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Optometry Terms to Know

If you have an appointment scheduled with your optometrist or eye physician, you may want to first familiarize yourself with some important terms and definitions. The following terminology will help you better communicate with your physician and get the best care for your vision.

  • Astigmatism - An astigmatism is a condition caused by a misshapen eyeball. When there is a bulge in the eye, the refraction of light is not uniform in all directions. The result is blurred vision. If the astigmatism is minor, the patient may not notice the problem. Larger astigmatisms will result in blurred vision and headaches. Treatment includes corrective lenses or even corrective surgery.
  • Retina - The retina is one of the more important elements of your eye. It is the devise that creates your vision, essentially. The retina is light-sensitive and takes perceived images to convert them to electrical impulses which are sent to your brain for decoding.
  • Glaucoma - Glaucoma is a common medical issue that is caused by excess pressure within the eyeball. This pressure can damage the optical nerve and retina, but is treatable with either medication or surgery.
  • Myopia - During a routine medical care screening with your optometrist is the best time to be tested for myopia. Myopia, or nearsightedness, can be diagnosed when the doctor examines your eye. Corrective or contact lenses can treat the condition.
  • Hyperopia - Hyperopia is the opposite of nearsightedness and happens when the patient has trouble focusing on objects that are close as opposed to far away. Again, treatment is corrective lenses or glasses.
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    MidWest Eye Professionals PC
    11824 Southwest Hwy Ste 210, Palos Heights, IL 60463
    LASIK Surgery & Cataract Surgery Center serving Orland Park, Oak Lawn, Tinley Park areas. Optometrists specializing in PRK, Laser Eye Surgery, Macular Degeneration & Diabetic Retinopathy treatments.
    (708) 361-6141
    Absolute Vision Care
    5553 127th St, Midlothian, IL 60445
    Absolute Vision Care proudly services the southwest suburbs of Chicago IL with over 25 years of quality service with our friendly staff. We take great pride in offering every patient the absolute best
    (708) 371-5160
    Village Eyecare
    1116 W Taylor St Ste Front, Chicago, IL 60607
    We are the area's eye care experts. Our experienced optometrists provide a variety of vision care services. Our business offers eye exams and vision correction for individuals with astigmatisms, glaucoma, and more.
    (312) 829-6173
    Contacts and Specs
    3144 N Broadway St, Chicago, IL 60657
    Contacts and Specs is a family owned luxury optical retailer in Chicago since 1982. Our Optometrists provide individualized care for all patient needs, including Lasik consultations.
    (773) 880-5400
    Cornea Cataract & Laser Center
    10315 S Cicero Ave, Oak Lawn, IL 60453
    Visit our optometry office for everything from a preliminary eye exam to ocular surgery, LASIK, and much more.
    (708) 499-3939
    Dr. Joel B. Katcher
    2309 W Schaumburg Rd, Schaumburg, IL 60194
    We provide superior eye care services for the entire family and a wide selection of frames from which to choose.
    (847) 352-5556
    Family Eye Care Of Woodstock, Ltd
    233 Washington St, Woodstock, IL 60098
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    (815) 338-0674
     
    User Review: "The best place to go in town. Just went there for the first time after many visits to other places. Can't believe I've..."
    Joliet Eyecare Associates
    301 Springfield Ave, Joliet, IL 60435
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    (815) 744-3222
     
    User Review: "I called in the morning and they got me in right away. The office is very comfie and the staff and doctor were great. Funny..."
    Lawrence E Sadowski MD LTD
    202 N Hammes Ave Unit A, Joliet, IL 60435
    Dr. Lawrence E. Sadowski and staff at the Vision Correction Center bring professional eye care and ophthalmology services to the Joliet, IL and surrounding areas.
    (815) 744-2020
    Sunil MD Raichand Sc
    3825 Highland Ave, Downers Grove, IL 60515
    Eye doctor offering routine medical & surgical eye care for area residents. Come to our optometry center for contact lenses, glasses, eye exams, check ups & more. Quality and affordable vision care.
    (630) 971-8330
    Buena Vista Optical
    6455 S Kedzie Ave, Chicago, IL 60629
    Buena Vista Optical offers a wide array of designer frames, sunglasses and contact lenses to the Chicago, IL area. Whether you need something high-end or very basic, we have frames to fit your style.
    (773) 863-9234
    Eyeland Optical
    26 E Downer Pl, Aurora, IL 60505
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    (630) 892-5000
     
    User Review: "I want to praise and commend the doctor and staff for the fine service that was provided to me for the past 2 years. I..." - violet (IL)
    Lossman Eyecare Associates
    1114 W Devon Ave, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007
    Our optometrist makes your eyes our top priority. We administer eye exams and examine the pupil and retina for any signs of infection or trouble. Call us to make an appointment.
    (847) 895-7222
    Absolute Vision Care
    300 Market Pl, Manhattan, IL 60442
    Absolute Vision Care proudly services the southwest suburbs of Chicago IL with over 25 years of quality service with our friendly staff. We take great pride in offering every patient the absolute best
    (815) 478-7700
    Advanced Rockford Eye Care
    695 N Perryville Rd Ste 3, Rockford, IL 61107
    Comprehensive eye exams for your entire family including infants and children are what we offer you. Make sure that you trust our eye doctors so that we can help your eyes remain healthy.
    (815) 316-2020


    Our eyes are very important, and therefore, our eye care must be exceptional to maintain them. Many people see eye doctors to treat eye-related problems, have surgery, get tests, and receive treatment. Often times, patients visit a trusted optometric physician, abbreviated as OD (Doctor of Optometry), for care. These doctors can diagnose and treat any issues pertaining to the eye and related systems. Some older people may suffer from cataracts and glaucoma, while youngsters may have problems with conjunctivitis and other infections. Optometric physicians can examine, diagnose, prescribe, and treat a variety of ailments, from blurred vision and optic nerve damage, to eye disease and retina impairments. Those who have near or far sightedness may be prescribed corrective lenses or contacts to improve vision. Some need simple reading glasses while others need contacts to wear during the day. Optometric physicians may also be able to perform surgery, such as laser vision correction and other procedures. They provide routine exams as well. These eye care tests can involve reading wall charts, evaluations by state-of-the-art machines, drops, and other tests. Most health care insurance plans cover eye care as part of their offerings, or at least offer a separate add-on package for this area. Patients who would like to seek out a new optometric physician (OD), ophthalmologist, or optometrist can first ask their primary care physician for referrals. It's important to keep in mind that optometric physicians are different from opticians, who are not doctors and cannot perform surgery. They are essentially specialists who fit people with eyeglasses and contact lenses; an optometrist or ophthalmologist can treat patients, give exams, and write prescriptions.
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