At our practice, Dr. Steven Chander is dedicated to helping both children and adults improve the quality of their lives through advanced vision therapies. Although visual difficulties can have a profound and lasting effect on a person's ability to see properly, solutions are available. At Primary Eye Care Associates, we are proud to help our patients overcome obstacles and resolve visual difficulties ranging from computer vision syndrome and color blindness to lazy eye. Each treatment at our Southside Chicago practice near Bridgeview and Hinsdale is carried out with the patient's unique needs in mind. As a well-known and respected provider of vision therapy, Dr. Steven Chander looks forward to helping you make your or your child's visual difficulties a thing of the past.

If you would like to learn more about computer vision syndrome, color blindness, lazy eye, or other conditions and their treatments, contact our Southside Chicago practice serving Bridgeview, Hinsdale, and surrounding communities to schedule a consultation with Dr. Chander.

Children's Vision Care

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Children face special visual challenges. This is because, many times, visual difficulties can have an impact on a child's ability to learn. Children are also sometimes not quite as vocal or eloquent in explaining the visual problems they are experiencing as adults might be. Unfortunately, this can sometimes lead to visual problems that can go undetected and, in the meantime, have an effect on their ability to succeed academically. In addition, a lazy eye or crossed eye can make a child feel self-conscious and subject them to teasing or other taunts from classmates. Dr. Chander is a children's vision expert just for this reason; because when a child can't see or is affected by other visual difficulties, the results can be long-lasting. Our mission is to help restore children's visual capabilities. Our treatments include those for color blindness, crossed eyes, lazy eye, subnormal or low vision, and vision-associated learning problems.

Color Blindness Correction

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Color blindness is a color vision deficiency affecting a person's ability to properly perceive certain colors, such as red and green or, more rarely, blue and yellow. Color blindness occurs when light sensitive cells of the retina — which transmit images to the brain — fail to respond to wavelength variations that help a person properly see colors. In many cases, the cause of a person's individual color blindness may not be known, although the condition is generally known to be caused by eye, nerve, or brain damage; genetic factors; or exposure to certain chemicals.

At our Southside Chicago practice near Bridgeview and Hinsdale, color blindness treatment is provided in the form of specially designed contact lenses. Because they are tinted, these contacts help our patients correct for the color distortions brought on by color blindness. Our Southside Chicago-based eye care professionals will carefully analyze your needs and determine the appropriate course of action to help you correctly see the colors that surround you every day.

Computer Vision Syndrome

Computer vision syndrome is a common condition experienced by those who spend long, frequently uninterrupted periods of time working on a computer. Symptoms can include eyes that are dry and irritated, difficulties in focusing, headaches, blurred vision, and a tired feeling in the eyes. Computer vision syndrome is brought on by a number of different factors, more than one of which is frequently present when a person experiences discomfort associated with computer vision syndrome. When looking at a computer screen, we tend to blink much less often than we would otherwise. Blinking helps keep our eyes moisturized; when blinking is decreased, dryness can lead to irritation or even pain. The effort required to focus on near objects (in this case, the computer screen) also plays a major role in the onset of computer vision syndrome. When focusing on a computer screen for long periods of time, the ciliary muscles of the eye become strained. This can lead to a feeling of eye fatigue or difficulties focusing on near objects.

Because computers can be an integral part of a person's professional life, many people who experience computer vision syndrome cannot simply stop using a computer. At our Southside Chicago practice near Bridgeview and Hinsdale, we provide computer vision syndrome therapies to address eye pain and discomfort caused by computer use. At the same time, we educate our patients to help them take steps to prevent a reoccurrence of computer vision syndrome. If you are a computer user and frequently experience eye discomfort or fatigue, Dr. Chander and our staff serving the Southside of Chicago, Bridgeview, Hinsdale, and the entire Chicagoland area can help you determine whether computer vision syndrome is the cause and, if it is, develop solutions to help you live more comfortably.

Strabismus, Amblyopia, and Associated Visual Disorders

Strabismus is a condition in which one or both eyes are misaligned. In most cases, only one eye is affected by strabismus. The condition can sometimes lead to amblyopia, a disorder of the visual system causing visual difficulties in an eye affected by strabismus. Both of these conditions are sometimes referred to as "lazy eye," and the success rate of treatment is greatly dependent on early detection and treatment. This makes strabismus and amblyopia an important consideration in children's vision care. At our Southside Chicago practice near Bridgeview and Hinsdale, we provide lazy eye treatment for strabismus and amblyopia for both children and adults, helping provide the greatest possible chance that visual health can be achieved and maintained.

Those with strabismus typically have one misaligned eye and one eye with normal vision. When this occurs in adults, double vision can be the result. However, a child's brain is more apt to adjust to new experiences. When a child's strabismus affected eye causes double vision, the brain reacts by suppressing the image from that eye. Over time, the part of the brain that receives images from the misaligned eye is subject to abnormal development. To correct for this, the visual therapy experts at our Southside Chicago practice near Bridgeview and Hinsdale typically provide a lazy eye treatment that includes involves blocking vision from the healthy eye. Although each case is different, treatment can include wearing an eye patch or applying eye drops in order to restrict the vision of the fully functioning eye. This prompts the misaligned eye to focus correctly and helps to induce proper brain development in that area.

Contact Our Practice

At Primary Eye Care Associates, we are dedicated to providing the latest vision therapy treatments and techniques. Dr. Steven Chander is a vision therapy specialist who takes great pride in providing lazy eye treatment, as well as treatment for other pediatric vision problems, color blindness, computer vision syndrome, and many other conditions. Our Southside Chicago practice serving Bridgeview, Hinsdale, and the entire Chicagoland area is equipped to provide for you or your child's eye care needs. To speak with Dr. Chander, contact Primary Eye Care Associates today.