“By far the most common side effect of LASIK is dry eyes,” commented Galveston and Houston LASIK Surgeon Dr. Da-Thuy Van.  In fact, it is pretty much expected and pretty normal for all LASIK patients to have temporary dry eye symptoms after their treatment. The critical thing to know is that the dry eye symptoms should be temporary. Here is what you should know about LASIK and dry eyes. LASIK is corneal surgery. ANY time we do corneal surgery we typically sever some corneal nerves and we often temporarily disturb the delicate cells on the surface of the eye.  By the way, during cataract surgery and any other eye surgery procedures that involve the cornea we do the exact same things. These corneal nerves connect to the Lacrimal Gland which is responsible for producing tears. When the nerves are temporarily interrupted there is a decrease in the amount of tears that are produced-making your eyes feel dry and gritty. To make you more comfortable during the time it takes for the corneal nerves to heal and regenerate we may do one of more of the following for you:

Prescribe Artificial Tear Eye Drops

Insert Tiny Tear Duct Plugs

Prescribe Restasis® Eye Drops

Prescribe Dietary Supplements with Omega-3 Oils 

Each of the above acts to either retain the tears that you have, supplement the tears that are lacking or help you produce more of your own tears so that you will be most comfortable and heal properly. Each person will regenerate the fine corneal nerves at a DIFFERENT RATE and thus will need to use one or more of the above tear helpers for different amounts of time. A very important consideration is how healthy your tear film was BEFORE your surgery. A critical part of your LASIK consultation will be a careful examination of your tear film. Sometimes, in order to make you the most comfortable and make the healing and visual recovery process as quick and easy as possible for you, we may actually prescribe one or more of the above BEFORE your surgery.

If you or someone you know has questions about LASIK and Dry Eyes or would like to schedule a Free LASIK Evaluation please call and schedule an appointment at The Eye Clinic of Texas by calling 800-423-3937, 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, 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.

Visit our League City location on Friday, August 10th, from 10:00am to 4:00pm for a ONE DAY ONLY sale and receive $75.00 off each frame purchase on brands such as Mont Blonc, Tom Ford and D Squared frames. Maui Jim will also be attending and you will receive a FREE gift with the purchase of any Maui Jim frame.  You can also enter a drawing to win a $100 Visa gift card to use in our optical shop!  Our League City office is located at :
1100 Gulf Freeway, Suite 114
League City,  TX   77573
Call 281-332-3937 for details!

Galveston and Houston Ophthalmologists at The Eye Clinic of Texas offered guidance on Herpes Simplex Eye Infections.  “Herpes Simplex eye infections affect many more people each year than one might  think. Ocular Herpes or Herpes of the eye is caused by the Herpes Simplex virus and is the most common causes of corneal blindness in the United States today.  Up to 50% of people who have a single Herpes Simplex viral infection of the eye will experience a flare up or recurrence. The virus often leads to irreversible scarring of the cornea,” remarked Allan Fradkin, M.D.

Ocular Herpes may start as a painful sore on the eyelid or surface of the eye.  If left untreated it may multiply and begin to destroy epithelial cells and progress deeper into the cornea and cause a stromal keratitis which can cause cause corneal scarring-so prompt diagnosis and treatment of Ocular Herpes is important.

It is estimated that 400,000 people in the United States have had some type of Ocular Herpes, with more than 50,000 initial and recurring cases being diagnosed each year. Of these, it is believed that 25% are the more severe form of Herpes Stromal Keratitis. The recurrence of Herpes Simplex eye infections is significant in that it appears to recur in about 10% of patients within one year, 23% of patients within two years and 63% of patients within 20 years of their initial infection. Sometimes a recurrence can be prompted by sunlight, stress, fevers or an unrelated eye injury. Quick diagnosis and treatment is the key to avoiding corneal scarring, vision loss and the possible need for a corneal transplant.

If you or someone you know is experiencing any signs or symptoms of corneal infection-especially if they have had any trauma to their 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.

Besides being a wife, mother, beautician and all the things that go with those, I have always been involved in arts and crafts.  Crochet and embroidery were my early passions but eventually I took up to Brazilian embroidery, needlepoint, oil painting and water colors.  Greeting cards became a favorite of mine and recipients sometimes framed them.

However, my eye site began failing and I was able to do less and less.  So this spring I made an appointment with Dr. Milstein and he scheduled me for cataract surgery.

I was immediately amazed at how quickly my eye site recovered and was startled to realize how poor my site had grown.  I did not realize how its steady deterioration affected my hobbies and even how well I got around on a daily basis.

Now I can get back to the hobbies I love and can do them with more confidence and enjoyment. 

Thank you Dr. Milstein

Shirley Scott

Galveston,Texas (6/4/2012)  “Houston arearesidents-particularly those who work outdoors or participate in an active outdoor lifestyle-need to really consider taking the necessary steps for ultraviolet (UV) eye protection as we approach the summer months”, commented Galveston & Houston Ophthalmologist Allan Fradkin, M.D. of The Eye Clinic of Texas. “While many patients are quite aware of the damaging effects of ultraviolet (UV) rays on the skin, most have a limited awareness of how these UV rays effect the eyes and the delicate tissue around the eyes,” stated Ophthalmologist Dr. Da-Thuy Van at The Eye Clinic of Texas where she sees many patients seeking consultation for smoothing facial lines and wrinkles caused by the harmful effects of the sun. “One of the most troubling aspects of UV related eye problems is that the effect of UV is cumulative and we often don’t see the damage until years after the long term UV exposure”, said Dr. Fradkin.

“Here is what we know for sure”, reiterated Bernard Milstein, M.D. of The Eye Clinic of Texas. “Exposure to UV has been tied to many eye problems and in some instances even thought to quicken the onset of eye diseases such as Cataract, Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD), certain cancers on the delicate skin around the eye, Pterygia-a growth of white tissue on the surface of the eye-and even Photokeratitis, a type of sunburn of the cornea,” said Dr. Milstein.

The Eye Clinic of Texas eye doctors agree that while everyone pretty much knows that if you are going to be outside in the Houston sun you need to wear sunscreen, we also need to remember to wear both UV-blocking lenses and a brimmed hat to protect our eyes and the tissue around our eyes as well.

Patients visiting Texas EyeWear Opticians at The Clinic of Texas will find a wide range of UV protecting eyeglass lenses 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.

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 www.ecot.com or 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

SOURCE: Medical Management Services Group, L.L.C.

 

We would like to invite you to the Grand Opening our new Texas City office located at 7111 Medical Center Drive, Suite 110.  The opening is from 4:30 to 8pm today.  We are serving food and drinks and we are going to have a drawing for a chance to win a FREE LASIK procedure with Dr. Van.  We hope to see you all there.

I recently returned from the annual meeting of The American Academy of Ophthalmology. As always, the meeting is a showcase of new and interesting therapies and technologies. There is a real interest in the technologies to improve and expand surgery of the lens. We are no longer focused simply on removing a cataract. We are now expanding our ability to use the lens, and lens surgery, to improve our lives.

An instrument is being developed that can examine the lens and predict and diagnose diabetes far earlier than current blood tests. Another technology is a method that would allow patients to measure their own intraocular pressures at home.

In addition to intraocular lenses that correct myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism, and presbyopia, there are lenses being developed that will allow for them to be focused once they are placed into the eye and even lenses that will focus themselves. Intraocular lens technology will continue to improve and expand.

As intraocular lens technology improves, the systems to remove and replace the human lens will continue to be advanced. Improved visualization for surgeons continues to be developed and the use of lasers to assist during the surgical procedure are being perfected.

All of these new technologies will continue to improve cataract and refractive lens surgery. Many of these technologies already exist and we are able to employ them today. These are exciting times and there is an exciting future for ophthalmologists and our patients.

DR. BERNIE MIILSTEIN NAMED TEXAS MONTHLY SUPER DOCTOR FOR 7TH CONSECUTIVE YEAR- 

 For the seventh year in a row, Texas Monthly has named Galveston County’s Dr. Bernard Milstein as a Super Doctor in ophthalmology. The list of Super Doctors, which appears in the December issue of the magazine, is compiled each year based on peer reviews.  More than 50,000 Texas physicians nominate doctors in some 20 specialty areas, answering the question, “To whom would you refer a loved one or one of your patients for medical diagnosis and/or treatment?”

Dr. Milstein practices ophthalmology at The Eye Clinic of Texas.  He specializes in cataract surgery, refractive surgery, and LASIK.  As an investigator in the original FDA studies, he helped prove the safety of the excimer laser for the treatment of myopia, astigmatism, and hyperopia.  Dr. Milstein also was among the first doctors in the country to implant the ReSTOR® multifocal lens.

Dr. Milstein is a fellow of the American Board of Ophthalmology, a past president of the Texas Ophthalmological Association, and a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and a founding member of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons.  Additionally, he was chairman of the Comprehensive Ophthalmology Clinical Committee of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons.

The Best Doctors in America database has listed Dr. Milstein as a top ophthalmologist since 1996.

            The doctors at The Eye Clinic of Texas have provide the highest quality, most up-to-date eyecare to a loyal, multi-generational patient base spanning Galveston County.  At offices in Galveston, Texas City, and League City, Dr. Milstein, Dr. Thuy Van, Dr. Alan Fradkin,  and Dr. Stefan Trocmé. – Along with a knowledgeable and longtime staff – provide routine eye exams for adults and children, LASIK surgery, cataract surgery, and a host of other eyecare services and treatments.  Optical shops and services are available at all of the offices, and Dr. Van offers cosmetic skin care procedures and products including Botox® and Juvederm® in all offices.

The Eye Clinic of Texas is happy to announce that our new Texas City office is now open.  Our new address is 7111 Medical Center Dr.  Suite 110,  Texas City, TX  77591.  We are located inside the Mainland Medical Arts Pavilion.  We are open Monday through Friday from 8:15am to 5:00pm.