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) 834-6244.
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.
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Call (630) 834-6244 to set an appointment with your optometrist here at Skowron Eye Care in Elmhurst, IL, today.
Could glaucoma be causing your vision changes?
There are many reasons why you may suddenly be dealing with blurry vision. You may just need a change in prescription, or you may be dealing with the early signs of glaucoma. A family history of glaucoma, as well as certain health problems and age are all factors that can increase your risk for glaucoma. That’s why it’s particularly important for people over the age of 60 to visit their Elmhurst, IL, eye doctor, Dr. Mark Skowron, if they notice these warning signs,
- Blurry vision
- Rainbows or halos around lights
- Loss of vision
- Eye pain
Symptoms will often occur suddenly and appear quickly, so it’s important to act fast and visit your eye doctor right away if you are experiencing any of these symptoms.
Since most people rarely experience early warning signs of glaucoma, particularly those with open-angle glaucoma, it’s important that you visit our Elmhurst, IL, eye doctor every year for an eye exam. This condition is progressive and can lead to permanent blindness. This is why early detection and treatment is key to preserving your eyesight.
What is Glaucoma?
This progressive eye disease causes damage to the optic nerve, which causes a person to lose vision permanently. While there are several kinds of glaucoma the two most common types are primary open-angle glaucoma and angle-closure glaucoma.
Risk Factors for Glaucoma
While our eye doctor will certainly screen anyone for glaucoma, it is particularly important for older adults to get regular glaucoma screenings when they come into the office for their annual exam. While anyone can develop glaucoma, there are certain risk factors. These risk factors include,
- Age: most people who develop glaucoma are over 60 years old
- Genetics: If you have a family member with glaucoma you are at a much greater risk for developing it yourself
- Trauma: If you’ve had eye injuries in the past this can also increase your risk for glaucoma
- Medical conditions: there are certain conditions such as nearsightedness, diabetes and hypertension that can also put you at a higher risk for glaucoma
- Race: You may be more likely to develop glaucoma if you are African American, Hispanic or Asian
While glaucoma cannot be cured there are ways for our team to help you slow the progression of the disease to prevent loss of vision. This includes,
- Coming in for regular eye exams
- Measuring the pressure in your eyes
- Taking certain medications or eye drops
- Stay healthy and active and adding exercise into your routine
When was the last time you visited our Elmhurst, IL, eye doctor for a checkup? If you are noticing changes in your vision, it’s a good idea to play it safe and to schedule an appointment with us. Call Skowron Eye Care at (630) 834-6244.
Prescription contact lenses are easy to use, very convenient, and a breath of fresh air when you need to take some time off from wearing glasses 24/7. However, there are various things to consider when selecting which specific kind of lenses is best for you.
This means that only a thorough assessment with your eye doctor here at Skowron Eyecare in Elmhurst IL is needed to ensure that you get the contact lenses that will work for you. Until then, here are common lenses and how they help people with various vision problems.
Soft Contact Disposable Lenses
These are the most commonly recommended contacts that are used for treating vision issues such as farsightedness, nearsightedness, loss of age-related close-up eyesight, and blurred vision. Soft contacts are likewise easy to get used to and comfortable.
Rigid Gas-Permeable Contact Lenses
These offer a crisp and clear vision. They’re usually recommended for individuals that have been unsatisfied with the vision they achieved with soft lenses. They work extremely well in correcting astigmatism. While soft lenses are more comfortable initially, these are more durable and can last up to 3-4 years. Rigid Gas Permeable allows oxygen to pass directly through the lenses to your cornea.
It’s also important to point out that before buying just any kind of lenses, you should visit your Eye Doctor Elmhurst IL office for a thorough eye test and contact fitting. You will have to go to a follow-up visit after a week, a month, six months, and every year or two after that.
Based on your vision requirements and issues, you may also opt to get specialized lenses like the following:
- Multifocal Contacts: These can treat presbyopia, farsightedness, and nearsightedness simultaneously.
- Hybrid Lenses: These are used for correcting loss of age-related close-up eyesight, astigmatism, farsightedness, nearsightedness, and irregular corneal curvature.
- Scleral Contacts: These help fix eyesight in people with a distorted or irregular cornea.
- Tinted Lenses: Tints are applied for improving the perception of color and compensating for colorblindness.
CRT: Corneal Refractive Therapy
This is a process where you wear specially designed contact lenses that actually change the shape of your eye so no lenses or glasses are needed when the lenses are removed. These can often be worn while sleeping so no correction is used in the day. Great for kids and sports. More importantly, this therapy slows and sometimes even stops the progression of nearsightedness by 50%. A great way to prevent someone from ending up with thick unsightly glasses.
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