Midwest Express Clinic bills itself as a convenient alternative to the ER. When doctor's offices are closed or all out of appointments, patients can turn to Midwest Express Clinic in lieu of the emergency room with a sprained wrist, an ear infection, or other non-life-threatening ailments. They'll be met by physicians who have access to lab equipment and x-rays, without having to endure the ER's long waits or the embarrassment of forgetting the family physician's name. No appointments are necessary at the clinic's three locations, and the staff can treat everything from pneumonia to GI problems, as well as cuts, fractures, and burns.
At Lipo Laser, physician and surgeon Dr. Nicolas Sanez performs noninvasive, nonsurgical laser treatments as an alternative to liposuction. He employs the i-Lipo Ultra system, a low-level laser device that addresses specific areas of stubborn fat and cellulite. The system leaves skin feeling smooth thanks to a combination of infrared rays, vacuum massage, and voiceover narration by Al Green, and is often used to contour trouble spots that have not responded to other weight-loss methods.
Dr. Agrawal, Dr. Dymek, and Dr. Banker, the trio of vascular and interventional radiologists at Vein Experts, LLC, keep troublesome vessels in check with a menu of outpatient treatments. They tame mild cases of spider veins with medical-grade compression stockings, lasers, and sclerotherapy. More serious varicose veins that rise above the skin crumble like mined mountaintops after the VNUS Closure catheter blasts them with radio-frequency energy.
Possessing 20/20 vision may be considered perfect, a level of visual acuity reserved for Navy pilots and the bald eagles that train them, but in fact it's not even close to average. Developed by Dutch optometrist Hermann Snellen in the 1860s, the 20/20 standard is a somewhat arbitrary distinction. After inventing his now-iconic eye chart?which consists of lines of standardized letters that get progressively smaller?Snellen also instituted the concept of a ratio to define the clarity of a patient's vision. The denominator represents how many feet away a person of normal visual acuity could stand while still discerning the letters with the same level of clarity as the patient. In other words, 20/40 vision means the patient needs to stand 20 feet away to make out the same size letters as a person with standard vision can from 40 feet.
Because the 20/20 standard is arbitrary, many people actually have considerably better eyesight, represented by such ratios as 20/15 or 20/10. In fact, in the U.S., the average visual acuity is sharper than 20/20 until about age 60 or 70, when people's vision naturally starts to decline as their bangs finally grow past their eyes. Also, though it's useful for determining basic shortcomings of vision, an eye chart can't diagnose a proper glasses or contact prescription. To determine that, optometrists test many other factors, including depth perception, peripheral vision, x-ray vision, and focusing skills.
At Derma Med Spa, Dr. M. Siddiqui and licensed aesthetician and laser technician Ekram Subuh help clients transform their faces and bodies with high-tech, noninvasive beauty and health procedures. Microdermabrasion and photofacial treatments remove layers of dead skin cells and splotches of hyperpigmentation from faces with high-tech techniques, while lasers zap away unwanted follicles on any surface of skin across the body. Doctors help clients fight signs of aging with targeted applications of Botox or Juvederm, and laser specialists remove ill-advised inkings of grunge band logos or grocery lists with tattoo removal. Even makeup services are offered from Chicago-based freelancer Ania Massat, who offers personal makeup application for everyone, from brides-to-be on their big day to an adult's first trip to the dentist.
The eye doctors at Family Eye Physicians, which include an ophthalmologist with a resume that lists advanced training in pediatric eye care a position as chief resident of John Stroger Hospital, employ the latest technology to perform preventative and restorative services. To diagnose eye issues, they create three-dimensional images with high-resolution optical coherence tomography and use a technique called fluorescein angiography, in which a fluorescent dye is injected into the arm to highlight ocular abnormalities, such as deposits beneath the retina or blood vessel patterns that resemble Elvis. The highly trained team can improve cataract patients' vision at all distances via intraocular lens implants, or make glasses and contacts obsolete with microkeratome or bladeless LASIK vision-correction surgery.