Eye Exams in Chicago, IL

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Many serious eye conditions do not immediately present symptoms.

If you are not receiving regular eye exams, you may be missing the warning signs of cataracts, glaucoma, and other issues.

The doctors at Wicker Park Eye Center in Chicago, IL can provide your next eye exam. How can an eye exam protect your vision?

Benefits of Professional Treatment

ProcedureUpdate Your Prescription

Exams allow the doctors at our Chicago, IL office to update your prescription. Staying current on the right lens power is an excellent way to avoid eye strain and function more effectively in your everyday life. Based on your doctor's findings during your routine exam, we can determine how often you should undergo subsequent checkups.

Check for Early Signs of Disease

Many eye diseases are progressive with symptoms that develop slowly. Early signs of glaucoma, for example, may only mildly affect peripheral vision. As intraocular pressure builds, glaucoma can cause irreversible damage to your optic nerve. By diagnosing these issues in their early stages, we can protect your vision.

Save Money Long-Term

Eye exams are at least partially covered by most vision plans. Meanwhile, early detection of serious eye conditions can help you avoid the need for costly and invasive treatments requiring long recovery periods. In short, a relatively small investment of time and money now can save you thousands of dollars in the future.

What Can an Exam Detect?

These appointments involve much more than just testing visual acuity. During your comprehensive evaluation at our Chicago eye center, one of our highly trained doctors will look for signs of potentially serious diseases and conditions. Aspects of your vision that we will evaluate include:

Loss of Peripheral Acuity

Peripheral vision refers to the outer extremities of your field of vision. We often do not pay attention to these areas because they are not our point of focus when reading, driving, or performing other important tasks. Diminished vision in this area is common for individuals who are over 70. However, it can also be a sign of open-angle glaucoma.

Decreased Color Perception

Loss of color perception is a natural part of the aging process. This progressive problem can result in colors being less vibrant or less distinguishable. While there is no treatment for this issue, it can be useful for people in certain career fields to be aware of the state of their color perception.

Vitreous Detachment

Occasional "floaters" or spots in your field of vision are normal, but an increase may be due to a condition called vitreous detachment. The liquefying of the vitreous tissue (a gel-like substance that helps the eye keep its shape) is a natural part of the aging process, but seek help if you experience a sudden and heavy onset of flashes or floaters. One in ten cases of vitreous detachment involves a retinal tear, making early treatment extremely important.

Dry Eyes

Dry eye syndrome is characterized by having persistently dry, red, or irritated eyes. There are a number of reasons that your eyes can become dry, including an imbalance in the makeup of your tears. An optometrist can determine if you need prescription medicated drops, punctal plugs, warm compresses, new contact lenses, or other effective and comfortable treatments for this condition. Some patients may benefit from using eyeglasses instead of contact lenses.

What to Expect During Your Visit

Timeliness

At Wicker Park Eye Center in Chicago, IL, we have a deep respect for our patients' schedules and their time. We will always do our best to ensure that your treatment begins on time.

Answers

As part of your exam, you will be given ample time to discuss topics with our eye care team members. We believe in empowering patients through education. As part of that belief, we welcome any questions you may have about eye care, eye disease, your eyewear, and your lens options.

Vision Test

ProcedureAs many patients would expect, part of your checkup includes a vision test. You will be asked to read a series of charts that show characters of varying sizes. Once this is complete, our optometrist can use this data and other measurements to gain an accurate understanding of your vision, and whether you should begin wearing eyeglasses or contact lenses or update your prescription. We offer a wide range of affordable eyewear options.

Other Tests

An eye exam at our clinic in Chicago, IL also includes a color blindness test, a cover test to determine how well your eyes work together, a test of your eyes' range of motion (ocular motility), stereopsis to measure your depth perception, a slit lamp test, and a glaucoma test.

How Often Do I Need An Exam?

The best way to know how often you should receive an exam is to visit an optometrist. Based on your evaluation, your doctor can recommend a customized treatment plan. However, the general recommendations according to age are as follows:

  • Patients under age 40 should have an eye exam every two to five years
  • Patients over age 40 should have an exam every two to four years
  • Seniors should undergo an exam every one to two years

Dr. Parisha Shah can determine how often you should undergo a comprehensive eye exam. If you have a serious ocular health condition, such as glaucoma, ophthalmologist Daniel Tepper can help to determine how to monitor your symptoms and control the condition in order to protect your vision.

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