James Katz, MD
My name is Dr. James Katz. I am Ophthalmologist specializing in LASIK and Cataracts Surgery with years of clinical experience, practicing in Des Plaines, IL 60016. I am currently accepting new patients.
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James Katz, MD
Dr. James Katz is one of the five board-certified ophthalmologists providing superior patient care at the Midwest Center for Sight. Dr. Katz is a cornea, cataract and laser eye surgery specialist who performs a range of refractive surgical procedures, including advanced LASIK, corneal transplants, DSEK, Intacs, and cataract surgery. In fact, he is a highly accomplished cataracts specialist who offers a full range of intraocular lens implants, including AcrySof ReSTOR, Toric, Visiogen Synchrony and Crystalens .
Dr. Katz is a graduate of the University of Illinois Chicago, College of Medicine. He completed his internship at Illinois Masonic Medical Center with his residency at the University of Illinois Eye & Ear Infirmary. He completed a prestigious fellowship at Casebeer International Eye Center and the University of Utah Moran Eye Center.
Dr. Katz is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and the National Board of Medical Examiners. He is also a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology; the American Academy of Cataract and Refractive Surgery; the International Society of Refractive Surgery; the European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons; the Illinois Association of Ophthalmology and the Chicago Ophthalmologic Society.
Dr. Katz's medical expertise is well-known outside of the Chicago area. Throughout his medical career, he has been regularly published in national and international ophthalmologic journals and is invited to speak at medical conferences all over the United States and the world including countries in Europe, Asia and South America. He helped build clinics and teach new procedures in Vietnam.
In addition to refractive surgical procedures, Dr. Katz also provides routine eye exams, preventive eye-care health, conducts studies and treats all medical eye conditions.
The Midwest Center for Sight
Address8901 W Golf Rd
Des Plaines, IL 60016
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Adults are encouraged to receive standard ophthalmic exams yearly or biyearly.
Adult vision care refers to any personal or professional preventive eye treatment that protects the eyes and preserves vision. Adults are encouraged to receive standard ophthalmic exams that check for signs of developing eye and vision problems. Early diagnosis and treatment are essential when it comes preventing blindness.
Lazy Eye Treatment
Amblyopia is the medical term for the condition commonly known as lazy eye. Most people associate lazy eye with physical symptoms such as a drooping pupil, but these issues do not always occur. Instead, amblyopia is defined by the decreased quality of vision, typically in just one eye.
Pupils of Two Different Sizes
Anisocoria is the medical term for pupils of two different sizes. Anisocoria can occur for many different reasons; in some cases it's harmless, and in others it may indicate a very serious eye health problem. Anisocoria is often associated with medical conditions such as Horner's syndrome or ocular nerve palsy. In these cases, treatment may be available.
Symptoms and Treatment of Astigmatism
Parts of eyes are curved to aid with focus and the refraction of light. This primarily happens through the cornea and lens, the outermost parts of the eyeball. However, for various reasons, the cornea or lens may not be perfectly curved. This leads to blurry vision and the condition known as astigmatism. Astigmatism is one of the most common eye health problems worldwide.
Treat Eyelid Inflammation with Both Holistic & Traditional Medical Approaches
Blepharitis is a chronic condition causing your eyelids to become inflamed, reddened and irritated, itchy or swollen due to oily particles and bacteria coating the edge of the eyelid at the base of your eyelashes. Treatment for blepharitis ranges from topical and oral antibiotic and steroid medications to holistic approaches and natural remedies.
Surgical Treatment of Drooping Eyelids
The medical term for a drooping eyelid is ptosis. Ptosis can occur in people who are otherwise healthy, and may stem from either a single cause or family history in general. Blepharoplasty is the ophthalmological procedure commonly called an eyelid lift. There are many different reasons why a person may choose to receive blepharoplasty, which range from cosmetic to medically necessary.
Eye Twitch & Muscle Spasms
Blepharospasm is the medical term for eye twitching. This is when the eyelid involuntarily moves, sometimes rapidly. A typical eye twitch lasts just a few moments and can range from something that's barely felt to the eyelid completely opening and closing. This is a type of muscle spasm. For most people, the occasional blepharospasm is no cause for concern. Sometimes, however, it may indicate a more serious medical problem.
Beat Wrinkles and Lines
Your flexing facial muscles may reveal too many years of emotion in the form of wrinkles, creases, and folds. Botox may help minimize these signs of aging and allow you to look as young as you feel.
Surgical Treatment of Cataracts
The object of cataract surgery is to replace a damaged lens with a new one, typically through the use of intraocular lens implants (IOLs). Cataract surgery is a safe and effective procedure with a high success rate.
Eye Lense Clouding
The lens of the eye is essential for clear vision. The lens is normally clear, allowing for refraction of light and normal sight. It's possible, however, for the lens to become cloudy. This is known as a cataract. This condition can be very mild or very severe. Cataracts are one of the most common eye-health problems across the world.
How Do Contacts Work (And How Can They Work For You)?
Contact lenses are used to improve vision by correcting for conditions like nearsightedness or farsightedness. By altering the path of light as it reaches your eye, contacts refocus your vision, allowing you to see clearly. Contacts can be made to match your prescription or to correct vision problems like astigmatism.
Types of Corneal Disease
The outermost layer of the eye is known as the cornea. This protective layer is clear; it helps shield the eye from pain and debris, while also promoting clear vision. Unfortunately, the cornea can be damaged by injury and illness. All illnesses that affect the cornea are part of the category known as corneal disease. The majority of corneal diseases are treatable.
The Delicate Cornea is Vulnerable to the Outside World's Abrasions
A corneal abrasion occurs when the cornea becomes scratched--whether it be from a scrape of a fingernail, contact lens or some other external source--causing prolonged eye pain and possibly impaired vision. Most corneal abrasions heal on their own in a couple of days but warrant a healthcare provider's guidance.
Surgical Replacement of the Cornea
The cornea is the front-most part of the eye and has many important functions, the primary of which is refracting light. Light refraction is what makes vision possible. Due to injury and illness, the cornea can become damaged. In this situation, cornea transplant surgery is the best option. Corneal transplant surgery replaces a damaged or degenerative cornea with one from a donor eye.
Diagnosis and Treatment of Diabetic Eye Disease
Diabetes causes many health problems. One of these issues is diabetic retinopathy, commonly referred to as diabetic eye disease. This condition is a complication of diabetes that reduces vision quality. If left untreated, diabetic retinopathy can even lead to blindness. While there is no cure for diabetic eye disease, the right preventive measures and treatment can help.
Explore the Dangers Behind Double Vision
Double vision, also called diplopia or ghost images, is a relatively common condition in which you see two versions of one sight picture. Despite the prevalence of double vision, it's important to understand the possible dangers behind this seemingly innocuous condition.
Don't Let Dry Eyes Get You Down!
Most people associate tears with sadness or emotion. But tears actually have an important function for your health - notably keeping the eyes lubricated, which prevents pain and discomfort. This is why dry eyes is a serious health issue. People who deal with chronic dry eyes face eye strain, pain and other symptoms.
Annual Vision Tests & Your Health
Eye health is something most people take for granted until something goes wrong. Struggling with blurry vision, astigmatism or other serious eye diseases is something no one should have to suffer through. Annual eye exams are one of the best tools for preventive eye health.
Treatment Options for Bacterial Infections, Pink Eye & More
Your eyes are one of the most important parts of your body. They control how you perceive and enjoy the world around you. Eye infections, for that reason, can quickly become frustrating to deal with. If you're noticing persistent eye pain or eye strain, you should get help immediately.
Surgery for Drooping Eyelids and Under-Eye Bags
Eyes are one of the most expressive parts of the human body. Happiness, anger, joy and youthfulness can all be expressed through the eyes. Much of this comes from the movement of eyelid. As we age, eyelids begin to droop, causing an older and often sad look.
Conditions of the Optic Nerve
Glaucoma is the blanket term applied to a group of conditions that result in damage to the optic nerve. This type of nerve damage gradually weakens the ability to see, in some cases resulting in total vision loss: blindness. Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness worldwide. With the right treatment and preventive measures, some cases of glaucoma can be mitigated before vision loss occurs.
Partial Blindess in Half of the Eye(s)
Hemianopia, sometimes spelled hemianopsia, is an eye health condition associated with partial blindness. Those who suffer from hemianopia deal with decreased vision in half of one or both eyes. That means that the eye itself is only half-functional, with the other half being blind. Hemianopia is often associated with stroke and brain aneurysm, although it can occur for other, rarer reasons.
Treatment of Farsightedness
Hyperopia is the medical term for the common eye condition known as farsightedness. People who suffer from this condition are frequently referred to as farsighted or hyperopic. Those who deal with hyperopia have difficulty seeing things that are near to them, but have better vision for objects that are far away. The opposite condition is known as myopia or nearsightedness.
A Permanent Alternative to Regular Contact Lenses
For those suffering from moderate to severe myopia (nearsightedness), implantable contact lenses offer a groundbreaking alternative to traditional contact lenses and prescription eyeglasses. Surgically implanted in the eye, these lenses are as safe and effective as LASIK surgery and may be an option for your even when you are not a good candidate for LASIK.
Treatment of Keratoconus
Keratoconus is a serious eye health condition where the cornea becomes misshapen. When a person is suffering from keratoconus, the cornea becomes thinner and cone-shaped. This causes dramatically distorted vision and nearsightedness. Thankfully, the problem is treatable with the right corneal implants. Intacs are a leading-edge form of corneal implants that are FDA cleared for the treatment of keratoconus.
Pseudophakic & Phakic Intraocular IOLs
Intraocular lens implants, also known as IOLs, are a key part of eye surgery. These devices essentially act as artificial lenses to enhance the eyes' ability to focus. IOLs are used most commonly to treat cataracts, but have many other uses as well. Intraocular lens implants have been used to help people of all ages regain vision and enhance quality of life.
FDA-Approved to Treat Volume Loss in the Cheeks
Injectable treatments are one of the most popular aesthetic options available today. Until recently, there have been no FDA-approved injectable treatments to treat the loss of facial volume. The new treatment Juvederm Voluma XC has been approved for that and more.
Smooth Away Wrinkles & Lines
Vertical lines, smile lines, marionette lines, and parentheses. Wrinkles have many names but the same end result: aged, less desirable skin. But it isn't hopeless: dermal fillers provide relief in the form of smoother, more youthful skin. Juvederm XC is the best procedure available for smoothing lines and wrinkles on the face.
Safe and Effective Treatment of Keratoconus
Keratoconus is an eye-health disorder that affects the cornea. The cornea is the transparent, outermost layer of the eye that is responsible for clear vision and protecting the other parts of the eye. Keratoconus happens when the cornea becomes thinner and misshapen. If left untreated, keratoconus can lead to severe vision loss and other significant symptoms. Thankfully, many keratoconus treatment options are available.
Surgical Treatment of Astigmatism
Astigmatism is an eye health condition in which the cornea or lens is not curved enough for healthy vision. This is also known as a refractive error, and leads to blurry vision among many other symptoms. Thankfully, astigmatism can be treated through the procedure known as keratotomy. Keratotomy corrects the curvature of the cornea to reduce, mitigate or eliminate the symptoms of astigmatism.
Decide Today if Laser Eye Surgery is right for You
Laser eye surgery refers to any procedure used to correct vision problems. These procedures have experienced a massive growth in popularity over the last 25 years. They typically call for a reshaping of the cornea or replacement of the lens. Recovery from laser eye surgery begins immediately after the procedure.
Ditch the Glasses, Improve Vision
Dealing with glasses or contacts every single day is an ordeal. There's the issue of keeping them clean, consistently buying new prescriptions and feeling "blind" without these aid devices. For these and many other reasons, many people seek out LASIK surgery. Also known as laser eye surgery or laser vision surgery, LASIK provides a permanent vision correction solution.
Have Longer, Thicker & Darker Lashes Easily
Many women want eyelashes that are longer, fuller and darker. Until recently, the only solution to this problem was costly, inconvenient and sometimes dangerous eyelash extensions. Latisse is an FDA-approved prescription product designed to deliver more visible, longer lashes.
Age Related Vision Loss
Macular degeneration refers to the chronic loss of vision over time. Macular degeneration is often synonymous with age-related macular degeneration (ARMD), although age is not the only cause of vision loss. Macular degeneration is largely grouped into two categories: dry macular degeneration and wet macular degeneration.
Stabilize Your Vision to Reduce Vision Loss
Macular edema is a condition in your eye in which your macula swells or thickens. The swelling causes reduced vision and can eventually lead to vision loss if left untreated. Macular edema treatment consists of either medicinal eye injections or laser surgery often referred to as focal laser treatment or laser photocoagulation.
Scar Tissue on Your Eye's Macula: The Culprit of Your Blurred Vision
A macular pucker is a layer of scar tissue that forms on the eye's macula, the region at the center of the retina responsible for rendering sharp vision. Macular puckers are usually age-related - frequently occurring in people over 50 - and cause blurred and distorted vision. They can be treated surgically.
Causes and Treatment of Nearsightedness
Myopia is the medical term for the condition known as nearsightedness. As the name implies, people who are nearsighted can easily see objects that are near to them, but struggle with objects that are far away. The opposite condition is farsightedness.
Orbital Surgery - Oculoplasty
Oculoplasty, also called oculoplastic surgery, refers to any surgery performed on the eyes. These surgeries can be performed for reconstructive, cosmetic or corrective purposes. A doctor who provides oculoplasty is known as an ophthalmic plastic surgeon. Most procedures and surgeries in this category target the areas surrounding the eye, rather than the eyeball itself.
Get the Medical or Surgical Care Necessary to Improve Vision
An ophthalmologist is a medical and surgical specialist who examines, diagnoses, and treats disease and injuries in and around the eye. Conditions that can be treated by an ophthalmologist include changes in vision, eye injury, or trauma and eye problems related to other conditions.
Inflammation of the Optic Nerve
Damage to the optic nerve caused by inflammation is known as optic neuritis. While multiple sclerosis and other neurological conditions often play a part in optic neuritis, certain viral infections, nutritional deficiencies or toxins in tobacco and alcohol can also cause optic nerve inflammation. Most cases improve on their own, though it is important to receive proper treatment where necessary.
Correct Vision Problems and Improve Sight
An optometrist is an eye doctor who performs comprehensive eye exams, prescribes eyeglasses and contact lenses, and provides pre- and post-operative care for patients following surgical procedures. As primary eye care providers, doctors of optometry are an integral part of the healthcare team.
Pediatric vision care is essential to preventive health care for children.
A comprehensive pediatric ophthalmic exam involves a series of non-invasive vision testing, comprehensive ocular evaluations and eye health assessments. Early identification of vision problems is crucial because children often are more responsive to treatment in earlier stages of vision development.
Don't Let Pink Eye Have You Seeing Red
Pink eye is a condition characterized by the inflammation of the eye. Also known as conjunctivitis and pinkeye, the condition affects over three million Americans each year, and can be caused by exposure to certain viruses, bacteria, allergens, or other irritants. Thankfully, hygiene and medication can help treat pink eye.
Age Related Vision Loss
Presbyopia is the medical term for gradual, age-related vision loss. The condition typically manifests as lack of visual focus. Presbyopia is an unavoidable part of growing older. Taking that in to consideration, most presbyopia treatments focus on mitigating or eliminating symptoms and restoring close-up vision.
Myopia, Hyperopia, Presbyopia, Astigmatism
Sight occurs due to the process known as refraction. As light hits the eye, it is bent by the lens and cornea. This light is then directed to the rest of the eye, resulting in clean, clear vision. This is known as the refractive process.
Myopia, Hyperopia, Presbyopia
Many people who wear contacts or glasses seek to improve their vision permanently. Thankfully, there are many different refractive eye surgery options available today. These surgeries adjust the cornea of the eye to better refract light and improve overall vision. The most popular form of refractive eye surgery is LASIK, but that is just one of the many treatments available.
Eliminate Wrinkles & Lines
Some may show it better than others, but we all age. This process takes a toll on the skin, leading to unsightly laugh lines, wrinkles and crow's feet. Do you know someone who seems to have skin that's resistant to these problems? Their "little secret" may be the Restylane family of injectable gels.
Understand the Dangers of Retinal Detachment
Retinal detachment is a condition occurring when the retinal tissue on the back of the eye begins to detach. This causes the surrounding blood vessels to become deprived of oxygen. Telltale symptoms of retinal detachment include a gradual or creeping "curtain" of vision loss and seeing sudden flashes or floaters.
Correct Pain & Vision Loss from a Troubling Eye Infection
A retinal infection can create pain and discomfort as well as vision loss in one or both eyes. Your healthcare provider will generally recommend strengthening your immune system via supplements and dietary improvements and may also choose to use medicinal eye injections as a way to treat a retinal infection.
Retinal Vein Blockage
When a blood clot forms in an unfortunate place, however, it can lead to severe health problems. This is what occurs during retinal vein occlusion (RVO). During this condition, a blood clot has formed in the retinal vein, which delivers blood to the eyes.
Vitamin Therapy to Treat Degenerative Eye Disease
Retinitis pigmentosa is a degenerative eye disease characterized by damage to the retina. Left untreated, this condition can lead to complete vision loss. Retinitis pigmentosa treatment can consist of vitamin therapy using vitamins A and E, as well as taking fish oil. In the later stages, there may be option for various surgeries that may help.
Inflammation of Your Eye's Sclera Causes its White Color to Turn Red
Scleritis is a disorder known to cause inflammation of the eye's sclera, turning its normal white color to red and causing irritation. The disorder is believed to be caused by an overreaction of the immune system which causes it to attack cells in the eyes. The location of the inflammation will differ depending on the type of scleritis which ails you.
Prevent or Remove That Unsightly Stye
A stye is a small red bump at the corner of the eye. There are numerous reasons this bump can occur, almost all of them are related to eye health. If a stye becomes very large, or incredibly painful, it's important to get treatment immediately.
Bacterial Eye Infection
Trachoma is a type of bacterial infection that occurs in the eye. Trachoma is a contagious infection and one that can cause a lot of discomfort. When addressed early, the spread of trachoma can be prevented along with some of its more serious side effects.
Learn How Vision Spots and Flashes Detect Retinal Detachment
You may not know the term floaters or flashes, but they are the occasional spots/ flashes you may sometimes see in your field of vision. While they may seem harmless-and in many cases are-floaters or flashes are sometimes early warning signs of retinal detachment, a very serious condition.
Inflammation of the Uvea
Uveitis occurs when the uvea becomes inflamed and enlarged. The uvea directs blood to the retina, which is critical for normal eye function. There are many different reasons that a person may suffer from uveitis, most of them sourced to an underlying health condition.
Removal of Scar Tissue That Causes Puckering on Your Eye's Macula
Vitrectomy surgery for macular pucker involves your healthcare provider using microsurgical instruments to remove a puckered spot (scar tissue) on your macula. Vitrectomy surgery also includes the removal of any vitreous gel that is contributing to the puckered spot. It's an outpatient surgery that's performed in an operating room.