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Your eyes contain lenses that help focus incoming light onto the retina, in the back of your eye. When lenses suffer an abnormal build-up of proteins, cataracts develop that cloud the lenses and prevent light from passing through to the retina. Eye lenses covered by cataracts won't provide the retina with clear images. Consequently, a person with cataracts sees blurry images that may appear yellowish, dull or colorless, as well as experiencing increased glare—especially at night.
The primary cause of cataracts is aging. Lens proteins tend to degrade as we get older and clump together to form a cataract. Unless removed, cataracts enlarge, thicken and make it even more difficult to see.
Your optometrist in Long Grove will ask you the following questions to determine if you should have cataracts surgically removed:
Answering yes to any one of these questions may make you a good candidate for cataract surgery.
We are proud to work with Chicago area leading ophthalmologists for cataract surgery co-management. Your optometrist will measure your cornea and your eye size and shape to determine appropriate refractive strength of the synthetic lens. Then you will be scheduled for cataract removal surgery and intraocular lens implantation to replace the damaged lens with a new one. Your optometrist in Long Grove will also examine your eyes to ensure no other diseases or disorders exist that require treatment before surgery.
Your optometrist will need to see you several times after your surgery to make sure your eyes are healing normally and the new lenses are working properly. In addition to using eye drops daily, you will need to wear eye shields while you sleep for the first week after surgery so you don't accidentally press on or rub your eyes. Your optometrist will show you how to wear eye shields to optimize protection of your eyes at night.
Cataract removal post-operative care also involves your optometrist watching for signs of inflammation or swelling that may indicate infection, checking your vision and asking you questions about itching, eye discharge and other symptoms. One of the most important things to remember after having contacts removed is to use your eye drops exactly as instructed, since they contain ingredients especially formulated to prevent infection and support healing.
If you plan on having contact removal surgery, call your Forsight Vision optometrist in Long Grove today at 847-955-9393 to schedule a consultation appointment.
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