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    Understanding What Causes Cataracts

    Last updated 8 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 8 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 8 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.

    Tips for Keeping Your Eyes Young

    Last updated 8 months ago

    As you get older, you will face more health risks—including risks related to your eyes. This video explains some of the eye diseases and refractive disorders that may arise as you age.

    The age of 40 is when disorders such as presbyopia and cataracts commonly develop. However, you can postpone the onset of these conditions with proper nutrition and better habits when watching television or using a computer.

    If you want to preserve your eye health and see improvements in the quality of your vision, call (773) 649-5532 to schedule an exam at Gerstein Eye Institute. We are a leading eye care provider and surgical center serving the greater Chicago area since 1968.

    Reasons to Get Screened for Glaucoma

    Last updated 9 months ago

    Did you know that more than four million Americans have glaucoma and almost half do not even know it? During Glaucoma Awareness Month this January, you might take steps to ensure that you do not become a part of this statistic. The first step in fighting back against glaucoma is scheduling an eye exam to screen for this serious disease. Open-angle glaucoma is the most common type of this disease, and it can be identified early by testing the pressure in the eyes. Read on to learn more about why this simple test is such an important aspect of your eye care.

    There is no cure for glaucoma

    Unfortunately, there is no permanent cure for glaucoma. Treatment can prevent the progression of the disease, which will keep the optic nerve safe from damage. However, there is no way to reverse any damage that has already taken place from raised intraocular pressure.

    Early treatment is simple

    Daily eye drops can regulate eye pressure to slow down or stop vision changes, and they are completely non-invasive. More advanced cases of glaucoma may require laser surgery to reduce eye pressure.

    Glaucoma can lead to total vision loss

    When the optic nerve becomes damaged, there is no way to repair it and restore vision. If glaucoma goes long enough without treatment, it can lead to total blindness, which is irreversible.

    Symptoms may not be present

    Open-angle glaucoma does not typically present symptoms until significant damage has already occurred. Therefore, screening is the only way to diagnose this disease early and set the course for treatment.

    If you are in search of advanced eye care to keep your eyes healthy for Glaucoma Awareness Month, visit Gerstein Eye Institute in Chicago. You can explore our general eye care and surgical services on our website or call us for an appointment at (773) 649-5532.

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