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
Update 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.
Eye Exams Reviews
"I am surprised to read about bad experiences at this practice. I called two weeks ago on a Thursday because my 15 year old son lost vision in his left eye. The administrative staff was courteous on the phone and said since this could be a serious situation the doctor could see us on Friday morning. I had been calling opthlamologists for two hours Thursday morning and none would see us immediately or even within a week. Upon check-in, the staff was courteous. Our insurance doesn’t cover eye exams, so they asked for payment up front, which was fine. We had to wait for about an hour before we were seen, which was fine since they got us in within a day of calling for an appointment. My son had an eye exam with an assistant and was given drops to dilate his eyes, and we waited about 30 more minutes before we were seen by Dr. Tepper - again, fine. Dr. Tepper was courteous, fast paced, but thorough. My son was diagnosed with a detached retina. Dr. Tepper referred us to a retinal specialist, his staff called to set up an immediate appointment because of the seriousness of the situation, but that specialist was out for the day. He made a second referral to a retinal specialist at UIC eye clinic. His staff called and notified them of our situation and the doctor at UIC was ready and waiting for us when we arrived. My son had surgery that Monday. Because of Dr. Tepper’s willingness to see us quickly, his diagnosis and referral, my son might regain most of his vision in his eye. If there is one thing I have learned about seeing a specialist, through this and previous experience, it is that they often run behind because they make concessions for emergency appointments, meaning maybe they are overbooked. Doctor’s also get held up with patients who have a number of questions/concerns/problems. I would rather know my specialist is committed to his patients, than churning them out as quickly as possible. By the way, we have seen our retinal specialist twice since my son’s surgery, and the first time he was on time, but we waited two hours the second time. He happens to be one of the best retinal specialists, and worth every minute of our wait. I can say the same of Dr. Tepper."- N.P. / Yelp / Mar 08, 2017
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.
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 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
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.
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.
As 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.
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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