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Benefits of BluTech Lenses

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We Carry BluTech Lenses

They are designed to enhance your comfort, vision, and eye safety during work and play. High Energy Visible (HEV) Blue light exists outside from natural sunlight as well as indoors – emitted from digital devices and compact fluorescent lights.

BluTech Lenses Are Perfect For:

  • People who spend over 3 hours a day staring at a computer or digital device
  • Driving during the day or at night
  • Golfing, fishing, baseball, and outdoor sports enthusiasts
  • Online gaming enthusiasts
  • Children involved in sports or computers
  • Anyone who wants to protect their eyes and vision from the harmful effects of blue light.

Studies show that blue light can impair our vision and our overall health, linking it to digital eye strain, retina damage, worsening symptoms of eye conditions such as diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration, and disruption in sleep patterns. Avoiding HEV exposure is easy with BluTech. BluTech lenses provide maximum protection and enhanced performance for indoor and outdoor settings, by naturally filtering the high energy wavelengths that are the most damaging to your eyes and your health.

The Benefits of BluTech lenses include:

  • Reduced Glare
  • Crisper Acuity
  • Improved Contrast
  • High Impact Lens Material
  • Lightweight and Comfortable
  • Enhanced Performance

With the rise of electronic devices, your eyes are now exposed to increasing levels of harmful light spectrums. BluTech Lenses protect your eyes from the dangers of ofUV rays and harmful, high-energy blue light for a lifetime of vision preservation and performance. Everyone interested in benefiting from lifelong healthy vision, especially those at high-risk of macular degeneration, should wear BluTech Lenses. Learn more about the Management of Ocular Diseases.

BluTech uses a proprietary formulation offering more complete near-clear blue light protection

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Whether it’s a phone, IPad, laptop, ATM or gas pump… they all go dark when viewed with ordinary polarized sunglasses. Not anymore. BluTech combines a polarizer with natural pigments and dyes to ensure that whatever device your are viewing outside is, well… readable.Get Glare Protection AND Readability OutdoorsPolarized sunglasses aren’t much help when reading a digital device outdoors. In fact, they make things worse. UNTIL NOW. BluTech Polarized solves the readability challenge. It combines a polarizing film to protect you from glare with natural pigmentsand dyes to make any device readable outdoors. SMART

 

BluTech, the gold standard for blue light protection, introduces BluTech ULTRA. It features blue Light Plus™ — a proprietary formulation offering more complete near-clear blue light protection.

BluTech Ultra At-A-Glance

  • Lighter, constant density color, regardless of prescription
  • Protection encapsulated in the lens, won’t scratch or wear off
  • Polycarbonate – lightweight, impact-resistant, and 100% UV protection
  • Plano, single vision, and progressive

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BluTech MAX offers the highest level of blue light filtration of any lens in our collection. It features Blue Light Plus™ — a proprietary formulation offering a more complete near-clear blue light protection.

Ideal Candidates for Bluetech Max

  • Emmetropic children and adult contact lens wearers
  • Adults at risk for macular-related issues
  • Post-cataract and Lasik patients

 

FogBlocker

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If you wear glasses and a face mask, you’ve probably struggled with “mask fog.” Your lenses get all misty, requiring you to wipe your eyewear throughout the day. Below are a few strategies to help you prevent your eyeglasses from fogging up when wearing a mask.

But First, Why Do Glasses Fog Up?

Quite simply, condensation forms whenever moist warm air hits a cool surface. Your specs fog up when the mask directs your warm breath upward instead of in front of you — which is great for preventing virus transmission but bad for anyone with less-than-stellar eyesight.

Is Your Mask Well Fitted?

The mask should fit securely over your nose. Ideally, you’ll want to wear a mask with a nose bridge or one that can be shaped or molded to your face. When the mask fits properly, hopefully most of your breath will go through it, not out the top or sides.

Use Your Glasses to Seal the Top of Your Mask

This method works best with large, thick eyewear frames. By pulling your mask up higher on your nose and placing the lower part of your eyeglasses on the mask, you can get a snug fit that blocks your warm breath from escaping upward toward your eyewear.

Tape Your Mask to Your Face

You can always use tape to secure your mask across the bridge of your nose and the top of your cheeks. Use easy-to-remove tape, including adhesive, medical, or athletic. Just be sure to stay away from duct tape.

NOW AVAILABLE: Anti-Fog Wet Wipes & Dry Cloths

Now at Excel Eye Care, we carry both One-Time Use Wet Wipes & Reusable Dry Cloths to prevent foggy lenses!

There are ordinary fog wipes and then there is patent-pending FogBlocker. This revolutionary new product designed by biotech scientists is a game-changer compared to the most popular anti-fog solutions. A FogBlocker dry wipe can be used well over 500 times and lasts between 48-72 hrs per wipe! Its ultrafine microfiber cloth can be safely used on any lenses including those that are coated. You can even apply it to all your PPE plastic guards and goggles.

FogBlocker wet wipes work instantly on most lenses including those that have coatings. It comes in a package of 30 and is a single-use anti-fog wipe and lens cleaner. It’s easy to use, fast-drying and one coat lasts up to 48hrs! The wipe also cleans dirt, grease, and does not smear. Simply wipe and dispose. It’s perfect for those people on the go!

Ask about our FogBlocker solutions at your next appointment!

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COVID Protocols

Our top priority is the health and safety of our patients, employees & families. We are taking the proper precautions in office to ensure that we can service all of your eye care needs in an effective & safe way. We appreciate your cooperation during this time!

Our updated policies & procedures:

1) Issuance of protective masks and gloves for team members as well as doctors. To abide by ordinances set in place by the city of Buffalo Grove, all patients are required to wear masks to enter our office.

2) Limiting patient traffic to enhance physical distancing.

3) Keeping front door and door to optical open to eliminate door handle contact.

4) Requesting that patients with symptoms of illness, and those at higher likelihood of exposure to corona virus, postpone their visit.

5) Limiting any patient companion to a parent, guardian or caretaker. Others should be encouraged to wait in the hallway or in the car.

6) Screening forehead temperatures using non-contact thermometers and sending home patients with any readings 100.4 degrees or higher.

7) Increased disinfection of surfaces and all exam equipment.

8) Installing protective face shields on exam equipment.

9) Maximizing in office social distancing whenever possible.

10) Cleaning and disinfecting ophthalmic frames after handling.

Technology – Advanced Eye Care

We use the most up-to-date technology to ensure the best eye care possible. Here are some of the different types of tests and equipment you may experience on a visit to our Practice.

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Corneal Mapping

Corneal topography, also known as photokeratoscopy or videokeratography, is a non-invasive medical imaging technique for mapping the surface curvature of the cornea, the outer structure of the eye. Since the cornea is normally responsible for some 70% of the eye’s refractive power, its topography is of critical importance in determining the quality of vision.

The three-dimensional map is therefore a valuable aid to the examining ophthalmologist or optometrist and can assist in the diagnosis and treatment of a number of conditions; in planning refractive surgery such as LASIK and evaluation of its results; or in assessing the fit of contact lenses. A development of keratoscopy, corneal topography extends the measurement range from the four points a few millimeters apart that is offered by keratometry to a grid of thousands of points covering the entire cornea. The procedure is carried out in seconds and is completely painless.

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We use the latest technology to check your eye pressure, without needing drops or a puff of air.

Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT)

We use cutting-edge digital imaging technology to assess your eyes. Many eye diseases, if detected at an early stage, can be treated successfully without total loss of vision. Your retinal Images will be stored electronically. This gives the eye doctor a permanent record of the condition and state of your retina.

This is very important in assisting your Optometrist to detect and measure any changes to your retina each time you get your eyes examined, as many eye conditions, such as glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration are diagnosed by detecting changes over time.

An Optical Coherence Tomography scan (commonly referred to as an OCT scan) is the latest advancement in imaging technology. Similar to ultrasound, this diagnostic technique employs light rather than sound waves to achieve higher resolution pictures of the structural layers of the back of the eye.

A scanning laser used to analyze the layers of the retina and optic nerve for any signs of eye disease, similar to an CT scan of the eye. It works using light without radiation, and is essential for early diagnosis of glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetic retinal disease.

With an OCT scan, doctors are provided with color-coded, cross-sectional images of the retina. These detailed images are revolutionizing early detection and treatment of eye conditions such as wet and dry age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, retinal detachment and diabetic retinopathy.

An OCT scan is a noninvasive, painless test. It is performed in about 10 minutes right in our office. Feel free to contact our office to inquire about an OCT at your next appointment.

Retinal Photography Technology

Annual eye exams are vital to maintaining your vision and overall health. We offer a Retinal Exam as an important part of our eye exams. The Retinal Exam produces an image that is as unique as you fingerprint and provides us with a wide view to look at the health of your retina. The retina is the part of your eye that captures the image of what you are looking at, similar to film in a camera.

Many eye problems can develop without you knowing. You may not even notice any change in your sight. But, diseases such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, retinal tears or detachments, and other health problems such as diabetes and high blood pressure can be seen with a thorough exam of the retina.

A Retinal Exam provides:

  • A scan to show a healthy eye or detect disease.
  • A view of the retina, giving your doctor a more detailed view than he/she can get by other means.
  • The opportunity for you to view and discuss the image of your eye with your doctor at the time of your exam.
  • A permanent record for your file, which allows us to view your images each year to look for changes.

A Retinal Exam is fast, easy, and comfortable for all ages. To have the exam, you simply look into the device one eye at a time and you will see a comfortable flash of light to let you know the image of your retina has been taken. The image is shown immediately on a computer screen so we can review it with you.

Please schedule your Retinal Exam today!

What to Expect

Preparing for Your Eye Exam In Buffalo Grove

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You might be going to a regularly-scheduled eye exam. You may be following a recommendation to see an optometrist after a vision screening at a local clinic or wellness center. Or your next eye doctor visit could be a response to vision problems or eye discomfort.

The more you know going in, the easier the entire vision care process will be.

For regularly scheduled eye exams, expect to talk about any changes in your medical history since the last time you saw your eye doctor. And if this is your first time in a new practice, you’ll be asked to provide a more complete medical history, including a list of medications you’re currently taking, and any vision problems your parents may have experienced.

In addition, you’ll undergo a series of vision and eye tests that help determine the overall health and quality of your vision. These tests also help to check that your current prescription glasses or contacts (if you have one) is still meeting your vision needs. Your optometrist will also check your eyes for signs of any potential vision problems or eye diseases. In many instances, your pupil may be dilated (opened) using special drops so that your eye doctor can better see the structures of the eye.

You’ll then have an honest discussion about the current state of your eye health and vision, and your eye doctor may prescribe vision correction for you in the form of eyeglasses or contact lenses. Any health concerns or possibly serious vision complications will also be discussed, including the next steps you must take to preserve and protect your sight.

How Long Is an Eye Exam?

In general, a routine eye exam will last less than an hour depending upon the number of tests you have, and may be partially or completely covered by many vision insurance plans.

Visiting eye doctors as a result of a vision screening is also common, but remember: vision screenings offered by health clinics, pediatricians, public schools or local charitable organizations are not a substitute for comprehensive eye exams. Be sure to bring the findings from your screening to your eye doctor—it’s a great way to begin the discussion of your current eye health.

For eye doctor visits that result from eye pain, eye discomfort or vision problems you actually can see, expect to take many of the steps involved in a routine eye exam, but specific to the symptoms you’re having. There may be a number of additional tests required as well, so it’s important—especially when suffering pain or discomfort—to allow for as much time as possible for a complete, comprehensive eye exam.

And if you feel you are in an emergency situation with your eyes or your vision—don’t wait. Seek immediate emergency medical treatment.

What to Remember For Your Eye Exam

Many vision problems and eye diseases often present minimal, if any, symptoms. That’s why it’s so important to make regular appointments to see your eye doctor. And since vision can change gradually over time, it’s important to know that you’re seeing your best, year after year.

Remember the following for your next eye exam:

  • Know your medical history and list of current medications
  • Know your current symptoms and be able to describe them—write them down if necessary
  • Know your family history—some eye diseases like glaucoma and cataracts are hereditary
  • Ask in advance about your particular vision insurance plan, and if a co-pay will be due
  • Bring your insurance card, identification and method of payment, if necessary
  • Bring your most recent prescription for glasses or contact lenses
  • Bring your corrective eyewear to the exam
  • If undergoing a test using dilation eye drops, bring proper eye protection, like sunglasses, for after your appointment

Most importantly, remember that eye doctors — and everyone within the eye care practice — are there to help you see your best and feel your best.

Special thanks to the EyeGlasses Guide, for information material that aided in the creation of this website.

You can contact our office at your convenience to schedule your next eye doctor’s appointment.

Contact Lens Exams

Eye Exams for Contact Lenses

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Contact lenses are a great alternative to wearing eyeglasses. An often unknown fact is that not all patients wear contact lenses as their primary source of vision correction. Each patient is different, with some patients wearing contact lenses only on weekends, special occasions or just for sports. That is the beauty of contact lens wear, the flexibility it gives each individual patient and their lifestyle.

If you decide to opt for contact lens wear, it is very important that the lenses fit properly and comfortably and that you understand contact lens safety and hygiene. A contact lens exam will include both a comprehensive eye exam to check your overall eye health, your general vision prescription and then a contact lens consultation and measurement to determine the proper lens fit.

The Importance of a Comprehensive Eye Exam

Whether or not you have vision problems, it is important to have your eyes checked regularly to ensure they are healthy and that there are no signs of a developing eye condition. A comprehensive eye exam will check the general health of your eyes as well as the quality of your vision. During this exam the eye doctor will determine your prescription for eyeglasses, however this prescription alone is not sufficient for contact lenses. The doctor may also check for any eye health issues that could interfere with the comfort and success of contact lens wear.

Hard To Fit Contact Lens Patients

Even if you’ve been told you can’t wear contact lenses, we may be able to help. Specialty contacts are available for patients with dry eyes, severe astigmatism and more.

The Contact Lens Consultation

The contact lens industry is always developing new innovations to make contacts more comfortable, convenient and accessible. Therefore, one of the initial steps in a contact lens consultation is to discuss with your eye doctor some lifestyle and health considerations that could impact the type of contacts that suit you best.

Some of the options to consider are whether you would prefer daily disposables or monthly disposable lenses, as well as soft versus rigid gas permeable (GP) lenses. If you have any particular eye conditions, such as astigmatism or dry eye syndrome, your eye doctor might have specific recommendations for the right type or brand for your optimal comfort and vision needs.

Now is the time to tell your eye doctor if you would like to consider colored contact lenses as well. If you are over 40 and experience problems seeing small print, for which you need bifocals to see close objects, your eye doctor may recommend multifocal lenses or a combination of multifocal and monovision lenses to correct your unique vision needs.

Contact Lens Fitting

One size does not fit all when it comes to contact lenses. Your eye doctor will need to take some measurements to properly fit your contact lenses. Contact lenses that do not fit properly could cause discomfort, blurry vision or even damage the eye. Here are some of the measurements your eye doctor will take for a contact lens fitting:

Corneal Curvature

In order to assure that the fitting curve of the lens properly fits the curve of your eye, your doctor will measure the curvature of the cornea or front surface of the eye. The curvature is measured with an instrument called a keratometer to determine the appropriate curve for your contact lenses. If you have astigmatism, the curvature of your cornea is not perfectly round and therefore a “toric” lens, which is designed specifically for an eye with astigmatism, would be fit to provide the best vision and lens fit. In certain cases your eye doctor may decide to measure your cornea in greater detail with a mapping of the corneal surface called corneal topography.

Pupil or Iris Size

Your eye doctor may measure the size of your pupil or your iris (the colored area of your eye) with an instrument called a biomicroscope or slit lamp or manually with a ruler or card. This measurement is especially important if you are considering specialized lenses such as Gas Permeable (GP) contacts.

Tear Film Evaluation

One of the most common problems affecting contact lens wear is dry eyes. If the lenses are not kept adequately hydrated and moist, they will become uncomfortable and your eyes will feel dry, irritated and itchy. Particularly if you have dry eye syndrome, your doctor will want to make sure that you have a sufficient tear film to keep the lenses moist and comfortable, otherwise, contact lenses may not be a suitable vision option.

A tear film evaluation is performed by the doctor by putting a drop of liquid dye on your eye and then viewing your tears with a slit lamp or by placing a special strip of paper under the lid to absorb the tears to see how much moisture is produced. If your tear film is weak, your eye doctor may recommend certain types of contact lenses that are more successful in maintaining moisture.

Contact Lens Trial and Prescription

After deciding which pair of lenses could work best with your eyes, the eye doctor may have you try on a pair of lenses to confirm the fit and comfort before finalizing and ordering your lenses. The doctor or assistant would insert the lenses and keep them in for 15-20 minutes before the doctor exams the fit, movement and tearing in your eye. If after the fitting, the lenses appear to be a good fit, your eye doctor will order the lenses for you. Your eye doctor will also provide care and hygiene instructions including how to insert and remove your lenses, how long to wear them and how to store them if relevant.

Follow-up

Your eye doctor may request that you schedule a follow-up appointment to check that your contact lenses are fitting properly and that your eyes are adjusting properly. If you are experiencing discomfort or dryness in your eyes you should visit your eye doctor as soon as possible. Your eye doctor may decide to try a different lens, a different contact lens disinfecting solution or to try an adjustment in your wearing schedule.

Contact us today to schedule your contact lens exam and fitting.

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Welcome to Excel Eyecare Professionals in Buffalo Grove

Excel Eyecare Professionals is a full-service eyecare office located in Buffalo Grove, Illinois. We have one of the best optometrists in the area, Dr. Leon Kubicki, providing comprehensive eye exams in Buffalo Grove for over a decade.

In a world where a model of high-volume exams and shortcuts are the norm, Excel Eyecare Professionals continues to focus on the most comprehensive ocular care with the highest quality service.


We Make Eye Care Easy & Convenient

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STEP 1:

Schedule an Appointment

Request appointment online or give us a call at 847-478-9091 to book your appointment today!

STEP 2:

Your Eye Health Exam

We treat our patients as we want to be treated, like family, and we’ll take the time to get to know you and your eyes.

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STEP 3:

Live Confidently

Whether you need corrective lenses or not, live with the confidence of healthy eyes and great vision.

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