Brown Sugar-Glazed Carrots

No, carrots won’t give you X-ray vision or cure blindness, but the vitamins found in the vegetable can help promote overall eye health. Here’s one of our favorite ways to eat this yummy veggie that’s packed with vitamin A and lutein.  Serve these tasty carrots with pork loin and rolls for a delicious meal that everyone will love!



  1. Heat 1 inch of water to boiling in a 3-quart saucepan. Add carrots and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Cover and heat to boiling. Reduce heat. Simmer covered for 15 minutes or until carrots are tender.
  2. While carrots are cooking, heat brown sugar, butter, orange peel, ground cinnamon and another 1/2 teaspoon salt in a skillet over medium heat. Stir constantly until sugar is dissolved and mixture is bubbly. Remove from heat.
  3. Drain carrots. Stir carrots into brown sugar mixture. Cook over low heat about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally and gently, until carrots are glazed and hot. Stir pecans into mixture and serve.


Do Carrots Actually Improve Eyesight?

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Everyone has heard, “Eat your carrots to have good eyesight!” Is there any truth to this statement or is it a bunch of baloney?  Well, yes and no. Carrots won’t improve your visual acuity if you have less than perfect vision. A diet of carrots won’t give a blind person 20/20 vision. But, the vitamins found in the vegetable can help promote overall eye health. Carrots contain beta-carotene, a substance that the body converts to vitamin A, an important nutrient for eye health.  An extreme lack of vitamin A can cause blindness. Vitamin A can prevent the formation of cataracts and macular degeneration, the world’s leading cause of blindness. However, if your vision problems aren’t related to vitamin A, your vision won’t change no matter how many carrots you eat.

In addition to beta-carotene, carrots also contain lutein, an antioxidant. Foods rich in lutein have been found to increase pigment density in the macula. The greater pigment density in the macula, the better protected your retina is and the lower your risk for macular degeneration.

Because carrots are rich in vitamin A and lutein, they are always a good choice for a nutrient-packed snack. Keep packing those carrot sticks in the school lunches, mom, but don’t expect X-ray vision!


Sarah Winkler “Are carrots really good for your eyesight?” 19 August 2009.

Eye Makeup Safety

While mascara and eye shadow make your eyes stand out, they could harm your vision if you are not using them correctly. Eye injuries and infections from using makeup improperly happen all too often. Over time, bacteria and fungi can grow in your eye cosmetics that you don’t want to transfer to your eyes.  Here are a few makeup tips to keep your eyes healthy:

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If you do scratch your eye or are concerned about any irritation, visit your eye doctor at Gailey Eye Clinic to make sure that complications such as eye infections don’t occur.


U.S. Food and Drug Administration  “Eye Cosmetic Makeup Safety” 18 December 2006.

Check out our newly renovated iLASIK Suite!

Interested in Laser Vision Correction (LVC), but not sure where to begin?  Start here, at Gailey Eye Clinic’s newly designed, state-of-the-art Laser Vision Correction Suite!  Not only are we proud to offer the latest, blade-free technology in LASIK, we are excited to perform iLASIK in our beautifully remodeled surgical suite that is sure to make you feel relaxed and comfortable.  Our surgical suite includes the iDesign Advanced Wavescan Studio to map the exact landscape of the eye, the Intralase Femtosecond laser for bladeless flap creation, and the Advanced CustomVue laser to reshape the cornea.  These components work together to ensure that you will achieve the best visual acuity possible from your procedure.  Check out our remodeled Laser Vision Correction suite below!

To learn more about LVC with Gailey Eye Clinic, contact our Laser Vision Correction Coordinator, Ray Rybarczyk at 309-557-8612 or

Eat Right to Improve Your Sight

SpinachSaladWe only get one pair of eyes, so it’s important to take good care of them. What you eat can affect your vision as you age. Supplement your diet with Vitamin C, antioxidants, zinc, beta-carotene, and vitamin E to reduce the risk of developing serious Age-Related Eye Disease. Try out this Spinach Salad recipe – it’s a family favorite from a Gailey Eye Clinic employee with homemade dressing! Spinach and tomatoes are loaded with antioxidants and tomatoes are an excellent source of Vitamin C.



  1. Add spinach, mushrooms, cheese and tomatoes to a serving bowl.
  2. Dice onion. Mix all dressing ingredients together. Stir well.
  3. Add dressing to the salad just before serving. Toss well.

Gailey Eye Clinic Celebrates 75 Years with Community Outreach

Reprinted with permission from The Pantagraph Bloomington IL (2)Gailey Eye Clinic marked its 75th Anniversary by holding a Community Outreach Event May 13th and 14th. During the event, four patients referred by the Community Health Care Clinic (CHCC) received free cataract surgery at Gailey’s state-of-the-art surgery center, Bloomington Eye Institute. An additional ten patients received free vision exams at Gailey’s Main Street location in Bloomington. Dr. Ara Aprahamian and Dr. Robert M. Lee, along with a team of medical technicians, nurses, anesthesiologists, and administrative staff donated their time and experience to provide the gift of sight to those in need.

To further celebrate Gailey’s 75 years in eye care, physicians and staff enjoyed an open house celebration on Saturday, May 14th. Retired Gailey physicians and several original patients of Dr. Watson Gailey shared great memories about Gailey through the years. These memories began in 1941 when Dr. Watson Gailey opened the clinic at 1008 N. Main Street in Bloomington. What started as a one-man venture has grown into a prominent practice with 16 doctors, 14 clinic locations, 2 surgery centers, and over 275 employees.

It is an honor to serve so many communities throughout central Illinois and we look forward to serving for many years ahead.

Reprinted with permission from The Pantagraph, Bloomington IL

Gailey Gets Social

Did you know that Gailey Eye Clinic is on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram? Connect with us to stay up to date with the latest news at Gailey Eye Clinic, receive helpful tips toward healthy eyes, and have the opportunity to win great giveaways! If you haven’t already liked us on Facebook and followed our accounts on Twitter and Instagram, be sure to connect with us today.

Gailey Eye Clinic would like to hear from you! We now offer patient satisfaction surveys. You may notice an email from following your next appointment… that’s us! By telling us about your experience, you help us improve and better serve our patients. We greatly appreciate your feedback!

NEW! iDesign Wavescan System at Gailey Eye Clinic

47435100_mlGailey Eye Clinic is now 1 of only a handful of clinics in the United States with the iDesign Wavescan system! The same blade-free technology that NASA and the U.S. Military have approved for Laser Vision Correction on pilots and astronauts, professions highly dependent on excellent visual acuity, is now available to Gailey Eye Clinic patients in central Illinois. No two eyes are alike, not even one person’s two eyes. The iDesign allows us to capture the detailed map of each eye and translates this information into specific treatment instructions for each patient. Through the use of the iDesign, we may provide a broader range of vision correction. Also, its ability to map the surface of irregular corneas, greatly expands the number of patients that may qualify for Laser Vision Correction.

From pre-operative testing to post-operative care, our experienced team of surgeons and technicians provide personalized care like no other LASIK team in central Illinois. We are here to make you feel comfortable, relaxed, and answer any questions you have.

Laser Vision Correction FAQs:

What is iLASIK? It is a blade-less, outpatient surgical procedure that uses a laser beam to create a corneal flap and reshape the surface of the cornea to improve vision for patients with nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.

How much does it cost? That depends on several factors, including the type of procedure and the insurance coverage that you have.  It is best to set up a complimentary consultation with Gailey Eye Clinic’s Laser Vision Correction coordinator to get those answers.

Is there a discount for VSP or EyeMed? Yes, 15% discount for either plan.

Is LVC covered by insurance? Very few policies cover Laser Vision Correction, but our LVC counselor would be very happy to look into that for you and even discuss payment plan financing options.

How long does LASIK take? Your entire procedure will last less than 30 minutes!

Currently, Gailey Eye Clinic is extending our promotional price for Laser Vision Correction through the end of 2015! With this discounted price, patients may receive Laser Vision Correction for nearly $1,000 off regular pricing. Schedule your LVC screening with Ray today, to take advantage of this great offer and budget Laser Vision Correction into your 2016 Flex spending.


Ray Rybarczyk, Laser Vision Correction Coordinator

1008 North Main Street, Bloomington IL 61701

Ph: 309-557-8612     Cell: 309-684-8729     Email:


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