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    Age-Related Eye Diseases and Conditions

    Last updated 4 months ago

    Advancing age often places you at a higher risk of certain conditions, even if you’ve led a generally healthy lifestyle. It’s a good idea to schedule regular appointments with an eye doctor to check for signs of age-related eye conditions, such as cataracts, macular degeneration, and glaucoma. When an eye doctor detects these problems early, patients are less likely to suffer from complications such as permanent vision loss.


    Cataracts are areas of cloudiness on the eye’s lens. They cause cloudy or foggy vision. Often, patients with cataracts report having difficulty driving at night and coping with glare. Over half of all adults over the age of 65 have cataracts, and cataract surgery is among the most common types of eye surgeries. Although age is a significant factor in the development of cataracts, other risk factors can contribute. For example, you’re more likely to get cataracts if you smoke, consume alcohol immoderately, or do not protect your eyes from exposure to ultraviolet light.

    Macular Degeneration

    Your retina is located at the back of the eye. The macula is a small area in the retina that allows you to discern fine details. For example, the macula is the reason why people can read small print or thread a needle. Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) occurs when the macula deteriorates, causing symptoms such as blurry vision and dark areas in the central vision. Sometimes, permanent central vision loss occurs.


    Glaucoma is another condition that is more prevalent among older adults. Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases characterized by damage to the optic nerve. The optic nerve can become damaged because of increased intraocular pressure, or pressure within the eye. Early detection is critical to prevent permanent vision loss.

    The eye doctors of Gerstein Eye Institute in Chicago have extensive experience in detecting and treating numerous eye conditions. We offer cataract surgery with advanced technology intraocular lenses, among many other innovative treatments. Call our eye surgery practice at (773) 649-5532 to schedule an appointment.

    How Advanced Technology Intraocular Lenses Can Restore Vision

    Last updated 4 months ago

    Cataracts are a common vision problem that causes progressively worsening vision loss. If you have cataracts, your ophthalmologist may recommend undergoing cataract surgery. This type of surgery involves removing the cloudy lens and replacing it with an intraocular lens (IOL). Your ophthalmologist may recommend an advanced technology IOL such as the AcrySof Toric lens. Not only does this innovative lens restore your sight following cataract removal, but it can also reduce or eliminate astigmatism. Patients who receive this IOL enjoy significantly improved distance vision, without the need for contact lenses or eyeglasses.

    Advanced technology IOLs are an exciting development in the ophthalmology field because older adults can once again enjoy the same vision quality they had in their younger years. These IOLs are ideal for restoring near, intermediate, and far vision. Plus, these lenses have been proven to be just as safe as traditional lens implants.

    To determine whether you could be a good candidate for advanced technology intraocular lenses, call Gerstein Eye Institute at (773) 649-5532 and make an appointment with our eye doctor. We also invite you to browse our website for more helpful information on cataract surgery.

    Understanding What Causes Cataracts

    Last updated 5 months ago

    The lens of your eye is a clear, crystalline structure behind the pupil. It works by focusing light that passes to the retina, which is located at the back of the eye. Cataracts are patches on the lens that interfere with the transmission of light to the retina, which clouds your vision. Cataracts occur as a result of an accumulation of protein on the lens. Certain risk factors can contribute to their development, including smoking, steroid drug use, excessive UV light exposure, diabetes, and advancing age.

    Watch this animation for an explanation of how cataracts affect your vision. This video explains that untreated cataracts eventually lead to blindness. You’ll also learn what you can expect from cataract surgery.

    Since 1968, Gerstein Eye Institute has been a leader in providing cataract surgery and other eye care treatments. You can call our office in Chicago at (773) 649-5532 or visit us online for more information.

    How to Prepare for LASIK Eye Surgery

    Last updated 5 months ago

    If you have decided that LASIK is the answer to your vision problems, you may be wondering what you need to do to get ready for your laser surgery procedure. While your doctor will need to provide you with detailed instructions, there are some general guidelines to help you get ready. Patients who wear rigid contact lenses will want to avoid using their lenses for at least three weeks prior to surgery; soft-contact users only need to stop use for three days.

    Because you will need to have your head precisely positioned for the procedure, it is best to avoid wearing any jewelry around the neck or face. You should also skip putting on eye makeup the morning of your surgery. You can eat a light meal before the surgery takes place and take any medication as normal.

    While the preparation process may seem daunting, the payoff is extensive. Around 96% of Lasik patients will have their desired vision after LASIK. Most patients find that they have a significant reduction in their contact lens or eyeglass dependence and many no longer find use for them at all. 

    Gerstein Eye Institute provides the latest technology in laser vision correction, and we can help you say goodbye to your glasses for good. You can schedule a consultation at our Chicago office on our website or by calling (773) 649-5532. 

    Debunking Common Cataract Myths

    Last updated 5 months ago

    Cataracts are among the most common vision disorders in the United States, but many people are unclear on the facts about cataracts and their treatment. A cataract occurs when the lens of the eye becomes clouded, resulting in blurred or distorted vision. To clear up any misconceptions you may have about cataracts, here is the truth behind some of the most prevalent myths related to cataract treatment.

    Myth: Cataracts are a normal part of the aging process

    Patients often consider cataracts a normal sign of aging, but they do not have to be a result of the aging process. With good eye care, including regular exams and proper sun protection, patients can protect their eyes from cataract for years to come. Plus, some cataracts develop due to hereditary conditions or other medical problems, which can arise at any age.

    Myth: Surgery will include a long recovery

    While contact lenses and glasses can help to sharpen vision in patients with cataracts, surgery is often the best way to restore vision. If you are wary of surgery because you think it may have a long recovery process or involve painful incisions, you should discuss modern custom cataract surgery procedures with Dr. Gerstein. Today’s options for surgery are simple and relatively pain-free.

    Myth: My vision has not changed significantly due to cataracts

    Because changes to vision tend to occur gradually when cataracts develop, you may not even realize how much worse your vision has become. Signs to look for aside from decreased clarity of vision include halos around light sources, inability to read small text, and sensitivity to light. Cataract surgery relieves these effects as well as loss of visual acuity, which makes it a favorable option over glasses.

    Gerstein Eye Institute can help you decide if cataract surgery is right for you, so schedule a visit to our Chicago office by calling (773) 649-5532. We have been offering state-of-the-art eye care and vision correction since 1968, and we are a leader in eye surgery in the Chicago area.

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