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    Are Contact Lenses or Glasses Right for You?

    Last updated 9 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 9 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.  

    A Guide to Putting in Your New Contacts

    Last updated 9 months ago

    Contact lenses allow you to see clearly and can improve your self-confidence. Watch this video to learn the proper way of putting in and removing your contact lenses.

    As you are getting used to your contact lenses, remember to put them in in a room that’s well-lit and has a mirror. Wash your hands with unscented soap since your fingers will be touching the lens and possibly your eyes. Moisten the lens with a few drops of contact solution, and then hold your eye open with both hands. The lens should be in a bowl shape on the tip of your index finger—gently apply it to your eye.

    It takes some practice, but you will quickly get the hang of putting in your new contact lenses from Gerstein Eye Institute. Call our Chicago offices at (773) 649-5532 to make an appointment to be fitted for contact lenses. Visit us online for a complete look at our eye care services. 

    Why Now Is the Time to Get LASIK

    Last updated 9 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 10 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. 

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