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Happy Thanksgiving from Victoria Eye Center!

All year long the team at Victoria Eye Center is grateful to have a prominent role in the health of our community. This Thanksgiving we want to share some of the specific reasons why we are so thankful:

    • We have the in-house technologies that have helped enhance, protect and preserve eyesight for literally thousands of people in our community.
    • We get the opportunity to spend time with our patients, getting to know them personally.
    • Our practice is based on strong ethical standards; we only recommend LASIK and other procedures if we feel patients will truly achieve the vision results they desire.
    • We help patients afford a better quality of life with improved vision through financing for LASIK in Location and other elective procedures
    •  We are able to provide our patients with a comfortable and caring environment for their eye care.

Happy Thanksgiving! Take time to think of the things you are thankful for this holiday season. If you are unhappy with any aspect of your current vision, or are experiencing vision changes in Victoria that are causing you stress, contact Victoria Eye Center to schedule an eye exam or a free LASIK Consultation. Call 800-833-0234 or visit victoriaeyecenter.com.

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LASIK vs. PRK

LASIK vs PRKIf you have been told you are not a good candidate for LASIK because your corneas are too thin, you may not have to abandon your dream of 20/20 vision.

PRK (photorefractive keratectomy) is a type of laser surgery in Location that can produce similar vision results to LASIK vision correction, and it can be performed on some patients with thin corneas.

The difference between LASIK and PRK in Victoria is in the first step of the refractive surgery procedure.

    • LASIK: A hinged corneal flap is created to allow access to the underlying corneal tissue for laser treatment
    • PRK: the cornea’s outer layer (epithelial) is gently removed to allow access to the underlying corneal tissue for laser treatment

The laser refractive treatment is the same for both LASIK and PRK: the cornea is slightly reshaped to correct the refractive error and allow light to focus on the retina for clear vision. Each laser treatment can be completely customized to your unique eye.

After the laser procedure, the corneal flap is repositioned during LASIK; after PRK, the epithelial cells need time to regenerate over the eye. Recovery and final vision results for PRK will take longer and the healing process may be slightly more uncomfortable. However, there is no risk of corneal flap complications with PRK.

Take the first step in the LASIK process: take the free online LASIK Self-Evaluation on victoriaeyecenter.com. Then call Victoria Eye Center at 800-833-0234 to schedule your free LASIK Consultation to find out if LASIK or PRK might improve your vision. You can also schedule your appointment online.

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Eye Makeup Safety

old eye makeup

Are you putting bacteria on your eyes?

Studies have shown that in as little as 3-months, bacteria can grow in mascara, eye shadow, eyeliners and more, leading to eye infections such as pink eye, dry eye, loss of eyelashes and more.

If just the thought of bacteria on your eyes makes you shudder, consider this: Makeup has expiration dates. Unfortunately, those expiration dates are NOT printed on the containers, tubes and sticks. It’s up to you to keep track of when you purchase cosmetics and toss them after a certain time frame.

Eye infections can be avoided by following these safety tips:

    • Purchase new mascara and liquid eyeliner every 3 months; eye shadow every 12 months; eye pencil every 24 months
    • Do not share eye makeup with friends
    • Avoid using samples in stores
    • Do not apply eyeliner to the inner eye lash lines
    • Do not wear mascara that flakes
    • Close eye makeup containers tightly
    • If you wear contact lenses, put them in before applying eye makeup
    • Remove eye makeup at night (remove contact lenses first)

One way to avoid the “contact lens eye infection” trap is by having LASIK vision correction in Victoria to reduce or eliminate your dependence on contacts for clear vision. Of course, even if you achieve clear vision through LASIK, it will become even more important to protect your investment in your vision by practicing safe eye makeup application.

You may be tempted to hang on to eye makeup longer than the recommended timeframe because it can be quite expensive. However, when you consider the cost of treatment for eye infections and the potential for damaged vision, it will be more cost-effective to pay attention to how long your eye products stay in your makeup bag.

If you love wearing eye makeup, but your eyes are hidden behind corrective lenses, contact Dr. Boozalis at Victoria Eye Center to discuss the option of LASIK for your unique eyes. He offers a free LASIK Consultation to analyze your eyes and answer all of your questions about this popular vision procedure. To schedule your no-obligation appointment, call 361-578-0234 or visit victoriaeyecenter.com.

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LASIK & Dry Eye

Dry EyeDry eye can be a fairly common side effect of LASIK vision correction due to the potential for reduced sensitivity of the corneal nerves, leading to a reduction in tear production. Tears are necessary to lubricate and protect the eyes and if there is not adequate tear production, the eyes can become irritated.

 

Symptoms of Dry Eye

    • Excessive eye watering
    • Itching and burning
    • Redness
    • Sensitivity to light
    • Feeling of sand or grit in the eyes
    • Pain
    • Blurred vision

Dry eye after LASIK is typically temporary, but some patients can experience the symptoms of dry eye for months or years after LASIK. Lubricating eye drops can help minimize discomfort.

Some patients who have pre-existing dry eye may not be good candidates for LASIK in Victoria because the procedure might exacerbate the condition. Any existing symptoms of dry eye should be discussed with your ophthalmologist prior to having LASIK so your condition can be fully examined. Your eyes may be better suited for alternative laser vision correction procedures. Certain procedures may actually help improve pre-existing dry eye in Victoria.

Dr. Boozalis at Victoria Eye Center will discuss all of the risks of LASIK, including dry eye, as well as the benefits of LASIK, during a free LASIK Consultation. He will perform a comprehensive exam to ensure that your eyes are right for the procedure. To schedule your no-obligation appointment, call 800-833-0234 or visit victoriaeyecenter.com.

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Halloween without Glasses

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Unless you want to dress up as Clark Kent, Austin Powers, Harry Potter or a hippie chick, there aren’t too many Halloween costumes that feature glasses. But if you…

    • Are nearsighted, farsighted or have astigmatism…
    • Can’t wear contact lenses…
    • And actually want to see your friends at a Halloween party…

…you may have to be a football player, zombie, vampire or other character with spectacles.

The other option: LASIK vision correction in Cuervo & Victoria.

We’re not suggesting that you enter into refractive surgery just to improve your chances at winning a costume contest. But if you are tired of wearing glasses and would like the opportunity to have 20/20 vision, you owe it to yourself to research your Port Lavaca LASIK options.

Dr. Boozalis at Victoria Eye Center offers free LASIK Consultations to help patients:

    • Understand how LASIK works
    • Determine if their unique eyes are right for the procedure
    • Learn about different LASIK technologies
    • Learn the risks and rewards of LASIK
    • Meet our staff and learn our track record of success

Halloween will be here soon. If you want better vision before October 31, schedule your LASIK Consultation right away so you can find out if LASIK is right for you by calling 361-578-0234 or visiting victoriaeyecenter.com. If Dr. Boozalis gives you the green light, you could be rocking your Halloween costume lens-free!

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Keep Your Eyes Safe in the Kitchen

kitchen eye injuries

At Victoria Eye Center, we have helped thousands of people achieve lens-free vision through laser vision correction. And while our LASIK in Victoria allows most of our patients to toss out their glasses, we encourage those patients to protect their new-found clear vision by wearing protective safety glasses when performing certain activities.

Most people know that safety glasses are important when playing contact sports, using power tools or working in the yard. But did you know that they are also important in the kitchen?

According to WebMD, almost half of the annual 2.5 million eye injuries occur in and around the home…and more than 40% of those happen during everyday activities like cooking. (Source: American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Ocular Trauma)

Potential Causes of Kitchen Eye Injuries

Your eye can become injured during food prep, oven and stove cooking and cleaning.

    • Cleaning chemical splatters
    • Grease/oil splatters
    • Champagne corks
    • Steam burns
    • Spicy juices, such as cutting jalapeños and touching your eyes
    • Oven heat

It may seem a bit silly to wear glasses in the kitchen, but whether you’ve invested in your vision through LASIK or already have excellent vision, you don’t want to risk your eyesight to a freak kitchen accident. Get a pair of protective glasses that are approved by the American National Standards Institute and get cooking!

If you are tired of wearing glasses to read recipes, contact Victoria Eye Center to schedule a free LASIK Consultation and find out if LASIK is right for your eyes. You can call 361-578-0234 or schedule an appointment anytime day or night by visiting victoriaeyecenter.com.

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Does Your Computer Need Glasses?

computer glasses

If you are over age 40, you may be experiencing the effects of presbyopia on your eyesight. Presbyopia is the gradual stiffening of the eye lens that makes it more difficult for the eyes to focus on near objects. This condition happens to almost everyone as they age (even if you’ve had successful LASIK vision correction surgery) and is the reason why so many adults need reading glasses to read things like menus, books, tablets, computers and smart phones clearly.

But what if your computer screen wore your glasses for you?

Researchers at UC Berkeley are developing a technology that may, in essence, create glasses for your computer, tablet or other type of screen. They have developed a prototype of a vision-correcting display using a printed pinhole screen in between two layers of clear plastic to enhance image sharpness. The “computation” technique distorts the screen image based on each user’s unique visual impairment, allowing the image to look clear for that individual. The ultimate goal is to reduce or eliminate the need for glasses or contacts to read displays on screens.

Will this technology eventually replace LASIK in Victoria, Texas? Probably not, because LASIK not only corrects farsightedness; it also corrects nearsightedness and astigmatism. However, it may help those individuals who have had successful LASIK surgery reduce their need for reading glasses later in life when presbyopia creeps in – at least when looking at displays. Time will tell.

If you are experiencing any changes in your vision or want to reduce your dependence on glasses or contacts, contact Victoria Eye Center at 361-578-0234 or victoriaeyecenter.com to schedule an eye exam or a free LASIK Consultation.

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2014 World Sight Day

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World Sight Day is October 9, 2014.  The call-to-action for this year’s observation is “No More Avoidable Blindness” and is part of an overall plan to reduce avoidable blindness by 25% by the year 2019. Created by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB), this initiative supports their overall theme of “Universal Eye Health” and protecting/preserving eyesight for people around the world.

In celebration of this event, Victoria Eye Center is urging people to make their eye health a top priority by scheduling an eye exam in Victoria, TX. We also encourage you to spread the word about the importance of regular eye exams. Often people neglect their eyesight – until they experience a problem. Regular eye exams can detect conditions that may be silently robbing you of your vision, such as glaucoma or cataracts, and eye doctors can even detect underlying health conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes or brain tumors.

During an eye exam, you may also learn that your eyes have the right conditions for vision correcting procedures, such as LASIK vision correction. During a free LASIK Consultation, you can learn about the pros and cons of LASIK, how LASIK technologies differ and find out if 20/20 vision without glasses is a possibility.

Make the most of World Sight Day 2014. Schedule your eye exam or free LASIK Consultation in Victoria today by contacting Victoria Eye Center at 361-578-0234 or victoriaeyecenter.com.

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Serious Eye Conditions Growing in Young People

young eye conditions

According to Medical News Today, a recent survey of optometrists has shown that the number of young people being diagnosed with serious eye conditions such as dry eye and blepharitis (inflammation of the eyelids) is growing. Many of these doctors were also concerned that certain sight-stealing vision conditions may be developing at a younger age:

    • Glaucoma
    • Cataracts
    • Age-related macular degeneration

This phenomenon of deteriorating eye health may be due to any number of reasons, including:

    • Diabetes
    • Poor nutrition
    • Increased usage of computer, tablet or smart phone screens
    • Smoking
    • Lack of sunglasses
    • Improper contact lens usage

It’s important to note that even if you have your vision corrected through a procedure such as LASIK in Victoria, and even if you achieve 20/20 vision after the procedure, it is still possible to develop serious eye conditions. Regular eye exams are vital to the overall health of your eyes because they can detect any “silent” problems that are developing so treatment options can be explored.

If you are experiencing any changes in your vision or would like to learn more about ways to protect and preserve your eyesight, contact Victoria Eye Center at 361-578-0234 or victoriaeyecenter.com to schedule an eye exam in Beeville or Cuero. Victoria Eye Center also offers free LASIK Consultations to help patients reduce or eliminate the need for glasses or contacts.

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Celebrate Comic Book Day with Superhero Vision

Comic Book Day

September 25 is National Comic Book Day. There are many genres of comic books from which to choose, such as superhero, manga, humor, science fiction/fantasy, horror, comics and more. People of all ages love comics because they have interesting characters, exciting story lines and detailed graphics.

Today comics are available electronically on tablets, websites and smart phones. But if you prefer the “old school” way of reading printed comics, and you are farsighted (meaning you see distant objects clearly but close-up objects are blurry), you probably have to wear glasses or contacts to read their fine print.

If you’re a comic book fan over age 21, wouldn’t it be great to pick up any comic, any time, day or night, and be able to read it? LASIK vision correction in Victoria can correct farsightedness, allowing many patients to achieve 20/20 vision after the quick procedure. The LASIK process uses a laser to slightly alter the shape of the cornea with superb precision, allowing light to properly focus on the back of the eye (the retina). The actual procedure takes just a few minutes per eye, is virtually painless and most patients are back to work within a day or two.

The procedure is so effective that some of Dr. Boozalis’s happy LASIK patients at Victoria Eye Center consider him a superhero! Find out if your eyes are ready for an “Adventure in Location LASIK.” You won’t have X-ray, night or freeze vision after LASIK, but you may still feel like you have super strength vision when you can wake up in the morning and see without glasses.

Visit victoriaeyecenter.com or call 800-833-0234 to schedule your free LASIK Consultation or take the free online LASIK Self-Evaluation as a first step.

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