Our Dr. Recommends

SpexWellness

We know that early detection of various retinal disorders is key in avoiding vision loss. Simply stated: our doctors know vision. Our SpexWellness® Exam images provide a cross-sectional view of retinal layers at twice the resolution and 65 times faster than previous technology; it’s like an MRI or CT scan of your eye. We’re very proud to offer the latest advancements in high quality eye care to you. Would you expect anything less from the “best eyewear store” in Chicagoland?

We’ve enhanced our doctor’s current comprehensive exam to the state-of-the art SpexWellness® Exam experience for your benefit. This technological leap forward can be compared to the difference between an old-style b&w television and today’s high-definition flat screens. The SpexWellness® Exam is made possible through our adoption of the latest eyecare technology, a high definition SD-OCT scanner. Our SD-OCT (spectral domain optical coherence tomography) equipment provides stunning details (5 micron resolution) of the retinal structures that are not visible with other examination techniques or testing. The equipment gives Spex doctors the ability to perform testing (retinal thickness map and ganglion cell complex map) that allows them to see potential problems years before a standard exam would allow.

SpexWellness® Exam scans will show early detection of various retinal disorders such as macular degeneration, retinal detachments, trauma induced irregularities as well as glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy. Yearly scans allow our doctors to accurately detect, monitor and treat the revealed eye conditions. Our testing is non-invasive and performed quickly and easily. We offer this most recent technology as an important component to your overall eye health. Remember, early detection of any vision threatening disease can be easier to treat in avoiding vision loss. Many eye abnormalities and disease can develop without warning and progress without symptoms. Spex is committed to detecting signs of disease well before permanent damage can occur.

Providing the highest quality eyecare is what you have come to expect from Spex. A SpexWellness® Exam should be performed annually, regardless of symptoms.


UV Protection

Ultraviolet (UV) radiation is extremely harmful to our bodies, especially our eyes. UV damage can play a vital role in the development of various eye conditions including cataracts, skin cancer, pterygium and macular degeneration. The UV radiation is greatest mid-day hours during summer months, but also greater with the reflection from snow, white sand and water. UV absorbing eyewear provides the greatest degree of protection to our eyes. Our doctors recommend that you have a good quality pair of sunglasses that offer 99-100% UV-A/UV-B protection to your eyes for the preventions of disease.


Anti-reflective coating

An anti-reflective coating is useful for driving at night to avoid the halo effect around oncoming headlights and streetlights. Driving at night is less of a problem when the driver can see clearly in the dark. It can also be beneficial if you spend a great deal of time staring at a computer screen. Working on a computer can lead to eye strain, as your eye muscles work harder to view specific areas of the monitor. Blurry vision, dry eyes, and irritation are typical symptoms. An anti-reflective coating can help reduce eyestrain so you can work for longer periods of time without difficulty. If you experience any type of eyestrain, an anti-reflective coating may be able to help. Taking photographs while wearing glasses can be problematic without an anti-reflective coating: surrounding objects and colors will reflect on the lenses and block out the eyes. Anti-reflective coatings ensure that none of these reflections appear in the lenses, making the wearer’s appearance clear and sharp.