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Corrective lenses help millions of people throughout the world improve their vision. This cornerstone of ophthalmology uses the natural focus of the eye as a template to correct issues that mar vision. This guide offers more information about the science behind corrective lenses and how they positively affect one’s sight:
Common Vision Problems
Understanding how corrective lenses work starts with a basic understanding of the problems that cause trouble with vision in the first place. Myopia, or nearsightedness, happens when the eye focuses on an object before it hits the retina and makes it appear blurry. Hyperopia, or farsightedness, is a condition caused when an object that is close in sight does not get focused before hitting the retina and it instead appears blurry. Astigmatism happens when the second focal point messes up the vision.
How Lenses Help
A lens, just like a prism, allows light to pass through it. One section of the lens is thicker than the other and the light naturally bends toward that thicker part. Based on the patient’s vision problems, the ophthalmologist orders lenses that compensate for the specific issue. With this change in focal point, the wearer can suddenly see perfectly.
Glasses versus Contact Lenses
When glasses are used to correct vision, the lens is placed a little bit in front of the eye. This helps someone fix sight issues when looking straight ahead, but might not help for peripheral vision needs. A contact lens, however, is placed directly onto the surface of the eye so the wearer has perfect vision in every direction.
Come to Ophthalmic Consultants of Chicago to let Dr. Mack help correct your vision issues. With dry eye treatment and Lasik eye surgery, we provide the services you need to correct your sight troubles. For more information on our services, visit our website or call (847) 388-0309.
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A healthy body has clear, white eyes. Should the eyes yellow, it can indicate illness. Several medical conditions can bring on the appearance of yellowed eyes. Pancreatic cancer is one disease that can turn the whites of the eyes yellow. Gastrointestinal issues and severe weight loss frequently accompany this illness, too. Sickle cell anemia, which produces malformed blood cells, can also prompt the appearance of yellowed eyes. Individuals who suffer from cirrhosis may have yellowed eyes as well. This condition may stem from a bile duct disorder, hepatitis, or excessive alcohol consumption. In the event that the eyes suddenly become yellow, professional help is highly recommended, as all causes can be serious in nature.
Ophthalmic Consultants of Chicago strives for the ultimate health of our patients. If you suffer from yellowed eyes, our team of ophthalmology experts can help you determine the source and direct you toward the requisite care for it. For more information about our array of services, call our Hoffman Estates practice today at (847) 388-0309.
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Is the area around your eyelashes constantly irritated? Do you suffer from persistently red and swollen eyelids? If so, you may have blepharitis. This chronic condition can be highly frustrating for sufferers; when left untreated, it can also cause eye damage. With diligent prevention techniques and professional ophthalmology care, though, you can bring your blepharitis under control for good.
Blepharitis develops when bacteria on the skin of the eyelids causes inflammation. These bacteria are inherent to the surface of the skin, but can become overly active in some people. If you have particularly oily skin, it can aggravate the condition. That’s why ophthalmologists recommend that patients do their due diligence in monitoring the oiliness of their skin. Frequent yet gentle cleansing sessions can help to decrease the amount of oil and bacteria on the eyelids and eyelashes. Before the cleaning part of the process can begin, you must first moisten your eyelids to loosen particle buildup. A clean, warm cloth offers the best means to alleviate the accumulation of bacteria and skin cells. With a mild cleanser, you can then wash the area. Practicing this hygiene habit on a regular basis can reduce the number of blepharitis flare-ups.
If at-home prevention strategies are not enough to relieve your inflammation and discomfort, seek the help of an ophthalmologist. A physician can evaluate your condition and recommend treatment options. In some cases, eye drops can improve the situation. If your inflammation is severe, your doctor might prescribe antibiotics to take by mouth to decrease swollen skin. He may also give you a topical solution to apply to the eyelids for maximum relief.
Blepharitis need not interfere with your quality of life. Ophthalmic Consultants of Chicago offers swift and effective care to quickly improve your condition and lessen the risk of future flare-ups. If you live in the greater Hoffman Estates, Arlington Heights, Schaumburg, Mt. Prospect, or Palatine area, call us today at (847) 388-0309 for an appointment.
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Diabetic side effects can often impact the eyes. With the help of an ophthalmologist, though, individuals with diabetes can retain healthy vision for decades. This video discusses the ocular issues that diabetes can cause and ways that ophthalmology experts can address them.
This condition frequently facilitates the occurrence of retinopathy, which affects the retina, and cataracts, which impact the eye lens. Because both problems may present before a sufferer feels their effects, routine eye checkups are recommended. In the event that either condition is detected, an ophthalmologist can administer medication, injections, or surgery to alleviate complications.
Ophthalmic Consultants of Chicago offers comprehensive eye care for diabetic patients. To schedule an appointment with an ophthalmologist at our Hoffman Estates office, call (847) 388-0309 today.
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Diabetes can facilitate the development of other health issues, such as hypertension, neuropathy, and even periodontal disease. It can also negatively affect a person’s vision. In fact, ophthalmology experts refer to these diabetic-related eyesight problems as diabetic eye disease. Diabetes may be a chronic problem, but individuals who have it can protect their vision with consistent prevention and early treatment measures.
What Conditions It Can Cause
A person with diabetes is at a higher risk for multiple eye problems, including cataracts. Cataracts are a condition that affects the lenses of the eyes. Normal, healthy lenses are completely transparent. When afflicted with cataracts, the lenses become cloudy from protein buildup. Diabetes may also influence the development of glaucoma, which damages the optic nerve. A diabetic individual can also suffer from diabetic retinopathy. This is the most frequent side effect of this condition. When it occurs, blood vessels damaged from imbalanced blood sugar levels can seep blood.
How It Affects Eyesight
Each of the issues that diabetic eye disease can cause may permanently affect a person’s vision. Both glaucoma and retinopathy are progressive conditions. Without professional medical treatment, extensive damage to either the optic nerve or retina can eventually turn into blindness. While cataract surgery can correct the complications of this problem, it can diminish a person’s eyesight for months or years until they seek treatment for it.
When to See an Ophthalmologist
Ophthalmologists stress the importance of getting regular eye exams upon receiving a diabetes diagnosis. In many cases, diabetic eye disease can cause significant damage prior to a person noticing that his vision is diminished. The sooner that an ophthalmologist can halt the effects of diabetic eye disease, the longer that the patient can enjoy healthy vision.
Have you recently received a diabetes diagnosis? Let Ophthalmic Consultants of Chicago help you care for your vision needs. Our staff of ophthalmology specialists caters to residents in the Mt. Prospect, Palatine, Schaumburg, Arlington Heights, and Hoffman Estates communities. Call (847) 388-0309 today to schedule a consultation.