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    Keeping Your Eyes Healthy Through Nutrition

    Last updated 7 months ago

    Did you know that what you eat impacts your vision? This video discusses the dos and don’ts of nutrition as it relates to your eyesight.

    Obesity is a common problem in America. Not only can excessive weight contribute to problems such as stroke and type 2 diabetes, but also it can indirectly cause vision deterioration. In particular, type 2 diabetes can lead to impaired eyesight. To keep your weight down and vision wellness up, incorporate fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet. Carrots, cantaloupe, and spinach can help you keep your eyesight sharp.

    Gerstein Eye Institute in Chicago can see to it that your eyesight remains strong and clear throughout your lifetime. To schedule an appointment with an eye doctor, call (773) 973-3223.

    Understanding How Your Eyes Function

    Last updated 7 months ago

    The eyes may or may not be the windows to people’s soul, but they certainly are the windows to the world around them. Many people underestimate the impact that clear vision has on their quality of life. Once eyesight begins to deteriorate, it can have a resounding effect on an individual’s independence. The following information highlights several key structures that contribute to healthy vision. If you are experiencing vision problems due to cataracts, glaucoma, or another eyesight disorder, consult an eye doctor to discuss your treatment options.

    Role of the Cornea
    When light rays first make contact with the eyes, they enter the cornea. The cornea, a dome-shaped, translucent tissue, provides an entryway for light rays. As the cornea refracts light, it works in tandem with the pupil, which controls the extent to which light rays can enter the eye. Abnormally shaped corneas may prevent clear eyesight at various distances.

    Purpose of the Lens
    The overriding purpose of the lens is to get light to the retina. To do so, this transparent structure must converge light rays at a precise angle to allow for unobstructed vision. As with the cornea, only a clear and healthy lens can do its job properly. Should the lens become cloudy, as is the case with cataract sufferers, it can cause a person’s eyesight to become fuzzy or dim.

    Responsibility of the Retina
    Once at the retina, light rays interact with small structures called cones and rods. These extremely important components of the retina transform light energy into electrical energy, enabling it to travel through the optic nerve and to the brain, where the image is formed. Glaucoma, which results in progressive optic nerve deterioration, can permanently alter the quality of a person’s eyesight if treatment is not sought.

    Gerstein Eye Institute in Chicago has more than four decades of experience alleviating the effects of glaucoma, cataracts, and refractive errors. If you are suffering from a vision disorder, call us today at (773) 973-3223. Our eye doctors would be happy to discuss your concerns, provide a comprehensive eye exam, and prescribe a course of action to improve your eyesight.

    Seeking Medical Billing Specialist

    Last updated 7 months ago

    We are looking for an experienced Medical Biller with at least 3 to 5 years experience in ophthalmology. Experience with NextGen is a plus. This full-time position is looking for a dynamic and enthusiastic person to take charge of the medical billing department.

    Summary of Duties: Responsible for collecting, posting and managing account

    payments. Responsible for submitting claims and following up with insurance

    companies.

    Essential Functions:

    1. Prepares and submits clean claims to various insurance companies either

    electronically or by paper.

    2. Answers questions from patients, clerical staff and insurance companies.

    3. Identifies and resolves patient billing complaints.

    4. Prepares, reviews and sends patient statements

    5. Evaluates patient’s financial status and establishes budget payment plans. Follows

    and reports status of delinquent accounts.

    6. Reviews accounts for possible assignment and makes recommendations to the

    Billing Supervisor, also prepares information for the collection agency.

    7. Performs daily backups on office computer system

    8. Performs various collection actions including contacting patients by phone,

    correcting and resubmitting claims to third party payers.

    9. Processes payments from insurance companies and prepares a daily deposit.

    10. Participates in educational activities and attends monthly staff meetings.

    11. Conducts self in accordance with GEI’s employee manual.

    12. Maintains strictest confidentiality; adheres to all HIPAA guidelines/regulations.

    13. Month end balance, closing and reporting.

    Our excellent benefit package includes: competitive pay, health & dental insurance, STD, Life Insurance, continuing education assistance, 401 K with employer matching, and paid time off (vacation, personal, and holidays). Please send resume with salary requirements/ history to: Dtorres@gersteineye.com , or fax to 866-337-3667. Serious inquiries only. No Recruiters.

    Causes of Dry Eye Syndrome

    Last updated 8 months ago

    Do you have chronically bloodshot eyes? Are itchy eyes a part of your everyday life? Then you may have dry eye syndrome, which can develop from a variety of factors. Consider where you live. If you reside in a climate subject to cold, windy winters, this weather may aggravate dry eyes. Artificial indoor heating may also contribute to this condition. Some medications may further increase the occurrence of dry eye syndrome. In particular, acne prescriptions and decongestants can affect tear production and cause itchy eyes. Have dry eyes only become a problem in older age? Eye doctors find that senior patients frequently experience this problem. In some cases, dry eye syndrome may be due to nothing more than clogged tear glands that prevent proper eye lubrication.

    Dry eye syndrome doesn’t need to become a permanent part of your life. Gerstein Eye Institute can isolate the cause of your dry eyes and provide treatment to alleviate your pain and inconvenience. To schedule an appointment with an eye doctor at our Chicago location, call (773) 973-3223.

    What to Expect Before, During, and After Cataract Surgery

    Last updated 8 months ago

    Men and women alike can experience cataracts as they get older. Though other issues such as sun exposure and smoking can also increase the likelihood of getting this condition, age is the predominant risk factor. Once the eye lens begins to cloud, blurred vision can persist or worsen. Cataract surgery is a minimally invasive procedure that can not only restore clear vision to cataract sufferers, but also address their other eyesight problems. The following information outlines the processes that typically occur when undergoing cataract surgery.

    Before Surgery
    Technological advances now allow for multiple vision issues to be addressed during cataract surgery. Individuals with myopia or hyperopia can enjoy an end to needing glasses or contact lenses once they receive this procedure. To ensure that the surgery maximizes a patient’s chance for clear eyesight, an eye doctor must evaluate the patient’s current vision needs to formulate a lens prescription. Other factors such as cornea curvature and eye length may also be evaluated prior to surgery.

    During the Procedure
    Most patients are conscious during cataract surgery, but they may be given painkiller medication before the procedure to alleviate discomfort. The process of removing the cataracts and inserting the artificial lens is relatively brief. Many individuals who undergo cataract surgery can go home in under an hour. Once a small incision is made to access the cataract, ultrasound energy breaks down the lens and a vacuum-like device removes it. The artificial lens is then put in place and the procedure is complete.

    After Treatment
    Cataract surgery recovery varies from patient to patient. The surgeon may prescribe medicated drops to minimize the risk of infection. He may also recommend rest during the following days to promote healing. Most individuals enjoy improved eyesight within a month or two of their procedure.

    Do you have more cataract surgery questions? Call Gerstein Eye Institute at (773) 973-3223 to set up a consultation at our Chicago facility. Our eye surgeons specialize in cataract surgery and offer several treatment options that can simultaneously alleviate cataracts and refractive errors. 

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