Early detection of Alzheimer’s Disease can help physicians and caregivers prepare and contribute the best possible treatment and management plans for patients. The sooner detected, the better we can do patients and their families.

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Research on Eye Movements & Early Detection of Alzheimer’s Disease

Researchers reporting in Investigative Ophthalmology & Vision Science noted that a subtle change in eye movements may provide a useful diagnostic tool for the early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease. During the typical reading process, eye movements follow a reproducible and consistent with each eye movement ending up at a fixation point, which allows the brain to process the incoming information and to program the next set of movements. The researchers found that Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) produces eye movement abnormalities and disturbances in reading with those patients with early AD displaying abnormal fixation patterns. This is now being further investigated so that evaluation of eye movement behavior during reading might provide a useful tool for a more precise early diagnosis of AD and for monitoring the progress or stability of Alzheimer’s Disease.

If you or someone you know has questions about eye movements and Alzheimer’s Disease or needs to schedule an appointment, please call The Eye Clinic of Texas, an affiliate of Houston Eye Associates, at 800-423-3937, visit The Eye Clinic of Texas, Google+  or facebook.com/ecot.lasik.

The Eye Clinic of Texas is an affiliate of Houston Eye Associates, the largest ophthalmology clinic in the nation. We are a leading eye care practice serving the greater Houston, Galveston, League City and Texas City with offices at 1100 Gulf Freeway, Suite 114, League City, Texas 77573, 7111 Medical Center Drive, Suite 110, Texas City, Texas 77590 and 2302 Avenue P, Galveston, Texas.

Type 2 diabetes is generally associated with both familial and hereditary factors as well lifestyle including activity levels, obesity and diet. While most of the time physicians are instructing patients to avoid eating certain foods in order to reduce the risk of diabetes, a recent study suggests that eating certain fruits can actually reduce your risk of being affected by type 2 diabetes.

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Research on Eating Fruit & Diabetes Risk

Research from the Harvard School of Public Health  demonstrates that eating certain whole fruits may reduce the risk for Type 2 diabetes, even though fruit juice consumption may increase the risk for diabetes. Investigators combined data from 3 studies: the Nurses’ Health Study of more than 66,000 patients, the Nurses’ Health Study II of more than 85,000 patients and the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study with over 36,000 patients. The participants in all 3 studies completed questionnaires assessing health and lifestyle factors, including diet, every 2 years.

The researchers excluded participants with a baseline diagnosis of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, or cancer, as well as those who had missing data for fruit or fruit juice consumption or an extremely high or low caloric intake, and those who had an unclear date of diabetes diagnosis.

The analysis was adjusted for personal, lifestyle, and dietary risk factors for diabetes. The researchers concluded that every 3 servings of fruit per week were associated with a lower risk for Type 2 diabetes. When the researchers looked at individual types of fruit in a multivariate analysis, adjusted for the same factors, they found that 3 servings per week of some fruits were more closely associated with reduced risk of diabetes especially blueberries, grapes and apples.

If you or someone you know has questions about Type 2 diabetes or needs to schedule an appointment for an eye exam, please call The Eye Clinic of Texas, an affiliate of Houston Eye Associates, at 800-423-3937, visit The Eye Clinic of Texas, Google+  or facebook.com/ecot.lasik.

The Eye Clinic of Texas is an affiliate of Houston Eye Associates, the largest ophthalmology clinic in the nation. We are a leading eye care practice serving the greater Houston, Galveston, League City and Texas City with offices at 1100 Gulf Freeway, Suite 114, League City, Texas 77573, 7111 Medical Center Drive, Suite 110, Texas City, Texas 77590 and 2302 Avenue P, Galveston, Texas.

Help for Dark Circles Under Your Eyes

A very common complaint we hear is the appearance of dark circles under the eyes. Patients often ask us for help with these dark circles, but first we must find the cause for each patient because and we need to address them and treat them differently.

Too Much Eyelid Fat

The space behind the eye, known as the orbit, contains a significant amount of fatty tissue. Orbital fat helps to cushion the eye from impact, however, as we get older, the support structures which keep the fat behind the eye weaken, and the fat moves forward into the eyelids. This results in fullness to the lower eyelids which most people find aesthetically unpleasing. This fullness, commonly referred to as “bags under the eyes”, makes people look older and tired. The best treatment for this type of problem is usually removal of excess fat with a lower eyelid blepharoplasty procedure. Excess skin can be trimmed and tightened at the same time.

Lower Eyelid Hollowness

Dark circles under the eyes can also be caused by a depression or hollowness in the lower eyelids. Patients who have this problem can usually feel the underlying bone when the area of hollowness is touched. Today, we are able to treat the hollowness with injectable volumizing gel fillers whose qualities make them appropriate for the delicate eye area. These non surgical treatments typically last 6-12 months. If the results are not completely satisfactory sometimes it becomes necessary to perform fat grafting or repositioning of fat to reduce hollows under the eyes as well as performing a lid tightening procedure known as canthoplasty to improve the lower eyelid contour.

Hyperpigmentation of Eyelid Skin

Sometimes dark circles under the eyes can be caused by too much pigmentation of the skin, although this is the least common cause. Patients often think that they have hyperpigmentation but what they are seeing is shadows from excess eyelid fat or hollowness at the orbital rim. If after examination and consultation patients do in fact have too much pigmentation of the eyelids we can use prescription bleaching creams that might be helpful.

If you or someone you know has questions about dark circles under their eyes or needs to schedule an appointment, please call The Eye Clinic of Texas, an affiliate of Houston Eye Associates, at 800-423-3937, visit The Eye Clinic of Texas, Google+  or facebook.com/ecot.lasik.

The Eye Clinic of Texas is an affiliate of Houston Eye Associates, the largest ophthalmology clinic in the nation. We are a leading eye care practice serving the greater Houston, Galveston, League City and Texas City with offices at 1100 Gulf Freeway, Suite 114, League City, Texas 77573, 7111 Medical Center Drive, Suite 110, Texas City, Texas 77590 and 2302 Avenue P, Galveston, Texas.

Computer screens, video display terminals (VDT) and even iPads, tablets and phone screens can actually cause symptoms of dry eyes according to some important research findings. According to researchers publishing in the American Journal of Ophthalmology, users of video display screens or computer terminals are at greater risk for symptoms of dry eyes and dry eye disease (DED). In this study a group of 672 young and middle-aged Japanese office workers who used video display terminals (VDT) completed questionnaires and underwent dry eye testing. Of the 672 workers, 76.5% had definite dry or probable dry eye disease with the percentage being higher in woman than men and higher in office workers over 30 years of age especially if they used computers more than 8 hours per day. Thus, DED is common among young to middle-aged VDT or computer screen users.

Help for Dry Eyes from Computers

It is recommended that anyone using VDT or computer screens of any type, for moderate to long periods of time or even those who notice increased dryness or grittiness should take measures to try and keep the eye surface moist and intact such as the use of lubricants, artificial tears or even more aggressive measures if the extensive use of the VDT or computer screens is a daily event. This may entail the insertion of microscopic plugs into the tear ducts and prescription eye drops such as Restasis to help you make more of your own tears.

If you or someone you know has questions or needs to schedule an appointment for help for dry eyes, please call The Eye Clinic of Texas, an affiliate of Houston Eye Associates, at 800-423-3937, visit The Eye Clinic of Texas, Google+  or facebook.com/ecot.lasik.

The Eye Clinic of Texas is an affiliate of Houston Eye Associates, the largest ophthalmology clinic in the nation. We are a leading eye care practice serving the greater Houston, Galveston, League City and Texas City with offices at 1100 Gulf Freeway, Suite 114, League City, Texas 77573, 7111 Medical Center Drive, Suite 110, Texas City, Texas 77590 and 2302 Avenue P, Galveston, Texas.

Keri R. speaks about Zeiss VisuMax All Laser Bladeless LASIK…….
“I had my LASIK with the new Zeiss VisuMax Laser.  I was the third patient to have surgery with this new later so naturally I was nervous.  Both of my parents had LASIK at The Eye Clinic of Texas, so even though I was nervous, I knew that I would be taken care of.  They told me that I wouldn’t feel a thing during surgery with this new laser and they explained the whole procedure to me.  The procedure went exactly as described and I was amazed at how quickly I noticed a change in my vision.  Literally, the moment I sat up from surgery, I could already read the clock on the wall.  That was something I could not have done without my glasses or contacts prior to surgery.  I am so happy I had LASIK! Dr. Van is awesome!’

If you or someone you know has questions about LASIK or would like to schedule a Zeiss VisuMax All Laser LASIK Free Consultation please call The Eye Clinic of Texas, an affiliate of Houston Eye Associates, at 800-423-3937, visit The Eye Clinic of Texas, Google+  or facebook.com/ecot.lasik.

The Eye Clinic of Texas is an affiliate of Houston Eye Associates, the largest ophthalmology clinic in the nation. We are a leading eye care practice serving the greater Houston, Galveston, League City and Texas City with offices at 1100 Gulf Freeway, Suite 114, League City, Texas 77573, 7111 Medical Center Drive, Suite 110, Texas City, Texas 77590 and 2302 Avenue P, Galveston, Texas.

What do calcium, osteoporosis and cataracts have to do with each other? Most people are aware that calcium plays an important role in bone health and the occurrence of osteoporosis. But, most people are unaware that calcium is also an important factor in cataract formation and development.

Research on Calcium, Osteoporosis & Cataract Development

Researchers reporting in the journal Clinical Ophthalmology shared some interesting information regarding an association between cataracts, cataract surgery and osteoporosis.

 

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The researchers evaluated the association between osteoporosis and cataracts.

First the noted that age, female sex, higher socioeconomic class, smoking, chronic renal failure, hyperthyroidism, rheumatoid arthritis and inflammatory bowel diseases are all associated with an increased prevalence of osteoporosis. Then through careful statistical modeling also found that these factors and osteoporosis are ALL associated with an increased prevalence of cataracts.

Thus, they concluded that osteoporosis is associated with the presence of cataracts which may be related to calcium imbalance, hormonal abnormalities, and even a shared genetic predisposition.

If you or someone you know is concerned about osteoporosis and their risk of cataracts, please feel free to call The Eye Clinic of Texas, an affiliate of Houston Eye Associates, at 800-423-3937, visit The Eye Clinic of Texas, Google+  or facebook.com/ecot.lasik.

The Eye Clinic of Texas is an affiliate of Houston Eye Associates, the largest ophthalmology clinic in the nation. We are a leading eye care practice serving the greater Houston, Galveston, League City and Texas City with offices at 1100 Gulf Freeway, Suite 114, League City, Texas 77573, 7111 Medical Center Drive, Suite 110, Texas City, Texas 77590 and 2302 Avenue P, Galveston, Texas.

Charles T. shared his cataract surgery and ReSTOR® Lens implant story…..
“After my initial visit with Dr .Van, I was confident in her ability to improve my vision with the multifocal ReSTOR lens implant.  Not only did this improve my vision, but it totally eliminated the need for wearing glasses for reading and driving.  I have recommended Dr. Van and her staff to many friends.  I am so happy with my experience with Dr. Van and my vision.”

If you or someone you know has questions about cataracts, cataract surgery or lens implants or needs to schedule an appointment for a cataract evaluation, please call The Eye Clinic of Texas, an affiliate of Houston Eye Associates, at 800-423-3937, visit The Eye Clinic of TexasGoogle+  or facebook.com/ecot.lasik.

The Eye Clinic of Texas is an affiliate of Houston Eye Associates, the largest ophthalmology clinic in the nation. We are a leading eye care practice serving the greater Houston, Galveston, League City and Texas City with offices at 1100 Gulf Freeway, Suite 114, League City, Texas 77573, 7111 Medical Center Drive, Suite 110, Texas City, Texas 77590 and 2302 Avenue P, Galveston, Texas.

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Understanding Facial Wrinkles

Understanding a bit about facial wrinkles will allow us find the best ways to help you look your best-as facial wrinkles are not all the same! Facial wrinkles vary from fine surface lines to deeper creases and folds. Wrinkles can actually be grouped into two types: Dynamic Wrinkles, which are formed when muscles contract, or Static Wrinkles, which are lines or depressions that exist even when there is no muscle action or pull on the skin. Dynamic wrinkles are best treated with BOTOX® Cosmetic, Dysport® or Xeomin® whereas static wrinkles are best treated with substances that plump up, volumize and fill out the problem lines. These substances are known medically as “dermal fillers” or “gel fillers. Gel fillers are easy to inject and are biodegradable and thus not permanent. The most popular dermal fillers are Radiesse®, Restylane® and JUVÉDERM®. Depending on your areas of concern and the type of wrinkle, we may suggest just using BOTOX® Cosmetic, or Radiesse®, JUVÉDERM™ or Restylane®, or perhaps injecting a combination of the materials in order to achieve the best possible results.

If you or someone you know has questions or needs to schedule an appointment for a cosmetic consultation please call The Eye Clinic of Texas at 800-423-3937, visit The Eye Clinic of Texas, Google+  or facebook.com/ecot.lasik.

The Eye Clinic of Texas is an affiliate of Houston Eye Associates, the largest ophthalmology clinic in the nation. We are a leading eye care practice serving the greater Houston, Galveston, League City and Texas City with offices at 1100 Gulf Freeway, Suite 114, League City, Texas 77573, 7111 Medical Center Drive, Suite 110, Texas City, Texas 77590 and 2302 Avenue P, Galveston, Texas.

 

The Eye Clinic of Texas suggests that patients to be knowledgeable about UV exposure, the risks of eye damage and injury and the need to wear sunglasses or UV protecting eyewear-especially if they have had previous eye surgery such as LASIK or cataract surgery. The risk of sun and UV damage to your eyes occurs both due to short term exposure as well as over the long term on a cumulative basis. Thus, you may or may not feel the UV effects immediately and it is easy to become complacent. Further, most people don’t realize that the risk of UV eye damage can literally change from day to day with the weather, the cloud cover and your physical location. Sunny days at the beach are certainly riskier than cloudy days and thus you may need to adjust the time you spend in the sun along with being particularly cautious about wearing properly selected and fit sunglasses at that time. LASIK patients and cataract surgery patients with advanced technology lens implants most often don’t need to wear eyeglasses after their surgery-and they often just forget about the need for UV protection. We want them to remember!

Patients visiting Texas EyeWear Opticians at The Clinic of Texas will find a wide range of UV protecting eyeglass lenses and sunglasses available to choose from. Eye protection from UV needs to be complete but doesn’t have to be overly expensive. High quality sunglasses should block out 99-100 percent of both UV-A and UV-B radiation. It is also important to have UV protection in everyday eyewear, which is readily available with a number of UV blocking eyeglass lens materials, specialized coatings and photochromic lenses.

If you or someone you know has a question or concerns about ultraviolet (UV) eye damage and injury and how to select protective eyewear please feel free to call The Eye Clinic of Texas, an affiliate of Houston Eye Associates, at 800-423-3937, visit The Eye Clinic of Texas or facebook.com/ecot.lasik.

The Eye Clinic of Texas is an affiliate of Houston Eye Associates, the largest ophthalmology clinic in the nation. We are a leading eye care practice serving the greater Houston, Galveston, League City and Texas City with offices at 1100 Gulf Freeway, Suite 114, League City, Texas 77573, 7111 Medical Center Drive, Suite 110, Texas City, Texas 77590 and 2302 Avenue P, Galveston, Texas.

About 20% of patients with cataracts either have somewhat high IOP or actually have glaucoma and require treatment. For these patients with either a high eye pressure or who are actually being treated for glaucoma, there is good news in that one of the effects of cataract surgery is to lower their eye pressure.

Research on Cataract Surgery & Lowering Eye Pressure

According to a report in Current Opinion in Ophthalmology researchers reviewed the effect that cataract surgery had on eye pressure-or intraocular pressure (IOP). From their review, there are sufficient data to suggest that cataract surgery provides a lowering effect on IOP in the long term and the amount of the lowering is proportional to the preoperative IOP. That is, eyes with higher preoperative IOP have the greatest average lowering, whereas eyes with IOP in the lower range of statistically normal tend to have an IOP that is unchanged from before cataract surgery, or even higher following cataract surgery.

If you or someone you know has cataracts, high eye pressure or even glaucoma and is thinking about cataract surgery, please share this information and ask them to call The Eye Clinic of Texas, an affiliate of Houston Eye Associates, at 800-423-3937, visit The Eye Clinic of Texas or facebook.com/ecot.lasik.

The Eye Clinic of Texas is an affiliate of Houston Eye Associates, the largest ophthalmology clinic in the nation. We are a leading eye care practice serving the greater Houston, Galveston, League City and Texas City with offices at 1100 Gulf Freeway, Suite 114, League City, Texas 77573, 7111 Medical Center Drive, Suite 110, Texas City, Texas 77590 and 2302 Avenue P, Galveston, Texas.