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    Understanding the Benefits of Implantable Contact Lenses

    Last updated 9 months ago

    Refractive errors such as myopia (nearsightedness) and hyperopia (farsightedness) are usually treated with eyeglasses or contact lenses. Contact lenses are placed atop the cornea, or the clear, outer surface of the eye. Although these lenses are often very effective in correcting vision, they must be removed for regular cleaning, and eventually replaced with a new lens. Gerstein Eye Institute of Chicago is proud to offer a new, state-of-the-art alternative to contact lenses—the Visian ICL. This implantable contact lens (ICL) is surgically placed between the iris and the lens, where it works with the lens to correct the refractive error. The Visian ICL has the following benefits over normal contact lenses:


    The Visian ICL is secured directly atop the eye’s lens, where it provides consistent and stable quality of vision. If you’ve had contacts before, you’ll find that the Visian ICL offers a similar experience, but without the hassle.


    The implantable contact lens is made from an advanced, foldable material, and can be inserted through a micro incision. This promotes quick healing and a more pleasant post-surgical experience. The lens is also completely transparent and is not noticeable once it is placed. It requires no maintenance beyond your normal visits to the eye doctor.


    The Visian ICL is approved to correct a broad spectrum of nearsightedness. The lens can also be removed if it is no longer desired.


    The implantable lens is made from Collamer, a transparent, flexible material that is flawlessly biocompatible with anatomy of the eye and rests securely on the natural lens.

    If you suffer from nearsightedness, you may be a good candidate for the Visian ICL—even if you have not been approved for LASIK vision correction or other corrective procedures. Schedule a consultation at the Gerstein Eye Institute today by calling (773) 973-3223. Our experienced physicians will help you discover the right treatment for you and your family.

    How to Prevent Cataracts

    Last updated 9 months ago

    Cataracts occur when protein aggregates in the eye’s clear lens, resulting in a white and clouded appearance. Light can no longer pass through the eye as it once did, and normal vision is obstructed.

    There are many factors that can increase your risk for cataracts, including excessive sun exposure, increased age, and previous eye trauma. By watching this video, you can learn more about some of the major risk factors that lead to the development of cataracts and what you can do to avoid them.

    If you or a loved one is suffering from cataracts or vision problems, consider scheduling an appointment with the experts of the Gerstein Eye Institute. Our eye care professionals are proud to offer some of the most advanced LASIK and cataract treatment services in the Chicago area. Call (773) 973-3223 today for more information.

    Your Guide to Common Vision Conditions

    Last updated 9 months ago

    Millions of Americans are affected with vision conditions that make daily activities more difficult. If you are having trouble seeing objects up close or far away, or suffer from blurry vision, schedule an appointment with your eye doctor to find out if you have a refractive error. For a better understanding of common vision problems, consider this helpful overview:


    Nearsightedness, or myopia, occurs when light rays focus in front of the retina. Myopia can affect the eye if the eye is either too long or has excessive focusing power. This condition generally causes distant objects to appear blurry, though patients retain clear vision of nearby objects. Though glasses can re-focus the light rays on the retina and significantly improve vision, many patients opt for laser vision correction surgery for a long-term solution.


    Also known as farsightedness, hyperopia occurs when light rays are focused behind the eye’s retina. This condition may occur either because the eye is too short or because it is unable to focus. Hyperopia causes both near and distant objects to appear blurry, and usually worsens with age. Mild to severe hyperopia may be permanently corrected with LASIK surgery, while some patients prefer glasses or contact lenses.


    Astigmatism occurs when light rays become distorted because of an excessively curved cornea. The shape of a healthy cornea is spherical; people with astigmatism have corneas that are shaped more like footballs, which causes light rays to focus at multiple points in front of or behind the retina. Astigmatism can affect near and distant vision and cause blurriness. Fortunately, this condition can be alleviated with glasses, contact lenses, or LASIK surgery.

    Here at Gerstein Eye Institute, we are dedicated to helping all of our Chicago patients find the LASIK vision procedure that is right for them. Our attentive staff can guide you through your financing options, and our experienced eye surgeons have helped countless Illinois residents achieve clear vision. If you have glaucoma, astigmatism, myopia, or cataracts, contact our full-service eye care center at (773) 973-3223.

    Qualities to Look for When Choosing a Lasik Surgeon

    Last updated 9 months ago

    For many patients, LASIK can permanently reduce reliance on irritating contact lenses and uncomfortable glasses. When you invest in a laser vision procedure, you should be sure to work with a LASIK surgeon who can guide you through each step of this innovative eye surgery. If you are looking for a LASIK surgeon, review this checklist to make sure your eye doctor is up to the task:

    Professional Credentials

    Even if your LASIK surgeon comes personally recommended by a close friend, it’s important to ask any new eye doctor about his or her training and education. Remember, your eye surgeon will be operating on a priceless possession—your vision. When you consider where to have LASIK surgery performed, ask for all certifications and inquire about professional memberships. Experienced surgeons should be able to provide testimonials from satisfied clients and point to significant teaching and research activities.

    Significant Experience

    Next, find out how much experience your eye surgeon has performing LASIK procedures. Many general eye doctors also have a surgical practice, but not every eye center has a hard-earned reputation as one of the premier LASIK providers in the state.

    Personalized Care

    Finally, be sure to select an eye surgeon you feel comfortable with. Every medical practice is different, and it’s important to personally visit each eye doctor and meet with your surgery team beforehand. Make sure you ask who will be your main contact at the office, how the LASIK screening procedure works, and who will perform follow-up examinations and aftercare. If you do not feel satisfied by the level of individual attention, look elsewhere.

    Here at Gerstein Eye Institute in Chicago, we can help you secure financing for your LASIK surgery. If you live in Evanston, North Shore, or Skokie, give us a call at (773) 973-3223 or visit our website to learn more about our LASIK procedures and general eye care. Our eye surgeons also perform cataract surgery and intraocular lens insertion.

    Conjunctivitis 101

    Last updated 9 months ago

    Conjunctivitis, or pink eye, occurs when the eye’s conjunctiva become inflamed. The conjunctiva is a transparent membrane that coats the eye, protects it from environmental hazards, and provides lubrication. When this membrane attracts bacteria, it can become infected. Other causes of conjunctivitis include viruses, allergies, or irritants such as dirt, smoke, or soap. Common symptoms are itchy, swollen eyes, and a red, thickened conjunctiva. Some sufferers may also have vision troubles, or notice a green discharge from the eye. Unfortunately, the infection can be easily transmitted if an affected individual rubs her eyes and touches household items. Conjunctivitis can usually be treated by an eye doctor with antibiotics and compresses.

    Whether you have experienced pink eye symptoms, have been struggling to see up-close or far away objects, or simply need to check in with an eye doctor, contact Chicago’s Gerstein Eye Institute today. Our eye surgeons also perform LASIK and cataract surgery. Contact us at (773) 973-3223 if you have any questions about our practice.

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