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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.

By Skowron Eye Care
June 17, 2021
Category: Ophthalmology
Tags: Contact Lenses  

Contacts can allow you to see with ease and without the worry of keeping your glasses on all day. There are numerous types of contact lenses to fit with your lifestyle and to help you feel comfortable while wearing them. Your optometrists at Skowron Eye Care in Elmhurst, IL, are here to answer some frequently asked questions that you may have.

FAQs About Contact Lenses

What Kinds of Contact Lenses Are Available?

Contact lenses from Skowron Eye Care in Elmhurst, IL come in all different forms, but the two most common are disposable and extended wear contacts. Disposable contact lenses are to be only worn for 1 day and then be disposed of; never should they be re-worn! Extended wear contact lenses can be used either for two weeks or for a month, depending on the lenses that your eye doctor recommends for you.

Are Contact Lenses Hard to Care for?

Contacts are fairly easy to care for and should not take out too much time from your day. Before you put your contacts in or take your contacts out, you should be sure to wash your hands to avoid getting any debris, lotions, and/or bacteria in your eye. If you’re using extended wear contacts, you need to rinse and then gently massage your contacts in the palm of your hand for 20 seconds, making sure to really clean your lenses. You will then soak your contacts in a closed case using a multipurpose disinfecting and storage solution overnight to keep them hydrated and cleaned. In the morning, dump out the old solution and then repeat!

Can People with Bifocals Use Contacts?

You may think this isn’t possible, but they can! There are bifocal contact lenses that can help you see no matter what your prescription is! You also can be fit for monovision contacts as well (where one eye is corrected for distance and the other is corrected for near) and the brain figures the rest out!  

What Are the Benefits of Contact Lenses?

Contacts can help you feel comfortable when traveling or going on vacation and you can feel free to do physical activities without the fear of your glasses falling off your face! You’ll be able to see just as well, and you won’t have to worry about having to adjust your glasses constantly.

Contact Your Optometrist Today!

To learn more about contact lenses and how you can benefit from them, be sure to contact your optometrist at Skowron Eye Care in Elmhurst, IL, today at (630) 984-6850

By Skowron Eye Care
April 08, 2021
Category: Eye Care
Tags: Eye Examination  

Is it time to call your eye doctor for an appointment?

Just as you visit the dentist for your routine dental cleanings and you visit your general doctor once a year for an annual physical, it's important that you visit Skowron Eye Care for your routine eye examination. Whether you wear glasses, or you’ve been told that you have 20/20 vision, eye exams are important for everyone’s eye health.

How often do I need to see an eye doctor?

It is important for everyone to visit their local optometrist for an eye examination. There is so much that can change when it comes to your health, medical history, or other factors, which as a result can also potentially impact the health and function of your eyes. If you are between the ages of 20 to 39 and you have good vision, then you may get away with visiting the eye doctor every 2 years for a comprehensive eye examination. However, if you are 40 years old or older, you should see your eye doctor at least once a year.

In addition, if you wear glasses or contacts, suffer from chronic health problems, have a family history of vision threatening eye conditions such as glaucoma or macular degeneration, or if you’ve had any eye surgery in the past, then you will definitely need to see your doctor every year for an eye exam. 

What is the importance of an annual eye examination?

Yearly eye exams enable us to diagnose conditions early on before causing permanent damage to your vision. Having certain health conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes can also greatly impact your vision, along with taking certain prescription medications. These are just some of the many reasons why you should not skip out on your next eye exam.

Here’s what a comprehensive eye examination entails:

  • Reviewing your medical history
  • Vision testing
  • Diagnostic/refraction testing (determining proper glasses or contact lens prescriptions if needed to see clearly) 
  • Testing the focus of the eyes
  • Tests for eye health (e.g. pupil dilation; slit lamp test, *Optos*) *Allows us to view the health of the back of the eye without the need for dilation*

Your vision and eyes can also tell us a lot about your overall health. If it is time to schedule your routine eye examination, call and make your appointment today at Skowron Eye Care by calling (630) 984-6850.

By Skowron Eye Care
January 11, 2021
Category: Eye Care
Tags: Contact Lenses  
Contact lenses are a great upgrade over traditional eyeglasses, even beyond aesthetics. They liberate you from your frames, and your field of vision is liberated from them. This is further improved since contact lenses move with your eyes and you need not worry about environmental concerns like rain or having your glasses fog up. If you have already made the switch then you're already aware of the benefits, but it's important to know also how to properly care for your contact lenses, the health of your eyes depends on it. The doctors at Skowron Eye Care can help you learn more about what you should and should not do while caring for your contact lenses.
 
Proper Care
 
We will give you specific instructions for correctly cleaning and storing your contact lenses. They interact directly with your eyes so you should follow their guidance.
 
Disinfecting the lenses is necessary whenever you remove your lenses from your eyes, and of course before you put them back in.
 
Again, the doctors at Skowron Eye Care will direct you about the right type of cleaning solution to use, as it can differ depending on a variety of factors. Such as if you suffer from allergies, other conditions, and brand and type of contact lens.
 
Avoid using tap water to clean your lenses, use only the cleaning solution, and rub the lenses with it. Make sure your hands are washed with soap before handling the lenses.
 
Storing your contacts the right way is just as important. Make sure to clean your lens case using a lens solution and replace it if it becomes damaged, don't keep it for more than a few months.
 
Contact Lenses in Elmhurst, IL
 
Contact lenses offer plenty of advantages over eyeglasses, but they do require a commitment to properly caring for them. You need to keep them clean and replace them when recommended to avoid problems with your eyes, and of course, visit your doctors at Skowron Eye Care regularly for eye exams to make sure your lenses will continue to fit properly. To make your appointment today, please dial (630) 834-6244.
By Skowron Eye Care
October 23, 2020
Category: Eye Care
Tags: Eye Exams  

For most people, forgetting to have their eyes professionally examined is fairly easy to forget. After all, nothing could be wrong with your vision if you’re seeing clearly, right? The thing is, there are various eye issues that people don’t notice even if they’re already causing issues without you knowing. Even individuals who wear contact lenses or prescription eyeglasses need to get their eyesight checked regularly.

Thankfully, a comprehensive eye examination from your optometrist here at Skowron Eye Care in Elmhurst, IL, can help detect any vision concerns early. Put simply, routine eye examinations are critical since early detection of eye problems is vital for the best possible outcomes.

When to Visit Your Optometrist

Generally speaking, younger adults and adults must undergo a baseline eye examination if they haven’t seen their eye doctor for a couple of years. During your exam, your optometrist will measure and check your vision and ask you about your medical history. Your optometrist will likewise recommend follow-up checkups and the frequency of these will depend on the results of your eye exam and medical history.

For instance, individuals who wear contacts usually require yearly eye exams to watch out for potential changes that could impact the fit of their lenses and overall eye health. Likewise, diabetics require dilated eye examinations annually to check for potential damage that is not irreversible, but could be slowed.

On your eye examination in our Elmhurst, IL, office, your optometrist will likewise check for clinical findings like high refractive error or retina thinning, which could both raise your risk for developing a detached retina or retinal tears. Pigmentary changes might also increase your risk of developing glaucoma, which could damage the optic nerve due to increased eye pressure.

As for kids, they need to undergo their first eye examination when they start kindergarten.

Other Crucial Notes About Eye Exams

It’s critical to note that people’s risk of various vision-threatening complications increases as they age. For example, the risk for glaucoma, diabetic eye disease, and macular degeneration all increase once a person turns 40 years old. Proper treatments could aid in preventing or slowing down the loss of vision, so routine examination could help preserve your vision for as long as possible.

In addition, if you suddenly develop an increase in flashes, floaters, or if your find a portion of your vision missing or distorted, check in with your optometrist right away.

For More Details or Questions About Eye Examinations, Speak to Us

Call (630) 834-6244 to set an appointment with your optometrist here at Skowron Eye Care in Elmhurst, IL, today.





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