Persol Sun Glasses and Tom Cruise-

Last night my wife and I went to see the movie, Mission Impossible, staring Tom Cruise. My wife immediately pointed out to me that
Tom was wearing the same Persol sunglasses that I had been wearing for the past two years. I asked her if they looked as good on me as they did on Tom and she very politely laughed.

The movie was fun, not terrible taxing intellectually, but worth seeing. The real take home was that our optical shop, Texas EyeWear, has been carrying very fashionable sunglasses for years. We feature Persol, Maui Jim, Ray Ban, and Costa Del Mar, as well as many designer frames that can be used as prescription sunglasses. The next time you are looking for quality sunglasses, the kind Tom Cruise might wear, check out Texas EyeWear either in League City, Galveston, or our new Texas City offices.

“Houston children’s eye and vision problems have always been a high priority for us at The Eye Clinic of Texas”, stated Allan Fradkin, M.D. “We take a proactive approach toward eye examinations for kidsbecause we watch them grow up in our community and have a really solid understanding of how children’s eye health and vision can impact not only their learning and school work, but also their overall health, self-perception, long term educational attainment, job choices and a number of other social factors,” commented Dr. Fradkin.

In addition to refractive errors such as myopia and astigmatism, ocular disorders that occur in infants, toddlers, and children may present lifelong problems for children. Conditions such as strabismus, amblyopia, and retinopathy of prematurity may require adaptations in adulthood as well. In addition, vision disorders that occur in childhood may manifest as problems well into adulthood. “Taking care of pediatric eye health and vision problems has to be a team effort with input from parents, oversight by the family Pediatrician-and us as Ophthalmologists,” continued Dr. Fradkin. Recent studies on The Impact of Pediatric Vision Disorders in Adulthood published in Pediatrics, the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, goes a long way to further reinforce our goals for children’s vision.

If you or someone you know would like to schedule a children’s eye examination to assess their eye health or vision please feel free to call us at The Eye Clinic of Texas at 800-423-3937.

A recently released study demonstrated the value of the antioxident effect of grapes in preventing the development of macular degeneration, a condition affecting millions of people worldwide. The study was published in Free Radical Biology and Medicine and demonstrated the antioxidant protective effects of eating grapes. The study was conducted in mice, and showed that micewho ingested quantities of grapes did not develop macular degeneration. Extrapolating this study to humans, would seem to indicate that we all shouldconsider eating more grapes. The study also proved that grapes are more
effective than lutein in mice.

It might be worth doing a similar study to see if wine provides a similar protective effect. It certainly would give us all a healthy reason to increase our wine consumption.

Galveston and Houston Cataract Surgeons from The Eye Clinic of Texas commented on Monovision Cataract Surgery. “This is a technique that is used to help patients increase their range of clear vision after a Cataract operation”, relayed Dr. Da-Thuy Van. The technique of monovision has been used for many years by contact lens wearers as well as patients with presbyopia having Laser Vision Correction for nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism. The monovision technique is simply adjusting the optical correction in each eye so that the dominant eye is corrected for clear distance vision and the non-dominant eye is corrected for improving near or intermediate range vision. For patients who have been wearing monovision contact lenses successfully or who have had monovision LASIK and are pleased with their vision, taking the step into monovision Cataract Surgery is a natural progression. For others, they must consider the possible benefits as compared to those provided by near vision presbyopia correcting multifocal lens implants as some 30% of monovision patients fail to adapt adequately to the “blended” vision.

“We have had years of experience working with LASIK patients who wanted monovision, and agree with the researchers in the May 2011 Journal of Refractive Surgery who concluded that  the prescription range of 1.00 D to 2.00 D of monovision correction was the maximum range and that the optimal prescription for monovision Cataract Surgery was 1.5 D,” commented Bernard Milstein, M.D. of The Eye Clinic of Texas. While this is useful information, patients should understand that a 1.5 D near correction may very well be insufficient for them to perform their daily tasks comfortably without needing readers or bifocals. The only reliable way for you or someone you know with a Cataract to find out if you are candidates for monovision Cataract Surgery or near vision presbyopia correcting lens implants after Cataract Surgery is to schedule a Cataract and Lens Implant evaluation at The Eye Clinic of Texas by calling us at 800-423-3937.

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.

Greater Houston Ophthalmologist Bernard Milstein, M.D. relayed information on nearsighted risk in children. “According to researchers reporting on the risk of nearsightedness or myopia in children, increased time spent in natural light and viewing distant objects during childhood may reduce the risk of nearsightedness,” reported Dr. Milstein of The Eye Clinic of Texas. A review of data of 10,400 participants showed that for each additional hour outdoors per week, the chance of developing myopia dropped by about 2%, according to a presentation at the annual meeting of the 2011 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. It was reported that myopic or nearsighted children included in the study tended to spend about 3.7 fewer hours per week outdoors than children with normal vision or hyperopia. Furthermore, increasing outdoor time might reduce the chances of myopia worsening, according to the release.

If you or someone you know have questions about children’s eye health and vision or wish to schedule an eye examination for children of any age please feel free to contact to call The Eye Clinic of Texas at 800-423-3937 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 wants to remind greater Galveston and Houston eye care patients that Prevent Blindness America has designated January as National Glaucoma Awareness Month. “We are particularly sensitive to the need to build awareness for timely glaucoma screening and evaluation in our community as glaucoma is a leading cause of preventable blindness with a predilection for our African-American and Hispanic populations,” stated Bernard Milstein, M.D., Ophthalmologist and Founder of The Eye Clinic of Texas. 

More than 3 million Americans, and nearly 70 million people worldwide, have glaucoma. It is estimated that half of them don’t even know they have it as a result of limited access to eye care. “In combination with the rapid growth of the aging population in Houston and throughout Texas, the threat of preventable blindness looms large if we don’t raise awareness about the importance of regular eye examinations to preserve vision,” commented Texas Ophthalmologist Allan Fradkin, M.D., Co-Founder of The Eye Clinic of Texas. “This is an important time to spread the word about this sight-stealing disease. Our understanding of this disease along with the ways in which we can diagnose and treat it have improved considerably”, commented Dr. Fradkin. The most common type of glaucoma—primary open angle glaucoma—is hereditary. The Nottingham Glaucoma Study published in the British Journal of Ophthalmology evaluated the risk that siblings of Glaucoma patients would themselves develop glaucoma within their lifetime and found that siblings of glaucoma patients were 5 times more likely to develop glaucoma by age 70. “This is why we strongly recommend that siblings of glaucoma patients and even glaucoma suspects be monitored for glaucoma, each and every year, said Dr. Fradkin.

As a service to patients and their families, The Eye Clinic of Texas is offering a Free Glaucoma Screening at our Galveston office located at 2302 Avenue P, Galveston, TX 7750 between January 23, 2012 and February 29, 2012 from 8:15 AM-5:00 PM, Monday thru Friday. Anyone interested in a Free Glaucoma Screening can simply phone 1-800-423-3937 to reserve a spot for the screening.

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.

To learn more about The Eye Clinic of Texas you may visit http://www.ecot.com or http://www.facebook.com/ecot.lasik

For additional information, contact:

Amy Trittel, The Eye Clinic of Texas, 2302 Avenue P, Galveston, Texas 77550, atrittel@ecot.com, 1-800-423-3937

Galveston and Houston LASIK Surgeon Bernard Milstein, M.D. commented on using 2012 Flex Plan funds for LASIK. “LASIK is always affordable at The Eye Clinic of Texas-but EVEN more affordable for patients who have requested that their employer set aside Flex Plan money in 2012”, said Dr. Milstein. This month-January-marks the time that you can begin using your 2012 Flex Plan funds for LASIK and your employer will now start taking a little bit of money out of each paycheck for you. ALSO-remember that when you use your Flex Plan for LASIK the money is taken out your paycheck Pre Tax, so you actually get extra savings! Drs. Milstein and Van invite Houston and Galveston patients interested in having LASIK visit us for a Free Consultation by calling 800-423-3937. We are confident that you will be pleased at The Eye Clinic of Texas where we promise you personalized care, advanced technology; experience AND GREAT PRICES-LASIK from $1088 per eye. Call Us Today for a Free LASIK Consultation at 800-423-3937.

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.

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.