By Dr. Mary Szatowski
March 19, 2015
Category: Ophthalmology
Tags: Diabetic Eye Care  

Diabetic Eye CareIt's no secret that people who suffer from diabetes are also at an increased risk for certain eye conditions, including glaucoma and cataracts, as well. Yet, while the risk is increased, the conditions are not unavoidable. Whether you currently have or you are at an increased risk for diabetes, here's what you need to know.

1. Diabetic Eye Problems Can Be Prevented

Don't wait until your eye problems begin to develop before you visit an eye doctor such as Dr. Mary Szatowski in Chicago, IL for treatment. Here are four things you can begin doing today to decrease your chances of experiencing eye problems in the future:

  • Keep your blood sugar and blood pressure levels under control.
  • Maintain a healthy diet.
  • Quit smoking.
  • Avoid sports that have a greater chance of strain or injury, including weight-lifting, football and hockey.

2. Routine Eye Exams are Crucial

The sooner your Chicago, IL eye doctor catches your developing eye condition, the better your chances of recovery will be. Visit your doctor at least once a year for a dilated eye exam, and come in sooner if you are experiencing any troubling symptoms.

3. There are Symptoms to Watch Out For

While diabetic eye conditions can begin to form without any symptoms, there are certain symptoms you will want to watch out for. Common symptoms include: blurry vision, seeing blank spots, seeing dark spots, double vision, pain, pressure, and reduced peripheral vision. Call your Chicago, IL eye doctor right away if you notice any of these symptoms.

4. Diabetic Eye Problems Can Be Treated

Thankfully, if caught early enough, conditions such as glaucoma and cataracts can be treated. Glaucoma is frequently treated with eye drops, medication or surgery. None of these treatments can reverse the vision loss, but they can prevent further loss if caught early enough. Cataracts may be treated with glasses or surgery, depending on the severity.

Just because you have been diagnosed with diabetes does not mean that you are destined to be unhealthy for the rest of your life. Call your trusted Chicago, IL eye doctor, Dr. Mary Szatowski, and set up an appointment for an exam today. The more aggressive you are in preventing future eye problems, the less likely you will be to experience them.

By Dr. Mary Szatowski
February 09, 2015
Category: Ophthalmology
Tags: Blepharoplasty  
BlepharoplastyThe look of your eyes plays a significant role in your overall facial appearance. In some cases, droopy or sagging eyelids can hide your eyes or give you a persistently “tired” look. Excess skin around your eyes can also make it more difficult to see clearly. If you’re unhappy with the appearance of your eyes or lids, the procedure that you may find valuable for your specific situation is called blepharoplasty. Learn about this advanced procedure, which is now available at the Chicago ophthalmology office of Dr. Mary Szatowski.

What Is Blepharoplasty?
Blepharoplasty is the technical term for “lifting” your eyelids with surgery, which in turn changes the entire appearance of the eyes and makes them more clearly visible. It can also remove bags under the eyes and some of the folds that show on the eyelids. During the procedure, excess fat, muscle and sometimes skin is removed from the areas above and below the eyes through very small incisions. In some cases the incisions are made from the inside of the eyelid. When the procedure is complete the eye area shows minimal to no scars. 

Things to Know in Advance of this Procedure
This eye surgery is an outpatient procedure can be completed in as little as 45 minutes under local anesthesia at Dr. Mary Szatowski's Chicago ophthalmology office. The healing process takes about a week and some patients are able to return to work shortly thereafter. Many patients are pleased with the results after an eyelid surgery. If you’re also concerned about lifting your eyebrows, talk to the doctor about what is called an Endotine device (eyebrow rejuvenator) or how Botox can supplement this procedure.

Come in for a Consultation
Are you curious about how blepharoplasty can “lift” the look of your eyes and face? Make time to talk to Dr. Mary Szatowski about this surgical procedure and learn if it’s right for you. Call her Chicago ophthalmology office at 312-332-4296 to schedule an appointment.
By Dr. Mary Szatowski
February 06, 2015
Category: Dermatology

Are you unhappy with the appearance of the skin under your eyes?  Is your skin wrinkled and loose?  Are your pores too large or is your skin dull? Dr. Mary Szatowski-Pritikin can improve ALL of those issues without ANY surgery and WITHOUT downtime! It may sound unbelieveable, but it is true! 

Dr. Mary Szatowski treats patients that aren't satisfied with the appearance and function of their eyesFresh Face or skin. One of the most advanced aesthetic treatments available to Chicago patients is called Halo Hybrid Fractional laser. Learn more about this laser therapy and if it is right for your specific case.

What is the Halo Hybrid Fractional Laser?
The Halo Hybrid Fractional Laser is an advanced skin technology developed by the Sciton company that is aimed at reversing the effects of aging. The laser pinpoints skin perfections that are caused by too much exposure to the sun, including sun spots and lines in the skin. It tightens and tones the skin to give you a more youthful look. 

What Does the Laser Treat?
If you’re unhappy with your skin because you feel that it has lost its original “glow,” the Halo laser might be right for your needs. The laser treats the following specific aesthetic facial problems for Chicago patients:

Reduction of large pores
Dullness in the skin’s complexion
Damage from the sun’s rays
Winkles and lines in the skin
Skin discolorations and uneven color
Rough texture (extra layers of skin)
Reduction of the appearance of scars

Some patients report significant positive results after just one “light” treatment. More intensive treatments are also available that require a few days of downtime. 

Learn More about the Halo Hybrid Fractional Laser
This non-surgical procedure can help you achieve more radiant skin with minimal downtime. The best way to learn more about this new technology is to see it in action. Contact the Chicago office of
Dr. Mary Szatowski
today to set up a time to talk about how the Halo laser can help you achieve the aesthetic results you've been seeking. Call the doctor’s main office line at 312-332-4296 to schedule an appointment.

By Dr. Mary Szatowski
December 22, 2014
Category: Dermatology

Acne is known to present itself to almost every person just after puberty, but the seldom few who may not experience acne during these early teenage years may still develop it much later in their life. Acne has been reported to flare up for some people well into their 50's. The face is the most afflicted region on the body by acne, second is the back, and third the chest.

Acne develops when a follicle or pore becomes clogged. When the pore is blocked, oil, or 'sebum,' cannot work its way out of the skin as it is meant to . Bacteria can then become trapped in the pore which creates inflammation.

Proper acne treatment, whether they are natural or pharmaceutical, can make improvements to people physically and psychologically. As mentioned before, acne is primarily targeted to the face. This can make it very hard to cover up with clothing, makeup, or hair, and it often affects our appearance. The way that we look at ourselves and the way we are perceived by others has a direct link to our mental health. Everyone wants to look their best, regardless of whether you are a pubescent teen or far into adulthood. Proper treatment not only prevents acne flare ups, but also helps minimize or prevent scarring from acne.

Many preventative methods also promote good overall health. The refined carbohydrates found in junk food don't cause acne, but research has proven a significant drop of acne lesions in people with a lower glycemic index. Some doctors have suspected salt to be a contributing factor in creating acne, as iodine may increase acne breakouts. Research has recently proven that Americans consume much more sodium than is healthy for the body. In decreasing your sodium intake, you may experience improvements in your acne as well as other health benefits.

For more information about what specific acne treatments could do for you, call Dr. Mary Szatowski at 312-332-4296.

By Dr. Mary Szatowski
December 19, 2014
Category: Ophthalmology
Tags: Toric IOLs  

Toric IOLs are astigmatism correcting intraocular lenses. The benefit of these specific lenses is that they are used in cataract surgery to fix cataracts and astigmatism at the same time. Research has proven that Toric IOL's not only help people with both an astigmatism and cataracts but they help cataracts patients not develop an increased astigmatism post surgery. Other IOL lenses may help you see clearly at one or more distances, provide better contrast sensitivity, improve sight during certain weather conditions such as rain, fog, or snow, and filter ultraviolet lights.

Different Toric IOL lenses have their own specific benefits as well. The Staar Surgical Intraocular Lens has a full range of distance vision abilities. The AcrySof IQ Toric IOL can correct up to 3.00 diopters of asigmatism and is also available in an aspheric versions which allow crisper vision. The different models of the AcrySof can also filter potentially harmful UV or blue light. The Trulign Toric IOL also corrects astigmatism and offers clear vision in distance, intermediate, and near ranges without glasses.

The surgery required for Toric IOL's is essentially the same for cataract surgery using any other type of lens. There are two minor additional steps required in the process of performing a surgery utilizing a Toric IOL. The doctor will create a marking at the location for the surgery to assist the proper position of the lens during surgery. After implementation of the lens has occurred the lens will then be rotated to its proper position. The specific positioning of the lens is what allows it to have such a powerful effect in compensating for the astigmatism.

There are several different manufacturers of Toric IOLs on the market today. Contact Dr. Mary Szatowski at 312-332-4296 to talk about risks, benefits, and alternatives to surgery or any other questions you might have about Toric IOLs.

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