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    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.

    Tips for Keeping Your Eyes Young

    Last updated 6 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 6 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.

    Are Contact Lenses or Glasses Right for You?

    Last updated 6 months ago

    If you have had trouble seeing up close or at a distance recently, you may need to visit your eye doctor to find out if you need glasses or contact lenses. Correcting your vision is usually simple—all you have to do is decide whether glasses or contact lenses best fit your lifestyle. Some people find glasses easier, as you do not have to maintain them in the same way that you do contact lenses. Eyeglass frames let you make a fashion statement and can work as an accessory to any outfit. Some people prefer to wear contact lenses, as you don’t have to worry about them falling off or getting in the way of various activities. Because contacts rest directly on the eye, many people find that they have better vision, particularly in the periphery.

    Contact lenses and glasses both serve the same basic purpose: to correct your vision so you can enjoy your normal life. Call Gerstein Eye Institute at (773) 649-5532 to find out how we can help you see clearly. We have been serving the Chicago area since 1968.

    Exploring Your Options for Contact Lenses

    Last updated 6 months ago

    If you have less than perfect vision, you’re not alone. Many Americans suffer from nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism that requires them to wear some type of corrective lenses. Eyeglasses are a good option, but many people prefer the comfort and freedom of wearing contact lenses. Your eye doctor can help you determine if contact lenses are right for you. Keep reading to learn about a few of the different options available for contact lens wearers.

    Rigid Gas-Permeable Lenses

    Gas-permeable lenses were first introduced in the 1970s, and many people find that they provide better vision than soft contact lenses. Because the contact lens material is more rigid, it retains its shape better when you blink. The rigid material also makes these contact lenses less prone to breaking or tearing. If your prescription stays the same, these lenses may last for a few years. However, rigid gas-permeable lenses tend to be a less popular choice because they do require an adjustment period before they are comfortable.

    Daily-Wear Soft Lenses

    Perhaps the most common choice in contact lenses, daily-wear soft contact lenses are made of a flexible plastic that allows oxygen to reach the eyes. They require very little time to adjust, as most people find them to be comfortable very quickly. Soft lenses are even available in bifocals and may suit a wide variety of optical needs. You must take good care of soft lenses, however, as they can rip if they are not handled properly. They also need to be cleaned regularly, and you’ll need to visit your eye doctor for follow-up care.

    Extended-Wear Disposable Lenses

    While most soft lenses are made to be replaced after a certain period of time, extended-wear disposable lenses can be worn for days at a time and then thrown away. They may not correct all vision problems, however, so talk to your eye doctor to find out if these are right for you.

    At Gerstein Eye Institute in Chicago, we feature a full-service optical center for your convenience. Our eye doctors will evaluate and fit you for contact lenses and show you the proper way to wear and care for them. Call us at (773) 649-5532 to schedule an appointment for a contact lens fitting.  

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