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What is a cataract?

The eye, like a camera, has a lens to focus sharp images. Vision is good when the lens is clear, and light focuses clearly on the retina which is located in the back of the eye. When the lens becomes cloudy and discolored, it is then diagnosed as a cataract. A cataract is not a growth or a film that covers the eye, nor will it grow back after being surgically removed.

The most common cause of cataracts is the aging process. Other causes of cataracts can be injury or inflammation of the eye. Most cataracts become more clouded over time. Still, others can develop rapidly over a few months.Fortunately, surgery can help correct the poor vision that is associated with a cataract. Over 98% of patients vision will improve after surgery. Cataract surgery is an elective procedure. You should consider cataract surgery when the blurred vision interferes with your lifestyle.

Complications can arise in 2% of patients, they include a retinal detachment, trauma to the cornea, lens malfunction or infection.

Dr. Lelis, Dr. Hashmi and Dr. Rassouli use the most advanced techniques while performing cataract surgery. There are no stitches or patches involved, nor any injections around the eye itself. Although everyone is different, most patients are able to return to their normal lifestyle in just a few days.

Multifocal Intraocular Lens - Monocular Intraocular Lens

Intraocular lens (IOL): An artificial lens that is implanted in the eye to replace the eye's clouded crystalline lens during cataract surgery. Patients that have been diagnosed with cataracts and have elected to have cataract surgery, now have options premium multifocal intraocular implant may restore far near and intermediate fields of vision.


The doctors will discuss your options with. To make an appointment, please call 815-729-3777.

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