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Dean Optical

Optometrists located in Chicago, IL

Glaucoma Specialist

Glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness in the United States. Once glaucoma claims your vision, you can’t recover it. However, if this serious eye disease is diagnosed early, vision loss might be slowed or even prevented. Therefore, being screened by Dr. Dennis DeLee, Dr. Michael A. Meifert, and Dr. Lance N. Olsen at Dean Optical for glaucoma during regular eye exams is important. Dean Optical serves patients in Chicago’s Financial District.

Glaucoma Q & A

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What is Glaucoma?

Glaucoma encompasses a group of eye issues that negatively affect the optic nerve. The damage to the optic nerve often results from unusually high pressure in the eye. A healthy optic nerve is a necessary component to good vision.

What are the Risk Factors for Glaucoma?

Certain factors increase your risk of developing glaucoma.

They include:

  • Having high internal eye pressure
  • Having a family history of glaucoma
  • Being over the age of 60
  • Being Hispanic or black
  • Being nearsighted
  • Suffering from certain medical problems such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and sickle cell anemia
  • Having suffered an eye injury
  • Having undergone certain kinds of eye surgery
  • Using eye drops for an extended period of time

What are the Symptoms of Glaucoma?

In its early stages, glaucoma doesn’t present any symptoms.

If glaucoma is left untreated, patients can experience:

  • Patchy blind spots in their central or side vision
  • Tunnel Vision
  • Severe headaches
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Seeing halos around lights
  • Eye pain
  • Eye redness
  • Blurred vision

How is Glaucoma Diagnosed?

To screen for glaucoma, the doctors at Dean Optical may perform several tests during your detailed eye exam.

For instance, they may:

  • Test for optic nerve damage
  • Measure intraocular pressure
  • Measure corneal thickness
  • Check for any areas of vision loss

How is Glaucoma Treated?

While the damage from glaucoma is irreversible, scheduling regular checkups and undergoing forms of treatment can sometimes slow or prevent vision loss. This can especially be the case if the doctors at Dean Optical catch your glaucoma early. The objective of glaucoma treatment is to decrease the intraocular pressure in your eye. Treatment for glaucoma typically begins with prescription eye drops that help lessen the pressure in your eye. Several types of prescription eye drops are available. Depending on your particular condition, the doctors at Dean Optical prescribe the best option for you. When eye drops don’t effectively bring eye pressure down, oral medications are often recommended. Laser therapy and surgery are also used to treat cases of glaucoma.

To determine if you have glaucoma or learn more about treatment options, schedule an appointment with the doctors at Dean Optical today.

Accepted Insurance Providers

Dean Optical works with many insurance carriers and payment plans.
To see if we work with your insurance carrier or vision care plan, please call our office for assistance. Our friendly and informed staff will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois
Davis Vision
Humana Vision
Superior Vision
United Healthcare

Words from our patients

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    "I am never disappointed at their level of concern for my health as a patient and in general if everything is okay. Highly recommended."

    Yvette W.
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    "I've purchased glasses and contacts through the office multiple times as well, and the staff is always friendly and helpful. Highly recommend."

    Emily J.
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    "Very friendly staff, easy to work with my company's vision insurance, found me a great pair of glasses that I could afford, and received the new pair within 24 hours."

    Christopher D.
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    "Their equipment is far superior compared to other eye doctors I've been to. My prescriptions have always been spot on and haven't had any issue."

    Joanne L.
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    "I have been a patient of Dr. Dennis DeLee for many years. He is a consummate professional, conscientious and thorough when it comes to treating his patients."

    Robert K.
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    "This place is AWESOME, top notch service. Price point on the product can be a little steep, but the service out weighs it."

    Adrienne S.
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    "Dr. DeLee and his team go out of their way to make the appointment as best as possible. Even I admit that some of the stuff is pretty cool-"

    Molly P.
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    "I have been going to Dean Optical for over 30 years...Dr. DeLee is the best. Professional, latest technology, thorough, and funny too."

    Tony P.
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    "I've been seeing Dr. DeLee for nearly 8 years now, and have always had a great experience with him and others in the office."

    Brittany L.
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    "Dr. DeLee and his staff are great. I've seen all the doctors and I highly recommend Dean Optical."

    Brian K.
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    "Dr. DeLee always takes wonderful care of my whole family! Because he is so wonderful we continue to travel to the city, even though I prefer avoiding it."

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Dean Optical
209 South LaSalle Street, Suite 120
Chicago, IL 60604
Phone: 312-637-1717
Fax: (312) 332-5970
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