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By Skowron Eye Care
February 08, 2022
Category: Eye Care
Tags: Contact Lenses  

Not sure if eyeglasses or contact lenses are right for you? The optometrists at Skowron Eye Care in Elmhurst, IL can help you consider all the pros and cons.

Do you need to wear eyeglasses?

Whether you're nearsighted, farsighted, have astigmatism or blur at near, eyeglasses offer an effective way to improve your vision for a clearer and more comfortable visual experience.

Advantages of wearing glasses include:

  • Easy Care: Simply wash the lenses in water or with our glasses spray and dry them with a soft, clean microfiber cloth.
  • Many Choices: With so many frame choices available, it's easy to change your look by putting on a new pair of glasses.
  • Multiple Vision Correction: Bifocals, trifocals, and progressive lenses make it easy to see both near, far, and mid-distance objects.

Of course, wearing glasses does have a few disadvantages, such as:

  • Smears and Smudges: Eyeglass lenses pick up dust and can be smudged easily.
  • Appearance: Some people don't like the way they look in eyeglasses.
  • Fogging: It can be difficult to see when your eyeglasses fog up on cold days, especially now while wearing masks.

So, are contact lenses a better choice?

The benefits of wearing contact lenses include:

  • Clearer Vision: Because contact lenses are placed directly against your eye, they may offer clearer vision than eyeglasses. You may notice that your peripheral vision is also better when you wear your contact lenses.
  • No Worries About Damage: Glasses can fall off your face and break when you're active but not contact lenses.
  • A Variety of Choices: Contact lenses provided by your optometrist in Elmhurst, IL, correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, presbyopia, and astigmatism. Choose soft contacts that are either 1-day single-use or 30-day extended wear. Rigid gas permeable contact lenses are a little harder than soft contact lenses but may offer a clearer vision for certain cornea conditions.

Drawbacks of wearing contact lenses include:

  • Risk of Infection: Painful eye infections can occur if you don't follow your eye doctor's cleaning and handling instructions. Fortunately, infections are easy to avoid by washing your hands, using fresh solutions, and replacing contact lens cases at least every three months.
  • Dry Eyes: Contact lenses may irritate your eyes and make them feel dry. If dry eyes are a problem for you, your doctor can recommend lens types that improve oxygen flow to your eye and increase moisture.

Do you need new eyeglasses or contact lenses? Call your eye doctors at Skowron Eye Care in Elmhurst, IL at (630) 984-6850 to make an appointment.

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
June 17, 2021
Category: Eye Care
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



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