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Sport Eye Injuries and Cataracts

At Victoria Eye Venter, we encourage our patients to maintain an active lifestyle, and participation in sports is a great way to do that. However, it is also extremely important that people of all ages protect their eyes while playing sports in order to minimize the chance of a sports-related eye injury. It is estimated that 90% of sports-related eye injuries can be prevented by wearing protective eyewear.

According to past statistics from the Coalition to Prevent Sports Eye Injuries, there have been as many as 600,000 eye injuries each year related to sports and recreation. The group considers the following sports to be high-to-moderate risk of eye injury (some may surprise you).

    • Fishing
    • Golf
    • Basketball
    • Baseball
    • Softball
    • Lacrosse
    • Hockey
    • Tennis
    • Soccer
    • Volleyball
    • Water Polo
    • Football
    • Air Rifle
    • BB Gun
    • Paintball
    • Boxing
    • Martial Arts
    • Cricket
    • Squash
    • Racquetball
    • Fencing
    • Badminton

It is estimated that 90% of sports-related eye injuries, such as blunt trauma, penetration injuries and more, can be prevented by wearing protective eyewear. If you wear prescription glasses to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism, your regular glasses will not provide adequate protection. Polycarbonate lenses can provide the right protection during sports, which means that you will have to wear contact lenses in order to see well.

If you cannot wear contact lenses, or if you simply don’t like wearing them, you may be risking your eyesight by not having the ability to wear the right polycarbonate lenses. LASIK vision correction is one option to help improve your natural vision and give you the visual freedom to participate in sports more safely.

So, whether you play leisurely rounds of golf, fast-action basketball or any type of sport, protect your eyes. And if you are interested in learning more about LASIK, contact Victoria Eye Center at 361-578-0234 or victoriaeyecenter.com to schedule a free LASIK Consultation.

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Can Diabetics Have LASIK?

Many people who have diabetes wonder if they can have LASIK to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism. There is no singular answer to this question; it depends on many different factors surrounding the patient’s eye health and overall health. Any reputable ophthalmologist will demand to know your medical history and current medical condition and will perform an extensive screening process before recommending LASIK.

LASIK should not be performed on diabetic patients who have:

    • Diabetic Retinopathy, a disease that causes damage to the blood vessels in the retina (back of the eye)
    • Uncontrolled blood sugar levels
    • Unstable vision prescription

If you are a diabetic, the first step in finding out if it is safe for you to have LASIK is by scheduling a free LASIK Consultation at Victoria Eye Center. Board certified ophthalmologist Dr. Boozalis will go to great lengths to ensure that your diabetes is controlled enough to support LASIK vision correction and allow for proper healing. It is possible for people with well-controlled diabetes to have successful LASIK procedures.

To learn more about diabetes and LASIK in Victoria, schedule a free LASIK Consultation by contacting Victoria Eye Center at 800-833-0234 or victoriaeyecenter.com today.

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Are You Photo-Happy on Facebook?

A 2013 study out of the UK showed that uploading too many photos of yourself to Facebook, including ‘selfies’, can make people like you less. However, Facebook also made changes in 2013 to its news feed to make room for larger pictures. The fact is that people do like to see photos of their friends, family, co-workers and old school chums on social media. It’s probably the number one reason why so many people flock to Facebook and sites like Instagram (although we can’t scientifically back this statement up).

The question is: Do you like how you look in the photos that you post – or the ones that others post of you? Are your glasses taking center-stage in your photos? Is there always glare coming off your lenses?

While these may seem like insignificant reasons to have a vision correction surgery, consider this: LASIK may help you gain more self-confidence in front of the camera or smart phone lens. Dr. Boozalis at Victoria Eye Center has helped thousands of patients correct their nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism through LASIK procedures. If you want to find out if you can get rid of your glasses and contacts, Dr. Boozalis offers free LASIK Consultations to tell you more about the procedure and help you find out if your eyes are right for LASIK.

So, if you don’t want to turn off your friends and family on Facebook, post less photos of yourself. However, we will warn you that after LASIK, your appearance without glasses may have your face showing up on Facebook more often. But we feel it’s worth the risk.

Contact Victoria Eye Center to schedule a free LASIK Consultation at 800-833-0234 or victoriaeyecenter.com.

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Give Mom What She Really Wants

Mother’s Day is May 11, 2014. If you are searching for the perfect gift for Mom, one that will really make a difference in her life, consider LASIK vision correction.

Let’s face it. Moms work harder than anyone in the family. They are the cooks, the housecleaners, the chauffeurs, the master schedulers, the fashion coordinators, the nurses, the hairstylists, the homework helpers, the storytellers, the playdate organizers, the party planners and often the bread-winners of the household. Wouldn’t it be nice if Mom could handle all of these tasks without the hassles of glasses or contacts?

If you have a Mom in your life that relies on corrective lenses to perform all of her Super Mom duties, surprise her by scheduling a free LASIK Consultation for her at Victoria Eye Center. Sometimes it’s hard for Moms to step back and take time for themselves; this free LASIK Consultation in Victoria will give her a nudge in that direction.

Dr. Boozalis will talk her through the LASIK process and determine if her eyes are right for LASIK. Then it will be up to her to decide whether or not she would like to take steps toward 20/20 vision. We will even offer her 0% LASIK financing for up to 24 months to help make the procedure more affordable.

To schedule a free LASIK Consultation for the Super Mom in your life, contact Victoria Eye Center today at 800-833-0234 or visit victoriaeyecenter.com. LASIK for Mom…what could be better?

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Driving After LASIK

LASIK vision correction is a very quick procedure that is performed to correct a patient’s myopia, hyperopia or astigmatism with the ultimate goal of 20/20 vision without lenses. While most patients do not experience pain during the procedure, it is not uncommon for patients to feel anxious prior to surgery. Some patients may elect to take a mild sedative prior to surgery just to “take the edge off” and make it easier to fully relax.

Whether or not you take relaxation medication prior to surgery, you must arrange for someone to drive you home after surgery. Some patients are able to see more clearly immediately after surgery; however, your vision will not be completely stabilized and there can be sensitivity to light, glare or starbursts for the first few days after surgery. You may also still have the relaxation medication in your system.

Slight physical discomfort after LASIK may also make it difficult to drive home. These eye discomforts can include:

    • Itching
    • Tearing / watering
    • Mild burning sensation
    • Mild pain

It is important to refrain from rubbing your eyes after surgery, which is why you will be given an eye shield to wear for protection.

Each patient will heal at a different rate after LASIK. Some patients will be able to drive themselves to their post-operative appointment the next day while others may require help getting to and from the appointment. Pay attention to your own eyes and make smart decisions about driving after LASIK.

To learn more about what to expect after LASIK in Victoria, schedule a free LASIK Consultation at Victoria Eye Center. Our team will fully explain the LASIK process and perform tests to see if you are a good candidate for LASIK. Call 800-833-0234 or visit victoriaeyecenter.com today.

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How Alcohol Affects Vision

Posted by administration on April 23, 2014

Researchers in Canada recently studied how drinking a “legal” amount of alcohol affects vision. What they discovered is that up to 30% of vision is impaired even before participants hit the legal blood alcohol concentration limit, which is 0.08% in most states.

The researchers used a process called the Hermann Grid for the study. One group of participants consumed nonalcoholic drinks; the other consumed enough alcohol to get just under the legal limit. Both groups then looked at a grid of black squares on a white background to estimate the number of ghost-like dark spot illusions they saw at the intersections of the grid.

Participants who consumed alcohol were 30% less effective in distinguishing contrast of the spots in the grid as they approached the legal blood alcohol limit.

The results of this study showed that drinking alcohol will make it difficult to distinguish differences between objects based on lightness and darkness. Your vision may be impaired by up to 30% when driving at night or at twilight under the influence of just one or two alcoholic drinks.

Everyone should take note of this study, whether you are nearsighted, farsighted, have perfect vision or have had LASIK vision correction. No one is immune from the effects of alcohol, and even if you “feel” good enough to drive after having one or two drinks, your vision may still be impaired.

At Victoria Eye Center we inform all of our patients when they can safely consume alcohol before and after eye procedures, such as LASIK. We encourage all patients to be responsible when drinking and always have a designated driver. To learn more about LASIK, including the cost of LASIK in Victoria, schedule a free LASIK Consultation with Dr. Boozalis at Victoria Eye Center. Call 800-833-0234 or visit victoriaeyecenter.com today.

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Is LASIK Safer than Contacts?

Some studies have shown that LASIK can be up to five times safer than contacts* due to lens-related eye infections over long-term use. There are quite a few “human” errors that may account for many of the complications from contact lenses.

If you wear contacts, you were probably instructed by your eye doctor about the proper way to care for your contacts. But do you really remember all of that advice? Take a minute to read through this list and audit your own contact lens habits. Do you follow every one of these recommendations?

    • Follow the usage instructions of your contacts implicitly; don’ t wear contacts longer than they are meant to be worn – this can lead to infection
    • Don’t sleep in contacts; this will further deprive your eyes of oxygen
    • Replace your lens case every three months, even if you wash it regularly, to avoid bacteria build-up
    • Keep tap water (from sinks or even showers) and chlorinated water (from swimming pools) away from your lenses; these water sources are not sterile and may lead to infection
    • Wash your lens case regularly with cleaning solution (not tap water), but make sure you allow it to dry completely before closing it
    • Never reuse contact cleaning solutions; yesterday’s solution probably has bacteria in it and you don’t want your lenses soaking in a dirty solution today
    • Never use your own spit to clean lenses; your saliva is riddled with bacteria
    • Avoid buying cheap lens cleaning solutions; you should ask your doctor what the best cleaning solution is for your unique eyes to avoid having eye sensitivities
    • Throw away old contact lenses and old cleaning solutions; check expiration dates to avoid the risk of infection
    • Don’t wear contacts if your eyes are irritated or if the contact appears damaged; this can lead to infection or a scratched cornea
    • Wash your hands before putting in your contacts
    • Avoid waterproof makeup; it can stick to your lenses

If this list raised some red flags for you regarding your contact lens usage, it might be time to consider LASIK to correct your nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism. At Victoria Eye Center we offer LASIK vision correction in Victoira, TX to help our patients reduce or even eliminate the need for contact lenses.

Contact us today at 361-578-0234 or victoriaeyecenter.com to schedule your free LASIK Consultation. It might just help the overall health of your eyes and help you live a lens-free life.

* Sources: Mathers, W.D. Archives of Ophthalmology, October 2006; vol 124: pp 1510-1511. William Mathers, MD, professor of ophthalmology, Oregon Health & Science University Casey Eye Institute, Portland, OR.

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Wearing Make-up After LASIK

Many LASIK patients want to know when they can start wearing make-up after LASIK. The general rule for most patients is that you should not wear make-up or apply any facial lotions or soaps for one week after LASIK. After this one week mark, you should ask your doctor if you can start applying minimal eye make-up (eye shadow, eyeliner and mascara).

Some doctors allow patients to wear foundation and blush several days after LASIK, but you still run the risk of make-up particles and/or applicators interfering with proper corneal flap healing. You also run the risk of infection.

You may want to consider purchasing new eye make-up after LASIK to further reduce the possibility of infection.

So if you are planning to have a LASIK procedure, keep in mind that you’ll need to go for the “natural” look for at least one week after your procedure. If you are having LASIK for a special event, be sure to plan enough healing time so you can look your very best for the event.

If you would like to learn more about LASIK vision correction, contact Victoria Eye Center to schedule a free LASIK consultation. Call 800-833-0234 or visit victoriaeyecenter.com.

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How Do You Handle Visual Information Overload?

Have you ever experienced information overload…on your eyes? There is a real condition called Load-Induced Blindness that occurs when you have too much visual information coming at you. A new study showed that when you are faced with a lot of visual data at once, your ability to see critical information is reduced – similar to what happens when there are lower light levels on an image you need to detect.

The study included volunteers with normal vision who completed a sensory memory task involving colors, positions and line orientations on rapidly flashing squares. In high load situations (lots of visual data), participants were only able to accurately spot line orientation in 64% of the images; in low load situations, that percentage went up to 95%. In the high load situations, participants needed 50% more light contrast to increase accuracy.

The bottom line is that too much visual information at one time may cause you to miss important things. Add into the mix that your vision is impaired with nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism and you may have an even more difficult time at distinguishing important images during attention-demanding situations (although this was not specifically included in the study).

Having LASIK in Victoria, TX to correct vision problems will not change how your brain processes high loads of visual information, but it may allow you to see without the need for corrective lenses (glasses or contact lenses)…removing one more barrier to seeing clearly. LASIK has changed the lives of many of our patients at Victoria Eye Center, allowing them to work, play and parent with visual freedom.

To learn more about LASIK technology in Victoria and find out how much LASIK costs, contact Dr. Boozalis at Victoria Eye Center to schedule a free LASIK Consultation. Call 361-578-0234 or visit our victoriaeyecenter.com at website today.

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Spring into Allergy Eye Relief

Beautiful springtime weather inevitably brings scratchy eyes, swollen eyes and itchy eyes in Location. If you wear contact lenses, it’s virtually impossible to keep them in your eyes when you are constantly rubbing them.

Here are a couple of tips to help you through the allergy season:

    • If you’re using eye drops to relieve the discomfort, make sure you take your lenses out first and leave them out for at least ten minutes or you’ll just aggravate the condition.
    • If you’re taking antihistamine that can cause dry eye you should check with your ophthalmologist who may advise switching back to glasses for the duration.

If wearing your glasses for the entire springtime season doesn’t sound appealing, another option is to have LASIK vision correction. While LASIK won’t prevent you from having eye irritation during the spring, it may allow you to enjoy this season without the need for corrective lenses.

At Victoria Eye Center, our advanced LASIK lasers may help to alter the shape of your cornea to correct your nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism. Many patients can even achieve 20/20 vision after LASIK, allowing them to live life without glasses or contacts.

The only way to know for sure if you are a good candidate for LASIK is by scheduling a free LASIK Consultation in Victoria. Contact Victoria Eye Center today to schedule your Consultation at 800-833-0234 or victoriaeyecenter.com.

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