Cataracts

Are you searching for Cataract Surgery in the Bloomington and Champaign areas?

If you or someone you care for has been diagnosed with cataracts, you’re certainly not alone. Cataracts are a natural part of the aging process, and they affect more than 20.5 million Americans over the age of 40. You’ve likely noticed that the cloudy vision caused by cataracts can affect your ability to enjoy activities like knitting, playing cards, watching TV, reading, and golfing.

Intraocular lenses (IOL) are implantable lenses that are inserted into the eye during cataract surgery. These lenses are made of plastic or acrylic materials and placed permanently in the eye after removal of the eye’s natural lens. Intraocular lenses may be either monofocal or multifocal. Monofocal lenses have a single zone of clear focus, usually set for excellent distance vision, but require the use of reading glasses for near tasks, like reading or sewing. Multifocal lenses have several zones of clear vision and allow for both distance and near vision correction.

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VisionPoint Eye Center is a leader in Laser Vision Surgery, and now we are thrilled to offer Laser Cataract Surgery to our patients in the Bloomington, Champaign communities and more. LCS can be the best refractive surgery for some patients. In this surgery the human lens is replaced by a soft plastic implant, which refocuses the eye. The procedure is performed in our on-site surgery center and only takes 15-20 minutes. Success rates are very high. In addition to using the femtosecond laser to do many of the steps currently performed by hand, we use many of the best innovations in cataract surgery, such as drops only anesthesia (no shots), suture-less incisions through the clear cornea and foldable intraocular lenses. These advances enable us to use the smallest possible incision, about 1/18th of an inch.

When you and your doctor decide that it’s time for cataract surgery or refractive lensectomy, get the most value out of the procedure. Choose to receive a premium intraocular lens (IOL) implant that can eliminate your dependence on glasses or contacts following surgery!

Traditional IOLs incorporate your vision prescription for either nearsightedness or farsightedness, but you will probably still need to wear glasses to see at some distances. But when you choose premium IOLs, you will regain clear, crisp vision through one simple procedure.

With 75 years of combined surgical experience, Bloomington and Champaign cataract doctors at VisionPoint are experts in implanting premium IOLs. Your doctor will help you determine which premium IOL is right for you, depending on your vision needs. We use only the most advanced technology to perform high-quality vision correction, ensuring your comfort throughout the process.

Cataracts

What are Cataracts?

A cataract is a clouding of the normally clear crystalline lens of the eye. This prevents the lens from properly focusing light on the retina at the back of the eye, resulting in a loss of vision. A cataract is not a film that grows over the surface of the eye, as is often commonly thought.

Who gets Cataracts?

Cataracts are a naturally occurring process, and cannot be avoided. They simply come with age. Cataracts are most often found in persons over the age of 65, but they are also occasionally found in younger people. Diabetes, certain eye diseases, certain types of steroid medication, and genetics can be a factor of early-onset cataracts. Babies can sometimes be born with cataracts (this rare condition is called congenital cataracts).

Is Cataract surgery safe and does it hurt?

Cataract surgery is among the safest surgeries performed today. Though it’s true that any surgery poses risks and may create complications, cataract surgery boasts over a 98% success rate and becomes safer each year as the technology behind it advances.

Most patients don’t experience any side effects of cataract surgery. The entire procedure takes about 30 minutes, half of which is just recovering from the anesthesia. Afterward, you will be given special sunglasses and eye drops and sent home where you will be able to rest (make sure you have someone to drive you!) Cataract surgery is painless. During the surgery, your eye will be completely numbed with a topical anesthetic. At most you may feel a slight pressure. Recovery is also very easy and painless. You may experience mild irritation, but this should go away within a couple of days as your eye heals. Typically, you should be seeing clearly within a few hours, but it could take a couple of weeks to fully restore vision.

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