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    A Look at Diabetic Retinopathy

    Last updated 5 months ago

    People with diabetes have an elevated risk of developing certain diseases, including diseases associated with the eyes. Watch this video to get an overview of diabetic retinopathy. 

    Diabetic retinopathy is the most common eye disease associated with diabetes. It can lead to impaired vision and even total blindness. As the blood vessels in the retina change due to diabetes, they can swell and leak fluid or blood into the eye. In some cases, new blood vessels grow on the retina’s surface, impairing vision. People with diabetic retinopathy may not notice any symptoms at first, but it can worsen over time.

    If you have diabetes, it is essential to visit your eye doctor on a regular basis to maintain good ocular health. Call Gerstein Eye Institute at (773) 649-5532 to learn more about diabetic retinopathy and to schedule an eye screening today. 

    Common Eye Conditions that Can Develop with Age

    Last updated 5 months ago

    As you get older, there are many changes that start to happen in your body. While some of these changes are purely cosmetic, such as growing grey hair, other changes can affect the way you live your life. You may have noticed that your vision has changed in recent years, requiring you to wear glasses when you read or when you’re driving. There are also a few eye conditions that become more likely to develop as you age, including macular degeneration, cataracts, and glaucoma. Read on to learn more about these common age-related eye conditions

    Macular Degeneration

    Age-related macular degeneration is one of the most common causes of vision loss in people over the age of 50. It interferes with an individual’s ability to have sharp central vision. Depending on the person, age-related macular degeneration can progress very slowly or very quickly, and can affect one or both eyes. Though this condition on its own does not lead to total blindness, it can interfere with everyday tasks such as driving, reading, writing, and focusing on faces. Smoking doubles your risk for age-related macular degeneration, giving you yet another reason to quit tobacco use.


    In a healthy eye, the lens is clear and helps focus light on the retina to produce an image. However, as you get older, the lens can harden and start to get cloudy as cataracts form. This can result in blurred or dulled vision, and can interfere with your ability to recognize certain colors. Cataracts may be caused simply by wear and tear on the eyes, but smoking and diabetes can both contribute to their development. Surgery may be indicated if cataracts become severe.


    Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness in the United States, and can affect anyone. This condition damages the optic nerve and can result in partial vision loss or total blindness. Because glaucoma is usually associated with high pressure within the eye, your eye doctor will test your eye pressure to determine if you have an elevated risk of developing the disease.

    It’s important to take good care of your eyes as you get older. Contact Gerstein Eye Institute at (773) 649-5532. We are one of the top centers in Illinois for comprehensive eye care, including LASIK, cataract surgery, and intraocular contact lenses. 

    Signs LASIK Isn't Right for You

    Last updated 5 months ago

    Patients used to turn to only eyeglasses or contact lenses to correct their vision problems, but today’s patients can benefit from undergoing LASIK surgery. This surgical procedure utilizes lasers to correct vision problems, allowing patients to see clearly without the aid of eyeglasses and contact lenses.

    While many patients can find the right solution with LASIK, others may not be the best candidates. If you have refractive instability, LASIK is probably not a good choice. This refers to patients who are experiencing hormonal changes due to pregnancy or disease, patients taking certain medications, and patients younger than in their early 20s. LASIK may not be right for you if it might affect your career or hobbies or you cannot handle the cost concerns at this point.

    Do you want help deciding if LASIK is right for you? Get help answering that question by scheduling an appointment at Gerstein Eye Institute. Contact us at (773) 649-5532 for more information about LASIK and which patients make the best candidates. 

    Simple Tips for Protecting Your Eyesight

    Last updated 5 months ago

    When was the last time you visited your eye doctor? If it has been a while since you have had an appointment, your eyes may not be functioning to their fullest potential. Scheduling regular eye doctor visits and knowing how to keep your eyes healthy at home are both essential for maintaining the best vision possible.

    Keep Your Eyes Covered

    Wearing sunglasses is a simple and effective way to protect your eyes from the sun’s damaging rays. UV radiation from the sun can result in red eyes, itchy eyes, and excessive tearing. The right sunglasses will block out these rays, allowing your eyes to stay healthy and functional when spending time outside. It is also a good idea to wear protective glasses or goggles if you play sports, work with machinery, or do other work with your hands that puts your eyes at risk for damage or injury.

    Let Your Eyes Rest

    It is easy to tell when your body feels tired and needs a break, but it is not always that easy to tell when your eyes need a break. Spending long periods of time in front of a computer screen can harm the eyes by reducing the number of times you blink. This results in strained eyes that may not be able to focus as well as they should. Reduce eye fatigue by taking a break from your screen. After 20 minutes of screen time, focus on an item that is at least 20 feet away from you for 20 seconds to keep your eyes healthy.

    Enjoy a Healthy Diet

    What you eat affects your eyesight. That is why it is important to maintain a diet rich in healthy fruits and vegetables. Green and leafy vegetables have been shown to be extremely beneficial in improving or maintaining good eyesight. Citrus fruits, oily fish, and non-meat proteins are also beneficial when it comes to your eye health.

    The eye doctors at Gerstein Eye Institute can help you learn more about protecting your eyesight! We specialize in LASIK, cataract surgery, and general eye care. Schedule your next eye care appointment by calling us at (773) 649-5532.

    What is Glaucoma?

    Last updated 6 months ago

    Our eyes do a lot of work! They take information in so that we can understand the world around us. Unfortunately, the processes that help our eyes do this work do not always function properly. This can lead to a variety of eye conditions, such as glaucoma.

    Get a closer look at how glaucoma happens by watching this video. There is a clear fluid that normally flows through the eye to keep tissue nourished. Sometimes this fluid passes too slowly, leading to an increase in pressure that causes damage to the optic nerve. This can lead to partial vision loss and eventually total vision loss if left untreated. 

    Gerstein Eye Institute can help you correct your vision before it is too late. Learn about our eye surgeons and get more information about how glaucoma can affect your vision by calling us today at (773) 649-5532.

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