Last updated 11 months ago
If you suffer from a cataract in one or both eyes, your ophthalmologist may be able to perform cataract surgery to help restore your vision. The recovery time for this surgery actually quite short, but it is essential to follow proper eye care procedures after the surgery to ensure a full recovery.
Care Immediately Following Surgery
Your doctor may cover your eye with a bandage or instruct you to wear sunglasses immediately after cataract surgery. It is important to follow your ophthalmologist’s instructions about resting your eyes and removing the bandage or sunglasses. You will not be able to drive for 24 hours, so it is important to organize a ride home.
Care in the Days Following Surgery
Once you return home, it is important to continue following your doctor’s instructions. You should avoid rubbing or putting pressure on your eye. Apply any drops that your doctor prescribed to help with pressure around your eye. In the days following surgery, you will be able to resume normal activities such as reading, writing, and walking. However, it is important to allow yourself time to recover, so listen to your body and don’t over exert yourself. You can also shower and bathe as usual, but you should keep your eyes closed. Your doctor may provide a protective eye covering for you to wear while you sleep, and you should avoid sleeping on the side where the surgery was performed.
Care in the Weeks Following Surgery
Your ophthalmologist will schedule an appointment to examine your eye after the surgery. This will likely occur the day after surgery, but your doctor may schedule other follow-up exams as well. Your doctor will advise you about what level of activity is appropriate, and many people are able to resume normal activities and exercise within a week or two after surgery.
The ophthalmologists and optometrists at Ophthalmic Consultants of Chicago perform a variety of services and surgeries, including cataract and LASIK eye surgery. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office at (847) 388-0309.
Last updated 12 months ago
Your vision is the key to everything you see and do, so don’t suffer through conditions such as dry eye syndrome, cataracts, blepharitis, or blurry vision. Instead, look below to find information on how to combat these conditions.
- For a more detailed description of what you can expect from cataract surgery, read through this article from EMedicineHealth.com.
- If you would like more information on how to treat your blepharitis symptoms, visit this MayoClinic.com webpage.
- If you need help choosing the right type of LASIK eye surgery, visit this website. You’ll find information on traditional LASIK, bladeless eye surgery, and IntraLase procedures.
- If you are interested in reading more about the symptoms of dry eye syndrome and the possible treatment options, check out this WebMD.com article.
- To learn more about Blepharitis and other abnormal eye conditions, read through this article provided by the American Optometric Association.
If you’re currently suffering from dry eye syndrome, cataracts, Blepharitis, or blurry vision, contact Ophthalmic Consultants of Chicago. We offer a wide range of surgical and non-surgical solutions to these and other eye disorders. If you would like more information about our practice and services, visit us online or call (847) 388-0309 today.
Last updated 1 year ago
Your eyesight plays a big role in your daily life, but what role are you playing to ensure that your eyes maintain optimal health?
If you need guidance on how to evaluate your eyesight and maintain proper eye care maintenance, download the Eye Handbook app. You’ll find definitions and descriptions of common eye disorders and eye medications. You’ll also find eye anatomy diagrams, eyesight test charts, access to medical journals and associations, and more. You can even download videos, so consider downloading this app today and get smart about your optical health.
If you’re suffering from a painful or debilitating eye disorder, contact Ophthalmic Consultants of Chicago for treatment. We offer cornea consulting and treat a variety of conditions, including keratoconus, dry eyes, blepharitis, and more. Find a complete list of our surgical and non-surgical services on our website or call us at (847) 388-0309 for more information.
Last updated 1 year ago
Blepharitis is an ophthalmologic condition that primarily affects the upper eyelids, causing redness and inflammation. Symptoms most commonly appear on the skin nearest to the eyelashes as a result of oil gland malfunction. Other symptoms of this disease include irritated eyes and itchy eyelids. Despite some irritation, blepharitis is not known for causing permanent eyesight damage.
- What Causes Blepharitis?
Ophthalmologists are still unclear as to what specifically causes blepharitis, but some factors certainly contribute to the condition. Those factors include dry, flaky scalp and eyebrows, otherwise known as dandruff, bacterial infections of the face, rosacea, allergic reactions to certain eye medications, prescription acne medications, and eyelash mites or lice. The risk for blepharitis may increase if a combination of these factors occurs at once.
- What are Possible Side Effects of Blepharitis?
Patients with chronic blepharitis have been known to suffer eyelid scarring, dry eye syndrome, sty infections, chronic pink eye, and corneal ulcers.
- How to Keep your Blepharitis Under Control
You can minimize blepharitis symptoms and side effects by thoroughly cleaning your face and eyelids daily. Use artificial tears to flush your eyes and prevent dryness. If you wear makeup, be sure to fully remove it from your eye lashes and eyelids before you go to sleep. If these at-home remedies don’t help, ask your ophthalmologist to prescribe eye drop antibiotics or steroid ointments. To properly clean your eyelids, pat your eyes with a warm wash cloth. This will loosen any dried debris that has accumulated throughout the day. Then, use a mild cleanser such as baby soap to wash away excess oils, making sure to clean at the base of the eyelids where the lashes begin. Finally, gently rinse the soap and pat the area dry.
If you’re suffering from blepharitis, call Ophthalmic Consultants of Chicago. We can prescribe prescription medication that may help relieve your symptoms. We can also provide tips on how to keep symptoms at bay. To learn more or schedule an appointment, call us at (847) 388-0309 today.
Last updated 1 year ago
Your natural lens helps focus light on the retina and sits behind the iris. Severe cataracts obstruct light passing through the lens, which can cause visual impairments and visual discomfort. Therefore, ophthalmologists recommend having cataracts surgically removed for safety and improved quality of life.
· What to Expect Before Cataract Surgery
Before your surgery, your ophthalmologist will examine your cataract condition. He or she will also measure your eye in order to determine what type of intraocular lens you’ll need. Your ophthalmologist may then ask you about the medications you’re currently taking and instruct you on how to properly arrange for your cataract surgery.
· What to Expect on the Day of Surgery
On the day of your surgery, you’ll need to ask a friend or loved one to take you to the surgery center. If your surgery is scheduled for early in the morning, you may be instructed to refrain from eating breakfast until after the surgery. Cataract surgery is an outpatient procedure, so a friend or loved one will need to be available to drive you home on the day of your surgery. Shortly after you’re processed for surgery, you’ll be given a series of eye drops that contain a mild anesthetic. Once the ophthalmologist is prepared for surgery, the area around your eyes will be thoroughly cleansed and the nursing staff will apply sterile cloths around your head to minimize risk for infection and complication. Once the anesthetic eye drops have taken full effect, you’ll only be able to see bright light and movement. Next, your eye doctor will make a small incision in the eye. He or she will then use a microscope and several surgical instruments to remove areas of cloudy lens from the eye until the cataract is completely gone.
If you’re interested in consulting with a certified ophthalmologist about cataract surgery, call Ophthalmic Consultants of Chicago at (847) 388-0309. We specialize in surgical and non-surgical treatment of common eye disorders. For a complete list of our services, call us or visit our website today.