How LASIK Surgery Improves Your Quality of Life

Posted by Illinois Eye Center on Dec 7, 2016 8:18:00 AM

By now, just about everyone has heard of LASIK surgery. A less than 20-minute procedure to correct refractive errors and eliminate the need for glasses or contacts? It almost sounds too good to be true! 

Many people are hesitant to even learn more about laser eye surgery, either by attending a free LASIK seminar or a LASIK consultation, thinking there must be some hidden catch. A three-year-long study recently found that contact lens users who chose to have LASIK were more satisfied with their vision a year after the procedure, and even more satisfied in the following years.

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Cost of LASIK: How the Procedure Saves You Money

Posted by Illinois Eye Center on Nov 22, 2016 8:21:00 AM

LASIK surgery is a popular procedure for people looking to forego the need for glasses and contacts, but the cost of LASIK makes some people stop in their tracks. Although it seems expensive at first, LASIK surgery can save you money on your vision in the long run.

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Advancements in the Treatment of Cataracts

Posted by Illinois Eye Center on Nov 9, 2016 8:08:00 AM

According to the World Health Organization, cataracts are responsible for 51 percent of the world’s blindness. Cataracts can be described as a clouding of the eye’s lens that occurs naturally with age. They're actually a buildup of proteins that clump together and start obscuring vision over time. Cataracts can cause varying degrees of vision problems, with less advanced cases causing blurry vision and extremely advanced cases causing total blindness.  Now, cataract treatment is (usually) an outpatient surgical procedure, but people have been working to reclaim their sight from cataracts for thousands of years.

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Diabetic Eye Disease - Early Detection

Posted by Illinois Eye Center on Nov 1, 2016 7:00:00 AM

Diabetic eye disease is a silent killer of vision; in its early stages, there are no symptoms. If not detected early, it can lead to permanent vision loss and even blindness. That’s why November is dedicated to diabetic eye disease awareness. 

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Topics: Eye care, Cataracts

Ask the Doc: What Impact Does Diabetes Have on My Eye Health?

Posted by Illinois Eye Center on Oct 27, 2016 10:10:00 AM

“Diabetes is often associated with health problems like cardiovascular disease, nerve damage, skin conditions and coronary artery disease, but there are also eye conditions that could develop as a result of diabetes. 

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The Day-of: Your Guide to the LASIK Procedure

Posted by Illinois Eye Center on Oct 12, 2016 8:00:00 AM

LASIK (laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis) is an amazing procedure, but not many people know exactly how it works. The colloquial term “Laser Eye Surgery” can summon intimidating images for someone who doesn’t know what to expect during a procedure. Of course, everyone wonders whether or not LASIK surgery is painful, how long it takes to recover from LASIK, or simply how long the procedure takes. If you’re considering LASIK at Illinois Eye Center, this is a walk through of the day-of your LASIK procedure.

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Ask the Doc: LASIK FAQ - Everything You Wanted to Know About LASIK But Were Afraid to Ask

Posted by Illinois Eye Center on Oct 3, 2016 4:30:00 PM

LASIK surgery offers a wealth of benefits for the typical glasses or contact lens wearer. Here, Dr. Evan Pike, one of the fellowship-trained LASIK surgeons at Illinois Eye Center, answers some LASIK FAQs. It’s everything you wanted to know about LASIK surgery but were afraid to ask!

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Preventing the Spread of Pink Eye: The Gift That Keeps on Giving

Posted by Illinois Eye Center on Sep 21, 2016 11:45:00 AM

Most people are familiar with pink eye – the bloodshot eyes, the itchy eyelids, gunk on your lashes – but not many people know exactly how contagious pink eye really is. Most pink eye cases are caused by viruses that can’t be medically treated. That means it spreads extremely easily and quickly. Whether you, your child, or someone you know has pink eye, it’s important to take steps to avoid its spread. 

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Cataracts and UV Exposure: Is There A Correlation?

Posted by Illinois Eye Center on Sep 14, 2016 2:45:00 PM

Ultraviolet (UV) radiation is known to be pretty harmful to the skin, but did you know that it can also have harmful effects on your eyes? Exposure to UV radiation from the sun has been linked to several different types of eye damage, and new studies are showing a correlation between UV exposure and cataracts

UV radiation comes from the sun, as well as artificial sources such as welding machines, tanning beds and lasers. There are actually three different types of UV radiation: UV-A, UV-B, and UV-C. While UV-C is absorbed by the ozone and poses no threat, A and B can have very serious negative effects on the eyes.

A study published in the US National Library of Medicine has found that exposure to ambient AV-A and UV-B radiation can induce cataract formation and lead to impaired vision as well as transient and permanent blindness, especially if the recipient is over 40 years of age. 

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LASIK Eye Surgery: Because You're Sick and Tired of Wearing Glasses

Posted by Illinois Eye Center on Sep 7, 2016 2:00:00 PM

Of course you’ve heard people talk about LASIK eye surgery. Maybe even a friend or family member has recommended it to you. So, how long have you been wearing eyeglasses? Do you need glasses just to read this post? How about when driving, playing sports, or swimming? How many times a day do you notice little spots and smudges on your lenses? Ever broken your frames and had to spend time and money on a replacement pair? Let’s rephrase all of that: are you sick and tired of wearing glasses?

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Topics: LASIK, Eye care, Optical