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Meet Dr. Richard Miller, Ophthalmology Surgeon

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“Now is an exciting time to be a cataract surgeon,” says Dr. Richard Miller, ophthalmologist and fellowship-trained corneal specialist at Miller Eye Center. “With the latest technological advances, there are now lens replacement options called Lifestyle Lens implants that can reduce or eliminate your need for glasses after surgery.”

Cataracts are the leading cause of visual loss in adults 55 and over. A cataract is a clouding of the natural lens inside your eye. This lens, located behind the iris, works just like the lens of a camera, focusing light images on the retina, which sends images to the brain. The human lens can become so clouded that it prevents light and images from reaching the retina.

To know whether you have cataract, you should contact an ophthalmologist. Some questions to ask yourself: Is my vision blurry or foggy? Do colors appear dull or muted? Are my glasses no longer working? Does sunlight or other light seem overly bright or glaring? Do I have decreased night vision or see halos around lights? Do I have trouble seeing the crawl on the bottom of my TV screen? Are my hobbies more difficult to do?

Many people believe cataracts must be “ripe” before they can be removed. Today, cataract surgery is a routine procedure that can be performed as soon as your vision interferes with the quality of your life.

“Thanks to the new advancements in lens technology, I can offer options to my patients that simply were not available until the last five or so years,” says Miller. Previously, the standard monofocal lens implant was the only choice for patients. This lens gave you only one good focal point, and required glasses for most activities.

Miller Eye Center offers two Lifestyle Lens options. The Multifocal Lens allows you to see near, mid-range and distant objects with a reduced or eliminated dependency on glasses. A Toric Lens corrects a cataract and astigmatism at the same time.

It is worth finding out if you are a candidate for Lifestyle Lenses. During your visit, we will determine if you are ready for cataract surgery and if so, we will discuss which lens option is best for you.

We live in a time when correcting cataracts involves a quick and simple operation. Most patients are back to their normal activities the next day. With Lifestyle Lenses, patients can enjoy the best vision of their lives while living the active lifestyles that they want.

Dr. Richard Miller

Miller Eye Center
2995 Eastrock Drive
Rockford, Ill.
(815) 226-1500

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