Cataract Video Transcript:

“What are Cataracts?

A cataract is a clouding of your natural lens, the part of your eye responsible for focusing light and producing clear sharp images. Within a healthy eye light passes through the transparent lens and is focused on to the retina. Once it reaches the retina light is changed into nerve signals that are sent to your brain for you to see.Chicago's Trusted Cataract Surgeons for more than 20 years

Your eye works very similar to a Camera. Your natural lens works like a lens in a camera to focus light. In a camera the light is focused on a film to capture a picture and in your eyes the light is focused by your lens on the retina to capture images.

 If the lens of a camera is cloudy the picture that will be taken will be blurry. If you have a cataract the lens in your eye is cloudy and the image focused in your eye will appear blurry. Looking through a cataract is like trying to see through to a frosty or fogged up window.

Initially your vision maybe slightly affected. But as your cataract growth it may become more difficult to read, drive, or see the expression on a friend’s face.

How are Cataracts Treated?

If your cataract results in visual symptoms that affect your daily life style then your cataract may need to be removed. Surgery is the only way a cataract can be removed.

Cataract surgery is highly successful and is performed millions of times each year. With the use of an operating microscope your surgeon will make a very small incision on the surface of your eye in or near your cornea. 

A thin ultrasound probe that uses high-frequency sound waves is used to fragment the clouded lens. These tiny fragmented pieces are then suctioned out through the same ultrasound probe. 

Once the cataract is removed, an artificial lens called an intro ocular lens or IOL is placed painlessly into your eyes through the same tiny incision. This intraocular lens acts similar to your natural lens to help focus light on your retina and is important to help you see well after cataract surgery.

Small incision cataract surgery allows for a fast recovery of vision and return to daily activity in minimal time”

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