In our part of the world it is most important to wear sunglasses because many studies have shown that ultraviolet light from the sun can contribute to cataracts, macular degeneration, and skin changes in the eyelids, including cancer.
Sunglasses should be worn in the summer, especially at the beach or in the water and in the winter when participating in outdoor sports like skiing at high altitudes. Additionally, some medications ( some psoriasis drugs, tetracycline, allopurinol) increase sensitivity to ultraviolet light.

The main factor in purchasing sunglasses (in addition to the cosmetic and aesthetic aspects) is how much ultraviolet (UV) A and B rays are blocked. Even clear glasses absorb some UV light, but certain added treatments to glasses give even better blockage of the harmful rays. The higher the percentage of UV blocking the better (100% is ideal).

Ground and polished lenses in the sunglasses are the best, even in non-prescription eyewear. Inexpensive lenses can cause distortion of images.

Polarized lenses cut down on reflected glare, as in looking at water in fishing and pavement in driving. Polarized lenses need to be combined with an additional chemical to block the harmful UVA and UVB rays.

Wraparound glasses are shaped to keep light from coming in around the frame and can often be combined with your prescription.

Gradient lenses are darker at the top and get lighter toward the bottom and are good for driving to see the dashboard better.
Mirror-coated lenses cut down on visible light, but do not necessarily cut down on the harmful UV rays.

Blue-blockers are the amber colored lenses that give a yellowish cast to objects. It is felt they are good for preventing macular degeneration are and popular for outdoor activities (skiing and hunting).

Patients who wear contact lenses and who have had cataract surgery with lens implants need to check with their eye doctor to see if the lenses cut out the harmful rays.

One pair of sunglasses does not fit every situation, but with the above information, you can get a start.

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People with cataracts now have options. A cataract is a clouding that occurs in the normal lens that comes as part of the normal aging process. The cure is a sophisticated procedure called lens replacement which is performed rapidly and with virtually no pain or discomfort. What is so exciting today is that lens replacement surgery or cataract surgery now has the option of being a refractive procedure as well. In other words, if you have a cataract and are wearing glasses, you can have lens replacement surgery and no longer need glasses. The improvements are so significant that we can now replace lenses with a new lens that can correct both near and distance vision. Because we, at The Eye Clinic of Texas have so much experience with refractive procedures, LASIK, and excimer laser refractive procedures, we have been performing refractive lens implantation for years

One of the most frequent questions patients ask is whether or not the LASIK procedure will last. The simple answer is yes, it does last. We have a long experience with laser refractive surgery – 20 years to be exact, and for most of our patients, laser refractive surgery lasts. We have patients who had the procedure 20 years ago and have had little or no change in their refractive error. Of course, as patients develop changes in their own bodies, they may develop refractive changes as well. Diabetes and cataracts can change the refraction of an eye and thus the need for an enhancement.

LASIK lasts as long as it is performed within the range in which it is considered effective. If we expand the parameters beyond of treatment beyond certain limits, the refraction can change with time. Because we have such a long experience with the procedure, we do know what the limits are.

The Failure of the Shuttle to Return Home

There is no place that is or was more committed to the space program of the United States or to the Orbital Shuttle and the space station than the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. John Kennedy traveled to Houston to announce to the world that the United States would put a man on the moon. When that man landed on the moon, his message was directed to Houston. In fact, all significant messages from space were addressed to Houston. It is unconscionable that Houston should not be given a shuttle to memorialize the commitment that this community and its people have made to the space program of our country.

The Merger of Alcon and Novartis has been Completed 

Alcon and Novartis have announced the completion of their merger. This is a very significant event in the ophthalmic world.  Alcon was already a leader is providing pharmaceuticals, lasers, and intraocular lenses. As Kevin Buehler, head of Alcon stated, “Through this merger, Alcon now truly serves the full lifecycle of patient needs across acute and chronic eye diseases, ophthalmic conditions treated with surgical procedures, and multiple options to address the correction of refractive error.” 

We have had a longstanding relationship with Alcon. Our excimer lasers are all manufactured and maintained by Alcon and much of the surgical equipment that we use at the surgery centers are manufactured by Alcon. In addition, we use Alcon intraocular lenses. Because of this, we are really excited about the merger and know that Novartis will be able to support expanded research and development which will inevitably result in new products that will help our patients.

 This is an exciting event for ophthalmology and our patients and we look forward to our future