Emergency Care

Ideal Family Eye Care, LTD Sylwia Szewczyk, OD & Associates

Optometry located in Jefferson Park, Chicago, IL

Of all your senses, your eyesight likely ranks at, or near, the top. To protect your eyes in an emergency, Ideal Family Eye Care, LTD Sylwia Szewczyk, OD & Associates offers emergency eye care. Whether it’s a developing infection or a corneal scratch, Sylwia Szewczyk, OD, and Joanna Luty, OD, are on call to help their Chicago area patients quickly address most common problems that affect the eyes. For emergency eye care, call the office in Jefferson Park to set up an appointment.

Emergency Care Q & A

What are the most common eye emergencies?

It goes without saying that your eyes are terribly important, so when an illness or injury strikes, you want to get the best care, as quickly as possible. But what exactly constitutes an emergency? To give you an idea of the types of issues that need prompt care, here’s a list of some common eye emergencies:

  • Injury or trauma to your eye
  • Infection
  • Corneal scratch
  • Chemical exposure or burn
  • Retinal detachment
  • Acute angle-closure glaucoma
  • Central retinal artery occlusion (blockage in your artery)
  • Keratitis

While these conditions range in severity, problems like conjunctivitis (pinkeye), blepharitis (swollen eyelids), and chalazion (eyelid bumps), can also prompt you to seek help at Ideal Family Eye Care sooner rather than later.

When should I see urgent care?

While the doctors at Ideal Family Eye Care can handle many common eye problems, there are times when you should go straight to your nearest emergency room. Of the conditions listed above, the following may require immediate care:

  • Injury or trauma to your eye
  • Chemical exposure or burn
  • Retinal detachment
  • Acute angle-closure glaucoma
  • Central retinal artery occlusion (blockage in your artery)

It’s always best to err on the side of caution and use your best judgment. For example, if you’re in moderate to severe pain or you experience sudden vision loss, you should go to the ER. If you’re on the fence, call one of the knowledgeable staff members at Ideal Family Eye Care and they can counsel you as to your next steps.

What treatments are offered for emergency eye care?

If you have an eye problem that needs prompt care, the doctors at Ideal Family Eye Care provide a number of tools that can help bring you relief, such as:

  • Flushes
  • Prescription drops
  • Antibiotics
  • Topical creams

If your doctor feels you may need more specialized help, they refer you to someone who can remedy your eye emergency.

Outside of eye problems, the doctors also offer prompt service for damaged, broken, or lost lenses that you rely on heavily to get through your day.

To learn more about the emergency eye care services at Ideal Family Eye Care, please call the office.

LASIK Consultation Q & A

What is LASIK?

LASIK stands for laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis surgery. It’s the most common eye surgery in the United States today. LASIK corrects three kinds of vision issues:

  • Myopia, or nearsightedness
  • Hyperopia, or farsightedness
  • Astigmatism, irregular cornea curvature that causes fuzzy vision

During LASIK, your eye surgeon uses a state-of-the-art laser to reshape your cornea. This improves focus and clarity. For many patients, LASIK reduces or eliminates the need for eyeglasses or contact lenses.

Am I a good candidate for LASIK?

During a LASIK consultation at Ideal Family Eye Care, a highly trained doctor of optometry evaluates your suitability for LASIK. Although LASIK is an amazing procedure for vision correction, it’s not right for everyone. Your eye doctor checks for the following qualifications:

  • 18 years or older
  • Stable vision, with no prescription changes for a year or more
  • Good eye health, with no corneal, retinal, or optic nerve issues
  • Good overall health and wellness, with no autoimmune disease
  • Healthy tear film
  • Not currently pregnant or breastfeeding

If you don’t currently meet the above qualifications, your Ideal Family Eye Care eye doctor can help with other options for vision correction. And you may qualify for LASIK at some point in the future.

How does LASIK surgery work?

During LASIK surgery, your eye surgeon carefully creates a small flap in your cornea so they can precisely shape your corneal tissue using computer guidance. Your eye surgeon removes only tiny quantities of tissue, doing this in increments until achieving the optimal cornea shape for vision correction.

Although a trusted local eye surgeon performs your LASIK, all of your pre- and post-LASIK care happens at Ideal Family Eye Care. Your Ideal Family Eye Care doctor works closely with your eye surgeon, co-managing your care to make sure that you get the best results possible from your LASIK procedure.

How long is recovery following LASIK?

After your LASIK surgery, there’s little downtime. In fact, most patients have better vision by the next day. A few days after your LASIK surgery, you visit your Ideal Family Eye Care optometrist to ensure that you’re healing well. Most LASIK patients only need to take a day or two off work to get excellent vision correction.

Use the online scheduler or call Ideal Family Eye Care to book your LASIK consultation today.

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Ideal Family Eye Care, LTD Sylwia Szewczyk, OD & Associates, Chicago, IL
Phone (appointments): 773-774-2200 | Phone (general inquiries): 773-774-2200
Address: 5526 N Milwaukee Avenue, Unit B, Chicago, IL 60630