Woodchips, grass clippings, or debris
Everyone has accidents! If you get metal, wood chips or other debris in your eyes, we can remove it. DON'T WAIT! Time is of the essence when it comes to removing debris and chemicals from the eye. The longer you wait, the worse it will be. We can remove metal and rust, plastics, glass, gravel, plant material and even the remains of insects from that motorcycle ride. We can flush out chemicals that get splashed into the eyes. Prevention with safety glasses is your best defense. But when that accident happens call us right away! With the use of "bandage contact lenses" we can help your eye to heal faster and you will be more comfortable.
If you notice a sudden change in your vision, flashes of ight in your vision or anything else that alarms you, come in RIGHT AWAY! Emergency Eye Care is also necessary for Any sudden change in your vision.
If your emergency happens after normal hours, please call the doctor's paging service at: 815-561-5898.
We offer exams for the fitting of glasses and contacts. Exams include testing the pressure in the eye, vision field testing, measuring of the curvature of the cornea, a check of the color vision, pupil reactivity, stereo vision, eye muscle function, refraction, external and internal health evaluation. Dilated eye exams are encouraged and offered to every patient.
In addition to the standard eye exam, diabetics need to have their eyes dilated at least once a year. By dilating the pupil the whole retina is visible and it is easier to see damage and bleeding in the retina from the diabetes. Digital retinal photography is often used to document the changes in the retina. Correspondances including these photos are then sent to the patient's primary care physician to keep the physician informed of the eye's health. Optical Coherence Tomography is often used to check the health of the retina, especially the macular region and to monitor "cotton wool spots" which are more serious complications of diabetes.
Many patients have dry eye syndrome. This is a feeling of scratchy eyes or feeling like you have sand in the eyes. Dry eye syndrome is often accompanied by eyes that water and tear excessively, which would seem contrary to the diagnosis. There are many treatments for dry eye sufferers. The most simple treatment is aggressive therapy with eye lubricants. If the eye lubricants are not enough, then we can use little "drain plugs" to plug the drain canal of the eye lid which helps to hydrate the eye. We can, also, use prescription eye drops like RESTASIS and FRESHKOTE to help increase tear production. We have an instrument that can test the osmolarity of your tears. Osmolarity helps determine the overall health of your tears. The osmolarity is then monitored over time to determine the success of your treatment.
Fitting of contacts for high prescriptions or high astigmatism. Fitting of contact lenses for patients with keratoconus. Rigid Gas Permeable contact fitting is also available.
Itchy eyes can ruin a day! Even when taking oral antihistamines, the eyes can still itch. Our doctors can prescribe antihistamine eye drops that help relieve the itch so you can concentrate on your day, not your allergies.
Glaucoma is a silent thief! It robs you of your vision slowly, often so slowly that you don't even notice the loss until it's too late. The glaucoma patient requires some specialized testing to get the most accurate information about the eye's health. This testing includes very accurate testing of the pressure in the eyes called "contact tonometry", threshold vision field testing to provide the most detailed information about the vision field, advanced OCT scanning of the optic nerve head and the retinal nerve fiber layer (the wiring layer of the retina).
Digital photography is the best way to document changes in the retina. The high resolution photos provide excellent documentation and reference.
The OCT is a powerful tool for diagnosis, documentation and monitoring of various problems with the retina and the optic nerve head. This instrument looks beneath the surface of the retina to reveal the structure and health of the deeper layers.
For those who cannot come in to our clinic, we offer in-home eye services. Our doctors can come to your home, nursing home, or skilled care facility and provide eye exams on location. Comprehensive, dilated eye exams can be performed from the comfort of your easy-chair. If you are in need of these services, please call our office to arrange an extended period of time for this exam. We can even bring a selection of frames with us so you can pick out new glasses at home as well. We are proud to offer this service to our patients with special needs.