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Employee Spotlight

Sheryl Hicks

Billing Specialist

As a billing specialist at Victoria Eye Center, Sheryl is responsible for:

  • Posting charges and payments
  • Answering incoming calls from patients
  • Working with insurance companies

Sheryl’s daily tasks ensure prompt payment and promote efficiency between the patient, insurance companies and the eye center. She has been with the company for 7 years.

“I love my job because of my co-workers,” says Sheryl. “I love being a team player and helping co-workers get the answers they need to complete their job duties.”

Sheryl believes that it is important to see an eye doctor regularly. “This ensures there isn’t any cataract, glaucoma or any other disease in your eyes. You also need to see a doctor regularly to make sure you can see well with or without glasses or contacts.”

With children returning back to school and numerous fall sports beginning, it is important for parents to equip their children with all the necessary safety measures…including protective eyewear. September is recognized as Sports Eye Safety Month.

Sheryl says, “With the number of kids playing sports, parents should take special measures to protect their children’s eyes due to the extreme physical contact of sports. Just think about it: sports eye safety glasses could prevent kids from being poked in the eye during basketball or soccer season.”

Sheryl is a 1990 graduate of Stroman High School. Upon graduation, she moved to Houston to attend Texas Southern University and became a member of the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. In 2008, she moved back to Victoria and married her husband. They are celebrating their 8 year anniversary in November. Together they have a 6 year old son.

When away from the Victoria Eye Center, Sheryl enjoys spending free time with her family. “I like to watch movies with my husband, play with my son, play Candy Crush, be on Facebook, spend time with family and friends and sing in the choir at my church, Bethlehem Baptist Church.” Her dream is to “see my son grown up to be an intelligent and successful person.”

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Will Your Halloween Costume End Up a Trick or Treat?

What Halloween costumes are you working on this year: zombie, vampire, princess, pirate, clown, minion, cat, superhero? Whether you are assembling costume pieces for yourself or for your children, it’s important to keep eye safety in mind. Here are some Halloween costume tips:

  • Hypoallergenic makeup: Reduce the risk of reactions on your face or eyes by choosing hypoallergenic makeup. Test it on a small portion of your face before you plan to wear it. Keep Halloween makeup away from your eyes as much as possible.
  • Avoid wearing novelty contacts: Halloween contact lenses that are not doctor-prescribed can be very dangerous. See below for more details.
  • Lasers: If your costume incorporates lasers – even toys like lightsabers – never shine lasers into the eyes of another person or pet. This can cause serious eye injury and even blindness.
  • Look out for potentially harmful objects: If you are using spikes, knives or even feathers in your costume, make sure these objects are kept away from your eyes to avoid penetration injury.
  • Old makeup: It’s tempting to re-use novelty makeup year after year, but toss out the old and get new to help prevent eye/skin infection due to bacterial growth.
  • Wash your face and hands: Remove all makeup from your face before going to bed. If you are wearing contacts, make sure your hands are clean of all dirt and makeup before removing them.
  • Eye patches: Check that you have full visibility when wearing eye patches, masks or goggles.
  • Eye exam: If you really want to incorporate special contacts into your costume, schedule an eye exam with an eye doctor so you can be properly fitted for contacts and learn how to properly use and care for them. There is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all contact lens.
  • Never order online: Novelty contact lenses are still medical devices and require a prescription. Never purchase contacts from Halloween stores, flea markets, online websites, beauty salons or any source that is not doctor-prescribed.

More on the Dangers of Novelty Contact Lenses

When you put ill-fitting novelty contacts into your eyes – even for just a short time – you run the risk of:

  • Serious eye infection
  • Scratched or scarred cornea
  • Eye pain
  • Damaged vision

We would love to see your Halloween costumes! Post your photos on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/VictoriaEyeCenter

Have a fun and safe Halloween!

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Wondering About LASIK Flaps?

LASIK_Flaps.jpgDuring LASIK, a surgeon creates a flap in the cornea in order to reshape the stromal layer of the cornea and correct vision.  After the laser has reshaped the stromal layer, the LASIK flap is carefully repositioned over the treatment area by the surgeon.  The surgeon checks for the presence of air bubbles, debris and proper fit on the eye. The flap remains in position by natural adhesion until healing is completed.

If you have LASIK, you will typically be provided with a course of antibiotic and anti-inflammatory eye drops to take home.  These are used in the weeks following surgery.  You’ll be instructed to rest and wear dark eyeglasses to protect from bright lights.  It will be important to avoid rubbing your eyes.  The staff at Victoria Eye Center in Victoria will inform you of the proper post-operative care to minimize the risk of complication.

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What is Refractive Surgery?

refractive_surgery.jpgRefractive surgery is any eye surgery used to improve the refractive state of the eye and decrease or eliminate dependency on glasses or contact lenses. This can include various methods of surgical remodeling of the cornea or cataract surgery.

The most common methods of refractive surgery today use excimer lasers to reshape the curvature of the cornea.  If you have nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism or presbyopia, refractive surgery is a way to improve your vision. The most common form of refractive surgery is LASIK.

After a thorough examination by a doctor at Victoria Eye Center in Victoria, the best option for vision correction will be discussed, which may include refractive surgery.  Please contact our office for an appointment.

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Dry Eye and LASIK Questions Answered

Dry Eye & LASIKPrior to LASIK surgery, your doctor will check your medical history and look for a variety of conditions, including dry eyes. It is important to let your doctor know if you suffer from dry eye prior to surgery, as your surgeon may want to treat it before surgery.

LASIK surgery is designed to improve vision with minimal side effects.  Since the surgery involves altering the curvature of the cornea, which can affect the make up of tear film, dry eyes can sometimes result from LASIK. Dry eye is so common that as many as half of all LASIK patients report it after the surgery, although many had it before the surgery as well.

If you’ve had LASIK and seem to have a problem with dry eyes, you should consult your surgeon.  Dry eyes can be treated with preservative-free artificial tear drops.  If you suffer from dry eye syndrome (keratoconjunctivitis sicca) topical cyclosporine prescription eye drops can also be of benefit.  Increasing the frequency of blinking can also help.

If you have questions about the risks and benefits of LASIK or the likelihood of dry eye and LASIK, please consult Victoria Eye Center in Victoria at 800-833-0234 or victoriaeyecenter.com.

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LASIK vs. PRK: What is the Difference?

LASIK_vs_PRK.jpgOne of the most well-known eye surgeries is LASIK.  When asked, most people have heard about it. But PRK, which stands for photo refractive keratectomy, is less well-known.  What’s the difference?

PRK and LASIK are both laser surgery procedures and both work by changing the shape of the cornea. The difference is mainly in the method. With PRK, the surgeon removes the outer layer of the cornea and exposes an area for the laser to reshape.  With LASIK, the surgeon makes an incision in the cornea to create a flap of tissue which is lifted so the laser can be applied to reshape the inner layers of the cornea.

PRK can be a better choice for people with certain conditions such as dry eyes or thin corneas.  However, PRK can be more uncomfortable and takes longer to heal.  LASIK has a quick recovery period and discomfort tends to be minimal.

Your surgeon will discuss which surgical procedure is right for you.  If you’re interested in correcting your vision with laser surgery, please call Victoria Eye Center in Victoria at 800-833-0234 or victoriaeyecenter.com.

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LASIK Consultation Preparation

LASIK_consultation.jpgHere at Victoria Eye Center in Beeville, we believe preparation is the key to any successful treatment.  If you’re scheduled for a LASIK procedure, we advise you to do all you can to research the procedure, recovery and results in order to be as informed and prepared as you can.

Before you are scheduled for LASIK, you will have a consultation with a doctor at Victoria Eye Center in Beeville.  The goal of your consultation is to make sure that you are a good candidate for LASIK.  For some people, like those with dry eyes or other conditions, LASIK is not always a good option.  If LASIK isn’t right for you, you’ll be told why and offered alternative treatments.

If the doctor decides that you are a good LASIK candidate, our experts will help you understand the LASIK process and the results that can be expected.  For more information, contact us today.

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Side Effects of LASIK Eye Surgery

LASIK_side_effects.jpgIf you know people who’ve had LASIK, you may have heard the great results they’ve experienced.  You may have also heard about some side effects.

Side effects of LASIK eye surgery are usually minor.  Immediately following surgery you might experience:

    • Blurry vision
    • Weepiness
    • Itching
    • Scratchiness
    • Discomfort

The doctors at Victoria Eye Center will instruct you to lie down and rest.  You will be advised to wear an eye patch when you sleep, since it is important to avoid rubbing your eyes.

Within the next several days after surgery, your eyes will feel better.  Medicated drops may be provided.  Eyes usually heal within three to six months and adjustments are occasionally required.  Longer term side effects can include dry eyes, halos, starbursts and glare, especially at night. Consult your surgeon for more information.  Contact Victoria Eye Center in Victoria at 800-833-0234 or victoriaeyecenter.com to schedule your LASIK consultation.

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LASIK versus Contacts: Which is Better for You?

LASIK_vs_Contacts.jpgSome contact lens wearers eagerly wait for the day when they can afford or qualify for LASIK surgery.  But is LASIK right for every contact lens wearer?

Not every contact lens patient is suitable for LASIK surgery.  Some of the reasons that you may not qualify (or want) LASIK include if you:

    • Have a thin cornea
    • Have unusual or severe astigmatism
    • Have keratoconus, macular degeneration or other incompatible conditions
    • Suffer from diabetes
    • Take certain medications
    • Have Glaucoma

There are other conditions that may preclude you from LASIK.  Contact lenses can be an ideal long-term solution for those people who are unable to have LASIK surgery.  For more information on contact lenses or to find out if you are a candidate for LASIK surgery, please contact Victoria Eye Associates in Victoria at 800-833-0234 or victoriaeyecenter.com.

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How Does LASIK Work?

How_LASIK_works.jpgMost people are familiar with the LASIK procedure but don’t always know how LASIK actually works.  LASIK starts and ends with manipulation of your cornea.

A LASIK surgeon uses an excimer laser to adjust and reshape your cornea (actually the stroma layer on your cornea).  The laser removes cells based on the amount of vision adjustment needed.  Your eyes are numb while this is going on.  Although you might smell an odor and hear a clicking noise, you should feel no pain.  With custom LASIK in Victoria, your surgeon adjusts for those who are farsighted, nearsighted and who have astigmatism.

The surgeon replaces your flap and may apply eye drops.  Healing begins immediately and your newly reshaped cornea should be evident in an immediate improvement in your vision.

To learn more about the LASIK procedure, contact Victoria Eye Center in 800-833-0234 today!

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