Eye Care and Prescription Glasses in Naperville, IL
In our office, we provide thorough, comprehensive vision examinations that focus on maintaining good eye health and optimal vision. Follow the links below to learn about various methods / types of vision correction.
Computer Use and Your Eyes
Computer usage can cause dry, irritated eyes that burn. It may also cause itching or watering, eye fatigue, difficulty in focusing or glare-related headaches.
Tips to help:
Take regular vision breaks looking away from the monitor every 15-20 minutes
Consciously blink to keep eyes more moist
Arrange the monitor to avoid glare on the screen
Adjust the monitor so that it is at least 20" away and that the top of the monitor is at eye level
Keep the screen free of fingerprints, dirt and dust
Still having difficulties? Schedule an appointment with your doctor to discuss eyewear options such as anti-reflective coating to reduce glare or computer glasses designed to optimize your computer vision.
Contact Lens Wearers
Can I wear contacts?
To determine your ability to wear contacts you will first need to be seen by one of our doctors. Generally a patient's contact lens prescription will differ from their glasses prescription. Our doctor will evaluate your eyes to determine the optimal contact lens prescription, base curve (based on the curvature of your eye) and type. The doctor will "try on" a contact lens to see how your eye reacts.
If it is determined that you are a candidate for contact lenses we will set up a one hour lens pick-up time / lesson with our contact lens trainer or one of the doctors. You will leave your training session understanding how to care for your lenses, insert and remove your lenses and with a wearing schedule. The doctor will see you back in the office in two weeks, wearing your lenses, to check on your progress, examine the lenses on your eye, and verify your prescription. Provided all is well, you will be able to order up to a year's supply of contacts at this time. We do stock many contacts, but if yours in one which does need to be ordered, it typically will arrive in 1 week.
Contact lenses are considered a "medical device" and as such, require an annual eye exam in order for the prescription to be renewed.
Are You A Contact Lens “Drop Out”?
If you "dropped out" of wearing contact lenses in the past because they did not work for you, they may be worth trying again! Today's "next generation" of contact lenses for single vision, multifocal or astigmatism correction may be just what you've been waiting for. Advancement in contact lens technology is coming very quickly. New technology offers more oxygen to reach the cornea, providing increased comfort with reduced redness and dryness. Ask your doctor if these new contacts might be worth a try.
Gas Permeable and Hard Contacts
Gas permeable and hard contacts provide superior visual clarity and have a quick, easy and fairly inexpensive daily care and cleaning regimen. These durable lenses may last for several years with proper care and handling and they also help your prescription power to remain stable over a period of years. At your yearly exam lenses are cleaned and mechanically polished by the doctor to remove more stubborn deposits and fine scratches which are unable to be removed by normal lens care and tend to make the lenses less comfortable. You can also contact our office to have your lenses cleaned and polished more frequently if you find them feeling uncomfortable. Our office also sells contact lens solutions and cleaners at a reduced price compared to retail.
Contact Lens Care Review
Always wash your hands with an oil-free, color additive-free and fragrance-free soap before inserting or removing lenses.
Carefully and regularly clean contact lenses. Rub the contact with your fingers and rinse them thoroughly before soaking them overnight in enough fresh multipurpose solution to cover the lenses completely.
Never reuse old solution. Only fresh solution should be used to clean and store contact lenses. Contact lens solution must be changed according to the manufacturer's recommendations, even if the lenses are not used daily.
Store the lenses in the proper lens storage case and replace your case every three months. Clean the case after each use and keep it open and dry between uses.
Use only products recommended by our doctors to clean and disinfect your lenses. Saline solution and rewetting drops are not designed to disinfect lenses.
Never put contact lenses in the mouth or moisten them with saliva, which is full of bacteria and can be a potential source of infection.
Do not use tap water or homemade saline solutions.
Never share your contact lenses with other individuals.
Cosmetic Tips for Contact Lens Wearers
Always wash hands with an oil-free, color additive-free and fragrance-free soap before inserting or removing lenses.
Apply all cosmetics after inserting lenses. Males should insert lenses prior to shaving or applying facial products.
Remove lenses prior to removing eye make-up. Use an oil-free, fragrance-free remover specifically formulated for contact lens wearers. Use a lint-free pad or tissue, rather than cotton balls that can leave fibers in your eyes.
Remove all make-up at night and prior to fresh applications.
Avoid using oily or greasy products on or near eyes.
Chose a water-soluble, flake-proof mascara. If a non-water-soluble flake should enter the eye, it is more likely to remain intact and possible scratch the cornea. The preferred mascara wand is soft and rounded, as opposed to a wire-coiled brush which can be painful if it is to come in contact with the eye.
Avoid lash-builders as they contain nylon and/or rayon fibers which may cause discomfort.
Avoid water-proof mascara. It cannot be dissolved by the normal tears and may permanently stain lenses.
Apply mascara away from the base of the lash follicle to prevent damage from mascara build-up.
Avoid applying eyeliner to the inner margins of the eyelids because blocking the openings of the Meibomian glands can lead to infections.
Avoid wooden liner pencils, as the tiny wooden shavings can fall into the eye causing irritation.
Avoid any products that dust or flake into the eyes. Select pressed powder shadows with a durable formulation that adheres to the eye once applied. Frosted eye shadows are one of the worst offenders for contact lens wearers. They contain particles of silica or mica. Chose only frosted shadows that have been specially formulated for contact lens wearers.
Oil-free formulas are recommended to avoid deposits and build-up on lenses.
Liquid eye liners should be avoided as they may drip onto lenses and stain them. They also have a tendency to flake.
Avoid direct contact with aerosols such as hairspray, fragrances or deodorants. Choose a well ventilated area and close eyes before using these products.
Nail enamels and remover should only be used after lenses are inserted.
Store cosmetics properly; bacteria thrives in warm, moist surroundings. Pressed powders should never be dampened.
Never apply saliva or water to lubricate eyeliner or a mascara wand.
Replace mascara and eyeliner every three months.
Discard all cream or liquid eye make-up during and after an active eye infection.
Be aware of products that are susceptible to contamination (i.e. lotions, creams and gels).
Never apply eye make-up while in a moving vehicle.
Never share cosmetics.
Backup Glasses are a MUST
We see it in our office every day. It is predictable. Glasses will break or be lost. If you wear glasses, can you function without them? If not, then owning a backup pair of glasses is a necessity! The unanticipated can ruin a business trip, a long awaited vacation or a special celebration. Unforeseen emergencies do arise, please be prepared with a pair of backup glasses!
Lens Types, Materials and Finishes
Single Vision - one prescription to allow for optimal distance or close vision
Flat-Top Bifocal - two prescriptions, generally the top prescription is for distance and the bottom is for close-up, prescriptions are separated by a line in the lens (lined bifocal)
Trifocal - three prescriptions, generally the top is for distance, the bottom for close-up and the mid-section for a distance in between (i.e. computer distance), also lined
Progressive - have "no visible lines" dividing the distant and near vision. They offer the benefits of bifocals while cosmetically appearing as single-vision lenses.
Glass - durable, but the heaviest and least scratch-resistant material.
Plastic - stronger than glass and half the weight.
High-Index - these plastic lenses offer a thinner material for those clients with stronger prescriptions. There are varying thicknesses of high index available; your doctor will prescribe the correct lens for you.
Polycarbonate - impact-resistance plastic lenses. Often prescribed for children or safety wear.
Transitions / Photosensitive - these lenses change to a darker tint when exposed to light. They are available in brown or gray.
Tinting - comes in a variety of intensities and colors to meet every vision need or desire.
UV Coating - blocked ultraviolet light waves that can cause some cataract development. Sunglasses should automatically come with UV protection. It can also be added to your clear, optical lenses.
Scratch-Resistant - while these coatings do not make any of the lenses scratch-proof, they will harden the lens surface to help make them less susceptible to scratching from everyday wear. We automatically have this added to each lens.
Anti-Reflective - can improve your vision in all lighting conditions by allowing more light to reach the eye. It can help to eliminate reflections and glare to improve night vision, ease fatigue from computer work, reading or harsh lighting.
Polarization - this can be added to your sunglasses to eliminate glare off water, metal, snow, etc. This is great for any outdoor enthusiast.
LASIK / Laser Vision Correction
Have you ever wanted to?
Wake up and see the clock
Enjoy swimming and see at the same time
Participate in a sport without the burden of glasses or contacts
Work longer at the computer without eye strain
Pursue a career that requires excellent vision
Fall asleep without first taking out your contact lenses
Dress up for a special occasion and not wear your glasses
If so, then laser vision correction may be for you!
Laser vision correction can reduce or eliminate your dependence on glasses or contact lenses. It improves vision by using a cool beam of light to gently reshape the front surface of the eye. This is an outpatient procedure, with the actual treatment taking only a few minutes. Patients are usually back to work in one to two days. Although no one can promise patients perfect 20/20 vision, most laser vision patients no longer need to wear glasses or contacts to drive, play sports, watch TV, etc. The results we have seen with the vast majority of our patients who have chosen this procedure have been excellent.
Good candidates for laser corrections are at least 21 year of age with a stable vision correction for at least one year. Candidates must be in good general health, along with good eye health, having no eye diseases such as cataracts or glaucoma. We personally like to educate and care for our patients from pre-op to post-operative visits. If you are interested in LASIK please contact our office where we can schedule a visit with our doctor to determine if you are a suitable candidate. Our office will perform a thorough dilated eye examination along with a computerized corneal topography.
The corneal topographer is a state-of-the-art mapping device that takes a picture of the shape of the cornea's surface. The picture is taken by reflecting the image of black and white rings off of the patient's tear film. It is important for patients to not wear contact lenses and to continue to blink normally throughout the testing.
This in-office evaluation will allow us to determine whether this procedure is right for you, answer any questions and recommend the best surgeon.
Orthokeratology (ORTHO-K) - Orthokeratology is a non-surgical treatment that uses precise, specially shaped contact lenses to temporarily reshape the cornea in order to eliminate nearsightedness (myopia) so that you can see better at distance without wearing eyeglasses or contact lenses throughout the day. Specially designed rigid gas permeable contact lenses are prescribed that gradually alter the shape of the cornea and temporarily eliminate myopia.
Orthokeratology involves first measuring the refraction of your eye, which tells the doctor the degree of nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism you have. It will also be necessary to map the shape of the front surface of the eye using an instrument called a corneal topographer. Based on this digital map of your eye, your eye doctor will determine the ideal shape of your cornea for optimal vision. A series of special contacts are made according to your doctor's exact specifications for your eyes. Initially they will be worn for about eight hours daily – usually while sleeping - until the cornea is reshaped, proper correction is achieved, and your vision is improved. The exact wearing schedule will depend on the correction your doctor thinks you need.
People who are best suited for Ortho-K have myopia less than -5.00 diopters and astigmatism less than -1.50 diopters. Ortho-K is safe for people of all ages, as long as their eyes are healthy.
This is a great alternative for those who are too young to consider LASIK, those whose prescriptions are continuing to change, and those involved in sports that make contact lenses impractical. Please schedule an Ortho-K evaluation with Dr. Mark Rafferty if you are interested in learning more about this procedure and if you are a candidate.
For more information about our services or to schedule an appointment please contact us at 630-357-6880.