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How Should You Sleep After Cataract Surgery?

Cataract surgery is an outpatient procedure completed in under an hour. Cataract surgery has a high success rate in improving your eyesight and should allow you to return to your normal activities, like driving, following a few simple weeks of recovery.

Your cataract surgery recovery begins immediately following your procedure. At the completion of your cataract surgery, a lightweight protective shield will be placed over your eye, held in place with surgical tape. This shield will decrease the risk of injury from inadvertently rubbing or accidentally bumping your eye. Most patients are able to go home within a few hours of the procedure. You will be required to have a friend or family member drive you home following surgery.

In general, you should be able to watch TV, do some light computer work and shower or bathe within a few hours of returning home after your procedure. While home, you may be allowed to remove your eye shield, but you should wear it when sleeping for at least a week to prevent eye injury. Full recovery from cataract surgery should be complete in about a month, although it can take up to three months for your eye to be completely healed.

Cataract surgery should not affect how you sleep, aside from wearing the protective eye shield to avoid rubbing the eye. Rubbing your eye can aggravate the chances of infection. You may also want to avoid sleeping on the side of the operated eye for the first 24 hours.

For more information about recovery following cataract surgery, contact Victoria Eye Center by calling 800-833-0234 or visiting victoriaeyecenter.com.

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Paying for LASIK

LASIK is an investment in your vision. Based on patient experience, it’s also an experience that adds valued benefits and satisfaction to a person’s life. Having LASIK eye surgery is a better solution for many people that have nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism than other visual aids. If you are considering LASIK surgery to correct your vision issues, you are likely wondering how you will pay for such a surgery.

Most health insurance companies consider LASIK and other vision correction procedures to be not medically necessary, since vision can be corrected with eyeglasses and contact lenses. Therefore, the cost of LASIK typically is not included as a benefit of most major medical plans. Very occasionally, if it can be proven that superior eyesight without eyeglasses or contacts is needed for your occupation, insurance may pay for the procedure.

A flexible spending account is an employer-sponsored benefit that allows you to pay for eligible medical expenses on a pre-tax basis. If you have a flexible spending account with your employer, consider using that advantage to help pay for your eye surgery.

Monthly financing plans, including Care Credit, may help you pay for your LASIK procedure with a monthly payment for the length of time that fits your budget.

In reality, LASIK is less expensive over time than contacts or glasses. LASIK eye surgery is a fixed cost. Although LASIK surgery is a large one-time expense, it’s often cheaper than the long-term cost of contact lens wear or eyeglasses. Once you have the treatment, there are no more fees.

If you’re wondering if you can afford LASIK, contact Victoria Eye Center at 800-833-0234 or victoriaeyecenter.com to schedule your LASIK consultation today!

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Recent Advances in LASIK

LASIK surgery is the most popular laser vision correction procedure performed today, and for good reason. Ongoing advancements in laser technology and ophthalmology have made way for successful surgeries and better visual outcomes. At Victoria Eye Center in Victoria, Dr. Boozalis utilizes the latest advancements in LASIK surgery to offer patients the best possible vision correction experience. The most advanced LASIK techniques include:

Bladeless – LASIK involves reshaping the cornea to correct any refractive error. To access the cornea, a flap must be made. In previous vision correction techniques, the flap was created using a hand-held bladed tool. Modern LASIK techniques utilize a femtosecond laser to create the flap, eliminating the risks associated with the use of a manual blade. Studies have shown that the femtosecond laser allows for more precise corneal flap thickness, improving accuracy and predictability. This also offers a decreased risk of corneal abrasions during the procedure, and a decreased risk of induced astigmatism after LASIK. It also gives more options in terms of flap size, shape and orientation, yielding a more customized procedure as well as a faster healing time thanks to the smoother edges of the flap.

Eye Tracking – Modern LASIK utilizes advanced eye-tracking systems that keep track of the eye’s continual movements during the procedure. Advanced eye tracking systems have an active infrared eye tracker that tracks the center of the pupil to detect and compensate for any involuntary eye movements. The active eye tracker can move 10 times faster than the human eye as well as faster than the laser itself. Eye tracking has markedly increased the accuracy of LASIK and makes patients feel confident that any micro eye movements they make won’t affect the visual outcome of their procedure.

Custom Wavefront Mapping – Wavefront mapping is a highly sophisticated technology that allows Dr. Boozalis to create a 3D image of your eye. The information gathered by the wavefront map system helps detect the eye’s unique imperfections and it allows the laser to create a smoother and more precise corneal shaping. Wavefront technology increases the accuracy of visual outcomes and reduces the likelihood of side effects such as glare and halos.

Recent advancements have made LASIK more effective and more accessible to potential candidates. Essentially, these LASIK advancements allow each procedure to be tailored to the unique shape of each patient’s eye. As you might expect, this results in excellent outcomes and high patient satisfaction.

Learn more about the advanced technology used at Victoria Eye Center by calling 800-833-0234 or visiting victoriaeyecenter.com to schedule a consultation with Dr. Boozalis.

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Cataract Lens Options

A cataract is a clouding of the natural lens of the eye that typically occurs with age. During cataract surgery, the natural lens of the eye is replaced with an artificial lens, known as an intraocular lens (IOL).

These artificial lenses are made of clear plastic, silicone or acrylic materials, and are coated with UV blocking substances. At Victoria Eye Center in Victoria, we offer several cataract lens options to suit the different needs of our patients. These options can do more than just treat cataracts. They can drastically improve vision, making you less dependent on glasses or contacts.

Monofocal Intraocular Lens – Monofocal lenses are the most basic type of replacement lens. They are used to restore vision for one area of focus, usually used to restore distance vision. After having a monofocal lens implanted into your eye, you may still need glasses or bifocals after surgery. They won’t correct astigmatism and will necessitate various pairs of glasses for any daily task.

Multifocal Intraocular Lens – Multifocal lenses provide high-quality vision at multiple distances, acting in the same way that bifocal or progressive lenses on glasses work, in that they allow you to see things at different distances through various areas on the surface of the lens. This lens can correct your vision for distance, up close and everything in between.

Toric Intraocular Lens – Toric lenses are premium monofocal lenses that help restore crisp, clear distance vision for cataract patients who also have astigmatism. A disadvantage to these types of lenses is that they only correct vision for one distance, meaning that most patients will still require reading glasses or bifocals.

During a consultation and exam in Victoria, Dr. Boozalis will work with you to determine the best lens for your specific cataract needs. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, contact us today at 800-833-0234 or victoriaeyecenter.com.

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How Does LASIK Work?

LASIK is a popular form of laser vision correction surgery that can correct a range of vision issues with a goal of reducing or eliminating the need for glasses or contact lenses.

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. 

During the LASIK procedure a flap of corneal tissue is created. This flap is then peeled back so that the laser can reshape the corneal tissue underneath. Once the reshaping is complete, the corneal flap is replaced. The cornea will naturally hold the flap in place so no stitches are required.

Some benefits of LASIK include:

  • LASIK can reduce or eliminate dependence on glasses and contact lenses
  • LASIK is highly successful for most patients
  • LASIK surgery is a quick, outpatient procedure with minimal recovery time
  • LASIK may result in long-term savings when accounting for the potential of lifetime savings on contacts and glasses

Although LASIK has helped millions of people improve their vision and reduce their need for glasses or contacts, not everyone is a good candidate for the procedure. You must be at least 18 years old, have healthy eyes and a stable prescription that is within the range that LASIK can correct. It’s also important to consider the risks and rewards and make sure you have realistic expectations.

During a LASIK consultation at Victoria Eye Center, Dr. Boozalis will take the time to educate you on your options and create a personalized treatment plan to ensure that your custom LASIK procedure fits your vision needs and meets your personal expectations.

Are you ready to experience the freedom that LASIK can provide? Learn more about LASIK surgery in Victoria by calling 800-833-0234 or visiting victoriaeyecenter.com to schedule a LASIK consultation today.

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What are Some Signs of Cataracts?

A cataract is a clouding of the natural lens of the eye. In most cases, cataracts develop slowly and may not significantly affect eyesight. However, if left untreated, they can quickly begin impacting vision and may even cause blindness. If cataracts are detected in the early stages, adequate measures can be taken to prevent worsening of the condition. For this reason, it is helpful to be aware of the signs and symptoms associated with cataracts. Some signs of cataracts include:

Blurred Vision – The cloudy film that develops over the lens causes a gradual blurring of one’s vision. This blurring of eyesight cannot be corrected by the using of eyeglasses or artificial lenses.

Difficulty Seeing at Night – Those with cataracts tend to have difficulty seeing things in low light, and especially during night time.

Sensitivity to Light – During the very early stages of cataract development, many patients notice their eyes become increasingly sensitive to light, particularly harsh, bright light.

Halos around Light – The presence of the cloudy film on the lens sometimes causes diffraction of light that enters the eye. This causes luminescent halos, often in different colors, to appear when viewing sources of light.

Change in Color Perception – As a cataract advances, the protein that forms the cloudy film on the lens may turn yellow or brown. This may cause light entering the eye to be perceived as an altered hue.

Double Vision in One Eye – A common symptom of the early stages of a cataract is double vision in one eye. Not every cataract patient experiences this symptom, only those suffering from a particular type of cataract. Also, several other eye conditions may cause double vision, but a cataract is amongst the few which causes it only in one eye.

Frequently Needing Stronger Glasses – If you find that you frequently need to increase your contact or glasses strength, this could be an indication that you have cataracts. Rapidly changing eyes could be signs of other conditions as well. Whether it is cataracts or something else, it is important to see a doctor if your prescription needs are frequently changing.

Ultimately, having cataracts may interfere with your ability to carry out simple everyday activities and without treatment, cataracts may lead to permanent blindness. If you experience any of these signs of cataracts or other visual changes, contact Victoria Eye Center at 800-833-0234 or victoriaeyecenter.com to schedule an examination with Dr. Boozalis.

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Will Insurance Pay for LASIK Surgery?

Unfortunately, most insurance companies don’t cover LASIK because laser eye surgery is nearly always considered an elective procedure. Elective procedures are typically procedures that are optional, nice to have done, but not medically necessary. 

Although insurance does not often cover the cost of LASIK, certain people may be able to get their laser eye surgery covered due to special circumstances.

People with certain safety requirements (police or firefighters) or medical conditions—such as contact lens intolerance, severe dry eyes or severe allergies—might qualify for insurance-covered LASIK. Either of these conditions can make wearing glasses and contacts dangerous or impossible, leading to a need for LASIK. The conditions must be documented, and there must be a good-faith effort to use contacts and glasses. Even then, an insurance company might not view LASIK as medically necessary.

If you have any type of health insurance policy, contact your benefits coordinator to find out exactly what is and is not covered. You can ask your company questions regarding the amount of coverage offered, what procedures may be covered, and how much you will have to pay whether you use an in-network or out-of-network healthcare provider.

Other Ways to Pay for LASIK

Many U.S. employees have an FSA, HSA or HRA to cover health expenses with income-tax-free accounts. The cost of laser eye surgery is an eligible expense for all these accounts.  In addition, some people may deduct the cost of major medical expenses. Check with your tax preparer to see if you qualify. If you know you want LASIK but are concerned about up-front cost, assess your contributions during your employer’s open-enrollment window and consider increasing your savings so you can afford the procedure next year. At Victoria Eye Center in Victoria, we understand the frustration with wearing glasses and contacts and the desire to have LASIK. That’s why we offer a variety of flexible payment plans and financing options to help make laser eye surgery more affordable for you. To learn more about LASIK and ways to pay, contact us at 800-833-0234 or victoriaeyecenter.com.

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What Will Happen if a Cataract is Left Untreated?

Cataracts occur when changes in the lens of the eye cause it to become less transparent, resulting in cloudy or blurry vision.

Cataracts interfere with the passage of light through the lens of the eye. The lens is a crystalline structure that sits just behind the pupil – the black circle in the center of the eye through which light enters. The light is focused by the cornea and the lens on the retina, a layer of light-sensitive cells at the back of the eye which creates electrical impulses of the image then transmitted to the brain, enabling us to see.

Cataracts most often start to develop in a person’s lens as they get older. Over time, cataracts become worse and start to interfere with vision. Important skills can be affected, such as driving, and loss of vision can affect the overall quality of life in many ways including reading, working, hobbies and sports. If left untreated, cataracts will eventually cause total blindness.

The good news is that cataracts can be easily treated. The primary treatment for cataracts is surgery to remove and replace the cloudy lens. Cataract surgery is a simple procedure that typically takes just about 15 minutes to complete.

If you suffer from cataracts, it is recommended that you have cataract surgery before your cataracts start seriously impairing your vision. If you wait too long, your cataracts can become hyper-mature which makes them more difficult to remove and can cause surgery complications. In general, the best outcomes for cataract surgery take place when surgery is performed soon after vision problems develop.

The best way to decide how and when to treat your cataracts is to discuss your options with your eye doctor. During an examination in Victoria, Dr. Boozalis will discuss treatment options with you based on your individual needs. To schedule an appointment at Victoria Eye Center, contact us today by calling 800-833-0234 or visiting victoriaeyecenter.com.

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How Do I Choose a LASIK Doctor?

Choosing a LASIK doctor is one of the most important decisions to make once you have decided to have LASIK surgery. But how do you know who the best person is for such a task? When choosing a LASIK doctor, consider the following key factors:

Credentials – One should make sure that their LASIK doctor is board-certified, meaning that an entity recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties has certified the surgeon to practice their specialty. Also, make sure that the surgeon is licensed in the state they are performing the procedure.

Technology – Understanding the type of technology that a surgeon uses is another important factor to consider. There are several different technologies that LASIK surgeons may use and there are many differences that contribute to precision and results achieved. For example, some surgeons may still use a microkeratome blade to create the corneal flap during LASIK surgery whereas many surgeons now use an all laser approach to laser vision correction. Other surgeons may offer the latest LASIK technology which provides a more individualized correction and more precise results. Modern lasers track and scan the cornea to deliver a consistent and effective outcome for the patient.

Patient Reviews – Reviews from patients who have previously had LASIK performed by the surgeon you are researching can give great insight as to what you can expect. Knowing that the majority of the surgeon’s patients are satisfied with their experience and would recommend the surgeon can be helpful to feeling more comfortable.

Number of Surgeries Performed – Theoutcome of your LASIK procedure will largely depend on the level of skill and experience your LASIK doctor has.Making sure that the LASIK doctor you choose to perform your laser eye surgery has adequate experience is very important. The more surgeries a LASIK doctor has performed, the more time they have had to perfect their skills.

Comfort: Finding a LASIK doctor to trust your sight to is an important decision. A good LASIK doctor should make you feel comfortable and help you decide on the best procedure for you and your vision needs. Make sure you feel comfortable with your doctor and all the information you’ve received before you proceed with scheduling your procedure.

Choosing a LASIK doctor is very important and should be researched carefully. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Boozalis in Victoria, contact Victoria Eye Center at 800-833-0234 or victoriaeyecenter.com.

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Intraocular Lens Options

Cataracts develop when the natural lens of your eyes become cloudy, affecting your sight.  When a cataract causes your quality of vision to interfere with your daily activities, cataract surgery is recommended.

After the cataract is removed, it is replaced with an intraocular lens implant that is similar to a small soft contact lens which contains an optical prescription that is matched for you, much like your glasses.

If you are diagnosed with cataract formation, Dr. Boozalis in Victoria wants you to know that there are different intraocular lens options available for you.

1. Monofocal lens: These lenses are the most commonly implanted lenses today. They have equal power in all regions of the lens and can provide high-quality distance vision. Monofocal lenses are in sharpest focus at only one distance. They do not correct pre-existing astigmatism, a result of irregular corneal shape that can distort vision at all distances. People with significant astigmatism require corrective lenses for sharpest vision at all distances. Patients who have had monofocal intraocular lenses implanted usually require reading glasses.

2. Toric lens: Toric lenses have more power in one specific axis in the lens to correct astigmatism as well as distance vision. Due to the difference in lens power in different areas, the correction of astigmatism with a toric lens requires that the lens be positioned in a very specific configuration. While toric lenses can improve distance vision and astigmatism, the patient still will require corrective lenses for all near tasks, such as reading or writing.

3. Multifocal lens: Multifocal intraocular lenses are one of the latest advancements in lens technology. These lenses have a variety of regions with different power that allows some individuals to see at a variety of distances, including distance, intermediate, and near. While promising, multifocal lenses are not for everyone. They can cause significantly more glare and loss of contrasts than monofocal or toric lenses. Multifocal lenses cannot correct astigmatism, and some patients still require spectacles or contact lenses for clearest vision.

Exploring Intraocular Lens Options

There’s no such thing as a “one size fits all” intraocular lens.  Together, you and your doctor will discuss which lens or combination of lenses best fits your lifestyle and your vision goals. For more information on intraocular lens options, contact Victoria Eye Center at 800-833-0234 or victoriaeyecenter.com.

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