Cataracts is a condition that impacts millions of Americans and is typically seen in older patients. In fact, it is commonly referred to as an age-related condition, though patients as young as forty can develop them. Dr. Stuart P. Sondheimer of Skokie, IL encourages patients who are experiencing changes in their vision to book an appointment and undergo an evaluation for cataracts.
What are the symptoms of cataracts?
The primary, and most notable, symptom of cataracts is the development of blurry vision. Patients may notice that their vision is cloudy and that it can be difficult to see clearly. This is an indication of a problem that needs to be evaluated by a professional. Specific diagnostic tests can be completed to verify a diagnosis of cataracts before discussing treatment options.
Undergoing cataract surgery
Cataracts are caused by clouding in the natural lens. In most mild to moderate cases of cataracts, patients can improve their vision with the use of prescription glasses. However, once the condition develops into a more severe problem, cataract surgery is often discussed.
Cataract surgery is a common and routine procedure that is performed to replace the natural lens with an artificial lens. This is done during an outpatient eye surgery. If a loved one is having the procedure done, it is important to have transportation arranged. The designated driver will need to transport both to the appointment and back home afterward. Additionally, patients who undergo cataract surgery should not drive for at least 48 hours after their procedure.
Recovery from cataract surgery
Most patients who undergo cataract surgery will take a few days off of work and social activities to recover properly. Patients are given prescription eye drops to keep the eyes moist and improve discomfort. During the first week, patients should avoid having water splashed into the eyes, strenuous activities or exercise, or lifting anything 25 pounds or more. Patients will visit their doctor after that week for a follow-up evaluation to determine when they can return to their normal activities.
Request an appointment today
If you are due for an eye examination or have concerns about cataracts, patients can connect with Dr. Stuart P. Sondheimer today of Skokie, IL to book their appointment. The practice is located at 9150 Crawford Avenue, Ste. 201 and can be called at (847) 677-2794 to request a visit. Patients in and around the community and surrounding area are welcome to speak to our team about cataracts or routine eye evaluations.