Our Practice is Expanding, and we are Hiring!

We’re currently searching for another member to add to our patient care team! The new team member will play a critical role in our growing practice! You will be the bridge between our doctors and all aspects of the office, providing the first impression and forming relationships with our patients. You will have the opportunity to grow not only your knowledge of eye care and optometry, but also move into more aspects of office management, pretesting and patient care.

Our practice recently acquired another location. We are expanding both our office hours and the amount of patients we care for. As our practice continues to grow, we are looking for someone to be a part of our team long term! For a detailed job description, click the link below. Please submit all applications (cover letter, resume and references) through our office email or bring them to one of our office locations. Thank you, and we hope to hear from you soon!

EMER EYE CARE JOB DESCRIPTION

 

Solar Eclipse Safety and your Eyes!

Are you excited for the amazing spectacle that will be the solar eclipse tomorrow?? Myself and Dr. Pete have been discussing for weeks with patients how to safely view the eclipse, and the risks that come with not doing so. Here’s what we’ve discussed:

  • Screen Shot 2017-08-20 at 4.16.24 PMIf you did purchase a pair of eclipse glasses, you must confirm that they are ISO approved (meeting the newest standard). Many counterfeit glasses have been circulating. Using a counterfeit pair can have devastating, permanent affects to your vision. The label pictured on the right should be on the glasses and packaging.
  • Put the glasses on before you look up, and remove them after you’ve looked away. While some say it is safe to remove your glasses during totality, we are not in the path of totality, and I wouldn’t recommend taking the risk of removing the glasses anyway!Screen Shot 2017-08-20 at 4.38.08 PM
  • If you do not have eclipse glasses, you have two choices:
    • Stay inside and don’t even risk a glance at the eclipse!
    • You can indirectly view the eclipse by using the old pinhole projection method – punching a hole in an index card and casting the shape and path of the eclipse on a flat background behind it.
  • Prepare your family! Where will your kids be? With friends? Daycare? School? Babysitter? You absolutely need to reiterate with them and whoever they’re with, the danger of viewing the eclipse without proper protection.
  • How exactly does the sun damage your eyes during an eclipse? The moon passing in front of the sun provides enough “comfort” for your eyes to be able to look at the eclipse, but the sun’s rays are still just as strong, and can cause irreversible damage to your retina, resulting in central blur. You may not notice until you wake up the next morning and your face looks blurry as you look in the mirror. It’s not worth it!! Below are two photos of the damage (courtesy of retinavitreous.com), the condition is aptly named “Solar Retinopathy.” The first is a picture of burned central retinal tissue in the macula (on the right is your optic nerve). The next is a cross section of the layers of retinal tissue that are damaged (the black spot below the V shaped dip in the tissue, in the central macula).

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If you have any questions or comments, write below, on our facebook page or through the Contact section of our website!

A Great Patient Resource!

Hello all! This is Dr. Ben Emer, I started working at my Father’s practice the spring of 2016 after graduating for the Illinois College of Optometry. Along with all patients out there, screen-shot-2016-09-28-at-11-07-39-amyou have questions about problems or issues you may be having with their eye health or vision. You want to know what the cause is and what can be done to help.

A colleague of mine has recently put together a fantastic resource for patients! It’s a website chock full of very short, simple educational videos (most are about a minute long) that give you the basics and will help answer some of your questions. It’s called “Introwellness” and you can visit vision and eye health part of the site by clicking here! They cover everything from ocular disease to cataracts to different type of glasses, etc.!

The web address is www.introwellness.com. Here’s a few example videos for you to look at: