Last updated 6 days ago
Like any organ in your body, your eyes rely on certain nutrients to function properly. In fact, incorporating a diet that is rich in Omega-3s and antioxidants can help you lower your chances of developing muscle myopia or cataracts. At the same time, choosing a diet that is low in trans and saturated fats can help you reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes, a condition commonly linked with vision problems.
In this video, you will learn about the kinds of foods that can help prevent vision problems. As a general rule, if a food item is good for your heat, then it is good for your eyesight. If you can’t get these nutrients from your diet, you can find them in certain vitamins and supplements.
Would you like to learn more about protecting your vision? Schedule an appointment with Ophthalmic Consultants of Chicago by calling (847) 388-0309.
Last updated 13 days ago
If you are experiencing difficulty seeing because you suffer from cataracts or myopia, then you may be a good candidate for intraocular lenses. Ophthalmologists use intraocular lenses to replace the natural eye lenses when they become cloudy and difficult for light to pass effectively through. Before the development of these devices, patients were only able to alleviate these kinds of vision problems by wearing contacts or thick eyeglasses.
There are different kinds of intraocular lenses available, so it’s important for patients to talk with their eye doctors about which lenses would best suit their vision needs. Once the lenses are chosen, an eye doctor can implant them into a patient’s eye during cataract surgery. During cataract surgery, the doctor will remove the natural, cloudy lens through a very small opening in the front of the eye and then replace it with the intraocular lens.
To learn more about cataract treatment options, schedule an appointment with the Ophthalmic Consultants of Chicago. You can reach a member of our team by calling (847) 388-0309.
Last updated 20 days ago
Even though you rely on your eyesight to accomplish almost any daily activity, it’s easy to take this delicate sense for granted. Unfortunately, many people don’t begin paying attention to their eye health until they begin to develop vision disorders. Instead of waiting until you notice signs of declining vision, you can help protect your eyes by incorporating some simple lifestyle changes into your daily routine.
Eat a healthy diet
Consuming a diet that is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, lutein, zinc, and vitamins C and E can help you lower your risk of developing age-related vision disorders including macular degeneration and cataracts. Incorporating a well-balanced diet into your lifestyle can also lower your chances of developing type 2 diabetes, which is the leading cause of adult blindness. Some foods that you should begin to incorporate in your diet include green, leafy vegetables, salmon, eggs, and nuts.
Not only can smoking lead to lung cancer and heart disease, but this harmful activity also increases your chances of developing cataracts, optic nerve damage, and macular degeneration. If you’ve had difficulty quitting smoking before, then you shouldn’t give up. Studies have shown that by continuing to try and quit smoking, you can increase your chances of successfully eliminating this activity from your lifestyle.
When your delicate eye tissue is repeatedly exposed to the sun’s harsh ultraviolet rays, your chances of developing cataracts and macular degeneration also increase. An effective way to protect your eyes from the sun is to remember to wear sunglasses every time you are walking around outdoors or driving. You should look for sunglasses that block 99% to 100% of both UVA and UVB rays. Even if you wear contact lenses, you should still add an extra layer of protection to your eyes by wearing UV ray blocking sunglass lenses.
The team of ophthalmologists at Ophthalmic Consultants of Chicago is dedicated to providing the best service possible. We offer treatment solutions for dry eyes, red eyes, as well as refractive problems. Call (847) 388-0309 to book an appointment today.
Last updated 27 days ago
Refractive errors are among the most common forms of vision impairment. Occurring when the cornea is misshaped and unable to properly focus light, refractive errors come in four forms: hyperopia, astigmatism, presbyopia, and myopia. While refractive errors are largely unpreventable, once they have been diagnosed, most of them can be treated to correct vision either with the use of contacts or corrective lenses or with Lasik eye surgery. Watch this short video to learn more about the four types of refractive errors and their treatment options.
If you would like to learn more about refractive errors, call the Ophthalmic Consultants of Chicago today at (847) 388-0309. Serving the Hoffman Estates, Schaumburg, and Chicago areas, our experienced and professional team of ophthalmologists offers a wide range of both surgical and non-surgical solutions for vision correction. To meet with one of our ophthalmologists and find out about the options available to you, schedule a consultation today!
Last updated 1 month ago
If you are considering LASIK eye surgery, it’s likely that you have some questions for your ophthalmologist. As with all surgical procedures, before undergoing LASIK eye surgery it is important to understand what the procedure entails and what impact it will have on your vision after treatment. To learn more, we recommend asking these questions when you prepare to meet with your ophthalmologist prior to the surgery.
Is LASIK eye surgery right for me? LASIK surgery has positive results for the majority of patients. However, it is important to make sure that LASIK eye surgery is the appropriate vision correction option for you. LASIK works best on patients who are suffering from a moderate degree refractive error, such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism.
How is the procedure performed? LASIK eye surgery is an outpatient surgery performed while the patient is awake. First, eye numbing drops are given to prevent pain. Then, an eyelid holder is put in place to keep the eye open and prevent blinking. Your ophthalmologist will use a laser to create a flap in the cornea, and then begin to sculpt the corneal tissue. After the cornea has been reshaped, the flap is folded back into place and naturally reattaches. The procedure itself usually only takes about 10 minutes.
What can I expect during recovery? You will need someone to drive you home following your procedure and you will be required to apply prescription eye drops regularly following the treatment. Your eye drops may burn slightly or blur your vision when you use them. Your eyes may be blurry immediately after surgery. However, LASIK eye surgery recovery happens fairly quickly with most patients reporting improved vision within a few days of surgery. You will need to follow up with your surgeon within a day or two of your procedure and schedule regular appointments over the next six months.
Determining whether or not LASIK eye surgery is appropriate for you is an important decision and one that should not be taken lightly. If you are considering LASIK, call Ophthalmic Consultants of Chicago at (847) 388-0309 to learn more about the procedure.