Back to School Eye Exam
Summer in Chicago always goes by so fast and the start of the new school year is upon us quickly. There are many things on our checklist when preparing for the kids to go back to school, but one thing that is often overlooked is an eye exam. Kids of all ages can have vision problems that lead to poor performance in school.
We find that kids don’t complain or don’t know that they are having a problem that is related to their vision. It could be that their vision is blurry or uncomfortable and they need glasses. But, many times, it is not that simple. We also evaluate the binocular vision system. Poor binocular coordination (Convergence Insufficiency, Divergence Insufficiency, and Ocular Motor Dysfunction) can lead to headaches, eyestrain, skipping words/lines when reading or poor attention when reading. These symptoms are sometimes misdiagnosed as a learning disorder, poor reading skills or ADHD and if the child had and eye exam they would have been back on track quickly.
In our pediatric clinic at Chicagoland Eye Consultants, we recommend that all kids are seen for an eye exam by 3-4 years of age. The State of Illinois requires that kids have a comprehensive eye exam before entering Kindergarten. Then, beyond that, it is a good idea to have your kids seen each year before school starts.
Make sure your kid’s eyes are ready to start the school year and call us today for a back to school eye exam.
What you need to know about eye surgery
Eye surgery sounds a bit scary but thanks to state-of-the-art technology and enhanced procedures, your vision can be corrected more easily than ever before. Your doctors at Chicagoland Eye Consultants in Chicago, IL want you to know the facts about eye surgery and when it is necessary.
If you are over the age of 60, chances are you may develop cataracts, caused by proteins clumping together and clouding the lens of your eye. Your doctors at Chicagoland Eye Consultants want you to be able to recognize the symptoms of a cataract. You may be a candidate for eye surgery if you experience:
- Blurred or clouded vision
- Excessive glare from headlights, sunlight or lamps
- Seeing a halo around lights
- Difficulty seeing at night
- Double vision or seeing multiple images
- Frequent changes of your contact lens or eyeglass prescription
Glaucoma is another common reason for needing eye surgery. Glaucoma is caused by fluid building up in the eye, resulting in increased eye pressure which can damage your optic nerve. Your doctors at Chicagoland Eye Consultants may treat your glaucoma with non-invasive options like eye drops and medications, or they may suggest laser surgery to correct the pressure in your eye. An early diagnosis by your Chicago doctors will determine if your glaucoma needs surgical intervention to maintain your vision.
Laser vision correction surgery, also called LASIK, has been a common surgical method of restoring vision for over 30 years. To be a good candidate for LASIK, you should be at least 18 years old and in good health, with no eye diseases, including cataracts or glaucoma. You should also not have uncontrolled diabetes or any autoimmune disorders. LASIK can correct vision for low, moderate or high prescriptions.
These are just three of the conditions which can be treated with eye surgery. For more information on eye surgery techniques practiced at Chicagoland Eye Consultants please visit http://www.chicagolandeyeconsultants.com/services.html
If you need eye surgery, don’t go see just anyone. Your vision deserves the best. It’s time to call your doctors at Chicagoland Eye Consultants with offices in Chicago and Elgin, IL. Call today and protect your vision!
The facts about glaucoma treatment
You’ve heard about glaucoma and you want to know more about it. You're afraid you might have glaucoma and you’re wondering about your treatment options. According to the National Eye Institute, glaucoma is a group of diseases causing damage to the optic nerve of your eye. Glaucoma can result in serious vision difficulties and blindness. Your doctors at Chicagoland Eye Consultants in Chicago, Illinois want to help you discover more about glaucoma and how to treat it.
Optic nerve damage can be caused by fluid building up within the eye, causing eye pressure. Not everyone with eye pressure will get glaucoma. It all depends on how much pressure your optic nerve can tolerate without being damaged.
Glaucoma can affect anyone, but you may be at higher risk if you are over age 60, an African American over age 40, or you have a family history of glaucoma. Your doctors at Chicagoland Eye Consultants will do an eye exam to determine if you have other risk factors including high eye pressure, thin corneas or abnormal optic nerve anatomy.
Prevention is the best treatment for glaucoma. You can protect your eyes by using eye protection or goggles to prevent injury. You should also try to live a healthy life by avoiding hypertension and obesity, which cause eye pressure. Your doctors at Chicagoland Eye Consultants want you to know that early detection and treatment are critical to prevent serious loss of your vision. They will do a variety of tests to determine whether you have glaucoma, and the earlier you have testing completed, the quicker your treatment can start.
Your doctors at Chicagoland Eye Consultants can suggest different treatment options for glaucoma and help you decide what is best for you.
Another treatment for glaucoma is laser trabeculoplasty. During this treatment, a beam of light is used to help drain fluid out of your eyes, reducing eye pressure. If you have glaucoma in both eyes, only one eye will be treated at a time, and follow-up appointments are needed to determine eye pressure and any problems with your eyes.
If you think you might have glaucoma, don’t wait until your symptoms get worse. Seek out help now. Call Your doctors at Chicagoland Eye Consultants with two offices in Chicago and Elgin, Illinois to serve your needs. Call today and get the help you need!
Find out about more about this serious eye condition and whether you’re at risk.
If you’re checking out this blog, chances are you have either just been diagnosed by your Chicago, IL eye doctor with macular degeneration or you suspect that you may have this disease. This is one of the leading causes of vision loss and it affects over 10 million Americans. Find out more about this condition and how the doctors ofChicagoland Eye Consultants can help slow the progression.
What is macular degeneration?
This condition causes a breakdown of the central part of the retina (known as the macula), which imprints what we see and sends these images from the eye to the brain. The macula focuses vision and help us to read, drive, see fine detail and recognize colors and faces.
What are the symptoms?
Vision changes will be subtle at first. You may start to notice that straight lines seem blurry or that your central vision is distorted. There may be white spots or dark blurry regions in your central vision. There may also be a change in how you perceive color.
What causes this condition?
Even though what causes macular degeneration is not completely conclusive, it is affected by heredity or environmental factors. It’s also an age-related condition.
Are there any risk factors?
One of the biggest risk factors is age, and this condition is more common in those over the age of 55. As you get older your risk of developing this eye condition increases. You are also at an increased risk for developing macular degeneration if you have a family history of this condition, if you are a smoker or if you are Caucasian.
How will my Chicago ophthalmologist treat macular degeneration?
While there is currently no cure for this disorder, there are still things you can do to prevent the condition from progressing quickly. That’s why it’s so important to see your Chicago ophthalmologist right away for a proper diagnosis. Small lifestyle changes like dieting, smoking cessation, exercising and protecting your eyes can help slow your condition.
Supplements may also be prescribed to increase cell structure and healthy pigments. Eye therapies such as Anti-VEGF therapy and laser photocoagulation are also recommended to reduce your chance of vision loss.
You don’t have to be alone with your condition. Turn to the Chicago, IL eye care experts at Chicagoland Eye Consultants for all of your eye-care needs.
What does it mean to have astigmatism?
So you’re one of the many people with astigmatism, but are you one of the few who actually knows what that means? Astigmatism is one of, if not the most misunderstood eye problem around. For starters it is commonly mistaken for a disease or a vision health problem when in actuality it is simply a problem with how the eye focuses light.
Astigmatism is caused by an irregular shaped cornea, the clear, round dome covering the eye’s iris and pupil. Or it may be caused by the curvature of the lens inside the eye. Whichever the cause it ends up preventing light from focusing properly on the retina which is called a refractive error. When the cornea has an irregular shape, it is called corneal astigmatism. When the shape of the lens is distorted, you have lenticular astigmatism. As a result of either type, your vision for both near and far objects can appear blurry or distorted. Other symptoms include eyestrain, headaches and eye discomfort.
Astigmatism is very common. In most cases, people with astigmatism are born with this condition. The reason why corneal shape differs from person to person is still unknown, but the likelihood of developing astigmatism is inherited. On occasion astigmatism can develop after an eye disease, injury or surgery.
Diagnosing astigmatism is easily done by your eye doctor with a comprehensive eye examination. There are a few test the doctor may choose to perform to measure how the eyes focus light and may determine the power of any optical lenses needed to compensate for reduced vision. This examination may include:
Visual acuity—As part of the testing, you'll be asked to read letters on a distance chart. This test measures visual acuity, which is written as a fraction such as 20/40. The top number is the standard distance at which testing is done, twenty feet. The bottom number is the smallest letter size you were able to read. A person with 20/40 visual acuity would have to get within 20 feet of a letter that should be seen at forty feet in order to see it clearly. Normal distance visual acuity is 20/20.
Keratometry- A keratometer is the primary instrument used to measure the curvature of the cornea. By focusing a circle of light on the cornea and measuring its reflection, it is possible to determine the exact curvature of the cornea's surface. This measurement is particularly critical in determining the proper fit for contact lenses. A more sophisticated procedure called corneal topography may be performed in some cases to provide even more detail of the shape of the cornea.
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