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Choosing a new pair of eyeglasses can be a tough decision. With so many shapes, styles, and colors available, it’s hard to know which frames will look the best on you.
When you are purchasing a new pair of frames, remember to look for a shape that will complement your face shape. People with angular features and a strong jawline may do well with rounder frames, while rounder faces can benefit from strong, squared-off styles. Individuals with oval faces can usually wear just about any shape of glasses, including square, rectangular, or angular frames. The most important rule of thumb when you are searching for new glasses is to find a pair that you like! You’ll be spending a lot of time in your new glasses, so make sure you choose a pair that you’ll be excited to put on every day.
Gerstein Eye Institute in Chicago has a full-service optical center so you can visit the eye doctor and pick out your new frames all under one roof. Contact us at (773) 649-5532 to schedule an eye appointment, or visit our offices in person for an up-close look at all of our eyeglass options.
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Diabetes is a serious medical condition that requires you to pay close attention to your health on a daily basis. While diabetes can be managed in most cases, unmanaged diabetes can lead to a variety of health problems, including an increased risk of eye disease. Recent studies conducted by the National Eye Institute show that 3.7 million new cases of diabetic retinopathy have arisen over the last 10 years. People with diabetes are also more likely to develop glaucoma and cataracts. Keep reading to learn more about eye disease and diabetes.
Diabetic retinopathy affects approximately 7.7 million Americans. The National Eye Institute predicts that this number will rise to 11 million by the year 2030. The early stages of diabetic retinopathy do not manifest any symptoms, which is why it’s important for people with diabetes to visit their eye doctor on a regular basis. The disease damages small blood vessels in the back of the eye, which causes them to leak fluid and blood. Over time, these blood vessels can become completely blocked and rupture. In some cases, new blood vessels grow on the retina. These all lead to permanent and serious loss of vision. Early detection is the key to effective treatment for diabetic retinopathy.
Glaucoma can affect people with and without diabetes, but diabetics are 40% more likely to develop the disease. Your eye doctor can perform special tests to measure the pressure in your eye. Glaucoma occurs when the pressure inside your eye builds up and slows the drainage of the aqueous humor. This damages the retina and optic nerve, leading to a gradual loss of vision.
As with glaucoma, anyone can get cataracts—but people with diabetes are 60% more likely to have this eye condition. Cataracts occur when the eye’s lens becomes cloudy and blocks light, leading to blurry vision and eventual vision loss. Talk to your eye doctor if you are experiencing abnormal vision.
November is American Diabetes Month, so it’s a great time to stay on top of your ocular health. Call Gerstein Eye Institute of Chicago at (773) 649-5532 to schedule an appointment with one of our friendly and experienced eye doctors. Be sure to tell us if you are experiencing any issues with your eyesight.
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Eyesight is one of your most valuable senses, but it’s easy to take it for granted sometimes. Unfortunately, certain eye diseases can take your vision away, which is why it’s important to visit your eye doctor on a regular basis for screenings and checkups. While risk factors such as age and heredity are uncontrollable, there are other factors you can control in order to beat the leading causes of blindness in the U.S. Read on to learn more.
More than 22 million Americans have cataracts, which occur when the lens of the eye becomes clouded. Cataracts are very common in older adults and are the leading cause of blindness across the globe. People with mild cataracts may need to wear eyeglasses more often, while more severe cases of cataracts may require surgery. According to the National Eye Institute, approximately 1.35 million cataract operations are performed in the U.S. each year. Ask your eye doctor about the many options for cataract surgery, as advanced technology gives you the potential to correct your cataracts and eliminate your need for glasses after surgery.
About 2.2 million Americans have glaucoma, a condition that occurs when the pressure of the fluid inside the eye rises. This pressure can damage the retina and the optic nerve, resulting in loss of vision. Age, severe nearsightedness, genetics, and diabetes are all risk factors for glaucoma. Early detection is essential in preventing glaucoma from causing vision loss, so be sure to talk to your eye doctor about your health history and get screened regularly.
Macular degeneration affects the macula, which is the part of the eye that lets you see details when you are driving, reading, watching television, and the like. It can affect your ability to perform everyday tasks and may develop without you even realizing it. Regular eye exams will help detect the disease so you can get started on treatment right away.
Gerstein Eye Institute is dedicated to helping our Chicago-area patients preserve their vision for as long as possible. Call us at (773) 649-5532 to learn about our treatment options for cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, and other causes of blindness. We have been committed to our patients’ wellbeing since our founding in 1968.
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Diabetes is a serious disease that can affect the blood vessels in your eyes. To understand more about diabetic eye disease, watch this brief and informative video.
Vision loss is an unfortunately common risk associated with diabetes. As diabetes affects the blood vessels in the eyes, it can lead to diabetic retinopathy and other eye diseases. If you have diabetes, it is very important to visit your eye doctor at least once a year to be screened for eye diseases. Early forms of many diseases are only detectable through an eye exam with your doctor.
To learn more about detecting and treating diabetic eye disease, call Gerstein Eye Institute at (773) 649-5532. We offer general eye care and specialty services such as LASIK and cataract surgery to help you continue to see your best. Visit our website to learn more about our Chicago practice.
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Clear vision is something that most people want, but not everyone is lucky enough to have perfect eyesight. If you want to reduce your dependency on glasses and contact lenses, LASIK surgery may be a good option for you. Talk to your eye doctor at Gerstein Eye Institute to find out how LASIK works and what benefits it can provide. During your conversation with your eye doctor, you should also discuss payment options for LASIK. Keep reading to learn about CareCredit and how it can help you pay for LASIK.
The Basics of CareCredit
CareCredit is a credit card that’s different from your regular bank-issued credit cards. It offers special financing options to help you pay for healthcare procedures, such as LASIK, and can help you avoid paying interest as you would with a regular bank card. CareCredit is designed to help you make purchases of all amounts for health, beauty, and wellness procedures. Different special financing options are available at different healthcare providers, so be sure to talk to your eye doctor about which ones work for your LASIK procedure.
Types of Payment Options
CareCredit understands that healthcare comes with a price, which is why they offer a variety of payment options so you can get the care you need today. For purchases of $200 and more, CareCredit offers 6-, 12-, 18-, and 24-month plans that allow you to avoid paying interest altogether. All you need to do is meet your minimum monthly payments and pay the full balance by the end of the promotional period. For people with higher fees, CareCredit offers longer payment terms with reduced, fixed-rate interest.
Reasons to Choose CareCredit
CareCredit is a good option for patients both with and without health insurance. It helps you pay the out-of-pocket fees that insurance does not cover and gives you the payment flexibility you need to stay on top of your finances.
CareCredit credit cards can be used at over 150,000 healthcare providers across the country, including Gerstein Eye Institute in Chicago. Call Gerstein Eye Institute at (773) 649-5532 to inquire about using CareCredit to pay for your LASIK procedure. Great vision is just a phone call away!