Cataracts Specialist

River North Eye Center

Nighat Mona Khan, MD

Ophthalmologist located in River North & Near Southside, Chicago, IL

Cataracts cause cloudy and blurry vision, but they’re more than just a nuisance: if not treated, cataracts can rob you completely of your vision. Fortunately, Mona Khan, MD, a highly skilled ophthalmologist at River North Eye Center in Chicago, has specialized training in the latest state-of-the-art cataract-removal surgeries. Make your appointment through the online tool or by phone now to get cataract help.

Cataracts Q & A

What are cataracts?

Cataracts are clouded-over natural eye lenses. Cataracts can interfere with clear vision, and they grow worse with time. Eventually, cataracts can cause total blindness if you don't get help.

The most common sign of cataracts is cloudy or blurry vision. You could also experience a halo effect around lights, frequent eye-prescription changes, and night-vision problems.

Why do cataracts develop?

The most common cause of cataracts is natural changes within your eye tissue over time. By the age of 80, over 50% of Americans have or have had a cataract.

Other possible causes of cataracts include:

  • Eye injury
  • Genetic disorders
  • Diabetes

Regardless of why cataracts happen, it’s vital that you get diagnosed and get the treatment that you need to see clearly.

What does a cataract exam include?

Your provider performs a complete slit lamp examination to check for and diagnose cataracts. The slit lamp instrument has resting places for your chin and forehead, which allows them to check your eyes while your face is stable and your eyes aren’t moving.

To diagnose cataracts, your provider needs to see the inner structures of your eye under intense light. The slit lamp allows them to do a complete corneal and retinal exam, examining your eye in small sections. Your provider will also check the pressure inside your eyes.

With the information gathered during your exam, your provider can make a diagnosis and then design an effective cataracts treatment plan.

What is the treatment for cataracts?

The most effective treatment for cataracts is removal. Your provider at River North Eye Center employs the latest and most-advanced cataract surgery techniques using phacoemulsification to remove your cataracts.

In phacoemulsification, ultrasound waves emulsify your cataract to destroy it. Your provider suctions the residue of the old cataract and replaces your lens with an artificial one. Phacoemulsification doesn't disturb your eye's posterior capsule – the eyeball behind the lens – so it's there to provide stability and support for your new intraocular lens.

Your provider’s advanced training as a medical doctor specializing in ophthalmology gives them the knowledge and skills needed for highly reliable and successful cataract removal surgery. Because your provider at River North Eye Center is a medical doctor, insurance providers cover the services. River North Eye Center sees adult patients exclusively.

If cataracts are dimming your vision, take control now. Book an appointment at River North Eye Center through the online tool or by phone now.

For videos of cataract surgery and steroid injection see the “Videos” section!