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Optometry 101: What is an Optometrist & What Eye Conditions Do They Treat

Posted by Illinois Eye Center on Aug 5, 2020 9:00:00 AM

An optometrist is an eye doctor who has earned a Doctor of Optometry (OD) degree after attending college and graduating from a 4-year professional program. They perform eye tests and vision tests and detect diseases, injuries, and disorders related to the eyes. Optometrists treat eye conditions, such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism, and prescribe eyeglasses and contacts. They may also provide low-vision aids and vision therapy.

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Topics: Eye care, Cataracts, Eyeglasses, Diabetic Eye Disease, Glaucoma, Macular Degeneration

February is Low Vision Awareness Month

Posted by Illinois Eye Center on Feb 5, 2020 9:00:00 AM

About 1 in 28 Americans have low vision, which is a visual impairment not correctable through surgery, medications, glasses, or contact. Cataracts, age-related macular degeneration (AMD), glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy are diseases that cause low vision. While up to 80 percent of cases of low vision are preventable, many eye disorders that result in low vision cause subtle symptoms – or no symptoms at all. Furthermore, many people are unaware of low vision and its causes therefore do not undergo the routine eye exams that can detect the disorders that cause low vision.

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Topics: Eye care, Cataracts, Diabetic Eye Disease, Glaucoma, Macular Degeneration

Age-Related Macular Degeneration: How to Detect, Treat, and Help Prevent

Posted by Illinois Eye Center on Feb 3, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Nearly 15 million Americans suffer from age-related macular degeneration (AMD); it is the number one cause of severe vision loss in adults over the age of 60. Macular degeneration is damage or breakdown of the macula, which is a small area at the back of the eye that allows us to see fine details clearly. When this occurs, we experience blurriness or darkness in the center of our vision. AMD affects the lives of many people by impairing their ability to see and function in daily life. 

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Topics: Eye care, Macular Degeneration

Ask the Doc: What is Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD)?

Posted by Illinois Eye Center on Jan 29, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Age-related macular degeneration affects more than 10 million Americans. AMD is a common, progressive eye condition that causes damage to the macula, a small spot near the center of the retina. The macula is the part of the eye that allows us to clearly see objects that are straight ahead. AMD has few symptoms in its early stages and could go unrecognized until progression or when it begins to affect both eyes. The first sign of AMD is usually distortion of straight lines. Additional symptoms include distortion of the center of vision with dark, blurry or “white out” areas, and diminished or changed color perception.

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Topics: Eye care, Macular Degeneration

Ask the Doc: Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD)

Posted by Illinois Eye Center on Feb 25, 2015 9:00:00 AM

What are the signs and symptoms of age-related macular degeneration (AMD)? 

AMD is a progressive eye condition that causes damage to the macula, a small spot near the center of the retina. The macula is the part of the eye that allows us to clearly see objects that are straight ahead. In the beginning stages of AMD, there may not be any noticeable symptoms. It could go unrecognized until it progresses or when it begins to affect both eyes. The first sign of AMD is usually distortion of straight lines. Additional symptoms include distortion of the center of vision with dark, blurry or “white out” areas, and diminished or changed color perception.

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Topics: Eye care, Macular Degeneration

What You Need to Know About Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Posted by Illinois Eye Center on Feb 17, 2015 1:25:00 PM

You may have heard of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Maybe you have a loved one who’s just been diagnosed. And if you are like most people, you probably don’t know much about this common eye condition. February is AMD Awareness Month and the perfect time to learn about AMD. 

What is AMD?

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Topics: Eye care, Macular Degeneration

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