“Now is the time for patients who want LASIK in Houston to use any Flex Plan funds that might be available to them,” commented Amy Trittel, Refractive Surgery Coordinator at The Eye Clinic of Texas. “January is a popular month for New Year’s resolutions which often includes self improvements like LASIK. If you or a family member has Flex Plan funds to use, this is a good time to make LASIK affordable.” 

Many employers offer Flex Plans-Flexible Spending Accounts or FSA’s. These plans allow you to have money taken out of your paycheck over time to pay for LASIK. What is even more appealing about Flex Plans is that money is withheld in Pre-Tax dollars allowing you to get extra tax savings 

If you or someone you know would like to learn more about LASIK or schedule a Free LASIK Consultation, please call The Eye Clinic of Texas at 800-423-3937, visit The Eye Clinic of Texas or facebook.com/ecot.lasik to schedule an appointment.

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 area that provides all aspects of general, medical, surgical, laser and optical eye care services. Our Board Certified Ophthalmologists perform Laser Eye Surgery such as LASIK, Cataract Surgery & Lens Implants using advanced technology IOLs to correct complex problems such as astigmatism and near vision focusing problems including presbyopia, diagnosis and management of glaucoma, diagnosis and management of diabetic retinopathy, diagnosis and management of Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) and Pediatric Ophthalmology. Texas EyeWear at The Eye Clinic of Texas provides personalized consultation and fitting of eyeglasses and eyeglass lenses for greater Houston, Galveston, League City and Texas City area patients.

Galveston & Houston Ophthalmologists from The Eye Clinic of Texas reviewed what you should know about glaucoma eye exams and screenings. “Early detection, diagnosis and treatment are the keys to preventing vision loss from glaucoma. This is why proper glaucoma eye exams and screenings are so important-especially is any family member has a history of high eye pressure or a diagnosis of glaucoma,” commented Allan Fradkin, M.D.

“Eye exams for glaucoma should begin by checking your visual acuity with and without your eyeglasses or contact lenses. Then, the tonometry test should be performed. This is a method of measuring your Intraocular Pressure (IOP) and gives your eye doctor the first piece of important information in determining whether you might have glaucoma,” noted Ophthalmologist Dr. Da-Thuy Van. Ophthalmoscopy is another examination procedure used to detect and diagnose glaucoma. “Ophthalmoscopy is a method of carefully examining the inside of the eye-especially the optic nerve-in order to detect glaucoma. It is necessary to have some eye drops placed in your eyes in order to dilate your pupils so that we can make a clear and direct observation of the optic nerve,” explained Bernard Milstein, M.D. 

If either the Intraocular Pressure (IOP) is elevated or the optic nerve appears unusual, additional tests will be necessary in order to complete the glaucoma examination. These may include Visual Field Perimetry, Gonioscopy, Optic Nerve Computer Imaging and Pachymetry. Should you need any of these tests we explain them fully to you and answer your questions so that you understand how they allow us to diagnose glaucoma.

If you are under 40 years of age and do not have any family history of glaucoma or ocular hypertension-and have no other glaucoma risk factors such as high blood pressure or diabetes or being of African-American or Hispanic descent, then having a glaucoma eye examination every two years should be sufficient. If you have any glaucoma risk factors, a family history or are over 40-especially if you are of African-American or Hispanic descent, then a glaucoma eye exam each year is recommended.

If you or someone you know would like to learn more about glaucoma or schedule a glaucoma eye exam or screening please call The Eye Clinic of Texas at 800-423-3937, visit The Eye Clinic of Texas or facebook.com/ecot.lasik to schedule an appointment. 

The Eye Clinic of Texas is a leading eye care practice serving the greater Houston, Galveston, League City and Texas City area that provides all aspects of general, medical, surgical, laser and optical eye care services. Our Board Certified Ophthalmologists perform Laser Eye Surgery such as LASIK, Cataract Surgery & Lens Implants using advanced technology IOLs to correct complex problems such as astigmatism and near vision focusing problems including presbyopia, diagnosis and management of glaucoma, diagnosis and management of diabetic retinopathy, diagnosis and management of Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) and Pediatric Ophthalmology. Texas EyeWear at The Eye Clinic of Texas provides personalized consultation and fitting of eyeglasses and eyeglass lenses for greater Houston, Galveston, League City and Texas City area patients.

“Given the size and ethnic makeup of our Houston community, glaucoma eye exams and glaucoma screening need to be an important part of what we discuss with patients and their families,” commented Galveston & Houston Ophthalmologist Dr. Da-Thuy Van of The Eye Clinic of Texas. Prevent Blindness America has designated January as National Glaucoma Awareness Month. Patients should be particularly sensitive to the fact that in African-American and Hispanic populations, glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness. Additional glaucoma risk factors include any family history-especially among siblings-of glaucoma, certain diseases such as diabetes and an increase is risk as patients transcend through their 40’s, 50’s and 60’s. The most recent statistical data provided by Prevent Blindness America indicates that 2,719,379 people age 40 and older have open-angle glaucoma, which reflects a 22 percent increase over 2000-a 22% increase!

“The key step in preventing vision loss from glaucoma is early detection, diagnosis and treatment,” said Dr. Van. “This is why we want raise awareness about the importance of regular eye examinations to preserve vision especially for our aging population. We strongly recommend that siblings of glaucoma patients be screened each and every year as their risk of developing glaucoma is some 5 times higher than the typical population.”

If you or someone you know would like to learn more about glaucoma or schedule a glaucoma eye exam or screening please call The Eye Clinic of Texas at 800-423-3937, visit The Eye Clinic of Texas or facebook.com/ecot.lasik to schedule an appointment.

The Eye Clinic of Texas is a leading eye care practice serving the greater Houston, Galveston, League City and Texas City area that provides all aspects of general, medical, surgical, laser and optical eye care services. Our Board Certified Ophthalmologists perform Laser Eye Surgery such as LASIK, Cataract Surgery & Lens Implants using advanced technology IOLs to correct complex problems such as astigmatism and near vision focusing problems including presbyopia, diagnosis and management of glaucoma, diagnosis and management of diabetic retinopathy, diagnosis and management of Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) and Pediatric Ophthalmology. Texas EyeWear at The Eye Clinic of Texas provides personalized consultation and fitting of eyeglasses and eyeglass lenses for greater Houston, Galveston, League City and Texas City area patients.

“Fuch’s Dystrophy is a slowly progressive disease of the cornea that is typically bilateral and is slightly more common in women than men”, commented Galveston and Houston Ophthalmologist Bernard Milstein, M.D.  “While it is possible to observe Fuch’s Dystrophy in people in their 30’s and 40’s, it usually does not compromise vision until people are in their 50’s or 60’s.” While a precise path of genetic transmission is unclear, a familial predisposition seems to exist among those who are first degree relatives. Early in the course of Fuch’s Dystrophy patients typically awaken with blurry vision that gets progressively clearer as the day passes. This phenomenon occurs because the cornea normally swells during sleep.  

A healthy endothelial pump is necessary in order to restore the cornea to a normal thickness. In Fuch’s Dystrophy, the endothelium removes fluid from the cornea less efficiently.  As the Fuch’s Dystrophy disease worsens, the vision does not clear. Usually we will attempt to help reduce the corneal swelling each day by prescribing hypertonic eye drops and ointments. However, when these measures fail to provide comfort and clear vision, it may be necessary to have a corneal transplant. In general, corneal transplantation is used in order to replace diseased, damaged or scarred corneal tissue with new healthy corneal tissue. Since damaged or scarred corneal tissue impairs effective passage of light into the eye and may distort or degrade the quality of images that reach the retina, poor vision and even blindness may result from a damaged cornea. There are actually a number of different types of corneal transplants that we can consider for Fuch’s Dystrophy.  

If you or someone you know would like to learn more about Fuch’s dystrophy please call The Eye Clinic of Texas at 800-423-3937, visit The Eye Clinic of Texasor facebook.com/ecot.lasik to schedule an appointment.

The Eye Clinic of Texas is a leading eye care practice serving the greater Houston, Galveston, League City and Texas City area that provides all aspects of general, medical, surgical, laser and optical eye care services. Our Board Certified Ophthalmologists perform Laser Eye Surgery such as LASIK, Cataract Surgery & Lens Implants using advanced technology IOLs to correct complex problems such as astigmatism and near vision focusing problems including presbyopia, diagnosis and management of glaucoma, diagnosis and management of diabetic retinopathy, diagnosis and management of Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) and Pediatric Ophthalmology. Texas EyeWear at The Eye Clinic of Texas provides personalized consultation and fitting of eyeglasses and eyeglass lenses for greater Houston, Galveston, League City and Texas City area patients.

“Not all generic medications or eye drops are created equal!” affirmed greater Houston Ophthalmologist Bernard Milstein, M.D. of The Eye Clinic of Texas.  We are constantly using brand medications to treat many eye conditions. Many times the brand becomes synonymous with the agent that treats it.  That is called branding. In the past when we had few options in the way of medications to treat conditions, the climate was better for such branding. Today, pharmaceuticals have patents on their products. These patents have a certain duration. Once the patent expires, any company that has the ability can create a similar medication. Herein lies the big dilemma! For years you have been using brand X and getting the results your physician wants for you. Now the medication is available as a generic. The use is the same, you are familiar with the indications, dosage, and the price might be less expensive. This is a very big drawing point-you are saving money, while getting the same result. Sounds like a winner! But is it?

Not all generic medications are the same as the brand name. Yes, they have the same active ingredient, but they might have different preservatives and other substances that might not make them work as well for you. What can you do when the pharmacist gives you a generic other than the brand name?  If your Ophthalmologist hasn’t informed you that there is a possibility that your next prescription will be filled with a generic, take the bottle in to the next visit. It is likely that you will have a follow up visit at a closer interval to access efficacy.  Once he or she is sure that the medication does not have any ingredients that might not suit you and that the effect is the same, you will return on regular intervals. When in doubt ask questions, describe any symptoms that are unusual. It is important to you and your doctor to know about any changes in medication. Remember, just because it is less expensive it doesn’t mean that it is better, or not as good.

If you or someone you know would like to learn more about generic eye medications please call The Eye Clinic of Texas at 800-423-3937, visit The Eye Clinic of Texasor facebook.com/ecot.lasik to schedule an appointment.

The Eye Clinic of Texas is a leading eye care practice serving the greater Houston, Galveston, League City and Texas City area that provides all aspects of general, medical, surgical, laser and optical eye care services. Our Board Certified Ophthalmologists perform Laser Eye Surgery such as LASIK, Cataract Surgery & Lens Implants using advanced technology IOLs to correct complex problems such as astigmatism and near vision focusing problems including presbyopia, diagnosis and management of glaucoma, diagnosis and management of diabetic retinopathy, diagnosis and management of Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) and Pediatric Ophthalmology. Texas EyeWear at The Eye Clinic of Texas provides personalized consultation and fitting of eyeglasses and eyeglass lenses for greater Houston, Galveston, League City and Texas City area patients.

The Texas Eyewear opticians and staff at The Eye Clinic of Texas shared some important information about proper eyeglass cleaning and care. Your eyeglasses are an investment so proper eyeglass cleaning and care are important. Here are some basic things to remember:

Cleaning:

  • Paper products should not be used to clean your eyeglasses, unless they have been specifically designed for this use.  Most paper products contain wood fibers which may scratch the lenses and are too harsh for uncoated or specially coated lenses.
  • Warm water and mild dish soap with a soft cotton cloth is a wonderful cleaning option.  Products containing alcohol or ammonia should not be used as they may strip special coatings or discolor frames and lenses.
  • Pre-moistened lens clothes, which you can easily carry with you are also a great option for cleaning your eyewear.

General Care:

  • Prevent exposure to extreme heat or cold.
  • Use a hard shell case to ensure safety of your eyewear.
  • Use of a strap or band to hold your eyeglasses in place will help to prevent sudden loss which might happen during boating, athletic events or in everyday activities.

Also remember when traveling to take a spare pair!

If you or someone you know would like to learn more about proper eyeglass cleaning and care please call The Eye Clinic of Texas at 800-423-3937, visit The Eye Clinic of Texas or facebook.com/ecot.lasik to schedule an appointment.

The Eye Clinic of Texas is a leading eye care practice serving the greater Houston, Galveston, League City and Texas City area that provides all aspects of general, medical, surgical, laser and optical eye care services. Our Board Certified Ophthalmologists perform Laser Eye Surgery such as LASIK, Cataract Surgery & Lens Implants using advanced technology IOLs to correct complex problems such as astigmatism and near vision focusing problems including presbyopia, diagnosis and management of glaucoma, diagnosis and management of diabetic retinopathy, diagnosis and management of Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) and Pediatric Ophthalmology. Texas EyeWear at The Eye Clinic of Texas provides personalized consultation and fitting of eyeglasses and eyeglass lenses for greater Houston, Galveston, League City and Texas City area patients.

“The beneficial role of Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids in help for dry eye is greater than most think”, stated greater Houston Ophthalmologist Dr. Da-Thuy Van of The  Eye Clinic of Texas. Dry eye is a chronic condition that occurs when the tears which naturally lubricate the ocular surface are either deficient in quantity or quality. A reduced tear film or a tear film that evaporates too quickly will result in irritated red eyes that may over water. The tear film aids the focusing of light so a poor tear film may result in blurred or variable vision. The tear film also contains proteins and enzymes that kill microbes helping to ward off infection. A compromised tear film creates an environment more prone to infection. The National Eye Institute of the National Institutes of Health states that “nearly five million Americans 50 years of age and older are estimated to have dry eye.” Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids, due to their anti- inflammatory properties, are showing promise in the long term treatment of chronic dry eye.

Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids can be found naturally in seafood such as salmon and anchovies. They may also be found in flax seed and walnuts. Vitamin supplements are also available. We recommend at least 2500 mg of Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids a day. Patients trying this more natural approach to dry eye therapy should commit to 3 months of consistent treatment before evaluating the efficacy of this treatment for them. Even when topical or oral medications are needed in the short term to ameliorate the symptoms of severe dry eye, omega 3 and 6 supplements may be useful in the long term management to reduce the risk of future exacerbations.

If you or someone you know suffers from dry eye and would like to learn more please call The Eye Clinic of Texas at 800-423-3937, visit The Eye Clinic of Texasor facebook.com/ecot.lasik to schedule an appointment.

The Eye Clinic of Texas is a leading eye care practice serving the greater Houston, Galveston, League City and Texas City area that provides all aspects of general, medical, surgical, laser and optical eye care services. Our Board Certified Ophthalmologists perform Laser Eye Surgery such as LASIK, Cataract Surgery & Lens Implants using advanced technology IOLs to correct complex problems such as astigmatism and near vision focusing problems including presbyopia, diagnosis and management of glaucoma, diagnosis and management of diabetic retinopathy, diagnosis and management of Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) and Pediatric Ophthalmology. Texas EyeWear at The Eye Clinic of Texas provides personalized consultation and fitting of eyeglasses and eyeglass lenses for greater Houston, Galveston, League City and Texas City area patients.

The Galveston and Houston Ophthalmologists at The Eye Clinic of Texas relayed some helpful information about keratoconus. “Although Keratoconus is a relatively rare corneal disease, it’s impact on vision and overall lifestyle can be quite significant as it progresses,” stated Ophthalmologist Bernard Milstein, M.D. “Vision correction in the early phases is often possible with eyeglasses and contact lenses. In the intermediate phases specialized contact lenses are often necessary to provide good vision and physical tolerance. As Keratoconus progresses and reaches its later phases, corneal surgery including transplantation may be required in order for patients to conduct normal activities and enjoy normal lifestyles.” Newer types of corneal surgery and treatment may include implantation of prescription inserts, called Intacs®, and a non surgical approach called CXL that enhances corneal collagen cross linking through the photoactivation of riboflavin. By carefully monitoring the progression of Keratoconus and applying the necessary treatment options it is possible to help patients maintain good vision and functioning.

If you or someone you know suffers from keratoconus and would like to learn more please call The Eye Clinic of Texas at 800-423-3937, visit The Eye Clinic of Texas or facebook.com/ecot.lasik to schedule an appointment.

 The Eye Clinic of Texas is a leading eye care practice serving the greater Houston, Galveston, League City and Texas City area that provides all aspects of general, medical, surgical, laser and optical eye care services. Our Board Certified Ophthalmologists perform Laser Eye Surgery such as LASIK, Cataract Surgery & Lens Implants using advanced technology IOLs to correct complex problems such as astigmatism and near vision focusing problems including presbyopia, diagnosis and management of glaucoma, diagnosis and management of diabetic retinopathy, diagnosis and management of Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) and Pediatric Ophthalmology. Texas EyeWear at The Eye Clinic of Texas provides personalized consultation and fitting of eyeglasses and eyeglass lenses for greater Houston, Galveston, League City and Texas City area patients.

The Eye Clinic of Texas wishes to share information for Houston patients about diabetes and your eyes. Diabetes can have a significant effect on your eyes and vision. Diabetes is a disease that affects the body’s ability to produce or use insulin effectively to control blood sugar levels. Too much glucose in the blood can result in damage to your heart, kidneys, brain and the small blood vessels in your eyes. When the blood vessels in the retina swell, leak or close off completely, or if abnormal new blood vessels grow on the surface of the retina, it results in diabetic retinopathy. Those people who are at greater risk of developing diabetic retinopathy are those with  poor blood sugar control, women who are pregnant, and people with high blood pressure, high blood lipids or both. Also, people who are from certain ethnic groups, such as African-Americans, Hispanics and Native Americans, are more likely to develop Diabetic Retinopathy. Diabetes can cause vision in your eyes to change even if you do not have retinopathy. If your blood sugar levels change quickly, it can affect the shape of your eye’s crystalline lens, causing blurry vision, which goes back to normal after your blood sugar stabilizes. Maintaining good control of your blood sugar helps reduce episodes of blurry vision.

If you or someone you know has diabetes or even high blood sugar, especially if there is a family history of diabetes-you should have regular eye exams to help protect your eye health and vision. Please feel free to phone The Eye Clinic of Texasat 800-423-3937, visit The Eye Clinic of Texas or facebook.com/ecot.lasik to schedule an appointment. 

The Eye Clinic of Texas is a leading eye care practice serving the greater Houston, Galveston, League City and Texas City area that provides all aspects of general, medical, surgical, laser and optical eye care services. Our Board Certified Ophthalmologists perform Laser Eye Surgery such as LASIK, Cataract Surgery & Lens Implants using advanced technology IOLs to correct complex problems such as astigmatism and near vision focusing problems including presbyopia, diagnosis and management of glaucoma, diagnosis and management of diabetic retinopathy, diagnosis and management of Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) and Pediatric Ophthalmology. Texas EyeWear at The Eye Clinic of Texas provides personalized consultation and fitting of eyeglasses and eyeglass lenses for greater Houston, Galveston, League City and Texas City area patients.

The Galveston and Houston eye doctors at The Eye Clinic of Texas wish to share some thoughts about eye health and vision for our Veterans. “With Veteran’s Day approaching it is important to consider some things regarding eye health and vision for Military Veterans. Veterans of the Iraq or Afghanistan wars are more likely than those who served in earlier wars to have vision loss as a result of traumatic brain injury (TBI). Higher rates of TBI in these recent wars can be attributed to two factors: explosive devices have been a major cause of injury, and improved body armor has enabled soldiers to survive more serious injuries”, commented eye doctor Allan Fradkin, M.D. “Veterans of the Vietnam, Korean, or early wars are in or entering life stages when eye disorders like cataracts, glaucoma, age related macular degeneration (AMD) and diabetic retinopathy are more likely to occur,” added eye doctor Bernard Milstein, M.D. Also, like everyone in mid-life and beyond, Veterans may find their near vision decreasing due to Presbyopia or “aging eyes”. So, our nation’s guardians and protectors should make sure to preserve and maintain their eye health and vision in order to take the fullest advantage of the freedom they have provided for all of us. Learn more about eye health and vision at The Eye Clinic of Texas by calling us at 800-423-3937, The Eye Clinic of Texas or facebook.com/ecot.lasik.

The Eye Clinic of Texas is a leading eye care practice serving the greater Houston, Galveston, League City and Texas City area that provides all aspects of general, medical, surgical, laser and optical eye care services. Our Board Certified Ophthalmologists perform Laser Eye Surgery such as LASIK, Cataract Surgery & Lens Implants using advanced technology IOLs to correct complex problems such as astigmatism and near vision focusing problems including presbyopia, diagnosis and management of glaucoma, diagnosis and management of diabetic retinopathy, diagnosis and management of Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) and Pediatric Ophthalmology. Texas EyeWear at The Eye Clinic of Texas provides personalized consultation and fitting of eyeglasses and eyeglass lenses for greater Houston, Galveston, League City and Texas City area patients.