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3 Common Eye Conditions To Watch Out For

With age comes many amazing things, like wisdom and experience from the world around you. But what many people don’t expect is for their eyesight to change. Eye health is important no matter what age you are, but older, aging eyes require a yearly comprehensive eye exam. Before your next eye exam, make sure you know about these common eye conditions!


Does your vision feel like it’s become less clear over the years? If you’re in your forties, fifties, or sixties, you may have developed cataracts. Cataracts occur when the lens of the eye becomes cloudy, making your vision less clear.

With cataracts, the world around you will become harder and harder to see, as it lacks the precision and clarity you may have been used to in your youth. The good news? Cataracts are easily treatable with laser surgery. Cataract surgery is one of the most common eye surgeries performed, making it safe and easy to recover from. For cataracts that go untreated permanent, and severe vision loss can occur.

Dry Eye

Living in a digital age has many pros and cons. One great thing about the digital world is how connected we are to the world around us, no matter where we may be. But increasingly, people are finding this may not be the best thing, especially for your vision. Sitting in front of laptops, second monitors, tablets, and smartphones means we’re almost never disconnected from technology.

This constant connection means your eyes are taking the brunt of the damage in the form of eye strain. Along with eye strain, many people are suffering from dry eye. Dry eye occurs when the eye’s tear film is negatively affected. Sufferers of dry eye could have dry, scratchy eyes, or eyes that tear up uncontrollably. Although there is no cure for dry eye, there are treatments available like artificial tears, eye drops, and punctal implants that can help control the symptoms of dry eye. Even if you aren’t diagnosed with dry eye, it’s important to take frequent breaks away from your computer screens and devices.


Glaucoma is often thought of as the silent thief of eyesight and vision. Glaucoma develops when pressure in the eye is higher than normal. The only way to know for sure if you have glaucoma is to go to your yearly comprehensive eye exams. Your eye doctor will be able to determine if the pressure in your eye is at a normal and healthy level.

It’s also important to let your eye doctor know if anyone in your family has had glaucoma, as it can be something you are predisposed to genetically. If glaucoma is untreated, it will lead to peripheral vision loss, and even blindness. Glaucoma can be treated in a variety of ways, including medicated eye drops, surgery, or lasers.

Want to learn more about these common eye conditions? There’s never been a better time to schedule an appointment to talk to your eye doctor. Keeping up to date on yearly comprehensive eye exams will keep your eyes in the best health possible!

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.
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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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