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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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How Popular is LASIK?

LASIK has been a popular vision correction procedure for more than 20 years. LASIK uses a laser to reshape your cornea — the clear, round dome at the front of your eye — to improve the way your eye focuses light rays onto your retina, resulting in better vision. 

There are many reasons why LASIK is so popular, including:

Quick and Easy Procedure – LASIK surgery takes 10 to 15 minutes for each eye. Generally, both eyes are done during the same procedure. LASIK is an outpatient procedure, allowing patients to return home to rest following their surgery.

High Success Rate – Almost all patients who have LASIK end up with 20/20 vision or better.

Quick Recovery – When your procedure is complete, you will already notice improved vision. You should rest for the remainder of the day of your surgery but can return to normal activities the following day. The full recovery time for LASIK is a few months, and your vision will continue to improve during this time. 

Improved Lifestyle – Many daily activities become easier when you don’t have to mess with glasses or contact lenses. 

Lasting Results – The improvement of vision from LASIK typically lasts for many, many years, even decades. Most LASIK patients will enjoy clear vision until they are much older. 

Rarely, some patients will experience decreased vision after LASIK and may opt for a LASIK enhancement. This usually occurs 5 to 10 years after the initial LASIK procedure.

Affordability – Unfortunately, LASIK is an elective surgery that insurance generally won’t cover. The cost per eye is between 1,500 and 2,500 dollars on average. However, when you compare the cost of glasses and/or contact lenses year after year, LASIK is a much more affordable choice.

If you’re unsure about how to afford LASIK, consider medical financing, using a tax refund, a flexible spending account or health savings account if you have one.

If you’d like to find out if LASIK is a good option for your vision needs, contact Victoria Eye Center at 800-833-0234 or website to schedule a consultation with Dr. Boozalis.

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What Happens if You Blink During Cataract Surgery?

If the lens inside your eye has become cloudy, you may want to consider cataract surgery. During cataract surgery in Victoria, Beeville, Cuero, Hallettsville and Port Lavaca, Dr. Boozalis removes the cloudy lens and replaces it with an artificial lens (called an intraocular lens – IOL) to restore clear vision. The procedure is typically performed on an outpatient basis and does not require an overnight stay in a hospital or other care facility. The procedure itself usually lasts less than 15 minutes and is virtually painless. 

Cataract surgery patients often worry about what may happen if they blink during the procedure. Although this is an understandable concern, there is no need to worry. 

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. Once you are settled, Dr. Boozalis will begin by putting numbing eye drops in your eye. The eye drops act as an anesthetic. As you blink, the drops spread over your eye, numbing the surface. This allows you to feel no pain or discomfort during the surgery. When the eye is completely numb, an instrument will be used to hold your eye open while the procedure is completed. This instrument ensures that you will not blink during cataract surgery. 

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 the surgery. However, depending on which intraocular lens you have implanted, it can take between two to six 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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Does LASIK Require Anesthesia?

When you think of having a surgical procedure, you typically will associate anesthesia as part of that experience. LASIK is not like most surgical procedures because general anesthesia is not necessary. While some patients may prefer the idea of being “put to sleep” for the duration of their procedure, it is actually very important that LASIK patients be alert and able to follow directions during the surgery. During LASIK treatment in Victoria, Beeville, Cuero, Hallettsville and Port Lavaca, Dr. Boozalis will need the patient to stare at a light for about 60 seconds while the laser works. A steady visual fixation on the light is critical for the most accurate results.

Many patients fear that being awake during LASIK means that they will feel everything that is happening. 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. 

Before the LASIK procedure begins, patients may be offered a very mild oral sedative. This sedative will help you feel relaxed while remaining awake. Patients will then be given anesthetic eye drops that numb the eyes. These eye drops feel just like the type that you’d normally use to lubricate dry eyes but contain a numbing agent so that you shouldn’t feel anything except light pressure during your LASIK procedure.  

Following the procedure, patients should not feel any pain or discomfort. At the most, patients typically feel that their eyes are somewhat scratchy or gritty, but it is exceeding rare for a patient to feel any level of post-operative pain.

The good news is that with advanced LASIK technologies and lasers, patients can expect 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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Are You Sedated for Cataract Surgery?

If the lens inside your eye has become cloudy, you may want to consider cataract surgery. During cataract surgery in Victoria, Beeville, Cuero, Hallettsville and Port Lavaca, Dr. Boozalis removes the cloudy lens and replaces it with an artificial lens (called an intraocular lens, IOL) to restore clear vision. The procedure is typically performed on an outpatient basis and does not require an overnight stay in a hospital or other care facility.  The procedure itself usually lasts less than 15 minutes and is virtually painless. 

Cataract surgery patients often wonder if they will be sedated for the procedure. Most cataract surgeries are performed under a local anesthetic. This means that most patients are awake during their 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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