Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Ophthalmologist Dr. Brian Proctor talks about aging eyes with WJOL radio

Dr. Brian Proctor, an ophthalmologist, recommends that everyone get an eye checkup every five years until the age of 60. At that age, more serious ailments start to occur so the patient should see the doctor more frequently.

Some days Dr. Proctor will do 10 cataract surgeries in the morning and then teach residents in the afternoon; other days he is seeing patients all day and doesn't perform any surgery.

He recommends that people take the time to see an ophthalmologist rather than undergoing a quick exam at retail health-care businesses because the ophthalmologist will take the time to dilate the eyes. Dilating the eyes allows the doctor to see disease in the early stages.

Great strides have been made in removing cataracts and replacing them with vision-correcting lenses, even for people with stigmatisms. There are also lens implants that act as bifocal or trifocal glasses.

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About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is a member of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), located on a 61-acre campus in Maywood, Gottlieb Memorial Hospital (GMH), on a 36-acre campus in Melrose Park, and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. At the heart of LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital that houses the Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, a burn center, a children's hospital, Loyola Outpatient Center, and Loyola Oral Health Center. The campus also is home to Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. The GMH campus includes a 254-licensed-bed community hospital, a Professional Office Building with 150 private practice clinics, an adult day care program, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, the Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation. It serves people and communities in 22 states from coast to coast with 93 hospitals, and 120 continuing care locations — including home care, hospice, PACE and senior living facilities — that provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually.