are Cataracts?
- What are Cataract Symptoms?
- Cataract Surgery
- Intraocular Lens Options
- Why Choose Foulkes Vision?
- Contact Us in Chicago Today
What are Cataracts?
When excess protein forms in your eye, a film can form that makes it difficult to see – this is known as a cataract. Cataracts are very common in older adults and can form slowly so symptoms may go unnoticed.
What are Cataract Symptoms?
As cataracts form over the lens of your eye, you will begin to experience a variety of symptoms. The most prominent symptom will be blurry vision, but you may also have the following occur:
- Sensitivity to light
- Poor night vision
- Double vision
- Difficult distinguishing between colors
- Glares and halos
Cataract surgery can treat your cataracts. During the procedure, our laser cataract surgeon will replace your eye’s cloudy lens and with an artificial lens, called an intraocular lens (IOL). This will help restore your eye’s natural ability to focus.
Dr. Foulkes generally performs cataract surgery as an outpatient basis. Our ophthalmologist always aims to make these procedures as comfortable as possible for Foulkes Vision patients. After administering anesthetics, the eye surgeon employs an ultrasound technique to disintegrate the cataract before using gentle suction to remove the cataract from your eye. Next, the laser eye surgeon will insert an intraocular lens (IOL).
After surgery, patients are asked to wear a protective eye covering during sleep for roughly one week. Cataract surgery patients also leave Foulkes Vision with eye drops to help diminish light sensitivity and encourage healing.
During the first week after surgery, it's important for our cataract patients to avoid the following:
- Strenuous activity
- Heavy lifting
- Splashing water
- Dust in the eyes
If you do experience blurred vision immediately after your cataract surgery, it generally subsides after a few weeks, at which time the majority of cataract surgery patients enjoy 20/40 vision or better.
Intraocular Lens Options
IOL technology is better than ever, which means our patients have several options in this area.
While traditional IOLs are monofocal and provide better vision at a single distance, today's newer, more sophisticated, premium IOLs are multifocal and can enable you to see clearly at various distances. These options include:
- Toric Lens®
Each patient is unique, so the best way to determine which cataract surgical approach or lens is right for you is to schedule a consultation with Chicago ophthalmologist Dr. Foulkes, who is one the area's top eye doctors. Your IOL will be custom-fit for your eye using the best-available technology that our ophthalmologist utilizes.
Why Choose Foulkes Vision of Chicago?
At Foulkes Vision, our doctors have decades of experience helping members of the Chicago community see clearly. Dr. Foulkes and Dr. Hendrickson make their focus your comfort and the success of your procedures. They spend time with each patient ensuring that you’re happy with your results and that you receive what you’re hoping to achieve. They utilize the best technology in their field and will provide you with excellent service.
Contact us Today
To book your cataract surgery consultation at Foulkes Vision, please contact us online through this website or call our Lombard & Chicago, Illinois practice directly at 630-724-1400.