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How are You Kept Still During LASIK?

A common concern among LASIK patients is if they will be awake during the procedure. Yes—patients are awake during LASIK. However, there is no need to worry if you accidentally blink or move during the surgery. Thanks to advanced LASIK technologies in Victoria, Beeville, Cuero, Hallettsville and Port Lavaca, 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, they’ll use an instrument that will keep your eyes open, so you do not have to worry about blinking throughout the procedure.

Many patients fear that being awake means that they will feel everything that is happening and that makes them squeamish when they think about eye surgery. Rest assured that you will feel nothing more than a light pressure on your eye if you feel anything at all. In addition to the numbing eye drops, you will be given a mild oral sedation, so although awake, you will feel relaxed. 

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. Still, the idea of being awake while something is touching the most sensitive part of your body is unnerving for many. So much so, in fact, that many people avoid LASIK surgery for this very reason. 

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, even when they are awake during LASIK.

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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Should I Use My Tax Refund for LASIK?

Are you daydreaming of a more carefree lifestyle? Do you want to be spontaneous? Do you wish you could wake each day with clear vision? Have you considered having LASIK eye surgery to give you the freedom you want and more? There are many reasons why people use their tax return to have LASIK surgery in Victoria, Beeville, Cuero, Hallettsville and Port Lavaca.

Advantages of LASIK include:

  • Clearer vision
  • Improved self-esteem
  • Less eye strain
  • More freedom
  • Comfort
  • The chance to do what you want when you want
  • No more broken glasses, lost contacts and cleaning solutions
  • The ability to work and live as actively as you wish
  • Cost saving in the long run

Unfortunately, many people who could greatly benefit from LASIK never have the procedure done because they think they can’t afford it. For those anticipating a tax refund, this presents the perfect opportunity for you to do something for yourself—something that will improve not just your vision, but your quality of life. Imagine no longer having to deal with the hassle of cleaning, inserting, removing and paying for contact lenses. Imagine no longer being frustrated with the hassle of selecting a new pair of glasses every year or two.

Taking care of your vision is a smart investment that can have big payoffs. If you’ve been under the impression that you can’t afford LASIK, you may be surprised to see just how far the average income tax refund can get you when it comes to paying for the procedure. 

Do something for yourself this tax season by using your tax refund to treat yourself to better vision. Contact Victoria Eye Center today at 800-833-0234 or website to schedule a LASIK consultation. During this visit, Dr. Boozalis can determine whether you’re a viable candidate for LASIK and get your procedure scheduled!

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How Long After LASIK Can I Rub My Eye?

Immediately following your LASIK procedure in Victoria, Beeville, Cuero, Hallettsville and Port Lavaca, you will be sent home wearing an eye shield meant to protect your eyes as they heal. Eye protection is especially important at this time, as the flap created in your cornea during surgery is now re-attaching as part of the body’s natural healing process. Rubbing or touching the eyes at this time could cause the flap to become dislodged, interrupting the healing process. 

So how long should you avoid rubbing your eyes after LASIK? As a general rule, you should completely avoid rubbing the eyes for the first two weeks post-op. After this time, it is okay to gently rub your eyes, although it is always best to avoid eye rubbing if possible whether you have had LASIK or not. 

Rubbing your eyes can have seriously harmful consequences. Common risks from rubbing your eyes include:

  • Eye Infection – Rubbing your eyes, especially with unclean hands, can be dangerous and lead to infections such as pink eye. 
  • Eye Injury – One of the most common reasons people rub their eyes is having something in the eye. If you have a foreign object in your eye, rubbing your eyes is the most dangerous way to get it out. Doing so could cause the particle to scratch your cornea, injuring your eye. Using eye drops is the best way to wash out the foreign particle from the eye. 
  • Dark Circles – Rubbing your eyes can cause small blood vessels to break in your eyelids resulting in dark circles.  
  • Keratoconus – Rubbing your eyes over a long period of time can lead to a thinning of the cornea. This can also lead to recurring eye infections and even a condition known as keratoconus, which often leads to a significant vision distortion and a reduction in visual acuity. 
  • Increased Eye Pressure – Rubbing your eyes can cause an increase in eye pressure. For most patients, eye pressure returns to normal when they stop rubbing their eyes. For some people with certain eye conditions, an increase in eye pressure can be more serious, even sight threatening. 

To learn more about LASIK or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Boozalis, contact Victoria Eye Center today at 800-833-0234 or website

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COVID-19 Safety Protocols

Patient safety – and the safety of our team members – is always our #1 priority at Victoria Eye Center We take pride in maintaining sterile environments at all of our locations. Since the development of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in the U.S., we have amplified our disinfectant protocols to provide an additional layer of protection for our patients and staff.

  • Exam rooms continue to be thoroughly disinfected after every patient encounter. All surfaces are disinfected: exam chair, companion chair, work surfaces, door handles, surgical light handles, etc.
  • Public areas continue to be disinfected multiple times each day: waiting area, counters, bathrooms and other high touch surfaces.

Even with these safety measures in place, it is important for our patients and staff members to make responsible decisions about keeping appointments or coming into work. Please call us to reschedule your appointment or surgery if you, someone you live with or the person driving you to your appointment:

  • Is currently feeling sick or has any early flu-like symptoms or a respiratory illness
  • Has been exposed to a COVID-19 patient
  • Has traveled outside the country or had a layover at a busy transportation hub

We are also asking our staff and patients to follow these safety measures:

  • Refrain from handshaking.
  • Wash your hands or use our hand sanitizer upon arrival.
  • Avoid touching your face (nose, mouth, eyes).
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a clean tissue, dispose of it and immediately wash your hands for at least 20 seconds.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly before inserting or removing contact lenses.

Please reference the following sites for the most accurate information regarding COVID-10:

Please call us at (361) 578-0234 if you have any questions. Thank you for trusting us to provide the safest eye care possible.

Sincerely,

Victoria Eye Center

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How Long Does a LASIK Procedure Take?

LASIK is the most commonly performed laser eye surgery used to correct myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness) and astigmatism. LASIK, which stands for laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis, improves vision by reshaping the cornea. Your cornea is the clear front surface of your eye. Many vision imperfections, including nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism, occur because the shape of the cornea does not allow light to properly focus on the back of the eye. LASIK utilizes laser technology to precisely reshape the cornea to allow light to enter the eye at the proper angle for improved vision.  

In most cases, laser eye surgery is pain-free and completed within 30 minutes for both eyes. The results, improved vision without eyeglasses or contact lenses, can usually be seen in as little as 24 hours.

In the quick LASIK laser eye surgery procedure time, the following steps are performed:

Creating a Corneal Flap – For LASIK to work, the laser beams must reach the inner region of the cornea. Victoria Eye Center in Victoria, Beeville, Cuero, Hallettsville and Port Lavaca offers the safest technology and utilizes the all-laser approach when creating the flap.

Reshaping the cornea – Once the flap is folded back, Dr. Boozalis uses the laser to correct corneal imperfections in just a few seconds. This highly specialized laser uses a cool ultraviolet light beam to remove microscopic amounts of tissue from the cornea to reshape it so it more accurately focuses light on the retina for improved vision.

Replacing the Flap – After the cornea has been reshaped, Dr. Boozalis puts the flap back into place and it immediately begins to re-bond with the surrounding tissue. Because of the natural bonding qualities of the corneal tissue, effective healing begins immediately without stitches.

To find out if LASIK is right for you, contact Victoria Eye Center at 800-833-0234 or website to schedule a consultation.

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Should I Avoid Cheap LASIK?

You may be tempted by cheap LASIK surgery prices you see advertised. These low cost rates may seem appealing until you realize what you are really being offered.

The Top 3 Reason You Should Avoid Cheap LASIK:

1. Technology: Most cheap LASIK eye surgery fees do not include the use of cutting-edge technology. When you see cut-rate prices for LASIK, you are often witnessing the charge for LASIK without the newest and most advanced lasers. These procedures often use less precise measuring techniques, too. This means that your surgery will be a one-size-fits-all treatment instead of being more customized for the best results.

2. Experience: You get what you pay for, and what you want to pay for is a qualified LASIK surgeon who has performed thousands of procedures. When the doctor has very little experience and needs to build a patient base, that doctor is likely to offer cheaper prices. 

3. Hidden Fees: Cheap advertised LASIK surgery prices often have hidden fees. There are often fees for consultations, post-operative visits and medications that are not included in the low advertised price. These fees add up fast and can cost you hundreds, if not thousands, of additional dollars. Make sure to ask what the LASIK surgery cost covers when checking into laser treatment.

Beware of low-cost LASIK because it often means that you are cutting corners with your vision. You only have one set of eyes. If you’re unable to afford the best and safest procedure then you would be better advised to wait until you can save up the money rather than to risk your future and your vision to a riskier alternative today. You also may be surprised at, with the new financing programs available today, how truly affordable the best can be. If you’re interested in upfront pricing with the most advanced technology in Victoria, Beeville, Cuero, Hallettsville and Port Lavaca, contact Victoria Eye Center at 800-833-0234 or website to schedule a consultation.

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What Kind of Sedation is Used for Cataract Surgery?

Cataracts are a common age-related condition where the lens of the eye starts to become cloudy. This leads to progressive vision impairment. Cataracts are easily treated with a simple surgical procedure to remove the cloudy lens and replace it with a new, clear lens, known as an intraocular lens or IOL. 

Today, most cataract surgery is done on an out-patient basis, and the entire process usually takes no more than 2 hours from check-in to heading home! The procedure itself usually lasts less than 15 minutes and is virtually painless. 

Typically, patients are awake during cataract surgery. This eliminates risks associated with general anesthesia (where you are “put to sleep”) and enables Dr. Boozalis to communicate with you during your procedure.

You will be given an oral medication prior to the procedure to help you relax during your surgery. Before you are taken into surgery, the area around your eye will be cleansed and drops will be put into your eye to dilate the pupil. An anesthetic shot or numbing eye drops will be used to make sure you’ll be comfortable throughout the surgery. You should not feel pain or discomfort during your procedure.

Cataract surgery 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 within 24 hours after cataract surgery. However, depending on which intraocular lens you have implanted, it can take between 2 to 6 months to completely adjust and for you to achieve your optimal vision. Because IOLs are made of durable material, it’s rare that they need to be replaced.

To learn more about cataract surgery in Victoria, Beeville, Cuero, Hallettsville and Port Lavaca, contact Victoria Eye Center to schedule a cataract surgery consultation. Call 800-833-0234 or visit Website to schedule your appointment today!

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What is the Average Age for Cataract Surgery?

A cataract is the clouding of the eye’s natural lens. Your eye’s natural lens is located directly behind the pupil and is made up of mostly water and protein. As you get older, the protein parts of the lens can begin to clump together. These clumps start small but grow larger over time. The bigger they get, the more they can compromise your vision. A cataract can make objects appear blurry. It can also make colors seem less bright.

Cataracts are a common condition, especially for older people. Cataracts typically begin developing in people age 40 years and older but don’t usually begin to impair vision until after age 60. However, younger people can develop cataracts, too. These juvenile cataracts (in children) can be caused by a genetic mutation that affects proteins, by metabolic disorders, or by trauma (eye injury).

The symptoms of cataracts are similar to those for myopia (near-sightedness). These symptoms may begin as minor annoyances and progress over time to impair vision. You may feel symptoms in one or both eyes. They include:

  • Blurry or cloudy vision
  • Faded colors
  • Poor night vision, with halos around streetlights and car headlights
  • Light sensitivity in daylight or to bright lights at night
  • Double vision
  • Frequent changes to your prescription for glasses or contacts

Once a cataract has developed, there is no cure except to have it surgically removed. With a routine, outpatient surgical procedure in Victoria, Beeville, Cuero, Hallettsville and Port Lavaca, Dr. Boozalis can remove the cataract using a small incision. A synthetic intraocular lens (IOL) is usually inserted at the time of cataract extraction to replace the focusing power of the natural lens. There is no average age to have cataract surgery; the time to have the procedure is when the cataract is affecting your vision enough to interfere with your normal lifestyle.

To learn more about cataracts or to schedule a consultation for cataract surgery, contact Victoria Eye Center at 800-833-0234 or website

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What Happens if You Blink During LASIK?

A common concern among potential LASIK patients is whether they will be awake during the procedure. Yes—patients are awake 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 Victoria, Beeville, Cuero, Hallettsville and Port Lavaca, 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, they’ll use an instrument that will keep your eyes open, so you do not have to worry about blinking throughout the procedure.

Many patients fear that being awake means that they will feel everything that is happening and that makes them squeamish when they think about eye surgery. Rest assured that you will feel nothing more than a light pressure on your eye if you feel anything at all. In addition to the numbing eye drops, you will be given a mild oral sedation, so although awake, you will feel relaxed. 

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. Still, the idea of being awake while something is touching the most sensitive part of your body is unnerving for many. So much so, in fact, that many people avoid LASIK surgery for this very reason. 

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, even when they are awake during LASIK.

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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How Does LASIK Work on Astigmatism?

Astigmatism is an extremely common condition. Thankfully, patients with this condition have several reliable treatment options, including LASIK laser vision correction. Here’s what you need to know about how LASIK surgery works to correct astigmatism.

What is Astigmatism?

Astigmatism is caused by an imperfection in the curvature of the cornea or lens of the eye. The cornea is the clear, round dome covering the eye’s iris and pupil. The lens of the eye is a transparent structure behind the cornea. In eyes without astigmatism, the cornea is evenly rounded across all areas, helping to focus light rays sharply onto the retina at the back of your eye. In eyes with astigmatism, the corneas are curved unevenly, in a shape similar to a football. This unevenness prevents light from bending properly as it passes through the eye, resulting in blurred vision.

While astigmatism is typically present at birth, it can also appear later in life. Certain vision factors can indicate an increased risk of astigmatism development, including:

  • Scarred or thinning corneas
  • Excessive nearsightedness or farsightedness
  • Previous eye surgeries (ex. Cataract surgery)

The following are common signs and symptoms of astigmatism:

  • Blurred or distorted vision at all distances
  • Headaches
  • Excessive squinting
  • Eye strain, especially when the eye must focus for long periods, such as using a computer monitor
  • Difficulty driving at night

Astigmatism can be easily detected during a routine eye exam.

How LASIK Works on Astigmatism

LASIK surgery with Dr. Boozalis in Victoria, Beeville, Cuero, Hallettsville and Port Lavaca may provide permanent relief from astigmatism and its accompanying blurry, strained vision.

During LASIK eye surgery, an ultra-precise laser is used to cut and reshape key parts of the eye, restoring and enabling normal function and clearer vision. In the case of astigmatism, LASIK reshapes your uneven corneas, rounding them out so that light passes through properly. If you’ve recently been diagnosed with astigmatism and are ready to correct your vision permanently, contact Victoria Eye Center at 800-833-0234 or website today to discover a treatment plant that’s perfect for you!

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