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    Why Now Is the Time to Get LASIK

    Last updated 6 months ago

    Are you tired of fumbling around with glasses or contact lenses every day just so you can see? If so, it may be time to consider LASIK. LASIK has been proven to be safe and effective in correcting vision problems in many patients. Your eye doctor will help you determine if LASIK is right for you, and you may find yourself very pleased with the results. Keep reading to learn why now is the time to free yourself of glasses and contact lenses by getting LASIK.

    Effective Correction of Different Problems

    Whether you are nearsighted, farsighted, or astigmatic, LASIK may be able to help you achieve better vision than you have experienced in many years. Nearsightedness, or myopia, causes objects at a distance to be blurry and objects close up to be slightly clearer. Farsightedness, also known as hyperopia, is just the opposite. Objects close up are blurry, while faraway objects are clearer. People with astigmatism see blurry objects at any distance and may experience this in conjunction with myopia or hyperopia. LASIK is able to correct many different levels of all of these refractive errors.

    Quick Procedure

    Before you have a LASIK procedure, you will meet with your eye doctor to discuss all of the benefits and risks so that you fully understand what you’re committing to. Once the two of you have determined that LASIK is right for you, you can schedule a time to have the procedure done. LASIK usually only takes about five to ten minutes and offers a quicker healing time than other eye surgeries. Most patients report only mild discomfort and find that the benefits far outweigh the risks.

    Better Quality of Vision

    Even when you wear glasses or contact lenses, your vision may not be as good as it could be with LASIK. LASIK offers you the potential to have 20/20 vision or better, and this procedure gives you the freedom to wake up and start your day without optical aids.

    Call Gerstein Eye Institute in Chicago at (773) 649-5532 to schedule a consultation to find out if LASIK is right for you. LASIK can give you the freedom to read, drive, and play sports all without vision aids. You have nothing to lose but your dependence on glasses and contact lenses. 

    Tips for Choosing the Right Glasses for Your Face Shape

    Last updated 7 months ago

    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. 

    The Risk of Eye Disease in People with Diabetes

    Last updated 8 months ago

    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
    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. 

    The Leading Causes of Blindness in the U.S. and How You Can Beat Them

    Last updated 8 months ago

    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
    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. 

    Examining Diabetic Eye Disease

    Last updated 8 months ago

    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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