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Will I Need to Wear Sunglasses After LASIK Surgery?

Caring for your eyes after your LASIK procedure is vitally important. Your eyes will be extra sensitive to light for the first month after the LASIK surgery and you will be required to wear protective goggles and sunglasses following the procedure.  

On the day of your LASIK surgery, you will need to keep your eyes in the dark for the rest of the day. Immediately following your procedure you will be given dark goggles to wear home and for the first few days of recovery. In addition to protecting your eyes from harmful light, these goggles also protect from rubbing the eyes during this important stage of recovery when the LASIK flap could become easily damaged.

As you continue to heal from your LASIK procedure it is recommended that you wear high-quality sunglasses anytime you are outdoors, even on a cloudy day. If your eyes are exposed to UV rays without protection shortly after the surgery, your eyes may suffer from corneal haze which means a hazy or foggy view. It is very important that you make sure that your sunglasses have 100% UVA and UVB protection. The sunglasses should also fit well and make you still feel comfortable after long time of wearing.

Style can be an important issue when choosing your sunglasses after LASIK surgery because if you have a pair of sunglasses that you don’t like or don’t find comfortable, you are more likely to not wear them as often as you should. So, buy a pair of sunglasses that are comfortable, yet stylish, but most importantly offer proper protection.

Wearing sunglasses after LASIK will help keep your eyes healthy and protected for years to come. If you need help choosing sunglasses or would like more information about LASIK in Beeville, contact Victoria Eye Center at 800-833-0234 or website

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Can You Get LASIK Twice?

Thousands of people across the globe have experienced the lasting benefits of laser eye surgery. Laser eye surgery has proven highly effective in most people with common vision problems like nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. In fact, as many as 70% of patients will experience better than 20/20 vision once they’ve had the procedure. So, what makes laser eye surgery such an effective option for vision correction?

The most effective form of laser eye surgery utilizes the latest technology available to LASIK surgeons.  In the early years of LASIK surgery, the procedure required the use of a mechanical cutting tool to create a flap in the eye’s cornea. Bladeless LASIK technology has advanced to the point where no actual blade is used, and surgeons are able to reach optimal levels of vision correction. Advancements in custom wavefront technology make it possible for a LASIK surgeon to use a computer-guided laser to reshape the cornea to the patient’s exact prescription.

This allows for the highest level of precision possible for vision correction. Unlike glasses or contact lenses, LASIK surgery actually reshapes your cornea to permanently correct your vision. Along with the incredible effectiveness of laser eye surgery is the knowledge that the process is relatively pain-free, with only minor discomfort and a very quick recovery. Plus, once you make the investment in LASIK surgery, you will soon discover the cost savings in no longer having to pay for new contact lenses or glasses. All of this makes LASIK eye surgery a preferred method of vision correction for many qualified candidates.

Most people only need LASIK once. Rarely, a small percentage of patients will experience regression – a return of some nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism. If a regression of this sort occurs and becomes bothersome, a follow-up procedure called a LASIK enhancement usually can be performed to restore clear vision. In many cases, patients who experience minor refractive changes after LASIK aren’t bothered by the change and don’t feel a need for additional vision correction. Others choose to wear prescription eyeglasses only for specific activities (driving at night, for example), while some opt to have enhancement surgery performed.

For the best, long lasting LASIK results, Dr. Boozalis recommends that their patients have a stable prescription for at least two years before considering the procedure. Usually before the mid-20s a person’s eyes may be still growing and changing. Having a stable prescription for at least two years is an important consideration for anyone, young or old, to be deemed a good LASIK candidate. For patients in their 40s-50s, it’s important to understand that at some point in the future, they may experience presbyopia, a normal age-related loss of near focusing ability which causes up-close vision to become blurred. When this happens, most people need to wear reading glasses to read and to see near objects clearly.

Following laser eye surgery, it’s important to maintain regular eye exams to ensure optimal vision for the long term. Contact Victoria Eye Center at 800-833-0234 or website to find out if laser eye surgery could be an effective vision correction method for you.

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What Kind of Laser is Used for LASIK?

LASIK surgery is the most popular laser vision correction procedure performed today, and for good reason. Ongoing advancements in laser technology have made way for successful surgeries and better visual outcomes. At Victoria Eye Center in Port Lavaca, Dr. Boozalis utilizes the latest advancements in LASIK surgery to offer patients the best possible vision correction experience. The kind of lasers used for LASIK include the following:

Bladeless Femtosecond – LASIK involves reshaping the cornea to correct the refractive error. To access the cornea, a flap must be made. In previous vision correction techniques, the flap was created using a hand-held bladed tool. Modern LASIK techniques utilize a femtosecond laser to create the flap, eliminating the risks associated with the use of a manual blade. Studies have shown that the femtosecond laser allows for more precise corneal flap thickness, improving the accuracy and predictability. This also offers a decreased risk of corneal abrasions during the procedure, and a decreased risk of induced astigmatism after LASIK. It also gives more options in terms of flap size, shape, and orientation, yielding a more customized procedure, as well as a faster healing time thanks to the smoother edges of the flap. 

Wavefront Technology – Wavefront LASIK is the most advanced, most effective type of laser technology. Wavefront lasers are able to measure your prescription 25 times more accurately than the measurements taken during more traditional eye exams, allowing surgeons with the technology to be far more precise. This technology ensures that you’ll receive a precise, custom-designed LASIK treatment specifically suited to meet the unique needs of your eyes. 

Femtosecond Laser Technology – The femtosecond laser represents one of the greatest single technological advances since LASIK’s introduction in 1989. In fact, femtosecond lasers are precisely the reason why we at Saddleback Eye Center can claim that our procedure is 100% blade-free, or all-laser LASIK technology. Those surgeons operating without a femtosecond laser (offering what we refer to as “conventional LASIK”), still have to rely on a metal blade and a mechanical holding device to create the corneal flap. Would you rather have a precision laser, or a metal blade operating on your eyeball? Dr. Manger’s LASIK procedure relies on the femtosecond laser, allowing him to offer significantly more precision than traditional LASIK procedures.

Custom Wavefront Mapping – Wavefront mapping is a highly sophisticated technology that allows Dr. Boozalis to create a 3D image of your eye. The information gathered by the wavefront map system helps detect the eye’s unique imperfections and it allows the laser to create a smoother and more precise corneal shaping. Wavefront technology increases the accuracy of visual outcomes and reduces the likelihood of side effects such as glare and halos.

Dr. Boozalis in Port Lavaca would love to help you reach your goals of clear vision with these advanced LASIK techniques. To schedule a LASIK consultation, contact Victoria Eye Center today at 800-833-0234 or website.

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Can You Drive After LASIK Surgery?

LASIK is a quick, outpatient surgery. The procedure itself usually lasts less than 15 minutes and is virtually painless. 

You will not be able to drive immediately after LASIK surgery and will need to plan for someone else to drive you home. There are a number of very good reasons for this. Patients generally receive a mild oral sedative, like Valium, prior to the procedure. Since this sedation will not wear off for a couple of hours, you will not be allowed to drive yourself home and will likely not be cleared to drive for at least 24 hours.

Also, your vision will be a little blurry immediately following the procedure. It will take a few hours before your vision clears up enough to drive. In some cases, vision may remain blurry for a couple of days. For some, it will clear up by the next day.

The day after surgery you will have a follow-up visit with Dr. Boozalis, who will evaluate your recovery and test your vision. Typically, vision is greatly improved immediately after surgery, however each patient responds to LASIK surgery in their own way, so some people might recover more quickly than others. Dr. Boozalis may advise you to avoid driving for a longer period of time, just to be safe. This means you should plan on having someone to drive you home immediately following your surgery and back to our office the day after for your follow-up visit.

LASIK is one of the safest, most successful surgeries involving the eye. Most people notice a significant improvement in their vision and can resume everyday activities, including driving, within 24 hours after surgery. To learn more about LASIK surgery in Hallettsville, contact Victoria Eye Center at 800-833-0234 or website

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Do Ophthalmologists Perform Cataract Surgery?

Cataracts are a cloudiness that forms in the normally clear lens of the eye, leading to decreased vision. Although cataracts are a leading cause of vision loss in people over the age of 40, cataract surgery options offer an easy solution to clear vision for the millions that suffer from the condition. Cataract surgery can only be performed by a specific type of eye doctor, an ophthalmologist. 

When it comes to eye care, ophthalmologists are the most trained and skilled professionals in the field. An ophthalmologist is a physician, either a doctor of medicine (MD) or doctor of osteopathy (DO), who specializes in the medical and surgical care of the eyes and visual system and in the prevention of eye disease and injury. 

Ophthalmologists complete 4 or more years of college premedical education, 4 or more years of medical school, 1 year of internship, and 3 or more years of specialized medical, surgical and refractive training in eye care. This education and training allows them to handle everything from simple medical exams to advanced surgical needs. Ophthalmologists can handle basic eye care situations including eye exams, providing prescriptions for eye wear and diagnosis and testing for visual disorders. They can perform cataract surgeries, LASIK vision correction, transplants and retinal detachment repair, among others. Their medical knowledge of the entire body gives them additional skills in diagnosis and treatment of conditions that originate in another place but affect vision.

Millions of Americans have cataract surgery each year. The procedure has an overall success rate of 98% or higher and the positive impact on patient vision is obvious. Many patients who choose laser-assisted cataract surgery report improved vision before even leaving the recovery room.

To learn more about cataract surgery in Beeville or to schedule an examination with Dr. Boozalis, contact us at 800-833-0234 or website today.  

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Benefits of LASIK

LASIK surgery offers a wealth of benefits for the average eyeglass wearer. If you’ve been wearing eyeglasses for a long time, consider a few of the benefits of LASIK listed below. 

  • Improved Vision: The primary LASIK benefit is that 95% of patients who undergo the procedure achieve 20/40 vision, the vast majority of those achieving 20/20 vision or better.  Although each patient is different, the statistics show that a significant number of those who undergo LASIK surgery significantly improve their vision. 
  • Long-lasting Results: Following a stabilization period of about 3 months for the eye to adjust, LASIK results are expected to be permanent. Some patients will need reading glasses as they age due to normal vision changes that occur in the aging process, as LASIK surgery does not correct those types of issues.
  • Quick Recovery: Another LASIK benefit is the quick recovery after the procedure.  Patients cannot drive immediately after LASIK surgery, but most patients return to normal schedules as soon as the day after the procedure. 
  • Safe and Quick Procedure: LASIK surgery is performed quickly, and because the skilled surgeons at Victoria Eye Center use blade-free methods, which they have found to be more accurate, the procedure is considered by many to be one of the safest surgeries performed today.  The entire procedure takes just a matter of minutes, making this another LASIK benefit.
  • Money Saving: One LASIK benefit that is often not considered is that the procedure saves money in the long run.  Contacts and glasses usually need to be replaced annually. The total spent for corrective lenses can reach into the tens of thousands during a patient’s lifetime.  LASIK has become more affordable over the last decade, as new technologies are developed, making it more economical to invest in LASIK surgery than continue to expend money for new glasses or contacts each year.
  • Life Changing: Many Victoria Eye Center patients say that the best LASIK benefit is the life changes it creates for them.  Patients often say they gain confidence, and many indicate they are able to participate in many recreational activities they were unable to do before because of their need for glasses or contacts.

If you have questions about LASIK eye surgery contact Victoria Eye Center at 800-833-0234 or website for more information and to determine if you’re a good candidate for eye surgery.

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Can LASIK Wear Off?

In general, LASIK eye surgery is considered to be a permanent way to correct vision. Given that the procedure takes roughly 30 minutes total to complete, this is pretty impressive. Over the last several decades, LASIK results have proven to be very stable. After the initial healing period of 3 to 6 months, your distance visual acuity should remain the same for the rest of your life (provided, of course, that you don’t develop cataracts or some other age-related eye disease).

Rarely, a small percentage of patients will experience regression – a return of some nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism. If a regression of this sort occurs and becomes bothersome, a follow-up procedure called a LASIK enhancement usually can be performed to restore clear vision. In many cases, patients who experience minor refractive changes after LASIK aren’t bothered by the change and don’t feel a need for additional vision correction. Others choose to wear prescription eyeglasses only for specific activities (driving at night, for example), while some opt to have enhancement surgery performed.

For the best, long lasting LASIK results, Dr. Boozalis recommends that his patients have a stable prescription for at least two years before considering the procedure. Usually before the mid-20s, a person’s eyes may be still growing and changing. Having a stable prescription for at least two years is an important consideration for anyone, young or old, to be deemed a good LASIK candidate. For patients in their 40s-50s, it’s important to understand that at some point in the future, they may experience presbyopia, a normal age-related loss of near focusing ability which causes up-close vision to become blurred. When this happens, most people need to wear reading glasses to read and to see near objects clearly.

For most patients, LASIK is a safe, permanent vision correction method. If you are interested in joining the thousands of satisfied LASIK patients in Port Lavaca, contact Victoria Eye Center at phone or website to schedule your consultation.

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Will Insurance Pay for My LASIK Surgery?

Many health insurance companies consider LASIK an elective procedure. Elective procedures are typically procedures that are optional, nice to have done, but not medically necessary.  

While LASIK is often considered an elective procedure, there are times when it may be medically necessary. These include: 

  • Surgery to correct vision problems caused by an injury.
  • LASIK for patients that can’t wear glasses or contacts. 
  • LASIK to correct vision problems caused by surgery. 
  • LASIK to correct very severe vision problems (the definition of very severe varies from insurance company to insurance company). 

It’s important to talk with your doctor to determine if your LASIK surgery will be considered cosmetic or medically necessary. 

Affordable Options for LASIK

There are many ways to afford LASIK. Many people finance their procedures, making monthly payments over time until the procedure is paid in full. In addition, some choose to put the balance on a rewards-bearing credit card for points, miles or other incentives. 

Many U.S. employees have an FSA, HSA or HRA to cover health expenses with income-tax-free accounts. The cost of laser eye surgery is an eligible expense for all these accounts.  In addition, some people may deduct the cost of major medical expenses. Check with your tax preparer to see if you qualify. If you know you want LASIK but are concerned about up-front cost, assess your contributions during your employer’s open-enrollment window and consider increasing your savings so you can afford the procedure next year.

If you have any type of health insurance policy, contact your benefits coordinator to find out exactly what is and is not covered. You can ask your company questions regarding the amount of coverage offered, what procedures may be covered and how much you will have to pay whether you use an in-network or out-of-network healthcare provider.

The value of LASIK is life changing for some. The money saved on costs associated with reducing the need for glasses and contacts reflects only part of the surgery’s value though. Many find that after LASIK they can do many things that they could not have done before, improving their quality of life. It’s important to weigh not just the cost of LASIK, but the overall gains you may experience. 

For more information about how to afford the LASIK procedure in Cuero, contact Victoria Eye Center at 800-833-0234 or website

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What Happens if I Sneeze During LASIK?

During LASIK surgery a special laser is used to correct poor vision by reshaping the cornea of the eye. Patients are often concerned about what will happen if they move, blink or sneeze during LASIK. However, there is no need to worry if you accidentally blink or move your eyes during the surgery. Thanks to advanced LASIK technologies in Beeville, your eyes will remain comfortably steady as Dr. Boozalis provides the vision correction results you need to see as clearly as possible. 

Before the procedure begins, you will be given anesthetic eye drops that numb the eyes. This will help reduce discomfort during the operation. Then, a small instrument will be placed over your eye that gently works to help keep your eye open, still and steady during the procedure.

Finally, we use an advanced eye tracking system which is always fixed and positioned on the eye. This technology compensates for any eye movement and ensures the laser pulses are only directed exactly in the right place. If you sneeze, move or blink during the treatment, the laser tracks your eye over one thousand times per second and adjusts the laser to make certain the laser is applied to exactly the right place. So, there is no reason to worry if you sneeze during LASIK.

On average, LASIK will take less than 10 minutes for each eye. The actual time the lasers are in contact with each eye is for merely seconds. The good news is that with advanced LASIK technologies and lasers, patients can expect to experience a quick and easy procedure and outstanding vision correction results.

To learn more about the LASIK procedure and how we can help you see as clearly as possible, schedule a free LASIK consultation with Dr. Boozalis by contacting Victoria Eye Center at 800-833-0234 or website.

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What Do I Need to Know Before My LASIK Consultation?

In order to determine if you are a candidate for LASIK, you must first have a thorough, dilated eye exam with a qualified ophthalmologist. This exam is often referred to as a LASIK consultation.

Here are a few things to know before your LASIK consultation:

Discontinue Contact Use: It is important for you to stay out of your contact lenses for at least 2 weeks prior to your consultation. Contact lens use can change the shape of your corneal surface, which can reduce the accuracy of the measurement of your refraction. 

Know What to Expect: During the examination, several tests will be administered, including measurements taken to determine your prescription, the shape of your eye, the thickness of your cornea and the level of dryness in your eyes.

Make a List of Questions: Your LASIK consultation is intended to gather all the information needed to determine if LASIK is an appropriate method of vision correction for your eyes. But more importantly, it is an opportunity for you to learn about the procedure and to have all your questions answered.  

Medical History and Medication Information: Dr. Boozalis will need to be aware of any medical problems you may have or any medications you are currently taking. Be prepared to share medical information at your visit. 

Prescription History: An important factor in LASIK candidacy is having a stable prescription. If you have older prescription information, or actual eyeglasses, please bring them with you to your appointment. 

Arrange a Ride Home: Since your eyes may be dilated during the exam, you may want to have a friend or family member drive you home from your appointment.

Coming in for a consultation in Victoria is the best way to determine if you are a candidate for LASIK or an alternative vision correction procedure. If you would like to find out if LASIK is right for you, contact Victoria Eye Center at 800-833-0234 or website to schedule your LASIK consultation today. 

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