By Skowron Eye Care
June 05, 2017
Category: Eye Care
Tags: Contact Lenses  

Trying to figure out what contacts will help your eyesight? We have the answers you’ve been looking for.contacts

According to Vision Impact Institute, about every 3 out of 4 people need some kind of vision correction, whether it’s wearing glasses or contacts. If you’ve wanted to take the plunge and start getting contacts, it can often feel like there are so many options that you aren’t sure which one is right for you. Let our Elmhurst, IL, optometrists provide the information you need to make an easier, more informed decision about the contact lenses that are right for you.

Soft Disposable Contacts

These contacts are made to completely fit over the cornea and may even be large enough to cover some of the whites of the eyes, as well. These contacts have a shelf life, ranging from a single day to a month.


With these contacts, you pop them in when you get up in the morning and then toss them out before bedtime. These contacts can be easily tolerated for up to 18 hours. This can be a great option for someone who doesn’t like the idea of needing to clean and disinfect extended wear contacts and just wants to be able to remove their contacts, throw them away and replace them with fresh, new ones.

Extended Wear

These contacts can often be worn both during the day and at night while you sleep. There is a lot of convenience when it comes to getting these contacts but it’s important that you talk to our Elmhurst eye doctor about safe practices when it comes to extended wear lenses. You may not want to sleep in them most nights so that you can give your eyes the oxygen they need to breathe. You’ll also want to be meticulous about cleaning them to prevent infection.


If you have been diagnosed with astigmatism, this condition may need to be corrected by toric lenses. These lenses are able to change the deviated angle of the cornea to prevent warped vision.


If you need help seeing both close up and far away, then we may recommend bifocal contacts to help fix both fields of vision at the same time.

Rigid Gas Permeable Lenses

These contacts are made from hard materials and are a bit smaller than soft contacts (only covering a portion of the cornea). Some RGP lenses use both hard and soft materials to make the contacts easier and more comfortable to wear.

Hard Lenses

These contacts are less common or popular as they once were; however, they haven’t gone out of style completely. In fact, for some vision issues, hard lenses can actually provide clearer vision than soft contacts. Plus, these contacts allow more oxygen to get to the eyes, making them a healthier option than soft lenses.

Color Contacts

If you’ve always wanted to have a beautiful pair of baby blues then color contacts may be the way to enhance and change the color of your eyes. There are so many color contact options out there that can naturally and realistically alter your eye color when you wear them.

Are you ready to get contact lenses? If so, then it’s time to schedule a consultation with our eye care specialist at Skowron Eye Care in Elmhurst, IL. Call our office today to let us know that you want to get fitted for contacts.

By Skowron Eye Care
March 31, 2017
Category: Eye Care
Tags: Contact Lenses   contacts  

Having problems with your contacts? While contact lenses are safely used by millions of individuals every day, there are some things contactsyou should keep a lookout for. Skowron Eye Care in Elmhurst, IL, offers a full range of eye care services to their patients. Here are five contact lens problems to watch out for.

1. Keratitis

Keratitis is an inflammation of the cornea. The symptoms of this condition include sensitivity to light and pain. It is common in soft lenses that are not properly disinfected and cleaned, or contacts that have been rinsed with contaminated water. This condition requires medical attention. 

2. Dry Eye Syndrome

Dry eye syndrome is a common problem among people who wear contacts. The symptoms of dry eyes can be more pronounced if your contact lenses start to dry out. Dry eye is a common cause of contact lens discomfort. Special contact lenses for dry eyes or eye drops can help. Be sure to consult your Elmhurst eye doctor if you experience dry eye syndrome. 

3. Conjunctivitis

Conjunctivitis is inflammation of the outermost layer of the white part of the eye and the inner surface of the eyelid. Conjunctivitis is usually caused by contacts that are not kept clean and disinfected. Symptoms of conjunctivitis include burning sensation, redness and discharge from the eye.

4. Corneal Abrasion

A corneal abrasion is a scratch on your eye. Corneal abrasions can happen when abrasive particles get trapped underneath contacts, causing nicks or scratches to the front of the eye. This is most frequent with RGP and hard contact lenses. If the pain associated with a corneal abrasion continues, you may need medical treatment.

5. Corneal Edema

Corneal Edema is the swelling of the cornea. Corneal edema can occur following over-wear of certain types of contacts. Symptoms of corneal edema include pain, halos around lights and hazy vision. Without proper attention, a corneal edema can cause permanent scarring or infection.

Now is the perfect time to make a wise decision. If you live in the Elmhurst, IL area, call Skowron Eye Care at (630) 834-6244 right now to schedule a yearly eye examination and get fitted for the best contact lenses for you. A yearly eye examination is one of the most important preventative measures you can take to protect your vision and health.

By Skowron Eye Care
January 31, 2017
Category: Eye Care
Tags: eye pain  

Do your eyes sting and burn? Your Elmhurst, IL optometrists at Skowron Eye Care explain what you should do when the problem occurs.eye pain

What causes stinging eyes?

Your eyes can sting and burn due to a variety of reasons, including:

  • Allergies and irritants: Both indoor and outdoor allergens can make your eyes sting. Irritants, such as strong chemicals, smog and dust, can also cause the problem.
  • Migrating makeup and sunscreen: No matter how carefully you apply makeup or sunscreen on your face, it may find its way into your eyes, causing a very unpleasant stinging sensation.
  • Infections: Viral and bacterial infections can cause redness, stinging, tearing and other symptoms.
  • Dry eyes: Burning and stinging is common if you have dry eye. Your risk for the condition increases as you age, but it can also be caused by smoking, taking certain prescription medications, wearing contact lenses, or by diabetes, lupus and other diseases and conditions.
  • Eye diseases: Eye diseases like uveitis can cause stinging and burning. If you have uveitis, you may experience redness, pain, blurred vision, floaters and sensitivity to light. Call your Elmhurst optometrist right away if you notice these symptoms.

How can I stop the stinging?

Treatment for stinging eyes depends on the cause. If sunscreen or another substance got in your eye, you may need to rinse your eye to stop the stinging. Look on the package label before you rinse to make sure that it's the best solution. Your optometrist can prescribe special eye drops that reduce stinging caused by allergies. Over-the-counter artificial tears can often help dry eyes feel better. If the problem persists, your eye doctor can offer other options.

Viral infections usually clear up on their own, but your optometrist will prescribe antibacterial eye drops or ointment if you have a bacterial infection. Uveitis can be treated with immunosuppressive pills, steroids or surgery, in some cases.

If home treatment doesn't help your eyes feel better, it's time to make an appointment with the optometrists at Skowron Eye Care in Elmhurst, IL. Call (630) 834-6244 to schedule your eye care appointment.

By Skowron Eye Care
December 02, 2016
Category: Eye Care
Tags: Contact Lenses  

Over 40 million people in the United States wear contact lenses, according to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and contact lensePrevention (CDC). When the CDC partnered with the group Contact Lens Assessment in Youth (CLAY) to conduct a survey on the eye care habits of a group of contact lenses users, they found surprising (and alarming) results. Nearly all of the participants (over 99%) admitted to engaging in poor contact lenses hygiene, therefore increasing their risk of developing infections and other eye problems by as much as five times or more than normal.

In addition to regular eye exams and check ups, the optometrists at Skowron Eye Care in Elmhurst, IL advise people who wear contact lenses to follow a few basic hygiene precautions to keep their lenses - and eyes - bacteria and infection free.

Contact Lenses and Eye Care in Elmhurst, IL

From redness and mild irritation to painful infections, most people who wear contact lenses will experience an issue at some point. But taking a few simple precautions and preventive steps can drastically reduce the risk of contaminating contact lenses and solution with dirt, bacteria and other irritants.

How to Care for Your Contact Lenses

The majority of respondents (over 80%) in the CDC and CLAY study admitted to leaving their contact lenses in for longer than recommended. To avoid dry eyes, sticking and irritation, follow the guidelines and change lenses as recommended.

  • Remove your contact lenses to sleep - over 50% of the study participants admitted to breaking this simple rule
  • Always discard old solution and replace with a fresh batch (do not mix the two)
  • Always wash and dry hands with soap and warm water before removing and handling contacts
  • Clean contacts before and after each use
  • Make sure to also clean the lenses case with solution and replace cases often (typically every three months)

Find an Optometrist in Elmhurst, IL

For more information on how to care for your contact lenses and avoid eye infections and potential vision problems, contact Skowron Eye Care by calling (630) 834-6244 to schedule an appointment for a comprehensive eye exam today.

By Skowron Eye Care
October 14, 2016
Category: Eye Care
Tags: clean eyes  

Itching, tearing, blinking and scratching...we all know the feeling of getting something in our eyes. Although this can be extremely eyesuncomfortable, it isn't usually an emergency if it's just a hair or piece of dirt. However, it's important to know the right way to care for this problem at home. At Skowron Eye Care in Elmhurst, IL, our optometrists want our patients to be educated about proper eye care. Dr. Mark Skowron, Dr. Kerry John, Dr. Lavender Streiff and Dr. Neelam Patadia have compiled some information about caring for the eyes if a foreign object enters them.

Dirt in the eye

First, it's important to know that the fear of a foreign body traveling behind the eye is unfounded. Both the upper and lower eyelids block anything from going any further than a quarter of an inch.

If several particles of dirt, dust or sand have gotten into the eye, your Elmhurst optometrist at Skowron Eye Care suggests carefully cleaning the area around the eye with a dampened cloth to ensure no other particles get in. To remove the particles, you can either lower that side of your face into a pan of clean water and open and close the eye repeatedly or you can flush the eye out into a sink with a pitcher of warm water.

Larger, singular particles, like a hair, can usually be touched to the object and removed using a dampened cotton swab or corner of a napkin while looking in a mirror. The pan or pitcher method can be used if sweeping fails to bring results.

When to call your doctor

It can take up to two hours before the tearing and discomfort subsides. If after that amount of time you still feel as though there is something in the eye, please call our office. Exposure to glass fragments, chemicals, metal or sharp objects always warrant a call to Skowron Eye Care in Elmhurst for immediate evaluation. An emergency room visit may be necessary if the incident happens after office hours.

Maintaining your visual health is our priority, so please call Skowron Eye Care in Elmhurst, IL with any further questions you may have!

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