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What is a Cataract?

New advances and techniques

New advances and techniques have made cataract surgery one of the most successful and life-improving surgical procedures performed. Jacksoneye specializes in offering the most advanced technology available to help remove cataracts and restore your vision.

The National Eye Institute estimates that more than 20.5 million Americans over the age of 40 suffer from cataracts, with more than half of those over the age of 80. Cataracts are a leading cause of poor vision in the United States.

Eye affected by cataractCataracts occur when the natural lens of the eye becomes cloudy. As cataracts develop, the symptoms gradually progress until vision is impaired. Cataracts are an inevitable natural side effect of aging although medications, systemic diseases, and other chronic eye conditions may be associated with increased cataract frequency and/or progression. Cataracts affect just about everyone sooner or later, but with the rapid evolution of cataract treatments, patients are experiencing significantly improved visual outcomes with minimum discomfort. Cataract surgery is considered one of the most popular and highly successful procedures, with improved vision occurring in over 90 percent of cases. A study by the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery reported that more than 98 percent of cataract patients had improved vision following surgery. Many patients report their vision is better than before they developed cataracts. Results are permanent; once removed, cataracts will not recur.

Cataract Symptoms

Unfortunately, it can be very difficult to distinguish cataracts from other common eye disorders. Because cataracts progress slowly, many people are not even aware of the gradual deterioration in their vision. Some common symptoms of cataracts may include:

  • Increasing glare and distortion
  • Difficulty seeing at night
  • Cloudy or hazy vision
  • Faded colors, often described as dull or flat vision
  • Double vision with only one eye open
  • Sensitivity to light

Cataracts are a treatable eye disease. Although, cataracts are universally thought to be a disease that affects the elderly, they are often developed at birth and only cause noticeable problems later in life. Vision problems can occur whether over or under the age of 40, which is why regular eye exams are so important. Vision care isn’t just about seeing well. It’s also about quality of life. Good vision care leads to better overall health. Good vision can last a lifetime.

Four people dining together as seen by a human with vision affected by cataract

Affected vision with cataract


Four people dining together as seen by a human with vision affected by cataract and corrected with Lifestyle Lens

Vision affected by cataract and corrected with Lifestyle Lens

Safe Surgery = Speedy Recovery with Jacksoneye

To provide the most comfort and to provide his patients with the fastest healing time possible, Dr. Jackson uses a process called MICS – micro-incision cataract surgery. In traditional surgery, the incision made on the side of the eye is about 2.8mm in size. With MICS, the size of the incision is 1.8mm (or 1/10 the width of a dime), which reduces the amount of recovery time for patients.
The most common and effective treatment for cataracts is surgery. Three million Americans have the procedure every year. It is an outpatient procedure usually taking less than 20 minutes to complete with little discomfort and rapid return to normal activities. A tiny incision is made to remove the cloudy natural lens from the eye by a process known as phacoemulsification while the patient is under topical anesthesia. The lens material is broken up using high frequency sound waves and is aspirated from the eye. The natural lens is then replaced by an artificial lens called an intraocular lens (IOL).

Dr. Jackson then uses a highly specialized laser, called a femtosecond laser, to make the incision. The femtosecond laser approach is the most advanced method and technology available and further enhances patient comfort while making the most precise incision of all.

3d model of an eye with incisions for cataract surgery step 1 of 4 done by Jacksoneye, Lake Villa, Illinois

Step 1 Incision

3d diagram of an eye prepared for cataract surgery step 2 of 4 done by Jacksoneye, Lake Villa, Illinois

Step 2 Prepare

Intraocular Lens inserted into an eye during cataract surgery step 3 of 4 by Jacksoneye, Lake Villa, Illinois

Step 3 Insert IOL

Eye surgically closed during the last step of cataract surgery done by Jacksoneye, Lake Villa, Illinois

Step 4 Close