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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.
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.
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.