Eye Disease Diagnosis & Management

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Early Detection is Key for Safeguarding Your Vision

We rely on our vision for so much. As a result, when our vision is compromised it can have a serious impact on our quality of life. Unfortunately, most people don’t exhibit symptoms of eye diseases in their early stages, so they may not realize something is wrong until their vision has already been compromised.

Regular eye exams are vital for detecting eye diseases and other serious conditions as early as possible.

Our experienced eye care team can help you safeguard your vision and eye health by recommending specific ocular nutrition and clean eye-related beauty products. If you want to learn more, please book an appointment today!

Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)

Our eyes can deteriorate as we age, increasing our chances of developing serious eye diseases, disorders, and conditions. AMD is linked to the aging process and can cause our central vision to become damaged and blurry. Around 11 million people in the US are estimated to have some form of age-related macular degeneration.

Dry AMD: The macula (central part of the retina) begins to thin as we age, which can cause our central vision to become blurry – a condition called dry AMD. Dry AMD is the most common form of AMD, making up 90% of all cases. An early sign of dry AMD is fatty proteins called drusen, which appear as small yellow or white deposits under the retina. There is currently no treatment for dry AMD.

Wet AMD: Wet AMD is less common than its dry counterpart, but typically progresses rapidly. It is caused by abnormal blood vessels growing beneath the retina that begin to leak, slowly damaging your eye and compromising your vision. An early sign of wet AMD is compromised vision that makes straight lines appear wavy.

Cataracts

Cataracts refer to the gradual clouding of the lens in your eye, causing your vision to slowly dim and become blurry. Cataracts are usually caused by aging, but the risk of developing them can increase by excessive UV exposure, smoking, or diabetes.

The only way to treat cataracts once they have formed is by undergoing cataract surgery. However, although cataracts cannot be prevented entirely, studies have shown that a diet rich in particular vitamins and nutrients may significantly reduce your risk of developing them:

  • Vitamins: Various studies have shown that ingesting higher levels of vitamins C and E can decrease the progression of cataracts.
  • Nutrients: Lutein and zeaxanthin are carotenoids found in the eye. Studies have shown diets rich in these nutrients can reduce the risk of developing cataracts.

Glaucoma

Glaucoma occurs when the optic nerve begins to deteriorate, causing vision loss. If left untreated, glaucoma can result in complete blindness. Fortunately, glaucoma can be diagnosed in its early stages during an eye exam, so eye care professionals can take steps to slow or even halt the progression of the disease.

  • Open-Angle Glaucoma: Often referred to as the “thief of sight,” open-angle glaucoma develops gradually. With this type of glaucoma, vision loss usually isn’t noticed until the condition is already in its advanced stages. Open-angle glaucoma occurs when the drainage canals become slowly clogged over time, increasing the eye’s internal pressure.
  • Closed-Angle Glaucoma: Closed-angle glaucoma typically develops rapdily, and can be incredibly painful. It occurs when the drainage canals become blocked suddenly, causing the eye’s internal pressure to rise rapidly. This condition is incredibly serious and constitutes an eye emergency.

Dry Eye

Dry eye causes itchy, watery eyes alongside general discomfort and redness. Symptoms can range in severity from mild to debilitating and, if left untreated, can lead to lasting and irreversible damage.

Dry eye can be caused by aging, environmental conditions, medications, or a variety of other factors depending on your situation. Your optometrist can evaluate and diagnose dry eye during a comprehensive eye exam, and then develop an appropriate treatment or management plan to suit your needs.

The best way to avoid the progression of eye disease is to book an appointment and get a professional opinion.

Where To Find Us

900 North Michigan

Easily find our Shoppe 900 location on the 5th floor of 900 North Michigan Shops, Chicago’s premiere shopping area.
Visit us today!

900 N Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60611

Hours

Mondays:
10 AM7 PM
Tuesdays:
10 AM7 PM
Wednesdays:
10 AM7 PM
Thursdays:
10 AM7 PM
Fridays:
10 AM7 PM
Saturdays:
10 AM7 PM
Sundays
12 PM6 PM

Easily find our Shoppe 900 location on the 5th floor of 900 North Michigan Shops, Chicago’s premiere shopping area.
Visit us today!

900 N Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60611

Hours

Mondays:
10 AM7 PM
Tuesdays:
10 AM7 PM
Wednesdays:
10 AM7 PM
Thursdays:
10 AM7 PM
Fridays:
10 AM7 PM
Saturdays:
10 AM7 PM
Sundays
12 PM6 PM

Oak Street

Find our conveniently located Oak Street storefront on the basement level next to Milani Boutique and just a few stores down from Cooper’s Hawk Winery.

50 East Oak Street
Chicago, IL 60611

Hours

Mondays:
10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Tuesdays:
10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Wednesdays:
10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Thursdays:
10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Fridays:
10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Saturdays:
10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Sundays:
Closed

Find our conveniently located Oak Street storefront on the basement level next to Milani Boutique and just a few stores down from Cooper’s Hawk Winery.

50 East Oak Street
Chicago, IL 60611

Hours

Mondays:
10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Tuesdays:
10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Wednesdays:
10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Thursdays:
10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Fridays:
10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Saturdays:
10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Sundays:
Closed
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