Primary Eye Care Associates - March 2018


As a child, my sister, Monica, faced many complications with her eyesight. She was extremely nearsighted, which required ongoing care. A typical family might go to the eye doctor every few years for an exam, but she needed to go every six months for treatment. When you’re a kid, your parents generally drag you along to your siblings’ events. So, spending time in a doctor’s office became the norm for me, though I didn’t really mind it. Actually, I became infatuated with the various instruments used in the office, and I was drawn toward the unique qualities of the world I was dropped into. Through those experiences, I developed a keen understanding of how crucial eyesight is to all of us. My sister’s eye issues held her back from the activities she wanted to enjoy in life. It wasn’t until she received treatment that she shed her doubts and became confident enough to pursue life at full capacity. She was able to participate in sports, among other activities, and it ultimately changed her life. Early on, I realized that improving one’s eyesight can make a dramatic impact on quality of life, and I carry that excitement to help people with me today. When she received contact lenses, it opened up a whole new world for her. She gained confidence, played sports, and enjoyed improved eyesight. The Origin of Primary Eye Care Myopia Helped Me See My Future

and excited about working with new patients, and it’s a great feeling to help them see as they never have before. Moments like these make me so proud of our practice. I get to work with an incredibly diverse group of people every single day and help patients resolve the vision issues that plague them. Our patients come from all walks of life, and they provide new learning opportunities for us on a daily basis. This makes our work rewarding, as it feels great to help. We’re also able to develop relationships with our patients. Every day I get out of bed, I get to make new friends and make a positive impact. When I’m not at work, you can find me in the kitchen exploring another passion: cooking. I love spending time with my two boys and making new gourmet dishes. My daughter and my wife don’t seem to mind, either, since they get to partake in some Chander family specialties on a regular basis. My chicken Parmesan recipe in particular is a hit!

Mostly, I enjoy eating healthy foods because it aligns with my overall healthy lifestyle. I’m able to hit the gym three times a week. And now that it’s warming up, I’m able to get outside to pound the pavement for a few miles.


Pursuing a healthy lifestyle goes beyond just myself.

Recently, I’ve become passionate about empowering my team to achieve their financial goals. I believe that all of us can reduce our stress by getting out (and staying out) of debt. Many of our team meetings don’t have anything do with eye care; instead, they center on financial freedom. I truly love this practice and am proud of our team’s accomplishments. We’re all extremely excited about the growth we’ve recently experienced. It’s a testament to the wonderful people with whom I surround myself. As our growth continues, we look forward to helping more and more people in new and unique ways. You see, it wasn’t just my sister’s life that was transformed by having her vision corrected — mine was, too. I look forward to sharing the same transformative experiences with all of you.

My nephew (Monica’s son), Logan, is currently going through a similar issue. Now that he’s my patient, both Monica and I are making sure he doesn’t have to go through what his mom did. We’ve initiated therapy to stop his prescription from getting worse. In fact, at his last visit, he had no change! I am fortunate enough to have a great team that shares my enthusiasm. We are all passionate

–Steven Chander

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The family dinner is a staple of years gone by. These days, the only time you see a family sit together and break bread seems to be at Thanksgiving. This is a shame, because regular family dinners are incredibly important! It’s a time to bond with your loved ones that can have a positive impact on your kids’ lives. A study published in the journal Pediatrics found that kids who regularly partake in family meals are less likely to experience depression or engage in drug use. Furthermore, The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University determined that kids who eat family meals five to seven times a week bring home better report cards. Even when schedules are busy, you can make family dinners fit into your agenda with these tips. BE FLEXIBLE ABOUT MEALTIMES: Dinner doesn’t have to be at 6 p.m. on the dot. If Kamala has a karate tournament in the evening or Peter needs to stay late at school for art club, why Your Dinner Table Might Be the Key to a Happier Family

not break out the healthy snacks and make dinner happen a little later or earlier? Plus, the meal you share as a family doesn’t have to be at dinnertime. If there’s time in the mornings, sit down for breakfast. If you have the opportunity on weekends or during a school break, grab lunch together. CALL ALL HANDS ON DECK: Mom or Dad shouldn’t be expected to cook by themselves for every meal. This is family time, after all, so call in the kids! Make sure their tasks are age-appropriate — leave sautéing vegetables to the high schooler and let your first-grader set out the cups instead. This is the perfect opportunity to teach kids valuable kitchen skills and to take some of the burden off your plate. Plus, if your kids are picky eaters, inviting them to be part of the cooking process can make them more inclined to try the finished product. DON’T STRESS YOURSELF OUT: It’s okay if you’re too busy on a Monday to cook dinner. There’s always Tuesday. Or you can take a trip to your favorite family restaurant. Family meals should be fun, and that can’t happen if you’re stressed. Don’t feel pressured to make each meal perfect or prepare a three- course dinner every night. Chicken and rice can get the job done as long as you’re all sitting around the table as a family. No matter how hectic your schedule may be, making family meals a priority is always worth the investment. Who’s in the mood for meatloaf?

ALL YOUR VISION NEEDS UNDER THE SUN Your One-Stop Shop For Eye Health and Vision Care


Perhaps nothing is as frustrating as going to multiple locations to solve one problem. That’s why we are proud to be a one-stop shop for any and all eye care needs. Our office provides state-of-the-art tools designed to correct almost any vision need. These services are endless, but we’ve highlighted some of our foundational treatments for you.

Millions of people make the decision to undergo laser eye surgery each year. If you’re sick of glasses or just want an alternative to traditional vision treatments, laser eye surgery is for you. By reshaping the cornea of your eye, we can correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.


This is a broad term, but it generally refers to finding solutions to the limitations of your eyesight, such as glasses and contacts. We provide only premium brands to choose from for your frames and contacts. These may be the oldest correctional methods, but we strive for the best and latest technology to meet your needs. In addition, we offer a two-year warranty on all of our frames and lenses. This ensures that you’re always taken care of if you have any complications with your eyewear.

Whatever your vision needs may be, we are your solution. We have a lab on-site and a team of qualified professionals that are ready to help you solve any vision problems. We want to show you that our specialty is unique. Stay tuned next month to learn about a service that you won’t


We are passionate about helping children with their vision problems. It’s at the very core of our business. If your child suffers from vision complications, we can help by providing vision therapy. Our treatments have been proven to help kids with low vision, crossed eyes, color blindness, and a multitude of other issues.

find anywhere else.


DR. CHANDER’S 20-20-20 RULE How You Can Avoid Damage to Your Eyes

THE 20-20-20 RULE

For many of us, looking at a computer screen is just another part of our daily lives. It’s almost an inevitability as many of our jobs and personal lives revolve around technology. But did you know that spending all that time looking at a digital display can negatively affect your eyesight?

The good news is, Dr. Chander has a specific methodology that will prevent blue-violet radiation from plaguing your eyes. The 20-20- 20 rule states that for every 20 minutes using a screen, you should look at something 20 feet away, for a total of 20 seconds. By doing this, you’ll limit the consistent pouring of radiation into your retinas and drastically reduce the damaging effect on your eyes. This includes long-term complications such as central vision damage. If you’re having trouble with your eyesight, stop by our clinic and let us help. We offer specific anti-fatigue lenses that are designed to block blue-violet radiation. This will ease eye strain and protect your retinas from harmful radiation. Our team is here for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Swing by today and let us show you how we help Chicago see.


This specific section of the color spectrum is unique because of how damaging it can be to the eye. The eye is incapable of filtering out enough of the blue-violet radiation that comes from technological devices. This means prolonged exposure can cause retinal damage and contribute to loss of vision or need for constant eye care.


This byproduct of blue-violet radiation is a serious concern if not addressed over time. Eye strain is often characterized by having sore, burning, or itchy eyes and can cause long-term complications if not addressed. These include the following:

IS YOUR VISION 20-20-20?

• Dry eyes • Watery eyes • Blurred vision

• Headaches • Sensitivity to light


Zesty Zucchini ENCHILADAS


• 4 large zucchini • 1 tablespoon olive oil or ghee

• 2 teaspoons chili powder • 3 cups cooked, shredded chicken • 2 cups shredded cheese • 1 can enchilada sauce

• 1 large onion, chopped • 2 cloves garlic, minced • 2 teaspoons cumin



1. Heat oven to 350 F. In a large skillet, heat oil. Add onion, garlic, cumin, chili powder, and salt to taste. Stir to combine. Saute chicken for 2 minutes, then add 1 cup of the enchilada sauce. 2. Use vegetable peeler to thinly slice zucchini lengthwise. Lay out three slices, slightly overlapping, and spoon chicken mixture on top. Roll the zucchini “tortilla” and place on baking sheet. Repeat until all zucchini and chicken is used.


3. Cover the enchiladas with remaining sauce and sprinkle with cheese. Bake 20 minutes, and enjoy!


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How We Became Clearly the Best in Sight PAGE 1 What Every Parent Needs to Know About Family Dinners PAGE 2 Foundational Services at Our Clinic PAGE 2 The Silent Killer of Your Eyesight PAGE 3 Go Carb-Free for Dinner PAGE 3 The 3 Best Places to See Beautiful Flowers PAGE 4


Spring is here, which means flora will soon be in full bloom. Flowers can be an easy pick-me-up or a great way to add color to your home, but some people take their flower obsession to the next level by planning botanical-themed vacations. Here are some of the most impressive gardens and flower displays in the world. Holland, most famous for its tulips, always draws visitors at the first sign of spring. One of its most famous destinations, Keukenhof, located in Lisse, is among the world’s largest flower gardens. The park is 79 acres and boasts approximately 7 million flowers each year. This colorful garden is open annually from mid-March to mid-May, but mid-April is the ideal time to see the tulips. THE NETHERLANDS

Tokyo in 1912, flaunt their beautiful pink blossoms. The best time to see the spectacle is from the end of March through the end of April.


Desert lavender, flowering cacti, pygmy poppies, and rock daisies are just a few of the many wildflowers decorating Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. The various native species are often seen weaved together to form a colorful carpet over any barren patch in the park, which is located just two hours from San Diego. In addition to

flowers, visitors often spot bighorn sheep. Wildflower blossoms vary in intensity each year, but they

typically begin to bloom in late February or early March. Next time you’re planning a spring trip, consider visiting one of the world’s most beautiful flower displays. No green thumb required.


Besides the monuments and historic buildings, one of the biggest attractions in Washington, D.C. is the cherry tree blossoms. Travelers who visit the Tidal Basin during the spring can witness 3,000 trees, which were a gift from


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