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Healthy Vision Month

Taking care of your vision is a health priority similar to eating well and exercising. Your vision keeps you safe and allows you to experience the beauty of the world. Despite the importance of maintaining one’s eye health, Optometrists are often challenged with educating the public on the necessary steps to take care of their eyes. The need for proper eye care education has developed into Healthy Vision Month, a reminder every May from the optometry community to take the necessary steps to ensure your vision remains healthy for the years to come. In this article, we’ll discuss the benefits of receiving regular comprehensive eye exams and other health strategies that will benefit and protect your eyes.

Comprehensive eye exams performed by an optometrist are an essential component of taking care of your eye health and vision. Your optometrist will discuss your family’s health history with you, screen for your vision quality, and perform tests to evaluate your eye health. It is recommended for a healthy adult to receive a comprehensive eye exam once every two years. Bi-annual eye exams ensure that your vision is accurate and that you’re not at risk of an eye condition. The early detection of eye diseases is essential for effective treatment, as timely treatment will result in better outcomes.

Some special considerations for examination frequency include:

  • Those that have refractive errors and need glasses or contact lenses should receive an eye exam annually. Annual eye exams will ensure one’s prescription is up to date.
  • Infants and Children should receive their first eye exams between 6-12 months old, 3-5 years old, and just before they enter kindergarten. Healthy vision in children is important for their learning and early development.
  • Those over the age of 65 should receive an eye exam annually. Aging makes one more vulnerable to eye conditions, such as Glaucoma and Age-related Macular Degeneration. It is important to detect eye conditions quickly before they can irreversibly claim one’s vision.

Outside of the optometrist’s office, your health habits play an important role in determining your overall eye health. Here are some healthy strategies to improve your eye health and avoid eye-related injuries.

  • You should eat well to ensure you’re eyes receive proper nutrition. Some eye-health foods include dark leafy greens such as kale, collard greens, and spinach for their vitamin content and fish such as salmon, tuna, and trout for their omega-3 fatty acid content.
  • Physical exercise and maintaining a healthy weight are necessary steps in assuring your eyes are healthy. Physical exercise increases blood flow to the eyes and lowers intraocular pressure. Maintaining a healthy weight lowers the risk of eye conditions such as diabetic retinopathy, age-related macular degeneration, and glaucoma.
  • You should quit smoking or never start to protect your eye health. Smoking increases the prevalence of eye conditions, such as dry eye and blurry vision, as well as eye diseases. Quitting smoking will improve the damage caused by smoking.
  • You should wear eye protection when performing yard or housework. Every year, there are thousands of emergency room visits due to eye injuries sustained from chemicals in household cleaners and debris from yard work.
  • The blue light emitted from computer screens, smartphones, and other electronic devices are responsible for dry eyes, blurry vision, and eye fatigue. That’s why it’s important to take regular breaks when working on the computer. The 20-20-20 rule recommends that every 20 minutes, one should look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds.

 

Daily vs. Monthly Contact Lenses: Which are right for you?

Consumers have an overwhelming number of options when choosing the right contact lens for their unique vision needs. One of the most important considerations when selecting a contact lens is, “should I purchase daily or monthly contact lenses?”. Each of these lens types has its benefits and drawbacks. After learning the nuances between each lens, you will be well-equipped to make the right purchasing decision.

Monthly contact lenses used to be the standard when contact lenses first hit the consumer market. They are designed to be worn each day for about 30 days before they need to be discarded. The lenses are taken out every night and need to be stored in a cleaning solution. Monthly contacts are thicker and more durable than their daily counterparts.

Daily contact lenses come in blister packs and are designed to be discarded every day after use. Their disposable nature means they do not require cleaning. Daily contacts are lighter and more comfortable compared to monthly contact lenses.

Benefits vs. Costs

We’ll compare the benefits and costs between daily and monthly contacts by their fundamental differences.

Convenience

  • Daily contacts require no cleaning and are less likely to be overworn. Their replaceability makes them great for active lifestyles, where getting dirt in your eye can be fixed by simply replacing the contact lens.
  • Daily contacts are not safe to sleep in. Wearing daily contacts to bed will put you at risk for an eye infection. Monthy contacts, on the other hand, are safer to leave in at night.

Comfort

  • Daily contacts are thinner, which is conducive to reduced dryness and irritation on the eyes, as there’s increased oxygen permeability and water content.

Cost

  • Daily contacts are costlier upfront than monthly contacts. Those who wear contacts every day will spend more money overall on daily contacts.
  • Daily contacts can be cheaper for those that have light prescriptions and wear contacts infrequently.

Construction

  • Monthly contacts are more durable than daily contacts. The increase in lens density allows monthly contacts to be available in higher prescriptions.
  • Although monthly contacts are more durable than daily contacts, monthly contacts run the risk of over-wearing due to their longer use time.

Eco-Friendly

  • Monthly contacts are less wasteful than daily contacts, as they are disposed of less frequently. Throwing out old lenses has an accumulative effect; monthly contacts are thrown out about 12 times compared to every day with daily contacts!

Which One Should You Choose?

The decision of which contact is best ultimately resides on what your unique needs are. Talk to your optometrist for recommended brands based on your prescription and lifestyle.

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With an office in Buffalo Grove our eye doctor at Excel Eyecare Professionals has been providing Buffalo Grove with quality eye care for many years.

Our state-of-the-art office features 2 exam lanes, a pre-testing area, a full service optical, waiting room, contact lens training facility, a frame repair/adjustment lab and much more.

Call us to make an appointment with our optometrist to talk about your eyeglasses, contact lenses or specialty lens needs. Drop in anytime to browse through our large selection of designer eyeglass frames and sunglasses!

Have An Eye Care Emergency?

Please call our office at: 847-478-9091. If you experience loss of vision, double vision, swelling, infection or any eye emergency, contact us immediately for guidance. We’ll help you with the best treatment to prevent complications and promote long-lasting clear eyesight.

Use your best judgment on urgency – find the nearest emergency room or review our emergency page for tips.

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OUR EYE DOCTOR

Caring Optometrist Dr. Leon Kubicki

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Dr. Kubicki is the Director and Founder of Excel Eyecare Professionals LLC. He attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he earned his Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree. Dr. Kubicki then earned his Doctorate of Optometry degree at the prestigious Illinois College of Optometry where he had graduated Cum Laude. While attending the Illinois College of Optometry, Dr Kubicki received numerous academic and clinical awards recognizing his dedication and hard work pursuing his career in the field of optometry.

Dr. Kubicki was the President of the Private Practice Society and a member of numerous student-volunteer clubs. He was also inducted into the Beta Sigma Kappa Optometric honor fraternity and the Tomb and Key honor society. Dr. Kubicki has also served as a proctor for the National Board of Examiners in Optometry (NBEO) to assess new graduates in their certification and licensure.

His clinical interests include specialty contact lens fitting with an emphasis on scleral lens design and multifocal gas permeable lenses, anterior segment disease, and dry eye assessment and treatment. Dr. Kubicki is dedicated to providing “life-enhancing” vision care to all his patients and is passionate about his mission to make Excel Eyecare a leader in cutting edge vision care. When he is away from the office, Dr. Kubicki enjoys running, biking, traveling and is an avid Bears fan.

Is it an Eye Care Emergency?

Please call our office at: 847-478-9091 if you experience loss of vision, double vision, swelling, infection or any eye emergency, contact us immediately for guidance. We’ll help you with the best treatment to prevent complications and promote long-lasting clear eyesight.

Use your best judgment on urgency – find the nearest emergency room or review our emergency page for tips.

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The Staff

Our exceptional, friendly staff is our greatest asset. They are excited about what they do and they care personally about getting the best results for our patients.

We will try to accommodate your busy schedule by finding appointments that suit your needs.

Stephanie Mateos

With over 15 years of optimal and customer service experience, Stephanie has been with Excel Eyecare for more than 10 years. Her specialization services include; insurance billing, preliminary testing of patients and frame selection. Stephanie is passionate about her work in the medical field and enjoys working with all customers and patients. In her time away from the office, Stephanie loves to be with her husband and two children. She is fluent in Spanish.

Jennifer Rabago

Jennifer started with Excel Eyecare in May of 2017. She has 5 years of optical experience. She enjoys helping patients with frame selections or assist with any insurance questions. Jennifer’s dedication to our patients will ensure a pleasant experience throughout your time at Excel Eyecare. Jennifer loves to spend time with her daughter, family, and friends in her spare time. She is fluent in Spanish as well.

EYEWEAR THAT FEELS GREAT

Excel Eyecare Professionals offers a wide range of eyewear including the latest styles in designer sunglasses and prescription eyeglasses. We also carry many accessories to complete your optical purchase.

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Quality Eyewear in Buffalo Grove

Making a decision about your eyewear goes beyond good vision and makes a statement about who you are. Your decision affects how you see and also how you want to be seen by others. But with so many different styles to choose from, getting the right look for your face and your lifestyle can be overwhelming.


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Because we provide both medical and routine eye care, we accept a number of insurance plans to help cover the cost depending on your individual needs.

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Our Clinic in Buffalo Grove Accepts The Following:

Vision Plans We Accept

  • VSP
  • Eyemed Vision Care
  • Davis Vision
  • VBA
  • Spectera
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  • Eyemed Vision Care
  • Davis Vision
  • VBA
  • Spectera

Medical Plans We Accept

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Aetna
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Humana
  • Meridian Insurance
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Aetna
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Humana
  • Meridian Insurance

If you do not see your plan listed here, please give us a call and we would be happy to assist you. Our staff is also always available to answer any questions regarding your benefits.

The cost of routine eye exams and prescription eyewear can be of real concern, especially for large families. In many cases, vision insurance can lower these annual expenses.

A vision insurance policy is not the same as medical insurance. Regular medical health insurance plans protect you against financial losses due to unexpected eye injuries or disease. Vision insurance, on the other hand, is a wellness benefit designed to provide routine eye care, prescription eyewear and other vision-related services at a reduced cost.

Your Eye Health

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Learning about your eye health can be complicated – and might even seem overwhelming at first. To simplify things for our patients, we present our Eye Health Library, a comprehensive library of vision-related information. We invite you to browse through our library to find information that will help you better understand how your vision works, common eye conditions, surgeries and how your vision changes as you age.

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Contact our eye care staff to book or request an appointment by filling out one of the forms below. Or email one of our eye doctors with your questions or concerns. We look forward to hearing from you.

We believe that providing quality eye care to our patients is a two-way street, so please let us know where we can make improvements or what kind of services you would like to see in the future. Your feedback is important to us.