Eye Doctor Blog


Glaucoma is the second top cause of preventable blindness globally, yet half of the people suffering from this disorder are unaware.

This disorder is often referred as “the silent thief of vision” with long-term effects on our eyes. The good news is that vision loss can be prevented when glaucoma is diagnosed and treated early.

We asked our experienced ophthalmologist, Dr. Dhaliwal to explain what glaucoma is. Dr. Dhaliwal explains, “Glaucoma is a disorder where damage occurs to the optic nerve, primarily due to pressure to the optic nerve. It is similar to blood pressure, in that you cannot feel the pressure. By the time you have noticeable loss of vision, it might be too late” Dr. Dhaliwal explains.

Who’s at risk? According to Dr. Dhaliwal, “Family history and age are important risk factors for glaucoma. Certain medical conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and hypertension play a role as well.”

We asked our experienced ophthalmologist, Dr. Dhaliwal to explain what glaucoma is. Dr. Dhaliwal explains, “Glaucoma is a disorder where damage occurs to the optic nerve, primarily due to pressure to the optic nerve. It is similar to blood pressure, in that you cannot feel the pressure. By the time you have noticeable loss of vision, it might be too late” Dr. Dhaliwal explains.

Since this eye disorder does not come with warning signs especially in its earliest phases, it is critical that Dr. Dhaliwal performs a comprehensive eye exam. At Chicagoland Eye Consultants, we offer a wide range of treatments to keep intraocular pressure at a healthy level.

If you have concerns about your vision or would like to discuss glaucoma treatment options, contact us. You can schedule a comprehensive eye health exam at our Chicago or Elgin office with Dr. Dhaliwal. Scheduling a dilated eye exam at Chicagoland Eye Consultants is easy; call us at (773) 775-9755.


By contactus@chicagolandeyeconsultants.com
August 03, 2016
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Untagged

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.


Darin L. Strako, OD

By Chicagoland Eye Consultants
May 27, 2016
Category: Eye Surgery
Tags: lasik  

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 Surgerywhen 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!

By Chicagoland Eye Consultants
March 17, 2016
Category: Eye Care
Tags: glaucoma  

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 glaucomayour 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!

By Chicagoland Eye Consultants
February 17, 2016
Category: Eye Care

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 Macular Degeneration 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.

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