We would like to invite you to the Grand Opening our new Texas City office located at 7111 Medical Center Drive, Suite 110.  The opening is from 4:30 to 8pm today.  We are serving food and drinks and we are going to have a drawing for a chance to win a FREE LASIK procedure with Dr. Van.  We hope to see you all there.

For many people, cataract surgery can be a liberating experience – they have a chance to throw away their glasses. And this is true for many people.

Just about everyone over the age of 40 needs to wear glasses. They either need glasses for distance or for near. With the advent of intraocular lenses, and the improvements in the technology, combined with LASIK surgery, it is now no longer necessary to wear glasses. Particularly, if you are having cataract surgery, there are multiple options available for patients to choose from.

The ReSTOR lens, a multifocal lens, can provide both near and distance vision and LASIK surgery can cure any remaining astigmatism.

Some patients prefer a monofocal lens. The options here are lenses that correct for astigmatism or correcting the astigmatism after surgery with LASIK. Both are excellent alternatives.

Monovision, one eye corrected for distance and one eye corrected for near is an excellent choice for patients who are sure they can adjust to this type of vision. In patients just having LASIK, we always give them a simulation of the monovision using contact lenses. It is more difficult to simulate in people who already have cataracts because their vision is restricted.

The choices almost seem endless. At The Eye Clinic of Texas, we have had a great deal of experience with taking people out of glasses, whatever their age or ocular condition.

 

 

Economics of Medical Technology-Dr. Milstein

There are new technologies being developed in all fields of medicine and ophthalmology is no exception. Ophthalmologists have the ability to do incredible things to improve people’s vision and their lives. The future of medicine and ophthalmology is even more impressive. There is, however, an obstacle, and that obstacle is money. The economics of healthcare and the introduction of new technology inevitably increases cost.

Our country is facing a real dilemma. On one hand we have the ability to provide advanced technology to cure disease and extend the quality of life and on the other hand, we have millions of people who have no medical insurance at all and cannot afford even the basics of medical care. The ethics and morality of this problem have challenged and eluded all of us.

We must develop a system that provides basic healthcare for those who cannot provide it for themselves, but we also must have the ability to encourage the development of new technology and the opportunity to fund that development. That means that physicians should be able to charge a fee that is not controlled by the government and individuals should be allowed to purchase services over and above basic “government issue,” healthcare.

I recently returned from the annual meeting of The American Academy of Ophthalmology. As always, the meeting is a showcase of new and interesting therapies and technologies. There is a real interest in the technologies to improve and expand surgery of the lens. We are no longer focused simply on removing a cataract. We are now expanding our ability to use the lens, and lens surgery, to improve our lives.

An instrument is being developed that can examine the lens and predict and diagnose diabetes far earlier than current blood tests. Another technology is a method that would allow patients to measure their own intraocular pressures at home.

In addition to intraocular lenses that correct myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism, and presbyopia, there are lenses being developed that will allow for them to be focused once they are placed into the eye and even lenses that will focus themselves. Intraocular lens technology will continue to improve and expand.

As intraocular lens technology improves, the systems to remove and replace the human lens will continue to be advanced. Improved visualization for surgeons continues to be developed and the use of lasers to assist during the surgical procedure are being perfected.

All of these new technologies will continue to improve cataract and refractive lens surgery. Many of these technologies already exist and we are able to employ them today. These are exciting times and there is an exciting future for ophthalmologists and our patients.

DR. BERNIE MIILSTEIN NAMED TEXAS MONTHLY SUPER DOCTOR FOR 7TH CONSECUTIVE YEAR- 

 For the seventh year in a row, Texas Monthly has named Galveston County’s Dr. Bernard Milstein as a Super Doctor in ophthalmology. The list of Super Doctors, which appears in the December issue of the magazine, is compiled each year based on peer reviews.  More than 50,000 Texas physicians nominate doctors in some 20 specialty areas, answering the question, “To whom would you refer a loved one or one of your patients for medical diagnosis and/or treatment?”

Dr. Milstein practices ophthalmology at The Eye Clinic of Texas.  He specializes in cataract surgery, refractive surgery, and LASIK.  As an investigator in the original FDA studies, he helped prove the safety of the excimer laser for the treatment of myopia, astigmatism, and hyperopia.  Dr. Milstein also was among the first doctors in the country to implant the ReSTOR® multifocal lens.

Dr. Milstein is a fellow of the American Board of Ophthalmology, a past president of the Texas Ophthalmological Association, and a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and a founding member of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons.  Additionally, he was chairman of the Comprehensive Ophthalmology Clinical Committee of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons.

The Best Doctors in America database has listed Dr. Milstein as a top ophthalmologist since 1996.

            The doctors at The Eye Clinic of Texas have provide the highest quality, most up-to-date eyecare to a loyal, multi-generational patient base spanning Galveston County.  At offices in Galveston, Texas City, and League City, Dr. Milstein, Dr. Thuy Van, Dr. Alan Fradkin,  and Dr. Stefan Trocmé. – Along with a knowledgeable and longtime staff – provide routine eye exams for adults and children, LASIK surgery, cataract surgery, and a host of other eyecare services and treatments.  Optical shops and services are available at all of the offices, and Dr. Van offers cosmetic skin care procedures and products including Botox® and Juvederm® in all offices.

We wanted you to have the straight talk about LASIK prices in Houston. You wouldn’t believe the calls we are getting this morning about a Groupon™ ad for LASIK in Houston. A reputable group of Laser Centers in Houston is offering a $1,200 discount on LASIK if you buy a coupon from Groupon™ for $100.

THEIR PRICING FOR LASIK they say ranges from $4,800 to $5,200. So, with the coupon your price for the procedure would be $3,600 to $4,000. Add back the $100 you paid for the coupon and YOUR ACTUAL COST IS $3,700 to $4,100.

The Eye Clinic of Texas offers  All Laser Bladeless LASIK for $3,176!  ALL DAY EVERY DAY WITHOUT A COUPON!

They use state-of-the-art lasers–THE SAME ONES WE USE at The Eye Clinic of Texas! No additional or hidden charges. And we will even arrange easy payment plans with no money down.

Why would YOU spend from $525 to $925 more for an identical procedure?

EXPERIENCE?
Maybe YOU THINK WE ARE INEXPERIENCED OR LACK EXPERTISE? Dr. Bernie Milstein performed the first Laser Vision Correction procedure in Texas using an FDA approved laser. He is currently listed in Texas Monthly Super Doc’s and has been for over 6 years! He has also been listed in Best Doctors in America for over 11 Years, and is listed in H Magazine’s Best Doctor section. Here’s a video of our recent celebration of the first procedures done twenty years ago.     http://vimeo.com/26645966

LOCATION?
Maybe YOU THINK WE ARE INCONVENIENT TO GET TO? We’re not in the center of Houston, but how far would you drive to save $525, or $925? We are only a 30 minute drive from downtown Houston.

A FINAL THOUGHT. When this Groupon™ offer expires, our price for All Laser Bladeless LASIK will still be $3,176!

P.S.-What about those 100’s of people who signed up for a Groupon™ offer? It would be a shame for them to be locked into an arrangement that costs them an additional $525 to $925 just because they didn’t know the truth. So, until December 15, we’ll exchange a $100 discount for their Groupon™ coupon meaning they can have All Laser Bladeless LASIK for $3,076 at The Eye Clinic of Texas! Merry Christmas!

Halloween is a fun time of year! We all enjoy the candy and the costumes, but the American Academy of Ophthalmology has sent out a recent warning to all of its members and the press reminding people to be cautious about decorative contact lenses. Topping off a costume with blood-drenched vampire eyes or lizard lenses may be unique and fun, but getting the lenses without a prescription can be dangerous.
A recent communication from the Academy of Ophthalmology included the following information: “Most people believe that decorative lenses don’t require the same level of care or consideration as corrective contact lenses because they can be purchased over-the-counter or on the Internet. This is far from the truth,” said Thomas Steinemann, MD, professor of ophthalmology, MetroHealth Medical Center and Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland and a clinical correspondent for the American Academy of Ophthalmology. “In fact, permanent eye damage can occur from using over-the-counter lenses. We want to discourage all consumers, especially teens, from buying contact lenses in beauty salons, novelty shops or in Halloween stores.”
“In 2005, a federal law was passed that classified all contact lenses as medical devices and restricted their distribution to licensed eye care professionals. Illegal sale of contacts can result in civil penalties of up to $11,000 per violation. Consumers should only buy decorative contact lenses from an eye care professional or a seller who asks for a prescription.”
But probably the most important thing to think about is if you do wear contact lenses, from any source, if they are causing any irritation, remove them immediately. People get into problems with contacts when they fail to take simple precautions and keep the lenses in their eyes even though they are uncomfortable.
Have a safe and wonderful Halloween, Trick or Treat!

PEDIATRIC EYE PROBLEMS-

A child should have his or her first eye exam by the age of three unless there is a family history of childhood problems or certain conditions are noted. The next exam should be done before kindergarten and every two years thereafter.

Certain problems demand an earlier visit to the eye doctor. Among these are a white color in the pupil of the eye (could be cataract or tumor), eyes that are not aligned with each other (potential lazy eye or amblyopia), droopy eyelid (could prevent lack of vision development), recurrent red eye (infection ), obvious inability to focus on objects or pick things up easily (refraction problem of nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism), chronic tearing (tear duct blockage), and light sensitivity (glaucoma).

The Eye Clinic of Texas is happy to announce that our new Texas City office is now open.  Our new address is 7111 Medical Center Dr.  Suite 110,  Texas City, TX  77591.  We are located inside the Mainland Medical Arts Pavilion.  We are open Monday through Friday from 8:15am to 5:00pm.