Eye Doctor Blog
By Chicagoland Eye Consultants
December 01, 2015
Category: Lasik
Tags: lasik  

Before you consider LASIK it’s important that you can tell fact from fiction when it comes to this procedure.

Are you ready to wake up every morning and immediately be able to see? Have you been considering getting LASIK from your Chicago, IL eye doctor? There are a lot of myths surrounding this procedure, so arm yourself with knowledge before coming into our office for a LASIKconsultation. Here are the top three most common myths we hear:

Myth: Getting LASIK means you’ll never need glasses again.

Fact: LASIK is a very successful procedure, which is why so many patients have turned to it to get the vision they want. How successful the treatment is will depend on how well the patient heals and how severe their original prescription was. Those with mild to moderate prescriptions can get 20/20 vision. However, as a patient ages, reading glasses may be necessary.

Myth: You should expect dry eyes or other issues after LASIK.

Fact: As with any surgery you chose to undergo there are always risks involved; however, this doesn’t mean that they will happen to you. Fortunately, the chances of developing complications or side effects after LASIK are very low. And many of these issues can easily be treated.

While dry eyes and glare are common side effects this problem is usually temporary. We can also determine during your consultation whether you are at a high risk for developing any of these issues.

Myth: Anyone can get LASIK.

Fact: While this surgery can certainly help many patients see better it doesn’t mean that it’s right for everyone. The only way to really determine if you are a good candidate for LASIK is to schedule a screening with your eye doctor in Chicago. LASIK can treat those dealing with nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. The patient should also be over the age of 18 years old and have not been diagnosed with eye diseases such as glaucoma.

Hopefully, you can breathe a little easier now that you know a little more about getting LASIK in Chicago. Maybe you had even heard and believed one of these myths and are relieved to hear that they just aren’t true.

If you are ready to see better, then turn to Chicagoland Eye Consultations for LASIK and all of your eye care needs. Call our office today to schedule your consultation.

By Chicagoland Eye Consultants
September 15, 2015
Category: Eye Care
Tags: Exams  

If your eye sight is fine, is visiting an eye doctor at Chicagoland Eye Consultants in Chicago, IL really necessary? As it turns out, it is. Eye exams provide many important health benefits. Here are four reasons everyone should visit their Chicago, IL eye doctor, whether Eye exams they have poor vision or not.

1. Eye Exams Can Remove Obstacles to Learning

Children who can't see well are at a distinct disadvantage in the classroom. Unfortunately, however, many children don't even know that their eyesight is poor, since it's all they've ever known. Routine eye exams for children help ensure that all children are given the opportunity to see and learn at their fullest potential.

2. You Get An Up-to-Date Prescription

Once you know you need glasses or contacts, visiting your eye doctor is the best way to keep your prescription up to date. It is very common for people's prescriptions to gradually change over time, so don't assume that just because you can see okay, your prescription is current. Visit your eye doctor regularly to make sure.

3. Your Doctor Will Screen You for Other Eye Conditions

Unfortunately, nearsightedness and farsightedness aren't the only problems you could have with your vision. That's why, when you visit Chicagoland Eye Consultants, your eye doctor will also screen you for medical conditions including astigmatism, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, eye teaming problems and focusing problems. If you have any of these conditions, you will want to know right away.

4. Your Doctor Can Detect Other Serious Medical Conditions

Believe it or not, the condition of your eyes can even give your doctor important information about your overall health as well. In fact, eye doctors are often the first to discover certain chronic conditions. Conditions your eye doctor can detect include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and tumors.

You depend on your eyes to help you function in everyday life. Make sure they are always healthy and ready for the job. Call Chicagoland Eye Consultants in Chicago, IL to schedule your next appointment with an eye doctor today.

By Chicagoland Eye Consultants
July 01, 2015
Category: Eye Care
Tags: Cataracts  

As we age, it is common for eyesight to deteriorate. According to the American Optometric Association, adults over 40 frequently notice that they begin having problems seeing clearly while reading or working close up or with small objects. While these troubles are normal and can be treated with glasses, sometimes more serious problems arise.Cataracts

What are cataracts?

More than 22 million Americans over 40 suffer from some form of cataracts. Cataracts are defined as a slow clouding of the clear lens of the eye that is found behind the iris and pupil. This lens’ prime function is to focus the light that passes through the eye. When it becomes clouded, it causes the images absorbed by the retina to be less sharp or clear than normal. This causes clouded or foggy vision, much like looking through a frosty window.

How do I know if I am suffering from cataracts? 
Cataract patients’ main complaint is foggy or blurred vision. However, there are many other symptoms, including:

  • Prescriptions for contacts or glasses changing frequently
  • Double vision in one eye
  • Difficulty seeing at night
  • Fading of colors
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Seeing “halos” around lights at night, commonly headlights while driving

What is the treatment for cataracts?

Cataract surgery is a relatively simple procedure, usually performed under an outpatient status, meaning that no hospital stay is required. It is generally safe, and post-surgery discomfort only lasts a few days, though the actual healing time can be up to eight weeks. Local anesthetic is used to numb the area around the eye, and an artificial lens is used to replace the natural clouded lens in the eye. Sometimes, if an artificial lens cannot be used, glasses or contacts can be used to correct the patient’s vision once the clouded lens is removed. If cataracts need to be removed from both eyes, two separate surgeries are needed.

How can I prevent cataracts from forming?
Having regular eye exams is the most important factor in cataract prevention. This way, optometrists can spot the problem early, and council the patient in ways to keep the cataract from worsening. Smoking, alcohol abuse and obesity can also increase the risk of cataracts. A healthy diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables helps in decreasing risk of many illnesses, including cataracts.

An eye examination should be scheduled if you notice any changes in your vision. Advanced Vision Specialists in Chicago, IL can help you spot cataracts early, and treat advanced cases with compassionate and professional care.

By Chicagoland Eye Consultants
May 01, 2015
Category: Lasik
Tags: Untagged

If you’re tired of wearing contacts and eyeglasses, you’ve probably thought about LASIK surgery. But you may also be deterred by fears or worries about the procedure. Let’s look at some myths and facts about LASIK surgery so you can make an informed decision.

1. Myth: LASIK is painful

Fact: Your eye doctor at Chicagoland Eye Consultants will work to ensure your complete comfort during the procedure with the use of anesthetics in the eye. The surgery is quick, typically taking only 10-20 minutes per eye. Recovery is also very short, usually only taking a day or two of rest with very little, if any, discomfort during that time.

2. Myth: LASIK is expensive

Fact: Cost may be one of the biggest deciding factors in patients who are shopping for LASIK surgery. But purchasing contact lenses and eyeglass over time can be quite costly. When researching your Chicago LASIK eye doctor, ask about financing options that can help you afford the upfront costs of the procedure. You may find yourself saving money in the long run when you don’t have to purchase those expensive boxes of contacts or replace your eyeglasses.

3. Myth: LASIK is risky

Fact: After more than twenty years on the market, LASIK is considered to be one of the safest elective procedures that can be performed. In fact, complications only occur in roughly 1% of cases, which is a very low complication rate for any type of surgery. A 2009 study also found that LASIK surgery has one of the highest patient satisfaction rates of any elective procedure.

If you’re interested in a permanent solution to your vision problems, LASIK may be right for you. To determine if you are a good candidate for LASIK vision correction, contact your Chicago eye doctor for a consultation. Chicagoland Eye Consultants provides LASIK treatment for patients in good health over the age of 18. Call 773-775-9755 to schedule an appointment at our Chicago or Elgin offices for your examination to find out if LASIK is right for you.

By Chicagoland Eye Consultants
March 16, 2015
Category: Contact Lenses
Tags: FAQs  

Contact LensesMany people today suffer from poor vision that keeps them from being able to enjoy all the beauty life has to offer. But did you know that even those with awful eyesight and a loss of hope because of it can find lasting relief right here in Chicago, IL?

That's because at Chicagoland Eye Consultants, you can find the right eye doctor for all your optical needs, whether you're near-sighted, far-sighted, or have a multitude of other vision deficiencies. While many optometry patients find relief in traditional eye glasses or the high-tech Lasik eye surgery procedure, others prefer something in between: less awkward/inconvenient than traditional glasses, and less expensive than Lasik.

For those patients who seek that lasting middle ground of optical relief, contact lenses provide the answer. Some of the options for contact lenses include:

  • Traditional
  • Daily Wear
  • Disposable
  • Extended Wear
  • Colored
  • Toric
  • Presbyopia (for reading up-close)

There are also custom-made contact lenses offered at Chicagoland Eye Consultants for those optometry patients with unique visual needs, such as:

  • keratoconus
  • severe astigmatism
  • myopia (nearsightedness)
  • hyperopia (farsightedness)

Not only are the prices offered at Chicagoland Eye Consultants some of the most competitive in the entire city, we even provide free shipping on many six-month and all one-year orders of contact lenses. We even offer specialized lenses like the C-VUE Multifocal disposable lenses, which can only be found at specific optical retailers, as well as custom-created hard lenses for the most optimized optical outcomes.

The many convenient options provided for patients seeking the aid of contact lenses along with the most competitive prices around make Chicagoland Eye Consultants the place to come for all your optometrist needs. For more information on how you can experience lasting solutions for your underachieving eyesight, give one of the eye doctors on site a call today at (773) 775-9755 so you can see for yourself what your eyes have been wanting to!

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