Posts for tag: Cataract Treatment

By Mary Szatkowski, MD
February 16, 2016
Category: Ophthalmology
Tags: Cataract Treatment  

What Do I Need to Know about Cataract Treatments? 

If you are older, there is a good chance you may develop cataracts, and if you do, you won’t be alone. According to cataract treatmentthe National Eye Institute, over half of Americans will develop cataracts or have cataract surgery by the age of 80. Cataracts can also happen when you are in your 40’s or 50’s, but these are usually small and don’t affect your vision. Most cataract problems begin to occur after the age of 60. Dr. Mary Szatowski, at Chicago Ophthalmology in Chicago, is here to help you learn about cataracts and what you can do about them.

What are cataracts and what causes them?

A cataract is a clouding of the lens of your eye, affecting vision. Cataracts are caused when the protein in the lens of your eye clumps together clouding the lens. Smokers and people with diabetes are at higher risk for cataracts. People may also be at higher risk for cataracts if they have prolonged exposure to sunlight.

What can I do to prevent cataracts?

Wear a hat and sunglasses when you are outside, and stop smoking. Good nutrition is vital. Include foods high in antioxidants like green leafy vegetables and fruits to your diet. Once you reach the age of 60, have a comprehensive eye exam with Dr. Szatowski at least once every two years.

How can Dr. Szatowski fix my cataracts?

One type of cataract surgery is phacoemulsification, where a tiny probe is inserted through a small incision in the cornea. The probe emits ultrasound waves that break up the lens so it can be removed. Extracapsular surgery can also be performed. A longer incision is made through which the cloudy part of the lens is removed in one piece. After removal of the natural lens, an artificial lens is placed, called an intraocular lens or IOL. The IOL becomes part of your eye and you won’t even notice anything except improved vision.

If you are interested in learning more about cataract treatments please visit the Chicago Ophthalmology website at or give Dr. Mary Szatowski at Chicago Ophthalmology a call for a consultation. If you are worried about cataracts, don’t wait! Call today and improve your vision!

By Dr. Mary Szatowski
June 23, 2014
Category: Ophthalmology

Discovering Your Cataract Treatment Options

Did you know that in 2013 there were about 20.5 million Americans over the age of 40 who were affected by cataracts? And, about half of people over the age of 80 have cataracts. It seems almost hard to believe! However, you wouldn’t believe how many people we’ve seen in our office battling this frustrating condition. The good news is that there are cataract treatments in Chicago that can restore your vision and help you lead a healthier, happier life. And there is no better time than June—Cataract Awareness Month—to remind everyone that cataracts can affect anyone and what you can do to treat it.
Your eye doctor in Chicago has seen plenty of cases, which means that you are in good hands.

Cataracts: Early Stages

If you’re still in the early stages of cataracts than this is definitely a huge relief. If caught soon enough when it’s still minor, vision can often be improved with nothing more than a pair of glasses.
However, while this is definitely an easy treatment option, remember that cataracts often progress with time. This means that at some point in the future, wearing glasses might not be enough. Unfortunately, there are no magic eye drops or quick laser treatments to treat cataracts (trust me, I wish there was!). Despite this, surgery has always been the most effective treatment option for removing cataracts.

Cataract Surgery

So, you’ve finally decided it’s time to get surgery. I’m so glad you’ve made this decision for the health of your eyes. While it might seem like something we take for granted, our vision is primarily what connects us to the world around us. So it seems obvious to say that our eyes help us survive. Therefore, when your vision is suddenly impeded, it can be frightening and difficult to get through day-to-day tasks. That’s where cataract surgery comes in. With just a local anesthetic, an ultrasound device is used to soften and remove the cataract from the eye. Then your Chicago eye doctor will replace the cloudy lens with a clear, new implant. And lucky for you, there are no stitches and no shots!
Don’t let cataracts in Chicago stop you from seeing the beautiful world around you. There is truly so much to see! Call us today at (312) 332-4296 so we can help restore your vision. Please check out our website to see videos of cataract surgery and lens options to improve your understanding of this topic.
Are you a patient who recently dealt with cataracts? Did cataract treatment in Chicago change your life and your vision? If so, we would love to hear more. Share your life-changing stories with us today!