Galveston & Houston Cataract Surgeon Dr. Da-Thuy Van provided important information for patients with diabetes indicating that cataract surgery can be successfully performed for diabetic patients. “We know all too well that diabetes is a known risk factor for developing cataracts and diabetic patients are also at risk for developing diabetic retinopathy-a serious threat to vision and a leading cause of new blindness,” stated Dr. Van.

Researchers believe that the abnormal carbohydrate and sugar metabolism that is the hallmark of diabetes causes the sugars and metabolic byproducts to damage the crystalline lens of the eye and form a cataract. “It is not uncommon for diabetic patients to need cataract surgery often at an earlier age than others who are not diabetic. Even though diabetes is known to cause difficulty with wound healing, the type of small incision cataract surgery I perform at the Eye Clinic of Texas performed today actually poses no additional risk to diabetic patients as compared to diabetic patients,” explained Dr. Van.

It is important that diabetics considering cataract surgery have a careful evaluation of the retina-especially the macula-using ocular coherence tomography (OCT) to identify the presence of diabetic macular edema (DME), a known finding in diabetic retinopathy that can cause less then optimal results after cataract surgery. In addition, in certain situations some cataract surgeons take an added precaution of placing an injection of VEGF inhibitor such as Avastin™ or Lucentis™ into the vitreous of the eye to prevent new blood vessel growth. Other than these considerations diabetic cataract surgery can offer patients good results. Early diagnosis and treatment is the key to preserving eye health and vision with diabetes. See your eye doctor regularly as he or she requests.

If you or someone you know has questions about diabetes and cataract surgery or would like to schedule an eye exam or cataract consultation please feel free to call The Eye Clinic of Texas at 800-423-3937, visit 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.

“The considerable growth of the “baby boomer” population in and around Houston has had a significant impact on patients being concerned about cataracts and vision correction”, commented Cataract Surgeon Bernard Milstein, M.D. of The Eye Clinic of Texas. “While pretty much everyone knows someone who has had cataract surgery in Houston, they do not necessarily know or realize the options and positive results we achieve with lens implants for vision correction after cataract surgery today.”

About 20.5 million Americans age 40 and older have cataracts and more than half of all Americans develop cataracts by age 80. A cataract is a clouding of the crystalline lens of the eye preventing light rays from passing through it easily. This results in a clouding and blurring of vision. For many patients cataracts start out slowly and have little effect on vision at first. But, as the cataract becomes denser, so does the impact on vision. The most common symptoms that bother patients with cataracts include blurry or cloudy vision, sensitivity to light and glare, double vision in one eye, poor night vision, sometimes with haloes around lights, fading or yellowing of colors and often a need for frequent changes in glasses or contact lens prescriptions.

“What we tell Houston area patients concerned with cataracts is that if a cataract begins to interfere with the comfort and safety of your daily activities, then it is time to consider cataract surgery and lens implants. At The Eye Clinic of Texas we use advanced technology intraocular lens implants (IOL) that allow us to provide sharper vision in dim lighting conditions, toric lens implants to correct astigmatism and even lens implants that correct near vision, arm’s length vision as well as distance vision without requiring bifocals or reading glasses for the vast majority of patients”, said Dr. Milstein.

If you or someone you know has questions about Cataracts or is in need of an examination for Cataract Surgery and Lens Implants (IOL) please feel free to call The Eye Clinic if Texas at 800-423-3937, visit The Eye Clinic of Texas, of 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.

Galveston and Houston eye doctor Bernard Milstein, M.D. comments on protecting your eyes from sun damage. “Many people don’t realize the many ways and the degree to which the sun can damage your eyes and the surrounding tissue. Too much UV light can affect the surface of the cornea and actually cause an “eye sunburn” or “photokeratitis” which is uncomfortable and may temporarily impact vision. Inside the eye UV light can injure the crystalline lens turning it yellow and actually hasten the formation of cataracts. If too much sunlight reaches the retina, UV light can also cause varying types of “solar retinitis” and increase the risk of macular degeneration both of which can be sight threatening”, stated Dr. Milstein of The  Eye Clinic of Texas.

All of us are susceptible to eye and eyelid cancers from the sun. Even though the eyelid is designed to protect the eye itself from the sun, eyelid skin is very thin and fragile and can be easily damaged by the sun. The number and types of eyelid cancers are many and a cause for concern among everyone.

Thus, we should ALL take simple but effective precautions to protect our eyes and the structures inside and around our eyes:

Wear a Brimmed Hat

Use Sunscreen

Wear Proper UV Protecting Sunglasses

Using some common sense precautions goes a long way to protecting your eye health and vision.

If you or someone you know has questions about eyes and sunlight or proper UV and sun protection for eyes, please feel free to call The Eye Clinic of Texas at 800-423-3937, visit The Eye Clinic of Texas or facebook.com/ecot.lasik and schedule an appointment so we can help.

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 recognizes the value and importance of LASIK for military personnel, police and firefighters in and around Galveston and Houston and thus offers a LASIK discount and benefit these first responders and patriots. “United States military personnel are often involved in activities that are simply unsuitable for wearing eyeglasses or contact lenses,” commented LASIK Surgeon Dr. Bernard Milstein of The Eye Clinic of Texas. “We understand that military personnel, police and firefighters perform better if they don’t have to worry about breaking eyeglasses, losing contact lenses or glasses, or thinking about lenses fogging up or being uncomfortable at crucial moments,” emphasized LASIK Surgeon Dr. Da-Thuy Van, also of The Eye Clinic of Texas

The Eye Clinic of Texas offers a Free LASIK Consultation as well as the military, police and firefighter LASIK discount by calling 800-423-3937. Our military, police and firefighter LASIK discount allows those professionals to have traditional LASIK-regularly $1088 per eye, for $988 per eye, and Bladeless LASIK-regularly $1588 per eye for $1488 per eye. If you or someone you know has a question about LASIK or wish to schedule a Free LASIK consultation please feel free to call The Eye Clinic of Texas at 800-423-3937, visit The Eye Clinic of Texas or facebook.com/ecot.lasik.

“Sometimes understanding the cost of cataract surgery and lens implants can get a little confusing,” commented Galveston & Houston Cataract Surgeon Dr. Da-Thuy Van of The Eye Clinic of Texas. Almost all insurances and Medicare cover the bulk of the cost of cataract surgery and basic lens implants. HOWEVER, deductibles, co-pays and the extent to which certain services are or are not covered can affect the actual amount you might need to pay out of pocket.

Preoperative Testing and Consultation

With the exception of co-pays and deductibles specific to your insurance plan the eye examination, consultation and measurements necessary for cataract surgery and basic Intraocular Lens (IOL) implantation are covered services. If there are specialized tests that might be required such as more precise types of testing for multifocal lens implants or toric lens implants, you may need to pay for these tests out of pocket as your insurance and Medicare may only cover the basic testing. If this is the case these extra tests may range in cost up to a few or several hundred dollars depending on the scope of the necessary testing. 

Surgery Center Facility Fee

The surgery center facility fee is generally covered by insurances and Medicare although there may be a small co-pay or deductible with certain plans. This fee will cover the use of the facility including the operating room, the nursing staff, the instrumentation and equipment and all related operating room supplies. Depending on the types of anesthesia used it is possible that there will be an additional fee-mostly covered by your insurance or Medicare-for the administration of anesthesia and the staff. 

Cataract Surgeon’s Fee

The Cataract Surgeon’s fee is generally covered by insurances and Medicare although there may be a small co-pay or deductible with certain plans. 

Lens Implant Fee

The cost of a basic Monofocal lens implant is generally covered by insurances and Medicare within the facility fee. However, should you and your Cataract Surgeon elect to use an astigmatism correcting toric lens implant or multifocal lens implant there will be an out of pocket fee as most insurances and Medicare do not cover these more advanced types of Lens Implants.

If you or someone you know has questions about the cost of Cataract Surgery and Lens Implant please feel free to call The Eye Clinic of Texas at 800-423-3937, visit 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.

Galveston and Houston Ophthalmologist Allan Fradkin, M.D. commented on computer use, eyestrain and tired eyes. “If you stop and just look around at the number of people using iPhones, iPads, computer tablets and of course desktop computers and other video terminal devices like computer games, it is no wonder that we are hearing more and more daily  patient complaints  about tired eyes, eyestrain and eye fatigue,” stated Dr. Fradkin of The Eye Clinic of Texas. 

There are some important things to know about computer and video display terminal use, your eyes and eyestrain. Staring at your computer screen, smartphone, video game or other digital devices for long periods won’t cause permanent eye damage, but your eyes may feel dry and tired. Although there are no long-term studies at this time, we do not believe there is any reason to be concerned that 3-D movies, TV or video games will damage the eyes or visual system.

Normally, you blink about 18 times a minute, but only blink half that often while using computers and other digital screen devices, whether for work or play. Reading, writing or other intensive “near work” can also cause eyestrain of a similar nature.

It is helpful in avoiding computer related eyestrain if you first position yourself about 24” from the screen you are viewing and with your eye gaze slightly downward. It also helps to reduce glare from the screen by lighting the area properly and if possible use a screen filter if needed. It may seem silly but post a note that says “Blink!” on the computer as a reminder. Then, use the “20-20-20” rule. Every 20 minutes, shift your eyes to look at an object at least 20 feet away, for at least 20 seconds. It is also helpful to use artificial tears to refresh your eyes when they feel dry. Make sure that you take regular breaks from computer work, and be sure to get enough sleep at night. If you wear contacts for the computer screen it’s important that you use and care for them properly in order to avoid eye irritation, swelling, infection and vision problems. Also, give your eyes a break and wear your glasses instead of your contacts sometime. Consider a special prescription and lens coating for computer use to help manage eyestrain and fatigue.

To schedule and eye exam or to learn more  about computers, vision, eyestrain and your eyes please feel free to call The Eye Clinic of Texas at 800-423-3937, visit The Eye Clinic of Texas of 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.

Galveston & Houston Ophthalmologist Allan Fradkin, M.D. of The Eye Clinic of Texas remarked on the need for awareness regarding fireworks eye safety and eye injury prevention in light of the upcoming July 4th   celebrations gatherings and  celebrations in Houston. “We all want to have fun and enjoy the July 4th   fireworks-but please consider that fireworks eye  afety and preventing accidents and eye injury from firework does require the knowledge and experience of trained  rofessionals. There is no safe way for nonprofessionals to use fireworks-leave fireworks displays to be handled by the professionals,”  cautioned Dr. Fradkin.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, fireworks are involved in approximately 10,000 injuries per year  that are treated in U.S. hospital emergency rooms. Of those, 2/3 occurred during the one month period surrounding the July 4th holiday. It is important to note that:

  • Eyes were the Second Most Commonly Injured Part of the Body!
  • Males Were Injured 3x More than Females.
  • Approximately 25% of Injuries are to Children under 15.

Fireworks and celebrations go together, especially during the Fourth of July. But there are precautions parents can take to prevent these injuries. The best defense against kids suffering severe eye injuries and burns is to not let kids play with any  fireworks. Do not purchase, use or store fireworks of any type. Protect yourself, your family and your friends by avoiding fireworks. Attend only authorized public fireworks displays conducted by licensed operators, but be aware that even  professional displays can be dangerous.

If an eye accident does occur, what should you know?

  • Do not rub the eye.
  • Do not attempt to rinse out the eye. This can be even more damaging than rubbing.
  • Do not apply pressure to the eye itself-but protecting the eye from further contact with any item, including the child’s  hand.
  • Do not stop for medicine! Over-the-counter pain relievers will not do much to relieve pain. Aspirin (should never be  given to children) and ibuprofen can thin the blood, increasing bleeding. Take the child to the emergency room at once.
  • Do not apply ointments or drops. They may not be sterile and may make the area around  e eye slippery and harder for the doctor to examine.

Once you are seen in the emergency room please feel free to have them call The Eye Clinic of Texas at 800-423-3937 as we  always have an eye doctor “on call” to provide consultation and continued care for you.

If you or someone you know would like to learn more about eye safety, fireworks injury and prevention you can reach us at The Eye Clinic of Texas at 800-423-3937, visit 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.

Galveston and Houston Ophthalmologist Allan Fradkin, M.D. commented on watery eyes and eye watering problems. “Watery  eyes is the common description for the eye condition called Epiphora. Watery eyes or excessive watering of the eyes can  even result in tears running over your eyelids and down your cheeks. Having enough tears is important for your eye health and vision but having too many tears can be annoying and troubling”, said Dr. Fradkin. Watery eyes or Epiphora can be caused by either or both of two main eye problems. First, watery eyes can occur because you simply produce too many tears. Second, eye watering can occur because the tears you do produce just don’t drain properly. As odd as it may seem, one of the most common causes of producing too many tears is dry eyes. When you have a dry eye your eye can “overreact” and produce too much tear fluid due to the irritation. Then, normally when we blink the eyelids push the  tears across the eye’s surface, causing them to collect in the lower inner corner of the eye and draining through a tiny opening called a “puncta” into the nasolacrimal canal and out through your nose. If the puncta are closed or  the canal is blocked the tears will simply stay stagnant in the inner corners of your eyes making them seem very watery.

So why do we develop tear drainage problems or excessive tear production problems? There are many causes of watery eye and watering eyes are pretty common in people who have dry eye syndrome, clogged tear ducts from
infection of inflammation, conjunctivitis or “pink eye”, exposure to irritation from smog, smoke, excessive dust and chemical vapors as well as foreign bodies, eyelid problems turning in or out and corneal abrasions.

If you or someone you know suffers from watery eyes or is bothered by watering eyes please call The Eye Clinic of Texas at 800-423-3937 to schedule an appointment for an examination, visit 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.

Galveston and Houston Ophthalmologist Bernard Milstein, M.D. comments on Corneal Infections and Keratitis. “Corneal infections can be a serious matter. The normal healthy cornea is usually very resistant to infection. If the outermost layer of the cornea, called the epithelium, is damaged from trauma of any type, such as from getting a poke in the eye from a branch or a finger, a foreign body such as metal or even from a dirty or damaged contact lens, it is possible for bacteria, viruses or fungi to penetrate the Cornea and cause an infection,” commented Dr. Milstein of The Eye Clinic of Texas. “Situations like these can cause painful inflammation and corneal infections called Keratitis.” Dr. Milstein further explained, “The signs and symptoms of a corneal infection or Keratitis may include redness,  pain, watering, light sensitivity you may actually develop a white spot that is actually visible where the infection is focused. In addition, Keratitis can cause a painful inflammation with a discharge, which if not treated quickly and appropriately, can lead to corneal erosion, corneal ulceration and corneal scarring which can impair vision and may require a corneal transplant.”  Quick diagnosis and treatment are the best way to avoid the potential for damage and vision loss from a corneal infection. If you or someone you know is experiencing any of these signs or symptoms-especially if they have had any trauma to their eyes-please call The Eye Clinic of Texas at 800-423-3937 and request an immediate 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.

“Making the effort to find a top LASIK surgeon is well worth the time”, commented Bernard Milstein, M.D. who performs LASIK for greater Houston patients. But what makes a top LASIK surgeon? For sure, top LASIK surgeons have the skill, expertise and experience to perform LASIK surgery in a safe, effective and predictable manner. But they also have some other characteristics that set them apart from the rest.

Top LASIK Surgeons are easy to trust because they are empathic-they hear and appreciate what you say and they connect with you and your personal goals.

  • Top LASIK Surgeons take care and time to consider every aspect of your eye health and vision during your evaluation and consultation.
  • Top LASIK Surgeons say NO! If you are not a good candidate. 
  • Top LASIK Surgeons insist that you return for proper follow-up care even if YOU think you are doing just fine. 
  • Top LASIK Surgeons want to hear your questions-and are happy to answer them in simple understandable language. 
  • Top LASIK Surgeons fully discuss the risks, benefits, possible complications and side effects in a balanced manner. 
  • Top LASIK Surgeons can be counted on to effectively manage your eye surgery when things are going perfectly as well and when things a bit off track. 

Choosing a LASIK surgeon is the single most important decision you will make. Do the research. Meet the surgeon. If it works move ahead. If not, schedule another consultation. At The Eye Clinic of Texas, our patients regularly tell us that Drs. Milstein and Van are “Top LASIK Surgeons”. You can find out for yourself by calling The Eye Clinic of Texas at 800-423-3937 and scheduling a Free LASIK Evaluation 800-423-3937 to schedule an appointment, visiting 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, diagnosis and treatment of Cataracts with 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.