Posts for: May, 2020
Has it been a while since you visited the optometrist? Making time for a vision exam at the Elmhurst, IL, office of your eye doctors at Skowron Eye Care not only helps you protect your eyesight but also offers a few other benefits.
Why eye exams are so important
Vision changes are often slow and subtle. In fact, you may not even realize that your vision has gotten worse until you visit your Elmhurst eye doctor. Regular eye exams are important no matter what your age, but are particularly crucial for children. After all, without good vision, it's hard to succeed in school or sports.
Other benefits of regular checkups include:
- Prompt Detection and Treatment of Eye Diseases: In the early stages, glaucoma, macular degeneration, or other conditions and diseases may not cause any noticeable changes in your vision. When symptoms do occur, permanent damage may already have happened. If any eye diseases or conditions are spotted during your annual visit, you'll be able to receive the treatment you need to prevent vision loss.
- Identification of General Health Issues: Did you know that some diseases cause changes in your eyes. If you have diabetes, you're more likely to develop diabetic retinopathy, a condition that occurs when the blood vessels in your retina begin to leak. Leaking can lead to impaired vision that can become permanent if you don't receive treatment to seal the vessels. Other health issues that can cause obvious changes in the eyes include high blood pressure, Lyme disease, shingles, autoimmune diseases, rosacea, and liver disease.
- Strategies to Relieve Computer Vision Syndrome: Computer vision syndrome, also known as digital eyestrain, occurs when you spend too much time using computers, smartphones, tablets, and other digital devices. Symptoms include blurry vision, dry eyes, eyestrain, headaches, and neck and shoulder pain. Your optometrist can prescribe computer glasses that reduce glare and filter out blue light and offer safe viewing tips.
- Information on Eye Care Topics: Visits are the perfect time to discuss issues that affect your eyes, such as dry eye or irritation from contact lenses. If you've been having a little difficulty seeing up close as you've gotten older, your eye doctor can offer reading glasses and discuss the benefits of bifocals, trifocals, or progressive lenses if you already wear glasses or contacts.
Do you need to schedule an eye exam? Call your Elmhurst, IL, eye doctors at Skowron Eye Care at (630) 834-6244 to make an appointment.
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.