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Eye Protection: Are you taking the Proper Precautions?

Every year over 2.5 million eye injuries are documented with 50,000 of them causing permanent vision loss of some level. Over 90% of these yearly eye injuries can be prevented using effective and accessible eye protection. Proper eye protection starts with safety glasses/goggles, always make sure to utilize these when doing anything that could involve floating particles that can get into your eyes.

Men are considered to be more likely than women to be afflicted by an eye injury. According to a survey conducted by the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), approximately 35% of people use proper eye protection when doing something that could be potentially hazardous to their eyes—an even smaller percentage of people protect their eyes while playing sports.

It is a common belief that eye injuries are more common when working—especially in the case of construction and factory workers—but, according to a survey conducted by the AAO, 44.7% of all eye injuries occur outside of the workplace at home. In fact, 34.2 % of the eye injuries recorded occurred in common loving areas such as: kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, and living room. While cleaning in the house make sure to be cautious when using household chemicals like bleach, drain cleaner, chlorine, etc… as these can cause severe damages if splashed into your eyes.

If you are outside doing yard work make sure you are taking the proper precautions to protect your eyes, as lawn mowers, weed whackers, and leaf blowers can create a lot of dust and debris that can be hazardous to your eye. Outdoor sports and recreational activities make up over 40% of the recurring yearly eye injuries. Eyes can be damaged by over exposure to the sun as well, so it is important to purchase sun glasses that offer 100% UV protection.

A vast majority of people are not taking the necessary precautions to protect their eyes. It is reported that over 78% of people who suffer eye injuries are not wearing protective eyewear at the time of injury. Only a very small percentage of those who claim to be wearing protective eyewear at the time of injury were actually wearing safety or sports glasses.

If you feel you may have sustained an eye injury, it is important to have your eye doctor evaluate your eye before damages become irreparable.

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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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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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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