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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 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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Can I Watch TV After Cataract Surgery?

Cataract surgery is an outpatient procedure completed in less than one 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 weeks of recovery. 

Your cataract surgery recovery begins immediately following your procedure. A light shield will be placed over your eye immediately after surgery to keep you from accidentally rubbing it. 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. 

During your cataract surgery recovery, it’s normal to experience grittiness, watering, blurred vision, double vision, red or bloodshot eye. These side effects usually improve within a few days, but it can take 4 to 6 weeks to recover fully.

A common question among cataract patients is if they can watch TV after the procedure. Several hours following the surgery, most patients are able to watch some television or look at a computer screen for a short period of time. It’s important however that you don’t over-exert your eyes during the first 24 hours post-surgery. 

You can expect to return to most normal activities during the first week. If you work, how soon you can return will largely depend on your type of job and if you need new glasses. Dr. Boozalis will advise you on the most appropriate times to resume other activities. Following your surgeon’s instructions regarding what you should and should not do after your cataract surgery are important.

Several follow up appointments will be scheduled during your cataract surgery recovery time. A secondary cataract may develop during the first few months following cataract removal. This is a common complication following cataract removal and can be corrected with a painless procedure called a capsulotomy.

Within a month or two your vision should be clear, and your eyes should be comfortable. You will want to continue wearing sunglasses outdoors and consider wearing safety glasses while playing sports.

The best candidates for this procedure are patients with blurred or cloudy vision, light sensitivity, and color dullness. If you suspect that you have cataracts, contact Victoria Eye Center at 800-833-0234 or website to schedule an appointment with Dr. Boozalis.

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Is LASIK Expensive?

The cost of LASIK eye surgery varies drastically across the country. Several factors influence the LASIK cost, but the average price most people pay is about $2,000 per eye. 

The price you’ll pay for your LASIK depends on several factors, including:

  • The type of laser technology you choose
  • The type of surgical instrument used to create the corneal flap
  • If your pre-op exam and follow-up visits are covered in the fee
  • If your post-op medications are included in the fee
  • If retreatments (if necessary) are covered in the fee
  • The skill, reputation, and experience of your refractive surgeon
  • The community and area of the country you live in

The least expensive LASIK procedure is standard (non-wavefront-guided) LASIK; during this procedure, the corneal flap is created with a mechanical microkeratome. This is somewhat outdated LASIK technology.

The highest-priced option typically is wavefront-guided custom LASIK performed with the latest-technology excimer laser and a femtosecond laser for the corneal flap. Wavefront-guided technology uses precise computer-generated mapping of the eye to guide the excimer laser as it reshapes the cornea, often providing better visual outcomes than standard LASIK.

The eye surgeon performing your procedure will also influence the cost of LASIK eye surgery. Surgeons with the most experience tend to charge a bit more because they bring lots of expertise to the table.

LASIK Financing Options

To help patients afford LASIK and other vision correction procedures, many refractive surgeons offer financing plans to fit any budget. In some cases, 0% financing is available for a limited payback period. Ask your eye surgeon for information about available financing plans during your LASIK consultation.

You only have one set of eyes. Choose wisely when it comes to laser vision correction surgery — don’t let the cost of the procedure be your primary consideration. To learn more about LASIK in Beeville or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Boozalis, contact Victoria Eye Center at 800-833-0234 or website

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Does Everyone Get Cataracts Eventually?

A cataract is a common condition in which a normally clear eye lens becomes cloudy, causing blurry vision similar to looking through a foggy window. A cataract occurs when there is a buildup of proteins in the lens, creating protein clumps. These clumps, or deposits, prevent light from passing clearly through the lens, thus disrupting normal vision. 

Cataracts are a part of the natural aging process. If you live long enough, you will eventually develop cataracts. The eyes mainly consist of water and protein. As we grow older, some of the protein may form chunks and cloud a certain area of the eyes lens. This phenomenon is called a cataract. It may grow over time and cause partial or complete vision loss. The good news is the condition is usually treatable through cataract surgery. The process involves removing the natural lens of the eyes then replacing it with an intraocular lens.

Aging is not the only reason a cataract may form. Several other reasons why a cataract may form include:

Traumatic Cataract – Another common cause of cataracts is trauma: blunt or penetrating ocular trauma, electric shock, chemical burns, or ionizing radiation. A traumatic cataract can develop even years after these types of eye injuries. 

Diabetes – People with diabetes are 60% more likely to develop cataracts. The aqueous humor provides nutrients to our eye’s lens, including oxygen and glucose. A person who suffers from diabetes will not have full control of their glucose levels which may result in high levels of sugar in the aqueous humor. This can lead to swelling, simultaneously affecting vision. Likewise, the lens inside the eye has an enzyme that converts glucose into sorbitol. This sugar alcohol can affect both cells and protein and may eventually result in cataracts.

Congenital Cataract – While cataracts are normally associated with the aging process, there are instances of cataracts in newborns. These congenital cataracts can develop for a number of different reasons, including inherited tendencies, infection (such as measles or rubella), metabolic problems, diabetes, trauma, inflammation or drug reactions. 

High Blood Pressure – High blood pressure (HBP) is known to cause elevated inflammation which may result in cataracts. Aside from cataracts, HBP may also lead to age-related macular degeneration and glaucoma.

Smoking – Experts suggest that smokers have higher chances of forming cataracts than non-smokers. The toxins from cigarette smoke cause oxidation in cells, including those in the eye lens.

Excessive Alcohol Consumption – Studies have shown that high alcohol consumption significantly increases the risk of cataracts. Heavy drinking induces microsomal enzyme cytochrome in the liver. Metabolism of this element produces free radicals, which may lead to chunking together of proteins in the eye. This then leads to cataract formation or vision loss.

If you are experiencing any signs or symptoms of cataracts, it is important to schedule an appointment with your eye doctor as soon as possible. Cataracts are very treatable and cataract surgery is the most frequently performed surgery in the country.

Contact Victoria Eye Center at 800-833-0234 or website to schedule an appointment with Dr. Boozalis today.

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Do I Qualify for LASIK?

Want to know if you qualify for LASIK vision correction? There are several factors that Dr. Boozalis looks at when examining prospective patients to determine their LASIK eligibility. You may qualify for LASIK if you:

Are at least 18 years of age: LASIK is FDA-approved for people aged 18 and older. However, young adults are encouraged to postpone LASIK until their mid-20s. This age of ocular maturity typically means prescriptions are more stable.  

Have a stable prescription: To have LASIK eye surgery, you must have a stable prescription. This means your eyeglass and contact lens prescription has not changed for at least 2 consecutive years.

Have no significant eye problems: It is important for eyes to be healthy, free of diseases, injuries and infections.

Are not pregnant or nursing: Hormone changes and corneal pressure due to fluid retention can affect the vision of a pregnant or nursing woman.

Have a prescription that falls within the treatable range: Your prescription (refractive error) is measured in diopters, a metric unit used to indicate the strength of the eye or lens. Modern LASIK technologies have the potential to treat up to +6.00 diopters of hyperopia, astigmatism up to 6 diopters and nearsightedness up to -12.00 diopters.

Have proper corneal shape and thickness: LASIK improves your vision by reshaping your cornea – the surface of the eye that helps focus light to create an image on the retina. If your cornea is too thin or misshapen, you may not get the results you want.

Have realistic expectations: LASIK does not always create perfect 20/20 vision, although most cases are successful in improving vision. You should proceed with laser vision correction with the realistic goal of reducing your dependency on glasses or contacts. 

The only way to know for sure if you qualify for LASIK is to have a comprehensive LASIK consultation in Hallettsville. During your appointment, Dr. Boozalis will evaluate your candidacy using safe, painless, diagnostic testing and determine a treatment option that is right for you. Contact Victoria Eye Center today at 800-833-0234 or website to schedule a consultation.

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Preparing for LASIK Surgery

Even though LASIK surgery is a relatively safe procedure, it is normal to experience uneasiness or nervousness prior to surgery. If you are scheduled for LASIK eye surgery in Port Lavaca, properly preparing for LASIK will help you feel more at ease and increase your chances of a positive outcome.

Here are some tips to help you prepare for LASIK:

  • On the day before surgery stop using makeup, lotions, perfumes or creams. These substances may cause debris to get into your eyes. 
  • Arrange for transportation. You’ll need to have someone drive you to and from your place of surgery. It may take several days to adjust to the change in your vision. 
  • On the day of surgery eat a light meal before leaving for your appointment. Most surgeons will allow you to take any prescription medications as normal.
  • Dress comfortably and casually. Don’t wear bulky clothes or accessories, especially in your hair. Wear something casual so you won’t need to change once you return home to rest.
  • Relax. It’s normal to feel some anxiety before having LASIK, but try to remain as calm as possible.
  • If you are concerned about pain, talk to your surgeon. LASIK shouldn’t hurt, but you may feel slight pressure from the laser.
  • Take a few days off. Some LASIK patients go back to work the day after their procedure, but Dr. Boozalis suggests taking at least a couple of days to rest. Make sure you keep your expectations realistic. This is especially important if you work outdoors since you need to keep your eyes as clean as possible.
  • Stop wearing your contact lenses. If you wear contact lenses, you’ll need to switch to glasses full time for at least a few weeks before your surgery. Contact lenses can distort the shape of your cornea which could lead to inaccurate measurements and a poor surgical outcome. Your doctor will provide specific guidelines depending on your situation and how long you’ve been a contact lens wearer.

Contact Victoria Eye Center at 800-833-0234 or website for more information on preparing for LASIK surgery or to schedule a LASIK consultation.

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What are the Options for 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. Depending on your pre-operative vision and desired result, Dr. Boozalis in Victoria may choose to remove your cloudy lens and replace it with a clear lens implant called an intraocular lens (IOL). This has been done for routine cataract surgery for years. There are several IOL options that remedy different types of vision problems. Dr. Boozalis can help you decide which is right for you.

There are numerous cataract surgery options. Below are 2 categories to consider:

Refractive Cataract Surgery: There are several options for refractive cataract surgery. This category includes surgeries that use special IOL lenses designed to correct myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism. The goal is to correct the cloudiness from the cataract as well as improve nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism, reducing the need for distance and near vision glasses.

Standard Cataract Surgery: Cataract surgery with a basic, standard IOL. This type of cataract surgery corrects the cloudy lens but does not provide additional vision correction. With this type of cataract surgery, most patients will see better than before the surgery, but unlike other lens options, will likely require glasses at all distances for the best vision.

At Victoria Eye Center, we want you to know that quality vision correction is our specialty. To learn more about your cataract surgery options or to schedule an examination with Dr. Boozalis, contact us at 800-833-0234or website today. 

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Things to Avoid After Laser Eye Surgery

Laser eye surgery provides many people with the option to get rid of their contact lenses and glasses and improve their quality of life with better vision. When considering laser eye surgery, it is important to understand what to expect with recovery. 

Following surgery, there will be certain 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. Below are some tips of what to avoid after laser eye surgery:

  • Avoid driving until you are instructed to by your doctor.
  • Avoid showering for the first 24 hours after surgery and be careful not to allow the shower to spray directly into your face for the first week.
  • Avoid pools, hot tubs, saunas, and lakes for at least 3 weeks.
  • Avoid watching TV, reading, or using the computer for the first 24 hours as these activities may strain your eyes.
  • Avoid rubbing your eyes.
  • Avoid eye makeup.
  • Avoid alcohol consumption for 48 hours after surgery.
  • Avoid physical activities which might cause eye injury.
  • Avoid exercise for at least one week after the surgery. 
  • Avoid dirty and dusty environments.
  • Avoid direct sunlight and wear sunglasses with proper UV protection whenever you are outdoors.

Your surgeon or ophthalmologist will schedule follow-up appointments to monitor your results and potential problems such as epithelial growth. Contact your physician immediately if you experience any complications.

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

To learn more or to find out if laser eye surgery is a good option for you, contact Victoria Eye Center at 800-833-0234 or website

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Can I Drive After a LASIK Consultation?

A LASIK consultation at Victoria Eye Center includes several steps to determine if you are a suitable candidate for LASIK surgery. This appointment will last approximately 2-3 hours, during which time you will have your vision, eyes and overall health thoroughly evaluated. 

During the visit in Victoria, Dr. Boozalis is creating a thorough assessment and highly detailed measurements of your entire eye and its capabilities. This information determines 3 very important things:

  • The overall health of your eyes.
  • If LASIK is recommended (or not recommended) for your eyes, your vision and your lifestyle.
  • If LASIK is recommended, and you decide to move forward, the data from your consult will drive the vision correction treatment.

The goal is to collect as much information as possible for both your surgeon and you to help make the best choice for your vision.

This information is collected through a series of sophisticated diagnostic tools and tests that evaluate and measure every aspect of your eye. The good news is that, except for getting a few eye drops and a bit of gentle pressure on the surface of the eye, these tests are noninvasive and pain-free. Most of the tests are simply taking pictures with high powered imaging devices.

Preparing for Your LASIK Consultation  

You will need to arrange for someone else to drive you home from your appointment because your eyes will be dilated and you will not be able to drive following the consultation. Dilation affects each patient differently, lasting from just a few hours up to 24 hours.

What to bring to your LASIK consultation and exam:

  • All Prescription glasses
  • DON’T wear your soft contacts for 4 days prior to the exam
  • DON’T wear your Toric soft contact lenses for 2 weeks prior to your exam
  • DON’T wear hard or gas-permeable lenses for 4 weeks prior to the exam
  • List of all medications
  • List of medical and general allergies
  • Records from your previous eye doctors (Old prescriptions)
  • Insurance information

Go to the appointment prepared with questions about the LASIK procedure and expect to discuss the following with Dr. Boozalis:

  • Your full health history. There are medical conditions, such as diabetes, that may make LASIK and other laser vision correction options not an appropriate choice. Also, certain medications, such as corticosteroids, can affect the healing process.
  • The outcome you can expect given your specific vision and circumstances. Dr. Boozalis will answer all your questions and help you understand the risks and benefits of LASIK.

If you are ready to schedule your LASIK consultation and exam in Victoria, contact Victoria Eye Center at 800-833-0234 or website today!

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What are LASIK Doctors Called?

LASIK doctors are eye doctors called ophthalmologists. When it comes to eye care, the most trained and skilled professionals in the field are ophthalmologists. An ophthalmologist is a physician, either a doctor of medicine (MD) or a 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 surgeries such as cataract extraction, lens replacement, cornea reshaping, 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.

Ophthalmologists are qualified to treat patients of all ages and a wide range of conditions, but some will specialize in one or more areas that allow them to focus their work in certain environments. If an ophthalmologist chooses to specialize in a specific area of medical or surgical eye care, this person is called a subspecialist. A subspecialist usually completes 1-2 years of additional, more in-depth training called a fellowship. This added training and knowledge prepares an ophthalmologist to take care of more complex or specific conditions in certain areas of the eye or in certain groups of patients. 

To learn more about the training and ability of an ophthalmologist or how you can benefit from vision care by such a qualified eye doctor, contact Victoria Eye Center today at 800-833-0234 or website

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