Last updated 18 days ago
At the Ophthalmic Consultants of Chicago, our team of ophthalmologists and optometrists are committed to meeting our patients’ eye care needs. Robert Cinefro, MD began his college career studying at UCLA, with Honors at Entrance. From there, he went on to study at the Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine, where he was elected to the Preclinical Honor Society and the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. Before joining Ophthalmic Consultants of Chicago, Dr. Cinefro spent a year as an Intern studying Internal Medicine at Northwestern University.
Dr. Mack has received both the Arthur J. Maschke Award for Excellence in the Art and Science of Medicine as well as the Irwin H. Lepow Award for Excellence in Research. He is also a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Refractive Surgery and has taught on laser and refractive surgery topics to more than 2,000 other doctors. Receiving both his BS in medicine and his MD from Northwestern University medical school, Dr. Rosanova is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology.
You can learn more about the skilled team of ophthalmologists and optometrists at Ophthalmic Consultants of Chicago by visiting our website. To schedule an appointment, please call (847) 388-0309.
Last updated 25 days ago
Your tear film consists of three layers—oil, water, and mucus. Together, these three layers keep the surface of your eye smooth, preventing dryness and maintaining the natural shape of your cornea. If your body doesn’t produce enough tears to lubricate and nourish your eyes, you may develop a chronic condition known as dry eyes.
Every time you blink your eyes, you spread tears across the front surface of your eye called the cornea. The oily, outermost tear layer, helps prevent evaporation while allowing you to still see in between blinks. While glands at the eyelid edges produce the oily layer, the lacrimal glands under the eyebrows produce the watery layer. The inner, mucus layer is formed through specialized cells at the surface of the eye called goblet cells. This mucus layer helps prevent the tear film from beading and rolling off the eye as it lubricates the eye surface.
Wash away foreign matter
The watery layer of your tears helps flush away any foreign material, including dirt and other debris. Even though dry eyes can result from environmental conditions or certain medications, the most common type of dry eyes results from an inadequate layer of water in the tears. People who develop dry eyes may begin to experience irritated, gritty, scratchy, or burning eyes.
Reduce risk of eye infection
If your tears are unable to wash foreign debris and bacteria from the eye, you may develop an eye infection. This may result in excessive watering, blurred vision, and the feeling that something is caught in your eyes. In order to treat dry eyes, an ophthalmologist needs to restore the normal amount of tears in the eye to minimize discomfort. Left untreated, dry eye symptoms can get worse and eventually damage the front surface of the eye.
If you are suffering from dry eyes, early treatment can help prevent permanent cornea damage. At Ophthalmic Consultants of Chicago, our team of ophthalmologists and optometrists are committed to providing the best possible service. To schedule an appointment in our office, please call (847) 388-0309.
Last updated 1 month ago
Like most people, you probably use your smartphone for more than simply making phone calls. Thanks to larger phone screens and available Wi-Fi access, you can use your smart phone to read the paper, play games, and watch movies. Unfortunately, the more time you spend staring into the brightly lit screen, the greater your chances of developing low vision problems.
By downloading the Eye Health Saver app by Android, you can help keep your eyes healthy as you use your smartphone. This app allows you to choose a maximum usage period, notifying you when your eyes are in need of rest. With the app’s Exclude List, you can also ensure that you won’t be disturbed while using particular apps on your phone.
Whether you suffer from red eyes, dry eyes, or refractive error, Ophthalmic Consultants of Chicago can help. Call (847) 388-0309 to schedule an appointment with an experienced ophthalmologist.
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Kertoconus eye disease is a condition in which the cornea thins, causing visual distortion. Even though contact lenses and glasses can be used to restore visual acuity, a person with Keratoconus may eventually require cornea transplant. An INTACS procedure places prescription inserts into the cornea, delaying someone’s need for a cornea implant.
Reduces vision distortions
Originally approved in 1999 to treat mild myopia, INTACS are tiny, crescent-shaped polymers that are inserted into the cornea. Once inserted into the corneas of someone with Keratoconus, INTACS flatten the steep part of the cornea, which eliminates vision distortion. As the person’s eye changes, an ophthalmologist can replace the INTACS with new rings. However, if they are removed for good, vision will return to the way it was before surgery within three months.
Requires short surgical procedure
The INTACS procedure takes approximately 15 minutes and is done on an outpatient basis. Before surgery, an ophthalmologist will place anesthetizing drops in the patient’s eyes. Next, he or she will create a tunnel between the layers of the corneal stroma, which is outside of the central optical zone. Finally, the ophthalmologist will choose the correct INTAC ring thickness and insert them into the cornea tunnel.
Results in sharper vision
Most people are able to notice sharper vision the first day following their INTACS surgery, however a couple days of rest are still needed to promote healing. The inserted ring segments aren’t noticeable, as they are located beneath the cornea’s nerve endings. Results of the INTACS procedure vary by person, as people with milder cases of Keratoconus may not require lenses for additional vision correction. However, those with moderate forms of Keratoconus may still need glasses or soft contact lenses in order to improve their vision.
The Ophthalmic Consultants of Chicago specialize in a range of eye care procedures, including INTACS and LASIK eye surgery to eliminate the dependence on glasses. If you would like to learn more about the INTACS procedure, please call (847) 388-0309. Our team of ophthalmologists is here to meet your eye care needs.
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On top of regular visits to the ophthalmologist, you can modify your behavior to improve your eye health. A healthy lifestyle helps you maintain your clear vision and protect your eyes from diseases. Try to add the following behaviors to your daily routine:
Watch your diet to be sure you are eating foods that are rich in nutrients. Green, leafy vegetables, salmon, eggs, nuts, and citrus fruits are all foods that are good for the eyes. If you smoke, quitting can help you lower your risk for cataracts, optic nerve damage, and macular degeneration. Sunglasses and protective eyewear are also important for your eye health.
The vision team at Ophthalmic Consultants of Chicago can help you keep your eyes healthy and clear. Dr. Mack and the rest of our team are here to ensure that you get the services you need to see your best. To learn more about our practice, visit us online or call (847) 388-0309.