Lincoln Square Eyecare
Eye Care located in Lincoln Square, Chicago, IL
Cataracts can give you hazy vision, and they only grow worse over time. It’s essential to get cataract diagnosis and care quickly, and that’s why Lincoln Square Eyecare optometrist Mariam Ethezaz, OD, is here to support you. Residents of Ravenswood and Lincoln Square in Chicago count on Dr. Ethezaz for expert cataract diagnosis, monitoring, and recommendations. Book online or by phone for an evaluation.
Cataracts result when natural proteins within your eye lens start to stick together in clumps. This causes hazy or clouded vision. Cataracts usually start small, and might not cause vision issues at first. They usually grow gradually. Eventually, your eye lens can grow so cloudy that it looks milky white. Cataracts can cause total vision loss if not treated promptly.
Cataract symptoms can begin before the eye lens has a cloudy appearance. You may experience:
If you experience these problems, see Dr. Ethezaz for an evaluation as soon as possible. Dr. Ethezaz also checks for cataracts during your regular eye exams.
There are many different reasons for cataracts. Most cataracts are due to age-related changes within your eye lenses. These changes usually begin around age 40-50, although the obvious symptoms might not start until you're in your 60s.
Some risk factors increase your chance of developing cataracts, including:
If you’re at risk for cataracts, but don’t have any symptoms, Dr. Ethezaz may recommend some lifestyle changes, such as increasing your sun protection, taking daily supplements, or working with your medical doctor to lose weight.
If Dr. Ethezaz discovers a cataract during your eye exam, she carefully evaluates how the cataract is affecting your vision. She will closely monitor the cataract growth in the future and will prescribe any changes that can help.
Many cataract sufferers need more frequent prescription updates than they did previously. Consequently, it's important to keep up with your annual (or more often, if recommended) eye exams. Wearing the ideal vision correction, whether contact lenses or eyeglasses, can be very effective in managing the early symptoms of cataracts.
As your cataracts grow, they may need surgical removal followed by an intraocular lens implant (IOL). If that’s the case, Dr. Ethezaz refers you to a local ophthalmologist. Ophthalmologists are medical physicians who perform advanced eye surgery to remove your cataracts and place IOLs to restore your vision
Use the online scheduler or call Lincoln Square Eyecare to make your appointment with Dr. Ethezaz today.
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