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    Get to Know Dr. Drew R. Chronister

    Last updated 3 days ago

    At Levin Luminais Chronister Eye Associates, we offer a team of vision experts who can help you keep your eyes healthy and your vision clear. Dr. Drew R. Chronister is one of our team members. Dr. Chronister earned his undergraduate degree at Harvard University before graduating with his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 2005. He then completed an internship at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and an ophthalmology residency program at UPMC’s Eye Center. This ophthalmology residency program is one of the most acclaimed in the nation, and Dr. Chronister became its Chief Resident during his time there. In addition to being an eye doctor at Levin Luminais Chronister Eye Associates, Dr. Chronister is on staff at Chester County Hospital, Brandywine Hospital, and Wills Eye Center.

    To schedule an appointment with Dr. Chronister or another one of our West Chester eye doctors, call Levin Luminais Chronister Eye Associates at (610) 400-1348. In addition to eye exams and contact lens fittings, we also offer diabetic eye care, cataract surgery, dry eye treatment, and more.

    A Look at the Stages of Diabetic Retinopathy

    Last updated 10 days ago

    Diabetes is a condition that can affect many parts of the body, including the eyes. Individuals with diabetes are at risk for a condition called diabetic retinopathy, which affects vision and can lead to blindness. Continue reading for an overview of the different stages of this condition.

    Mild Nonproliferative Retinopathy
    This first stage of diabetic retinopathy is also the most common. With mild nonproliferative retinopathy, microaneurysms develop in the retina at the back of the eye. These microaneurysms cause the blood vessels to balloon out so that pouches form. There are generally no symptoms at this stage.

    Moderate Nonproliferative Retinopathy
    At the second stage of diabetic retinopathy, the pouches formed by microaneurysms become worse. As a result, they start to block the flow of blood through the blood vessels. This blood flow is necessary to nourish the retina.

    Severe Nonproliferative Retinopathy
    As diabetic retinopathy worsens, blood flow from more and more blood vessels in the retina becomes blocked. The retina becomes more deprived of oxygen and nutrients, which can trigger the body to form new blood vessels.

    Proliferative Retinopathy
    The final and most severe stage of diabetic retinopathy is proliferative retinopathy. This stage is characterized by the growth of new blood vessels in the retina and in the vitreous fluid at the back of the eye. These blood vessels tend to be much weaker than normal blood vessels. If these blood vessels function as they should, no symptoms will develop. However, because these blood vessels are fragile, they may easily burst or leak blood, which can lead to vision loss.

    At Levin Luminais Chronister Eye Associates, we provide comprehensive diabetic eye care services in addition to standard eye exams. We can help you understand your risk factors for diabetic retinopathy and take steps to prevent or manage the condition. To find out more or to schedule an appointment at our West Chester office, please call (610) 400-1348.

    How to Reduce Eye Strain

    Last updated 17 days ago

    Eye strain is a common problem, especially among individuals who spend several hours each day working in front of a screen. The good news is that you can prevent eye strain with a few simple steps. Continue reading to learn some of the best ways to keep eye strain from affecting you.

    Set Your Screen Correctly
    The angle and distance you view your computer monitor at can have a major impact on how fatigued your eyes become throughout the day. To help prevent eye strain, you should set the screen slightly below eye level and between 20 and 26 inches away from your eyes. It is also important to choose a monitor that you can swivel and tilt to ensure that you can set the screen at an angle that feels comfortable for your eyes. Be sure to also clean the screen regularly to help reduce glare.

    Work with Your Work Environment
    After you set up your monitor correctly, it’s important to adjust the rest of your work environment. Purchase an adjustable chair to ensure that you can sit at the right height, and make sure the room’s lighting sources do not cause a glare on your computer screen. You should also adjust your work schedule to keep your eyes from getting tired. Use the 20-20-20 rule—focus your eyes on an object that is 20 feet away from you for 20 seconds every 20 minutes. You should also take regular breaks from working at the computer, and make sure you blink often to keep your eyes refreshed. Adding a humidifier to your work area can help keep your eyes from getting dry and tired.

    Would you like to learn more about the best ways to care for your eyes? Let Levin Luminais Chronister Eye Associates in Thorndale help. We offer a range of ophthalmology services, including diabetic eye care, emergency eye care, and comprehensive eye exams. To find out more or to schedule an appointment with one of our eye doctors, call (610) 400-1348 today.

    Eye Doctor Profile: Steven K. Luminais, M.D.

    Last updated 1 month ago

    For several decades, Steven K. Luminais, M.D. has been providing individuals with vision problems the capable and considerate care they require. Dr. Luminais has an extensive academic and professional background in ophthalmology. He has studied at several prestigious institutions, including Temple University, Cornell University, and Swarthmore College, which have helped him gain the comprehensive skills that have made him a dedicated and experienced eye doctor. In addition to the services that he provides to the residents of Thorndale and the surrounding areas through Levin Luminais Chronister Eye Associates, Dr. Luminais offers his time and abilities at several local medical centers, including Paoli Memorial and Brandywine Hospital.

    Let Dr. Luminais help you enjoy a better quality of life with better vision. Call Levin Luminais Chronister Eye Associates today at (610) 400-1348 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Luminais. When you visit our website, you can also learn more about our eye doctors and the services they provide to the greater Thorndale area.

    Let This App Help Evaluate Your Vision Between Visits to the Eye Doctor

    Last updated 23 days ago

    For some people, a year between eye exams can yield significant vision changes. The ICARE VISION TEST application can help users recognize eyesight problems that might prompt more frequent eye doctor checkups.

    If you suffer from a refractive error or other eyesight concern, the ICARE VISION TEST app can keep you on track with your vision health. This comprehensive application offers a half-dozen features that can help you determine if you require professional care. Should your results show astigmatism, contrast issues, or eyesight sharpness problems, you can make an appointment with your eye doctor for further instruction and treatment.

    Levin Luminais Chronister Eye Associates wants you to enjoy optimal vision. To schedule an eye exam with one of our exceptional eye doctors in Thorndale, call us at (610) 400-1348.

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