Last updated 9 months ago
Cataracts, while not harmful to your general health, can severely interfere with your ability to live a full and active life, and may ultimately lead to blindness. 50 percent of people over 60 years old develop cataracts, and many people develop cataracts at even younger ages.
This video explains how cataracts develop and the effects that cataracts have on your vision. You’ll also learn about an exciting cataract surgery option called Tecnis Multifocal Lenses which can help restore your vision to levels similar to when you were much younger.
If you are interested in learning more about cataract surgery options, including the Tecnis Multifocal Lens, contact us at Gerstein Eye Institute. Schedule a consultation with our eye surgeon by calling (773) 973-3223 today. You may also visit our website for more information.
Last updated 9 months ago
If you have less than perfect vision, you may be interested in seeing an eye surgeon about LASIK surgery. LASIK, while innovative in its own right, has evolved with several different techniques. One technique, called WaveFront Guided LASIK, is an advanced technique that allows your eye surgeon to perform a truly customized surgery for superior vision.
Understanding Your Vision and WaveFront Guided LASIK
LASIK surgery can correct a number of vision problems, including myopia, where there is some distortion in the cornea of the eye. However, many patients have abnormalities that traditional screening and testing cannot detect. These abnormalities are called higher-order aberrations. If these optical defects are not corrected along with whatever defect is causing the refractive problem, optimal vision cannot be achieved.
WaveFront is a 3D picture of the way your eye interprets light. For perfect eyes, the light beam appears flat. Any variations from that indicate a higher-order aberration, which is mapped by WaveFront technology. This precise picture of the eye allows your eye surgeon to create a LASIK approach that addresses your unique anatomy.
How WaveFront Guided LASIK Works
With WaveFront Guided LASIK, Dr. Gerstein will transfer the information obtained with the WaveFront analysis to the reshaping laser. This allows the laser to perform a customized surgery with ultimate precision, producing vision that is sharp, clear, and as close to perfect as the human eye is capable of.
When compared to WaveFront Optimized LASIK, another LASIK technique, WaveFront Guided LASIK appears to produce the best results. Patients who underwent both techniques reported favoring the WaveFront Guided LASIK over the WaveFront Optimized. Moreover, WaveFront Guided LASIK improves a patient’s night vision substantially, as well as helping with vision distortions such as glare and halos.
If you are interested in LASIK surgery, contact Dr. Gerstein at Gerstein Eye Institute. We will evaluate your optical needs using only the best, most advanced technology to determine which LASIK technique is right for you. Visit our website to learn more, or call (773) 973-3223 today to schedule a consultation or appointment.
Last updated 9 months ago
Protecting your vision is important at any stage of your life. After all, even the healthiest people need regular eye exams. Cataract and glaucoma patients have to follow special day-to-day guidelines to preserve their vision. Here are some links containing helpful tips and information for keeping your eyes healthy, regardless of their current state.
If you have been avoiding LASIK surgery for fear of the blade, take heart! Learn more about the blade-free IntraLase Method.
Do you or a loved one have glaucoma? Here are some tips from the Glaucoma Research Foundation for keeping your eyes healthy.
The American Academy of Ophthalmology wants you to keep your eyes healthy at any age. Check out their website for information on everything from routine care to advice for serious eye problems.
Have you ever wondered how people get cataracts? The National Institutes of Health National Eye Institute explains this and other cataract facts.
Gerstein Eye Institute has been a leader in eye care in Chicago since the 1960s. Call us today at (773) 973-3223 if you have questions about any aspect of eye care, surgery, or routine treatment.
Last updated 10 months ago
Just because you have been diagnosed with glaucoma does not mean that you will necessarily lose your vision. You can fight the increased eye pressure that causes damage to the optic nerve by maintaining a healthy lifestyle, keeping up with your medications, and sticking to the plan you have devised with your eye doctor. There is more glaucoma patient education available now than ever before, so you can arm yourself with helpful tips to keep your eyes healthy.
Keep Up With Your Medications
Your medication list is your friend. Always keep your most current medication list handy and commit it to memory. Inform your family and doctors about your glaucoma medication. Your doctors will prescribe medications that do not hinder your glaucoma medication. Always speak up if you are ever prescribed a medication containing cortisone. Inform your doctor immediately if you experience changes to your eyes, such as unusual discharge, irritation, or blurred vision.
Organize Your Care
Always schedule your next doctor’s appointment before leaving the office. Doing so decreases the likelihood that you will miss an important follow-up visit or physical exam. Having your appointment on the schedule before you leave will help your doctor’s office to remind you of the appointment closer to its date in case you forget. See your doctor before long trips or undergoing arduous tasks. Write down eye care concerns when they come to mind so that you remember to ask your doctor later.
Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle
Be sure to eat healthy foods and get plenty of exercise. Avoid smoking, drinking alcohol to excess, and consuming too much caffeine. But don’t push yourself too hard. Consult your doctor before starting a new exercise regimen. Drink fluids throughout the day, as opposed to large amounts at once. Doing this and decreasing your sodium intake will help with fluid retention. Finally, keep your eyes clean and irritant-free. This means being cautious about cosmetic choices. Resist the urge to rub your eyes, despite the fact that some medications you are taking may make them feel irritated from time to time.
If you suffer from glaucoma and live in Chicago give Dr. Gerstein a call at (773) 973-3223 or visit our website. At Gerstein Eye Institute we will provide you with the personalized eye care services that you deserve.
Last updated 10 months ago
LASIK vision correction surgery has become a popular alternative to resorting to glasses for vision problems. In recent years, a blade-free LASIK procedure has come to prominence, putting potential customers at ease who were skittish about having eye surgery. Today, your eye surgeon can provide all of LASIK’s benefits without having to use a blade.
How Blade-Free LASIK Works
Originally, LASIK surgery entailed using a blade to make a small incision that created a corneal flap, which then allowed the excimer laser to ultimately correct your vision. Now, the corneal flap is created with a few tiny beams of laser light instead of a blade. This is known as the IntraLase Method. It takes less than 15 seconds per eye to create the corneal flap, and the entire surgery can be completed in 10 minutes.
Blade-Free LASIK Advantages
While the blade method was never unsafe by any means, IntraLase Method patients have added confidence in the procedure. Having a more positive attitude about the process only makes the experience better for both yourself and your doctor. In addition, the IntraLase Method is a fully customized experience. The corneal flap is more precisely fitted to the shape of your eye, which helps to produce the best results.
There are a few instructions you can follow to make sure that your procedure goes as smoothly and safely as possible. For starters, remember to shut off all cell phones and radio frequency devices before undergoing surgery. It might be in your best interest to leave these devices outside of the room altogether, as they can affect the surgical equipment. Otherwise, follow the pre-operative and post-operative instructions provided by your eye doctor and surgeon. Inform your doctor immediately if you experience symptoms like corneal swelling, pain, inflammation, or sensitivity to light.
At Gerstein Eye Institute, we perform blade-free LASIK surgery. Call us at (773) 973-3223 to schedule a consultation about LASIK, cataract, glaucoma, astigmatism, or other eye surgery procedures. We have served the Chicago, IL area for nearly 45 years, and we are fully equipped to meet your eye care needs.