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Will I Still Need Glasses After LASIK?

Patients typically undergo laser eye surgery to reduce or completely eliminate their need for visual aids such as contact lenses and glasses. The truth is that most patients will eventually require reading glasses at some point in their future. Laser eye surgery effectively treats farsightedness, a refractive error that results in blurry near vision and the need for reading glasses. It also treats nearsightedness, a condition which causes distance vision to be blurry. Traditional laser eye surgery does not treat presbyopia, an age-related condition that also causes blurry near vision and the need for reading glasses. 

Laser eye surgery makes changes to the cornea, located in the front of your eye. Presbyopia causes natural and normal changes in the lens, located in the back of your eye.

Farsightedness and Reading Glasses

Farsightedness is a condition that is caused by a misshapen cornea. In a patient with 20/20 vision, the cornea has a round shape that reflects light directly onto the retina. In a farsighted patient, the cornea is either too flat or too short, which causes light to reflect behind the retina. As a result, farsighted patients have difficulty seeing near objects. 

When a skilled surgeon such as Dr. Boozalis performs laser eye surgery on a farsighted patient, clear vision at all distances can be achieved. For patients in their 20s and 30s, they can expect to see clearly without the need for reading glasses for many years to come.

Presbyopia and Reading Glasses

Presbyopia is an age-related condition that typically develops when patients are in their 40s. This condition will eventually affect all patients, including those who have undergone laser eye surgery. Presbyopia occurs when the interior lens thickens and loses flexibility, making it difficult for patients to focus on near objects. Because this condition is unrelated to the shape of the cornea, traditional laser eye surgery has no effect on it. To treat presbyopia, patients must wear reading glasses when viewing close objects or undergo a surgical procedure such as Refractive Lens Exchange, intraocular lens implantor Monovision LASIK.

To find out if you will likely need glasses after LASIK eye surgery, contact Victoria Eye Center to schedule a consultation with Dr. Boozalis. Call 800-833-0234 or visit website today.

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What Kind of Doctor Performs 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 Victoria, Beeville, Cuero, Hallettsville and Port Lavaca or to schedule an examination with Dr. Boozalis, contact us at 800-833-0234 or website today.  

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Are Patients Satisfied with LASIK?

LASIK surgery is one of the most commonly performed elective procedures in medicine today. At Victoria Eye Center, your LASIK satisfaction is our goal. Dr. Boozalis is committed to providing our patients with superior service and vision care.

LASIK has quickly become the go-to refractive procedure for those who want to improve their vision and be rid of their contact or glasses. The latest LASIK technology is incredibly precise, the procedure is quick, and most patients are highly satisfied with their results. 

An ideal candidate for LASIK is someone with healthy eyes, age 21 or older, who has not had recent significant changes in their prescription. Low to moderate amounts of nearsightedness and astigmatism are easily corrected by LASIK, but farsightedness can also be correctable. Overall, the happiest LASIK patients are those who were extremely dependent on glasses or contact lenses before their procedure. 

Most LASIK patients highly recommend their method of treatment to friends. Even though LASIK is successful in offering freedom from eyeglasses and contact lens wear for patients who want hassle-free vision, it is not right for everyone. There are a lot of things to consider prior to LASIK. In Victoria, Beeville, Cuero, Hallettsville and Port Lavaca, Dr. Boozalis is thorough in evaluation and preoperative visits so every patient can receive a customized LASIK experience. 

LASIK and other refractive procedures evolve over time. The newest techniques and technology are faster and more accurate, which offer fewer complications and more patient comfort, leading to higher LASIK satisfaction.

If you would like more information about the LASIK procedure or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Boozalis to see if LASIK is right for you, contact Victoria Eye Center at 800-833-0234 or website today. 

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Do the Benefits Outweigh the Costs of LASIK?

LASIK surgery offers a wealth of benefits for most patients. If you’ve been considering LASIK, consider just 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 vastly 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 change 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.

LASIK is an investment and is not cheap. In addition, because it is generally considered an elective procedure, insurance usually does not cover the expense. However, for most patients, the benefits far outweigh the cost of LASIK. To learn more about LASIK or 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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Options for Vision Correction

Correcting refractive vision problems such as myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), astigmatism and presbyopia (difficulty reading small print) has advanced beyond simple eyeglasses and contacts. Today, there are several vision correction methods for patients to consider. In Victoria, Beeville, Cuero, Hallettsville and Port Lavaca, Dr. Boozalis can help you to understand your options and help to select the best vision correction solution based on your individual needs. The following are common vision correction methods:

Eyeglasses: Wearing eyeglasses is an easy way to correct refractive errors. Improving your vision with eyeglasses offers the opportunity to select from different types of lens options, frame designs and even lens coatings for various lifestyles, occupations and activities.

Contact Lenses: Contact lenses are a popular alternative to eyeglasses. Soft contact lenses offer many convenient options including colored versions, bifocals and daily disposable lenses. Extended wear contact lenses can be worn for up to 30 consecutive days and nights without care. 

LASIK: LASIK is the most popular form of refractive surgery, but there are now several other alternatives such as PRK, LASEK and Epi-LASIK. Victoria Eye Center uses the latest laser technology and expertise to customize your procedure to your unique vision needs. 

Natural Lens Replacement: Also known as refractive lens exchange or clear lens extraction, this procedure involves the removal of the natural lens within your eye and replaces it with an artificial lens, also called an intraocular lens (IOL). This allows Dr. Boozalis to provide you with a new lens that has improved focusing power, decreasing the need for glasses or contact lenses.

Phakic Lens Implant: In this procedure, the implanted lens is situated on top of the natural lens. It works by adding focusing power to your natural lens without replacing it. This procedure may be beneficial to patients who are extremely nearsighted.

To learn more about the vision correction methods we’ve discussed as well as other options, contact Victoria Eye Center at 800-833-0234 or website

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The Importance of Eye Exams

Eye exams aren’t just for people who have vision problems. An annual eye exam is important for everyone—no matter age or physical health—to maintain healthy eyes, prevent vision problems and diagnose diseases early. At Victoria Eye Center, Dr. Boozalis recommends a yearly comprehensive eye exam to all patients. The frequency of appointments may increase based on age, physical health and cases of hereditary eye conditions.

Eye examinations are an important part of health maintenance for everyone. Adults should have their eyes tested to keep their prescriptions current and to check for early signs of eye disease. For children, eye exams can play an important role in normal development and learning.

During a comprehensive eye exam in Victoria, Beeville, Cuero, Hallettsville and Port Lavaca, Dr. Boozalis will not only determine your prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses, but will also check your eyes for common eye diseases, assess how your eyes work together as a team and evaluate your eyes as an indicator of your overall health. Here are some examples of the conditions that Dr. Boozalis will be looking for:

Refractive Error: Refractive error can be related to farsightedness, nearsightedness and astigmatism. An eye exam determines what prescription your eyes need to see properly or which laser eye surgery would work best for you.

Strabismus (crossed eye): Strabismus is defined as crossed or turned eyes. This negatively affects your depth perception. If strabismus isn’t treated, it can lead to amblyopia.

Amblyopia: Amblyopia is when one eye has a very different prescription than the other or when the eyes are turned from each other. If left untreated, amblyopia can stunt the visual development of the affected eye, resulting in permanent vision impairment. Amblyopia is often treated by patching the stronger eye for periods of time.

Eye Diseases: Many eye diseases, such as glaucoma and diabetic eye disease, have no obvious symptoms in their preliminary stages. In most cases, early detection and treatment of eye diseases can help reduce your risk for permanent vision loss. 

Other Conditions: The eyes, specifically the retina and blood vessels, can reveal signs of other health issues including high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes. 

Regardless of your age or physical health, annual eye exams are important for seeing clearly, helping to detect any eye problems at their early stages when they’re most treatable and preserving your vision for life. To schedule an eye exam in Victoria, Beeville, Cuero, Hallettsville and Port Lavaca, contact Victoria Eye Center at 800-833-0234 or website

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What is LASIK Recovery Like?

LASIK surgery is one of the most popular forms of vision correction. Recovery from LASIK can vary from person to person, however most people see 20/20 by the next morning after their LASIK procedure. Although the patient’s vision is usually very good, that does not mean that healing is complete. It is common for healing to go on for weeks to months after the procedure. During this healing period, most patients can go about their usual work and recreational activities. After a LASIK procedure there is customarily 3-4 follow-up visits over the first year. 

Immediately after LASIK surgery, patients should expect to experience discomfort, tearing and blurry vision. Additionally, there will be some restrictions on the patient’s activities for a period of time after the procedure. Understanding the recovery process will help a patient to avoid making mistakes which can be detrimental to the recovery process or otherwise put the patient and their vision at risk.

Post-Operative Care

After surgery, you will need a family member or friend to drive you home. Once at home you should lie down, relax and close your eyes. Watching television, reading or operating a computer should be avoided for the first 24 hours. The surgery recovery process requires your eyes to remain relaxed. To help with any pain or discomfort, medications may be prescribed following treatment; alternatively, you may be able to use over-the-counter pain medications to help alleviate irritation.

Do not rub your eyes! Protective eye shields should be worn for the first 7 nights. Some patients report a mild burning sensation 2 to 4 hours into recovery as the anesthetic wears off. The sensation resembles wearing an itchy or dirty contact lens.

It’s important that patients follow all their doctor’s advice and instructions on protecting the eyes after LASIK – even though the eyes tend to feel fine the first couple days after surgery. 

Long-Term Healing

If a patient experiences any side effects from LASIK (such as dry eyes or halos at night) for several weeks after surgery as the eyes are healing, those symptoms usually go away once healing is complete. During this time period, patients will have several check-ups with their LASIK surgeon to ensure that the recovery is proceeding smoothly.

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

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Yearly Costs of Glasses and Contacts

The average eyeglass wearer will buy a new pair of glasses every 1-2 years and spend an average of $200 to $600 per pair. Eyeglass prices vary tremendously, depending upon the type of frame and type of lenses. You may also need to have more than one pair of glasses. Many people have separate glasses for computer use, prescription sunglasses, or just a spare pair as a backup. 

Contact lenses are typically even more expensive than glasses. The average amount spent annually on contact lenses is around $250, but this price can fluctuate quite a bit depending on the type of lenses prescribed and the wear schedule. Non-disposable contacts tend to cost a little less than disposable contacts. However, you will also need to buy cleaning solution, lens cases, etc. The average annual cost of non-disposable contacts is $150 to $375. The average annual cost of disposable contacts is $170 to $400. You don’t have to buy cleaning supplies for disposables, however, so they are usually cheaper.

Prescriptions are often updated every year or two. Annual eye doctor visits are an additional cost. And basic eye exams won’t fit you for contact lenses, that is an additional expense as well. Be prepared to pay extra if you need exams for both glasses and contacts. 

The Cost of LASIK Compared to Glasses and Contacts

On the surface you may think that LASIK is expensive, and while it isn’t cheap you may be surprised to learn how much money you save when compared to a lifetime of buying glasses or contacts.

The average cost for LASIK is between $1,000 to $4,000 per eye. This includes the pre-surgery consultations and post-surgery care. In reality, LASIK is less expensive over time than contacts or glasses.

If you’re wondering if you can afford LASIK, we offer a variety of payment options. Care Credit monthly financing plans, Health Spending Accounts and other options may help you pay with a monthly payment for a length of time that fits your budget.

If you’re ready to invest in LASIK, contact Victoria Eye Center at 800-833-0234 or website to schedule your LASIK consultation today!

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The Invention of LASIK

In 1978, doctors in the United States began performing a procedure called Radial Keratotomy, RK. This technique entailed several corneal incisions to shape and correct refractive errors. It helped individuals with conditions like nearsightedness and astigmatism to become less dependent on their glasses.

As time progressed, surgeons eventually stopped using sutures to re-attach the cornea, and in the late 1980s began using the hinged technique that is still practiced today. With this method, the cornea isn’t completely detached from the eye but left on as a flap, which carries a lower risk of complications and shorter healing time. The development of an automated microkeratome was instrumental in furthering the procedure, as it allowed for even more precise incisions.

Additionally, the 1980s saw the development of the excimer laser, which was originally intended for use in making computer chips but was found to be especially helpful in precisely removing tissue during refractive surgery techniques. This method was found to be considerably safer and more effective than RK.

In 1995, the Food and Drug Administration approved a procedure called photorefractive keratectomy, known commonly as PRK, after a successful three-year trial on 1,600 eyes. This flattened the cornea with a laser to treat nearsightedness, and has been used in the U.S. and Canada since 1987.

Modern-day LASIK 

The LASIK we know and love today consists of a combination of excimer laser technology and surgical incisions using a microkeratome. During this process, a surgeon uses the microkeratome to cut a corneal flap, and then corrects the shape of the tissue underneath with the laser. The flap is then put back in place and acts as a natural bandage while the eye heals. This method has become the most popular method of refractive surgery because it provides effective results and a short healing time.

Now, healthcare providers are able to customize treatment for each patient, taking into account their degree and type of vision impairment as well as the topography of their eyes. LASIK surgery has become relatively common and a popular option for vision correction. Of course, the success of this form of vision correction lies heavily on whether a patient is a good candidate, and continued education on the doctor’s part is key to determining patient readiness, among other factors. As LASIK technologies develop further, it is important for both healthcare providers and prospective patients to stay informed on the benefits of laser-assisted vision correction. If you are considering LASIK in Victoria, Beeville, Cuero, Hallettsville and Port Lavaca, contact Victoria Eye Center at 800-833-0234 or website to schedule a consultation withDr. Boozalis.

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Qualifications of LASIK Doctors

Choosing your LASIK doctor is one of the most important decisions you will make during your LASIK journey. LASIK doctors are highly skilled ophthalmologists that specialize in the medical and surgical care of the eyes and visual system. 

Ophthalmologists are eye physicians and eye surgeons. They can be either Doctors of Medicine (M.D.) or Doctors of Osteopathy (D.O.). Typically, eye doctors who perform LASIK surgery must have completed four years of pre-medical undergraduate education, four years of medical school, one year of internship and three or more years of specialized medical and surgical training in eye care as a resident in Ophthalmology. Many then attend specialized fellowship training in order to become specialists in diseases and surgery of the cornea, diseases and surgery of the retina or refractive surgery so they can become LASIK specialists. 

Not all LASIK surgeons are equal. The following list of qualifications can help you determine which LASIK doctor will best suit your needs:

  • Licensing: State licensing boards can validate a surgeon’s credentials. 
  • Board certification: It is a good sign if your surgeon is board certified. Ask if your surgeon is certified beyond having a basic license to practice medicine. This means that an entity recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties has certified the surgeon to practice their specialty. The American Board of Ophthalmology is one such entity that requires board-certified physicians to complete specific training and continuing education related to their specialty.
  • Equipment: What kind of technology does the surgeon use, and do you have a choice as to the type of technology? 
  • Patient satisfaction: What is the vision doctor’s success rate? Of course, you will want to select a surgeon with a low rate of complications, but be wary of a provider who advertises a 100% success rate and is unable to back up those claims with objective data.
  • Results: Does your provider offer a lifetime commitment on their results, including adjustments at no additional cost to eligible patients? Because every case is unique, be sure to discuss your expectations with your LASIK doctor prior to your surgery.

The key to successful LASIK surgery lies in the experience and care of the surgeon. Your eyes are delicate, so it’s important for you to choose a LASIK surgeon who is not only qualified but who you trust with your vision. Experienced, board certified Dr. Boozalis in Victoria, Beeville, Cuero, Hallettsville and Port Lavaca would love to meet with you to discuss your options for LASIK surgery. ContactVictoria Eye Center at 800-833-0234 or website to schedule your free consultation.  

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