Chicago Anti-Aging Vision Optometry Eye Clinic Services
Chicago Optometrist Services
Basic Vision Care
Of the five human senses, vision is the sense that impacts our lives the most.
Good eyesight allows us to drive a car, enjoy the clarity of a brilliant blue sky, enjoy the smile of a precious child and appreciate nature's colorful landscapes...
What is an Optometrist?
Optometrists, also known as doctors of optometry, or ODs, are the main providers of vision care in the United States. An Optometrist examines people's eyes to diagnose vision problems (nearsightedness or farsightedness), test patients' depth and color perception & ability to focus and coordinate the eyes. Optometrists may prescribe eyeglasses or contact lenses or provide other eye or vision therapies, such as vision therapy or low-vision rehabilitation.
Optometrists routinely test for glaucoma and other eye diseases. Optometrists sometimes diagnose conditions caused by systemic diseases like hypertension and diabetes. Optometrists can prescribe medication to treat vision or eye abnormalities. Optometrists can provide preoperative and postoperative eye care to cataract patients, as well as to patients who have had corrective laser eye surgery. Like many other anti-aging physicians, optometrists encourage preventative measures by promoting optimal nutrition and daily eye hygiene education to their patients to minimize the risk of eye disease.
Optometrists should not be confused with ophthalmologists or dispensing opticians. Ophthalmologists are physicians who perform eye surgery, as well as diagnose and treat eye diseases and eye injuries. Like optometrists, they also examine eyes and prescribe eyeglasses and contact lenses. Dispensing opticians fit and adjust eyeglasses and, in some States, may fit contact lenses according to prescriptions written by ophthalmologists or optometrists.
Top 5 Eye Care Tips
Here is a list of some simple steps to help prevent common eye diseases and preserve vision.
- Nutrition makes a difference
- People should focus on an anti-inflammatory diet avoiding red meats, eating more foods that contain omega-3 fatty acids and avoiding saturated fats. Instead, they should use monounsaturated fats like olive oil. Eating anti-inflammatory foods and watching your dietary intake of antioxidants are important and do seem to help prevent some of the age-related disease processes like macular degeneration and cataracts.
- Protect your eyes from the sun
- Sun exposure has been linked to cataract formation and macular degeneration. To protect the eyes from harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays, you need to make sure your regular glasses and sunglasses have 100% UV protection. If you buy over-the-counter sunglasses, look for the words ‘UV absorbing.’ UV protective glasses do more than protect against cataracts and other eye diseases. UV rays can also cause growths on the eye’s surface that are called pterygium. This sun damage, which can appear as yellow bumps on the eye’s surface, can decrease vision and require surgery.
- While there is controversy about whether exercising the eyes with eye movement exercises helps preserve vision or prevent disease, there is research that suggests aerobic exercise reduces eye pressure -which can be beneficial in the case of glaucoma.
- Don’t smoke
- Smoking increases the risk for eye diseases and vision problems. Smoking causes vasoconstriction which damages blood vessels and deprives the eye tissue of oxygen.
- Take it easy with computers
- Most experts think that while computer use won’t harm your eyes for the long term, working at a computer can cause eye fatigue and short term symptoms such as tired, dry, itchy or burning eyes. You can prevent eye stress by sitting correctly at the computer with the screen positioned slightly below the line of sight. The screen shouldn’t be too close or so far away that you cannot see the print easily. People who need bifocal or trifocal lenses have to talk to their eye care doctors to determine what that distance from the computer should be. Glare can create eye strain. People can combat glare at work with antireflective coatings on their computer screens as well as antireflective coatings on their glasses.To help with the strain that artificial lighting can cause on the eyes, you can try changing to incandescent light from regular soft white light. Also make sure the work area is illuminated evenly.
About Our Licensed & Board Certified Optometrists
Our Lead Optometrist has been delivering eye and vision care services for office, nursing home, and homebound patients for the last twenty years. All of our licensed and board-certified Optometrists provide visual examinations, glasses and contact lens prescriptions, diagnoses and treatment of ocular diseases and visual disorders, and many other eye and vision care services.
They also provide comprehensive vision and ocular health evaluations. They are diagnostically and therapeutically certified optometric physicians. they have extensive experience in treating glaucoma and ocular infections and inflammatory diseases.
Every child should have an eye examination prior to starting school. It is mandated by the state of Illinois. An eye turn, lazy eye, ammetropia and other eye problems need to be detected and rectified in order for the child to succeed in school.
Ocular pathology is very prevalent in senior citizens. Without yearly examinations, potentially blinding conditions such as glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and hypertensive retinopathy often go undiagnosed. The patient remains asymptomatic until permanent damage or blindness has occurred. Even though a patient has Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia and cannot respond properly, they should still be examined to rule out eye or eye lid infections or inflammations.
We co-manage our eye patients with several ophthalmologists in case ocular surgery is necessary. We also provide pre- and post-operative cataract care.