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    What Are Floaters and Flashers?

    Last updated 10 months ago

    Do you on occasion experience flashes of light or spots in your vision? If so, you may have what eye doctors call flashers or floaters. Both conditions stem from a change in the composition of the eye’s interior. The vitreous humor is a substance that makes up a primary part of the eye. Healthy eyes have vitreous humor to which the retinas are attached. Eyes that are injured or aged may experience circumstances where the vitreous humor detaches from the retina. As it does, a person may think he sees flashes of light. This substance may also begin to separate its interior components, which are made up mainly of water and proteins. This separation may account for the spots a person sees.

    Don’t let floaters or flashers disrupt your vision. Gerstein Eye Institute can perform a comprehensive examination of your eyes to determine both the cause of and solution to your eyesight issues. Call (773) 973-3223 to schedule an appointment at our Chicago location. 

    The Link Between Cataract Prevention and Proper Nutrition

    Last updated 10 months ago

    As with many medical ailments, the onset of cataracts depends on a number of controllable and uncontrollable conditions. Age is a primary risk factor. Certain ethnicities also seem to be more susceptible to cataracts than other demographics. While you can’t help some risk factors, others are within your control. Limited sun exposure and smoking cessation can decrease your vulnerability to cataracts. Your diet can also affect your chances of getting this condition.

    Why does nutrition matter for eyesight?
    Researchers have found that specific vitamins and minerals can potentially delay or decrease cataract growth. In particular, vitamin E and vitamin C can play pivotal roles in slowing cataract formation. Both vitamins contain antioxidant properties that deter the deterioration of the eye lens in which cataracts develop.

    What foods can aid in the prevention of cataracts?
    Many medical professionals, including eye doctors, recommend a diet high in fresh fruits and vegetables. Oranges are just one food with an ample amount of vitamin C; to make sure that you get enough of this vitamin in your diet, eat this citrus fruit as a snack or accompaniment to your breakfast or lunch. You can also take advantage of the vitamin C found in strawberries, kiwi fruit, bell peppers, and broccoli. To get your daily vitamin E, try including more spinach and apricots into your diet. Almonds and sunflower seeds can also give you a vitamin E boost. 

    How can individuals further protect their eyes?
    While good nutrition can greatly enhance your chances of having cataract-free vision well into your older years, regular eye doctor appointments are likewise essential to healthy eyesight. An eye doctor can detect issues long before they begin affecting your vision and recommend treatment to prevent potentially irrevocable damage to your eyes.

    Has your vision become cloudy over the last several months or years? If so, now’s the time to schedule a consultation at Gerstein Eye Institute in Chicago. Call (773) 973-3223 today to learn more about our cataract surgery options. 

    Experienced Medical Receptionist (Chicago- Northshore)

    Last updated 10 months ago


    Receptionist with experience in a medical office needed in dynamic, growing Ophthalmology practice in Chicago.We are looking for a receptionist with experience in healthcare and should be familiar with insurance benefits, collecting co-pays, and medical terminology.

    Our practice has a great reputation in the community, is technically advanced, has incorporated EMR technology, Social Media Marketing, and has terrific staff AND patient base.

    We are looking for:
    -Great ATTITUDE
    -A friendly person with a positive outlook and the desire to be part of a team
    -Energy to welcome our patients to a great experience
    - Someone with great computer skills

    Responsibilities Include:
    -Greeting new and existing patients in person & on the phone
    -Scheduling appointments
    -Answering phones
    -Relaying messages
    -Managing daily cancelations and no shows and appointment reminder calls
    -Maintaining patient medical records
    -Preparing new patient charts
    -Performing general office admin duties (e.g., coping, fax, filing)
    -Collecting patient payments
    -Communicating with insurance carriers to verify insurance and proper payments
    -Verifying all demographic and insurance information and changes as necessary
    -Previous experience with electronic scheduling and billing software, ICD-9 and CPT codes desired

    Requirements Include:
    -Knowledge & experience with Microsoft software a must
    -Excellent communication skills (written & oral) a must
    -Previous experience as receptionist in medical office required
    -Previous experience with Medical EMR system a PLUS

    Must be available Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays 8-5pm Saturdays 8-1pm.
    Our growing company offers Personal/sick time off, vacation time off, paid holidays, Health, Dental, Life, Long & Short Term Disability & 401K with employer matching.
    Please contact with Resume and References via email to 866-337-3667. 

    Keeping Your Eyes Healthy Through Nutrition

    Last updated 10 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 10 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.

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