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Our Office Serving Oak Brook, Hinsdale & Elmhurst, IL

Located directly across the street from the Oakbrook Mall; on the Northwest corner
of 16th Street and route 83.

The Oaks of Oak Brook
1600 W 16th St, Ste 10
Oak Brook, IL 60523

Oakbrook Optical | Oak Brook, Hinsdale & Elmhurst, IL

Oakbrook Optical | Oak Brook, Hinsdale & Elmhurst, IL

The Sneak Thief of Sight

It’s that time of year again. January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month, a time set aside each year to create awareness about this potentially devastating disease. The reason awareness about glaucoma is so important is because as its nickname, The Sneak Thief of Sight, describes, the disease often causes permanent...

Don’t Let Snow Blindness Ruin Your Winter Vacation

While most people have sunglasses high on their packing list for a tropical vacation, many people don’t consider it as much of a priority for colder climate getaways. But they should, and here’s why: Wintertime vacations often include activities that involve snow and ice and in general, conditions that can...

6 Crazy Holiday Eye Injuries to Avoid

As the season to deck the halls arrives, make sure that you aren’t one of the many people who find themselves celebrating in the urgent care clinic due to an eye injury. The holidays present many opportunities for potential eye injury so it’s important to be aware and proceed with...

10 Eye Healthy Foods to Eat This Year

The New Year is coming and many people include healthier eating and exercise in their resolutions for the year ahead. Well other than weight loss and overall health and disease-prevention, a healthy diet and regular exercise can protect your eyes and your vision. In particular, there are certain vitamins and...

Women and Diabetes – World Diabetes Day

November 14th is World Diabetes Day. This year, the theme of World Diabetes Day is women and diabetes - our right to a healthy future. The goal of this campaign is to promote awareness of the importance of equal and affordable access for all women, whether they are at risk...

What You Need to Know to Help World Blindness

October is World Blindness Awareness Month, an initiative started to help the public to understand the realities of visual impairment and how it affects the world population. Unfortunately, there are hundreds of millions of individuals around the world who are unnecessarily blind or visually impaired due to causes that are...

Halloween Eye Safety

October has arrived and that means many people are already starting to plan for upcoming costume parties and trick-or-treating for the Halloween season. This is why now is the time to remind the public about some very important precautions about eye safety since there are some common costume props and...

Trunk Show: We are pleased to introduce Fendi eyewear to our collection!

Join us Saturday Oct 28th from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. to preview the entire line of ophthalmic and sunglass frames. Special discounts will apply this day only, and refreshments will be served. Win a free Fendi frame in our raffle. Hope to see you there!...

Trouble Seeing the Fine Print? Here are Your Options…

Every good pair of eyes eventually gets old and with age comes a condition called presbyopia. Presbyopia, which usually begins to set in some time around 40, occurs when the lens of the eye begins to stiffen, making near vision (such as reading books, menus, and computer screens) blurry. You...

Aging Eyes and Driving Safety 

Even if you don’t have any eye or vision problems, the natural process of aging affects your ability to see and react to visual stimuli. It’s important to know the impact the aging can have on your eyes and vision so you can take the necessary precautions to stay safe...

Is Your Teen Ready for Contacts?

Many teens who wear glasses are eager to try out contact lenses for convenience, fashion or to just provide another option for vision correction.

Inside a Life With Color Vision Deficiency

What’s it like to be color blind? Contrary to what the name implies, color blindness usually does not actually mean that you don’t see any color, but rather that you have difficulty perceiving or distinguishing between certain colors. This is why many prefer the term color vision deficiency or CVD...

How to Safely View the Great American Eclipse of 2017

On August 21st, for the first time since 1979, a solar eclipse will be visible across North America. What's even more historic is that it will also be the first time an eclipse will be visible across the continent, from coast to coast, since 1918. If you want to bear...

Are Your Eyes Sensitive to Light?

Light sensitivity, also known as photophobia, is a condition in which bright light - either natural sunlight or artificial light -  can cause significant discomfort, pain and intolerance. People that experience light sensitivity will find themselves needing to close their eyes or squint when exposed to light and often experience...

Red, Black and Blue – Got a Shiner!

What Exactly Is a Black Eye? A black eye, also known as a periorbital hematoma, is usually not an injury of the actual eye (which is why it is called “periorbital”- around the eye). It typically occurs when there is an injury to the face or the eye socket which...

Cataract Awareness and Prevention

It's National Cataract Awareness Month According to the World Health Organization, cataracts are responsible for 51% of cases of blindness worldwide - although this blindness is preventable with treatment. In fact, research shows that in industrialized countries about 50% of individuals over the age of 70 have had a cataract...

Are You Ignoring Your Dry Eyes?

You Don’t Have to Live With Dry Eyes Have you noticed that your eyes feel chronically dry, itchy, scratchy or even sometimes watery? Many people that have these symptoms just go on with their lives until the symptoms become unbearable. What they don’t realize is that these are signs that...

Does Smoking Affect Vision?

Eye Doctors Weigh In: How Smoking Can Harm Your Vision & Eye Health We all know that smoking is bad for you, especially the risks that it poses to your heart and lungs. What many people do not know is that cigarette smoke negatively affects your eyes and vision too. Smoking...

Sjogren’s Awareness Month – Understanding The Invisible Disease 

In honor of Sjogren’s Awareness month, eye care providers are helping to spread the word to increase awareness about this hard-to-diagnose disease. Sjogren’s is a systemic autoimmune disorder that can affect the whole body. One of the primary symptoms is excessive dryness particularly in the eyes and mouth. Other serious...

April is Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month

Hey women! Did you know that women are more likely to suffer from vision problems and are at higher risk of permanent vision loss than men? Well 91% of the women surveyed recently didn’t know that, which means that many of them aren’t taking the necessary precautions to prevent eye...

The Right (and the Wrong) Way to Clean Your Glasses

There is nothing worse than a dirty spot on your glasses - well except perhaps many dirty spots or smudges. When that happens, most of us are tempted to grab the corner of our shirt and wipe it off, but resist the temptation - this is actually not a good...

It’s Time to Talk About Blue Light

Workplace Eye Safety Month Blue light. Do you know what it is? Do you know where it comes from, or how it can be harmful to your eyes? If you don’t know the answers to these questions, you are not alone, yet it is important that you become aware to...

Understanding Eye Color

Eye color is a hereditary trait that depends on the genes of both parents, as well as a little bit of mystery. The color of the eye is based on the pigments in the iris, which is a colored ring of muscle located at the center of the eye (around...

6 Ways to Prevent Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)

Age-related macular degeneration is a serious condition that can threaten your vision and general well-being. Characterized by the deterioration of the central area of the retina called the macula which is responsible for focused vision, the disease gradually reduces your central vision. This affects the ability to see fine details,...

Are You Missing Your Child’s Hidden Vision Problem?

Your child may show every sign of good eyesight including the ability to see objects in the distance, however that doesn't necessarily mean that he or she doesn’t have a vision problem.

“The Sneak Thief of Sight” Is On Our Minds This January

Make your resolution for healthy vision this year with increased awareness of the leading cause of blindness worldwide.

Holiday Season Shopping: Are Nerf Guns Safe for the Eyes?

This is the one way you can be sure that you or your child’s eyes are truly safe during Nerf shooting:

Dry Eye Syndrome Causes and Cures

Despite the fact that it is one of the most common eye problems, a surprisingly large percentage of patients are not aware of it.

November is Diabetes Awareness Month

Chances are it affects you or someone you know. November has been dedicated as a time to spread awareness about the disease, its risk factors and the effects it has on your body, your daily life and the lives of your loved ones.

Don’t Let Fall Eye Allergies Get You Down

Red, itchy, watery eyes and swollen eyelids (along with sneezing, congestion or a runny nose)...

Fun In The Sun – TRUNK SHOW

Join us on April 16th as we will display the ENTIRE collection from REVO, BCBG, Mark Ecko and Ocean Pacific! The trunk show runs from 9 a.m. until  3 p.m. We will have light refreshments and a number of giveaways! Don't miss this opportunity to receive 25-50% off frame and lenses. Get ready for summer! untitled

March is Workplace Eye Wellness Month

Eye_Strain_WorkSYVM2016Thumbnail March is host to two national vision-related health observances, Workplace Eye Wellness Month and Save Your Vision Month. The first, sponsored by Prevent Blindness America generates awareness for eye-safety in the workplace. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2012, there were 20,300 occupational injuries to worker’s eyes which resulted in days away from work. A recent report issued from The Vision Council reports that 70% of adults reported they’ve experienced digital eyestrain from increasing use of computers, tablets and smartphone screens.  

Thank you for your generosity!

Trunk Show for Breast Cancer was a huge success! We would like to thank all our patients who attended our Pretty in Pink Trunk show. We happily donated $1000.00 to Hindsdale Hospital's Breast Cancer Outreach program.

Pretty in Pink Trunk Show – Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October 10th from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

25-50% off Frames and Lenses with an ADDITIONAL10% donated to Breast Cancer!!

I Care & Share

With Each pair of glases purchased at our office, Dr. Franceschini will donate $5.00 to Optometry Giving Sight!! Projects are designed to TRAIN, ESTABLISH and DELIVER.

Fireworks Safety

Reports show that “in the past three years, eye injuries caused by fireworks have more than doubled, according to the annual fireworks injury report issued by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission.” US emergency departments  treated 1,300 eye injuries caused by fireworks over a one-month period in 2014 compared to 600 eye injuries over the same timeframe in 2011.”

Team Franceschini

On May 31st, our office participated in a 5K race supporting Answers for Emmett! The race benefits SUDC -  sudden unexplained death in childhood (SUDC), which occurs when an apparently healthy child beyond the age of 12 months dies without warning and without a known cause.

Gran Fondo Ride Supporting the Davis Phinney Foundation

Dr. Franceschini and a few hundred cyclists rode the hills of Napa in support of the Davis Phinney Foundation for Parkinson's.

Dr. Joe is was on Team Boitano and is pictured below with former Olympic Champion: Brian Boitano.

March 14th – Save the Date!

Please come to the office as we unveil our new frame line - Tom Ford Eyewear!

March is Save Your Vision Month!

During the month of March, the American Optometric Association  would like to remind Americans of all ages of the importance of eye health and regular exams.

Digital Eye Strain- Vision Council Report

On average, more than nine in 10 adults (93.3 percent) spend more than two hours each day using a digital device, with more than six in 10 adults (60.8 percent) spending five or more hours on digital devices each day. Whether it's for work or play, using computers, smartphones, tablets and e-readers TV or video games, all that time can take a toll on the eyes and lead to digital eye strain.

We are pleased to announce that our office is the ONLY practice in the state of Illinois to carry: iGreen Frames

iGreen is a unique product line which combines style and technology in an unprecedented collection! The new and revolutionary polymer at its core gives it flexibility, lightness and resistance which have never before been seen, offering sensational comfort. iGreen means style and is distinctively trendy and vibrant. The Chamaleo-ICG system and the interchangeable temples let you customize your glasses, playing with the colours and making them a truly personal accessory which is refined and elegant.

October is…

October is 'Eye Injury Prevention Month' in the USA and 'Eye Health Month' in Canada. There are about 285 million people living with blindness and low vision all around the world. Children account for some 19 million of them. The vast majority of visual impairment is readily treatable and/or preventable....

World Sight Day Challenge – No More Avoidable Blindness

The World Sight Day Challenge, slated to take place on October 9, 2014 is an annual awareness day that aims to focus global attention on blindness and vision impairment worldwide. The day aims to create awareness that blindness can be avoided if there is universal access to quality vision and...

Protect Children’s Eyes During Sports

The new school year has kicked off and you can tick off purchasing all that back to school equipment. Now, it's time to think about what your child will need for after school sports and hobby activities. Making sure they have the right protective eyewear for their sporting or athletic...

Don’t Miss our Prada Trunk Show on Sat. Oct. 11

Fall into Fashion at our Prada Trunk Show on Sat. Oct. 11 - from 10:00am to 3:00pm.  Save 50% off frames and 25% off lenses (no other insurance or discounts apply). All attendees will receive a $25 Oak Brook Fine Dining Gift Card. Click here for more information....

Cutting Edge Glaucoma Technology

A futuristic, yet simplistic, eye implant paired with a smartphone app may change the way eye doctors treat glaucoma.

Comfortable Vision for Back-to-school Reading

School is starting: Do you know how to set up your child’s homework and reading spot? Reading and writing are some of the most fundamental skills that your child to facilitate learning in school, so it is important to make sure that your child's eyes are comfortable when they are...

Your Child’s Eyes and the iPad

How long does your child spend using electronic devices every day? According to an AOA survey, it may be more than you think: http://bit.ly/Vdg9V8
 
83% of children said they spend at least three hours a day using electronic devices, while the majority of parents grossly underestimate the duration of their kids’ daily device use. Prolonged technology use can lead to digital eye strain: http://bit.ly/Vdg9V8

Trunk Show: April 24th from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

 YOU’RE INVITED TO OUR EXCLUSIVE DESIGNER FRAME TRUNK SHOW:

February is Macular Degeneration Awareness Month!

Macular degeneration is a major cause of visual impairment in the United States and around the world. Macular degeneration is a major cause of irreversible vision loss in the United States and around the world. As many as 11 million Americans have some form of macular degeneration, including both early and later stages of the wet and dry forms. We urge everyone to regularly get comprehensive eye exams.

Holiday Electronics Can Cause Eye Strain

Doctors at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary in Boston reveal an increase in patients complaining of sore eyes, blurry vision, headaches, and muscle strain — and only after consultations do they realize that it is related to excessive use of smartphones, among other computer devices. Though scientists have introduced some inventions that can turn smartphones into reading aids, most people are at risk for the dangers these devices pose for their eyes.