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Woman having an eye exam performed on herAt Chicago Cornea Consultants, we take the health of your eyes seriously. We offer a range of treatments to help you maintain the clear, dependable vision you deserve.

The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends that adults undergo a comprehensive eye examination every 3-5 years before the age of 45, every 2-3 years from 45-65, and every 1-2 years thereafter. Because one eye can compensate for the other, you may be unaware of a loss of vision in one eye unless you are checked at the eye doctor’s office.

It is important to know about the general health of your eyes, and that we can monitor you for progression of any early conditions. Additionally, at times during a “routine” eye exam, abnormalities may be found which you might not even be aware of. Sometimes, they may require an intervention to prevent irreversible damage.

Examples of these types of conditions include:

  • Undetected vision problems (myopia, presbyopia, astigmatism, keratoconus)
  • Glaucoma and elevated eye pressure or abnormal (narrow) anterior chambers
  • Cataracts
  • Retinal tears or holes
  • Macular degeneration
  • Eye inflammation (uveitis)
  • Dry eyes and blepharitis

Many general medical conditions can affect the eyes or may manifest themselves for the first time with eye symptoms.

If you have been diagnosed with or are concerned about any of the following, an expert, detailed comprehensive eye examination on a regular basis is very important:

  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Giant cell arteritis
  • Stroke
  • Thyroid dysfunction
  • Autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, sarcoidosis, psoriasis, eczema, and others.

Some medications can have ocular side effects. Drugs that affect the central and peripheral nervous system (anticholinergics, antidepressants, antipsychotics,) may result in blurred vision, especially for near tasks.

Antihistamines taken for allergies can contribute to dry eye as can medicines for blood pressure control. Medications for your prostate (such as FLOMAX) can affect the pupil during eye surgery. Treatments for erectile dysfunction can affect color vision and the health of the optic nerve.

Man holding some pillsSpecific medications that require monitoring for toxicity or particular ill effects on the eyes include:

  • Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) – taken for autoimmune diseases
  • Steroids (tablets, inhalers, topical preparations) – used for many indications
  • Tamoxifen – taken for breast cancer treatment
  • Amiodarone – taken for an irregular heartbeat
  • Topamax (topiramate) – taken for migraines and other conditions
  • Gilenya (fingolimod) – taken for MS

There are other medications that can impact the eyes that are not listed above. Always be sure to let your eye care provider know of all the medications you are taking. At times, there may be worrisome concerns for which we are happy to see patients on an urgent basis. If a referral or information from another provider is needed, our staff will do their best to help and facilitate a prompt visit.

Some of these symptoms include:

  • Decreased, distorted or newly variable vision
  • Double vision
  • Flashing lights or floaters
  • Eye injuries like scratched eyes (corneal abrasions,) foreign bodies in the eyes, chemical exposures, etc.
  • Eye infections (conjunctivitis, corneal ulcers)
  • Eye allergies (itchy, burning, watery eyes)
  • Styes (bumps and swellings of the eyelids)

The ophthalmologists and optometrists of Chicago Cornea Consultants are available and glad to provide eyecare for these and many other needs for you and your family. Our skilled providers can get you an expertly accurate eyeglasses prescription and take care of your contact lens needs as well.

To learn more about our comprehensive eye care services, contact our practice in Chicago, Highland Park or Hoffman Estates today.

LASIK eye surgery is a procedure that is designed to reduce your dependency on eyeglasses and contact lenses. Here at Chicago Cornea Consultants, our LASIK surgeons and eye doctors use the latest in laser vision correction technology to ensure each patient receives optimal results.
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Laser Eye Surgery
As leaders in the field of ophthalmology, we were among the first in the area to offer the advanced Alcon LenSx laser platform for cataract surgery. This exciting new technology allows our skilled ophthalmologists to make incredibly precise modifications, enhancing the patient experience.
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Traditionally, presbyopia, which happens to all of us as we age, has always meant glasses for clear reading vision. It's a condition not even correctable by laser vision correction. Luckily, there is an option. Refractive lens exchange allows patients a clear alternative to reading glasses and is capable of reducing or eliminating presbyopia by using an advanced multifocal intraocular lens.
Refractive Lens Exchange
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Keratoconus describes a cornea that weakens as collagen fibers deteriorate, causing the cornea to adapt a cone-like shape. Keratoconus can cause blurred vision, light sensitivity, glares, and decreased night vision. In its early stages, keratoconus may be treated with the use of prescription glasses or contact lenses. Keratoconus is also one of the most common reasons for corneal transplant, and one of the most successful. Call any of our offices and ask to speak to the Vision Correction Surgical Coordinator, or use the contact form below.
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It's estimated that a million or more Americans have glaucoma and don't even know it. People with glaucoma often do not experience any symptoms until they begin losing their peripheral vision. One of the scariest things about glaucoma is that it usually has no symptoms in the early stages, earning glaucoma the name "silent thief of sight." Anyone can be at risk, so it's important to have your vision regularly examined.
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At Chicago Cornea Consultants, our doctors take great care in maintaining ocular health for our patients. However, a number of our patients voice concerns regarding soft lines and wrinkles around the eyes and other regions of the face. We have responded by introducing cosmetic procedures like BOTOX® Cosmetic through our Chicago practice.
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Dry eye can result from a lack of sufficient production of your own natural tears, with an inability to provide adequate lubrication for your eyes. This can cause mild to severe discomfort including itching, stinging and burning. Dry eyes are a common concern in Chicago, and the experienced team of corneal specialists at Chicago Cornea Consultants have the latest advancements in technology to treat dry eye.
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Dry Eye
Contact lenses are medical devices which interact directly with the ocular surface of the eye. At Chicago Cornea Consultants, we provide exceptional care to ensure that you obtain the best possible vision with contact lenses that fit appropriately and maximize health benefits.
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