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Vision changes can be a bit disconcerting. Here’s why you might be experiencing spots or flashes.
“Floaters” or flashes in the eye are a fairly common occurrence. Of course, if you are experiencing this, you may be wondering if this is something you can get rid of, or if it’s something to be concerned about. Here’s what you should know about light flashes and spots in your vision, and when you may want to visit Skowron Eye Care in Elmhurst, IL, for medical eye care and evaluation.
What are eye floaters?
This is fairly common as people grow older, as the fibers within the vitreous (the clear fluid inside the eye) begin to clump. Floaters can take on different sizes and shapes, from dots and lines to spiderwebs.
What are the flashes?
Just as you can imagine, flashes look like a camera flash has gone off in your field of vision. Most of the time flashes and floaters go together and you may experience flashes in vision after closing your eyes or during the middle of the night.
When should I see an eye doctor?
So, when do floater and flashes in your vision warrant seeing a doctor? If you’ve had these issues for years, then chances are good that you won’t need to see an eye doctor to find out what’s going on; however, if you suddenly notice floaters or flashes in your vision and you’ve never had them before, then it’s time to see your eye doctor.
Flashes are often more of a concern for eye doctors than floaters, as this could be a sign of infection, inflammation, or tearing of the retina, which can increase the risk for a retinal detachment (which requires emergency medical care).
Finding Eye Care in Elmhurst, IL, During the Pandemic
While we are still providing eye care to our patients here in Elmhurst, IL, at this time, there are some changes we have made to our schedule. We are always available for urgent and emergency appointments; however, we are limiting the number of patients we see to no more than two per hour.
Extreme care is being taken to ensure that our office is completely disinfected to protect our patients when coming into the office. If you are having issues with your vision and you need to schedule an immediate appointment, please call Skowron Eye Care at (630) 834-6244.
Being able to see well is essential to performing the activities of everyday life. For those with imperfect but correctable vision, contact lenses can help to improve sight. Here at Skowron Eyecare in Elmhurst, IL, your optometrists offer a full range of eye care services to their patients—read on to learn more about how contacts from our office can help you!
What kinds of contacts are available?
Hard contacts are rigid gas permeable lenses which allow for more oxygen to flow through the lens material to the eyes. They offer crisp, clear vision, and they can correct most flaws in your vision.
Soft contacts are made of a flexible plastic material that allows oxygen to pass through the lens to the eyes. Soft contacts provide better initial comfort than hard contacts. Colored contacts allow you to correct your vision and eye color at the same time.
How long will it take to get used to my contacts?
Most patients get used to the feel of contact lenses within a couple of days of wearing them, with the comfort tending to increase each day. If your contacts are still not comfortable after the first week, your healthcare provider may need to switch you to a different type of contact lens.
Should contacts be worn while playing sports?
Sports vision specialists agree that contacts are the best vision correction option for fitness enthusiasts and athletes. They can correct your vision flaws, and unlike eyeglasses, they stay in place and eliminate the risk of glasses-related injuries.
Am I a good candidate for contact lenses?
The quality that makes you a good candidate for contact lenses is motivation. Most people can successfully wear contact lenses if they're excited about them and are willing to give them a try. That being said, patients with abnormally dry eyes might have a more difficult time wearing contacts.
Call our Elmhurst office today!
If you need contact lenses, why wait? We can help you today! Call Skowron Eyecare at (630) 834-6244 to schedule a contact lens exam. You will experience exemplary service and state-of-the-art care at our Elmhurst practice.
Is pink eye going around your child’s school? Find out what to do if you or your little one catches it.
Pink eye, also referred to a conjunctivitis, is a common and highly contagious infection of the eye that leads to redness, itching and excessive tearing. This infection frequently occurs in school-age children; however, it’s possible for anyone to catch pink eye if they come in contact with someone who has this infection. Find out the symptoms of pink eye and when to see our Elmhurst, IL, optometrists for treatment.
Causes of Pink Eye
There are three main types of pink eye:
Allergic: An allergic infection occurs as a result of coming in contact with outdoor or indoor irritants such as pet dander, pollen, ragweed, or dust. Those whose allergies may experience seasonal flare-ups that also result in pink eye.
Bacterial: A bacterial infection such as Haemophilus influenzae and Streptococcus pneumoniae can also cause pink eye. Those with bacterial conjunctivitis are more likely to deal with pus or very thick discharge coming from one or both eyes.
Viral: This is the result of a virus such as a common cold. This is extremely contagious but will often go away on its own after a few days. No treatment is usually necessary.
Symptoms of Pink Eye
There are a lot of things that can cause red, itchy eyes, from allergies and environmental pollutants to infections. So, how do you know that you have pink eye? The symptoms you experience will vary depending on the cause of your pink eye:
Viral: This infection can cause symptoms in either one or both eyes. You may notice that your eyes are more sensitive to light. You may also have itchy, red, and watery eyes.
Bacterial: This type of infection can infect both eyes. You may notice a yellowish and sticky discharge that may be so thick that it seals your eyes shut in the morning.
Allergic: Those with allergic conjunctivitis are more likely to experience burning, itchy, and watery eyes that may also be sensitive to light. Along with these symptoms you’ll also experience normal allergy symptoms such as sneezing, coughing, or stuffy or runny nose.
When to See an Eye Doctor
If your child’s eyes and eyelids are getting progressively red, tender or swollen it’s important to see your Elmhurst, IL, eye doctor right away to prevent the infection from spreading. Bacterial conjunctivitis will require proper treatment to prevent severe and permanent eye damage. This is why it’s important to recognize the symptoms and if in doubt give us a call. We can talk to you over the phone about your symptoms to see if you need to come into the office right away.
If you or your child is dealing with the uncomfortable symptoms of pink eye then call Skowron Eye Care in Elmhurst, IL, today to schedule an appointment with one of our eye doctors.
The health of your eyes is just as important as the rest of your health, making proper eye care a necessity. This includes attending regular eye exams with an optometrist who can check for changes in vision, as well as any other potential eye health concerns. These visits can address problems as soon as possible, helping you maintain healthier eyes. At Skowron Eye Care in Elmhurst, IL, Dr. Mark Skowron, Dr. Kerry John, Dr. Lavender Streiff, and Dr. Mirjana McCarthy are here to help!
Attending regular exams from an optometrist at our Elmhurst office is one of the most important ways you can care for your eyes. These exams allow your eye doctor to monitor your vision and detect any changes sooner rather than later. If these vision changes are affecting your ability to see clearly, an exam can indicate if you would benefit from prescription glasses or contacts. If you already wear glasses or contacts, an eye exam can indicate if a change to your existing prescription is needed.
Eye exams can also reveal potential problems with the health of your eyes. Left undetected and untreated, some eye conditions can become worse or even lead to additional eye problems. Examples of conditions that could affect eye health or vision include:
- Blocked tear ducts
- Macular degeneration
- Corneal degeneration
- Corneal ulcers
- Pupil anomalies
Emergency and Urgent Eye Care
It's also important to see an eye doctor when changes to your vision suddenly occur, even if you are not yet due for a routine exam. Some situations that require emergency or urgent eye care with an optometrist include loss of vision, injuries to the eye, seeing light flashes, spots in the eye, as well as conditions such as conjunctivitis (i.e. pink eye). Allergies can also affect the eyes and an optometrist can offer recommendations for maintaining eye health and comfort when allergies are acting up.
Time for Your Next Appointment? Give Us a Call!
Eye care is an extremely important component for maintaining both your vision and the health of your eyes. To schedule an eye exam with Dr. Skowron, Dr. John, Dr. Streiff, or Dr. McCarthy, your eye doctors in Elmhurst, IL, contact Skowron Eye Care at (630) 834-6244.
Many people who wear glasses wonder if contacts are a good option for them. The optometry team at Skowron Eye Care in Elmhurst, IL, has many patients who visit their practice asking this question. Regardless of the vision correction you need, contacts are likely available to help you see more clearly and conveniently. Read on to learn more about contacts and how they can benefit you!
What are the advantages of wearing contacts?
Although glasses are often considered fashionable these days, many people still don't like the way they change their appearance. Others have jobs or activities that require a lot of physical activity, and glasses get in the way. Contacts are convenient to travel with, easy to apply, and simple to care for, as rinsing them each day with a cleaning solution or using daily disposables is all that's necessary to keep them free of debris and bacteria.
Who should not wear contacts?
The good news is that most people—9 out of 10, according to the Prevent Blindness Foundation—can wear contacts as a matter of preference. There are, however, certain conditions may prevent contact use. Those who have been diagnosed with chronic dry eye (often a symptom of diabetes, thyroid conditions, or rheumatoid arthritis) will often find wearing contacts to be uncomfortable and ineffective. Additionally, if you have severe, uncontrolled allergies that include itchy, watery eyes, your contact lenses may not stay in place and may further irritate your eyes. If your job includes exposure to a lot of dirt, dust, or smoke, contacts may not be appropriate for you, as well. Your Elmhurst optometrist will discuss your options with you at your consultation.
Interested? Give us a call!
If you're ready to make the switch to contacts, contact Skowron Eye Care in Elmhurst, IL, for an appointment with one of our eye care specialists today! Our number is (630) 834-6244.