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By Skowron Eye Care
December 15, 2021
Category: Eye Care
Tags: Eye Care   Eye Conditions  

Many types of eye conditions can adversely affect vision, making it difficult to see clearly. Some eye conditions can occur at any age, while others are associated with the aging process. If you have an eye condition, it is important to receive proper eye care. In Elmhurst, IL, eye care for many different types of vision conditions is available at Skowron Eye Care, where our highly skilled optometrists monitor eye health and treat specific eye conditions.

Types of Vision Conditions

There are many different types of eye conditions that can affect vision. Some common vision conditions include:

  • Myopia — Also called nearsightedness, myopia is a condition associated with objects close up are seen clearly while those at a distance usually appear blurry.
  • Hyperopia — Also called farsightedness, hyperopia is a condition in which far vision tends to be more clear than close vision.
  • Astigmatism — A condition in which the eye focuses light at two different points rather than one. Far and near vision can both be blurred.
  • Presbyopia — A condition associated with aging. The lens in the eye gradually loses elasticity, which makes it difficult to focus clearly on objects at close distances. Individuals with presbyopia tend to need reading glasses.
  • Cataracts — A condition that commonly occurs with aging and is caused by a clouding of the lens of the eye, which can affect vision.
  • Glaucoma — A condition associated with increased pressure within the eye, which restricts nutrient flow to the optic nerve and can lead to blindness
  • Macular Degeneration — A condition in which the central focal point on the retina is damaged, which results in distorted or blurred vision. Patients with this condition might also see a dark area in the center of their field of vision.

Treatment and Care

We treat all types of vision conditions and provide general eye care at our Elmhurst, IL, optometry practice. The treatment needed depends on the type of eye condition affecting the patient. Our experienced optometrists can recommend the right treatment for your specific eye condition and also provide guidance on how to properly care for your eyes on a daily basis.

One of the best ways you can care for your eyes is to schedule regular eye exams. This is especially important for patients over the age of 40 since many eye conditions develop with aging. Regular eye exams allow the optometrist to monitor the health of your eyes and detect new vision conditions soon after they develop. Treating eye conditions promptly could help prevent them from becoming worse.

Proper eye care begins with seeing an optometrist for an accurate diagnosis of your particular eye condition. Once the condition is properly diagnosed, an individualized treatment plan can be developed for you. To schedule an appointment with one of our optometrists for vision issues and general eye care, call Skowron Eye Care in Elmhurst, IL, at (630) 984-6850.

By Skowron Eye Care
December 10, 2021
Category: Eye Care
Tags: Contact Lenses  

Is it time you made the switch from glasses to contacts?

Around 45 million Americans wear contacts, according to the CDC. Perhaps you’re still wearing glasses but you’re considering whether to trade in your specs for contact lenses. While contacts lenses are beneficial for several reasons, our Elmhurst, IL, optometrists need to examine your eyes to determine if you could be a good candidate. So, what makes someone a good candidate for contacts? Here are some factors to consider,

Your Eye Problem

Before getting contact lenses, our Elmhurst, IL, optometrists will need to examine your eyes to determine exact visual acuity and refraction errors. This exam will also check for any eye diseases. From there we will determine if you are nearsighted (trouble seeing objects at a distance) or farsighted (trouble seeing objects up close), or if you have astigmatism. From there we can determine the right type of contact lenses to correct these issues. We also offer multifocal contact lenses that can help patients in Elmhurst, IL, see both up close and far away.

Your Activities and Lifestyle

Your lifestyle can also determine whether contact lenses are right for you. Many people who wear glasses think of making a switch because they want the freedom of doing what they want without having to worry about their glasses. For example, you may be an athlete or simply an active individual and your glasses may get in the way of your HIIT workout or downward dog. If so, contact lenses can give you a little more freedom and a lot less hindrance.

Upkeep and Care

People need to understand how to properly care for their contact lenses so they can decide if this is something they want to do. After all, you will need to clean your contacts every day to prevent bacteria from building up. You will also want to replace your contact lenses with new ones at the recommended schedule. For example, you may have daily, weekly or monthly contacts, which means that they need to be replaced daily, weekly or monthly. To reduce your risk for injury or infection, you’ll want to replace contacts at the recommended time.

If you are interested in getting contact lenses here in Elmhurst, IL, turn to the team that was named the “Best Eye Doctor” in 2020 by Suburban Life. Call Skowron Eyecare at (630) 984-6850 to schedule a consultation.

By Skowron Eye Care
November 04, 2021
Category: Eye Care
Tags: Eye Examination  

If you suffer from diabetes, it affects many parts of your body, including your eyes. For an eye examination in Elmhurst, IL, visit Skowron Eye Care. They have optometrists and staff who are dedicated to helping you manage your diabetic eyes. 

What is Diabetes?

According to the CDC, diabetes is a chronic condition that affects the ability of your body to produce energy from food. When food breaks down, it produces sugar which then enters your bloodstream. Your pancreas is triggered to produce insulin. The insulin allows your cells to use the sugar as energy. 

When you have diabetes, your body either doesn't produce enough insulin or doesn't use the insulin correctly. This allows too much sugar to stay in your bloodstream, which is a very bad thing. It can lead to serious health issues, including loss of vision. 

Diabetic retinopathy is the most common eye condition that is a result of diabetes, but it isn't the only one. People with diabetes are up to 5 times more likely to develop cataracts and to get them at a younger age. Having diabetes makes you 2 times more likely to get open-angle glaucoma. 

Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetic retinopathy is an eye condition brought on by diabetes. It affects the blood vessels in the retina. It is particularly dangerous because in the early stages it doesn't have any symptoms, which makes it even more important that you get a comprehensive eye examination in Elmhurst, IL. In later stages there are symptoms:

  • Seeing dark floating spots
  • Blurred vision
  • Poor night vision
  • Colors appear more faded than usual

Cataracts

Cataracts are common in the general population and with diabetes increasing the risk of developing them, it is important that you see your eye doctor regularly. Cataracts can be removed with routine surgery. However, those with diabetes are at greater risk of developing complications such as macular edema, postoperative macular edema, and posterior capsular opacification. 

Open-Angle Glaucoma

Open-angle glaucoma is another particularly dangerous complication of diabetes that doesn't have any early symptoms. By the time vision loss is apparent, it is very far advanced. Eye exams are the best way to catch this condition early and start treatment. If the pressure in the eye is not lowered, optic nerve damage results and can lead to blindness. 

When you have diabetes, an eye examination in Elmhurst, IL is one of the best things you can do to try to protect your vision from the ravages of the disease. Call Skowron Eye Care at 630-984-6850 to set up an appointment to see one of their optometrists. 

By Skowron Eye Care
October 22, 2021
Category: Health
Tags: Eye Doctor  

A lot of us are afraid of going to see the doctor, or at least nervous about it. Additionally, many of us only manage to see our primary care physicians. It can be difficult to force yourself to visit the dentist, let alone other specialized healthcare providers like dermatologists or eye doctors. We should probably all see the eye doctor more often than we actually do. Our eyes are incredibly sensitive and require a lot of specialized care. But how do you know it's time to see the Eye Doctor? Let's explore.

1. Your Vision Is Worsening

This may seem obvious, but a lot of people just assume that their eyesight is supposed to worsen as they age, and there's nothing to be done with it. Firstly, not all deteriorating eyesight is normal. While eyesight does tend to worsen in old age, your eyesight should not rapidly grow worse. Additionally, there are things you can do to preserve your eyesight. For example, 40% of all Americans have myopia, and they need eyeglasses. But of course, you can't get those glasses without going to an eye doctor.

2. You Have a Family History of Eye Disease

You should be able to look into your family history to explore whether or not you need to see an eye doctor more frequently. If you have a family history of eye disease, you probably need to have your eyes checked more regularly to ensure that you're not growing ill.

3. You Suffer From Allergies

Yes, if you suffer from seasonal allergies or other types of allergies (allergies to pet hair, for example) you probably need to see an eye doctor. You shouldn't have to suffer from the symptoms of your eye allergies without relief. An eye doctor can determine whether or not your allergies directly affect your eyes and then prescribe medication to help.

4. If You Notice Strange Occurrences

If your eyes are regularly swollen or draining, if you see random specks in your vision, or if you suffer from double vision, you need to see an eye doctor. Even if these symptoms are painless or irregular, they may indicate an issue.

5. If You Haven't Had An Appointment Before

If you've never seen an eye doctor before, you need to see one as soon as possible. You have one set of eyes; don't neglect them!

By Skowron Eye Care
September 10, 2021
Category: Health
Tags: Strabismus  

The Cause of This Condition

The frustrating thing about strabismus is the relatively unknown nature of its causes. About half of all childhood cases occur at birth and have no apparent trigger. Children born with this issue simply lack the proper eye muscle control and may need to see an Elmhurst eye doctor manage this issue. That said, children may also develop strabismus if they have conditions like:

  • Rubella
  • Hemangioma
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Apert syndrome
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Retinoblastoma
  • Traumatic brain injury

In adults who develop strabismus, conditions like eye injuries, strokes, shellfish poisoning, Graves disease, diabetes, botulism, and more may be to blame. General vision loss may also cause this disease and worsen as that condition deteriorates. That's why it is vital to work with an eye doctor you can trust to understand and treat your symptoms of strabismus.

Treatment Options

If you or someone you love has crossed eyes, double vision, uncoordinated eye movement, loss of depth perception, or vision issues, visit an eye doctor at Skowron Eye care. They'll provide you with various tests to examine your condition and find a treatment problem that works for you.

For example, prescription eyeglasses are often necessary to correct vision problems. Putting patches on your stronger eye help to force the weaker eye to see appropriately. When this doesn't help, muscle surgery may be necessary to enhance a person's vision and minimize the risk of worsening strabismus.

Get Treatment Right Away

Contact us at Skowron Eye Care. Our team will diagnose your strabismus and any other conditions and work hard to help you see better. Call us at (630) 984-6850 to set up your appointment.





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