Smoking has been identified as a risk factor in a number of systemic conditions including high blood pressure, heart disease, various types of cancer as well as eye conditions including glaucoma, macular degeneration and even cataracts. We now know that if you stop smoking you can actually reduce your risk of cataracts.

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Research on Stopping Smoking & Cataract Risk

Researchers reporting in JAMA Ophthalmology studied the risk of cataracts among smokers and found that stopping smoking decreases the risk of cataracts over time. The researchers followed a total of 44,371 men, 45 to 79 years old over a 10 year period. The participants filled out questionnaires on their smoking habits and lifestyles and were then matched with the Swedish National Day-Surgery Register and local records of cataract extraction.

Results

The researchers found that smokers of more than 15 cigarettes a day had a 42% increased risk of cataract surgery compared with men who had never smoked. It also found that men who smoked an average of more than 15 cigarettes a day but had stopped smoking more than 20 years earlier had a 21% increased risk. Thus, they found a positive association between cigarette smoking and cataract surgery in men, with a significant increase of cataracts among smokers compared to those who never smoked. Also, stopping smoking was associated with a statistically significant decrease in risk with increasing time from stopping smoking. Even heavy smokers had some benefit from quitting smoking. Further, a previous study reviewed the relationship between smoking cessation and cataract risk in women. In this study, they found that after cessation of smoking, cataract risk in women decreased with time. Women who smoked 6 to 10 cigarettes a day but had ceased smoking 10 years earlier, and women who smoked more than 10 cigarettes a day but had ceased smoking 20 years earlier were found to have a relative risk of cataracts not significantly different from women who had never smoked.

Smoking cessation seems to decrease the risk of cataract development and the need for cataract surgery with time, although the risk persists for decades. The higher the intensity of smoking, the longer it takes for the increased risk to decline. These findings emphasize the importance of early smoking cessation and, preferably, the avoidance of smoking altogether.

If you or someone you know has questions or needs to schedule an appointment, please call The Eye Clinic of Texas, an affiliate of Houston Eye Associates, at 800-423-3937, visit The Eye Clinic of Texas, Google+  or facebook.com/ecot.lasik.

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 with offices at 1100 Gulf Freeway, Suite 114, League City, Texas 77573, 7111 Medical Center Drive, Suite 110, Texas City, Texas 77590 and 2302 Avenue P, Galveston, Texas.

Especially for the parents of children with ADHD/ADD, there is often a desire to uncover any associated reasons or problems that might impact their child’s behavior and to find possible ways to help. There has been some thought that common vision problems may play a role.

 

Research on ADHD/ADD & Vision  

Researchers reporting in the journal of the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology & Strabismus (AAPOS) discussed the notion that there was an association between ADHD/ADD, uncorrected refractive-errors such as nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism-and visual acuity. They performed a case matched controlled study that included ADD/ADHD children diagnosed according to criteria of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM IV-TR), along with an age matched control group. They examined both groups including evaluation of their uncorrected visual acuity for distance and near, performed a cycloplegic refraction-an eye test to measure uncorrected refractive error with eye drops, ocular motility or eye movement and binocular function. Their results showed that ADD/ADHD children had similar visual acuity at distance and near and refractive errors as normal subjects. Eye movement and the ability to use both eyes together as well as focusing ability were also found to be similar in both groups and thus probably did NOT contribute to ADD/ADHD.

If you or someone you know has ADHD and is concerned about any effects of vision problems, refractive errors or decreased visual acuity please call The Eye Clinic of Texas, an affiliate of Houston Eye Associates, at 800-423-3937, visit The Eye Clinic of Texas, Google+  or facebook.com/ecot.lasik.

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 with offices at 1100 Gulf Freeway, Suite 114, League City, Texas 77573, 7111 Medical Center Drive, Suite 110, Texas City, Texas 77590 and 2302 Avenue P, Galveston, Texas.

Keri R. speaks about Zeiss VisuMax All Laser Bladeless LASIK…….
“I had my LASIK with the new Zeiss VisuMax Laser.  I was the third patient to have surgery with this new later so naturally I was nervous.  Both of my parents had LASIK at The Eye Clinic of Texas, so even though I was nervous, I knew that I would be taken care of.  They told me that I wouldn’t feel a thing during surgery with this new laser and they explained the whole procedure to me.  The procedure went exactly as described and I was amazed at how quickly I noticed a change in my vision.  Literally, the moment I sat up from surgery, I could already read the clock on the wall.  That was something I could not have done without my glasses or contacts prior to surgery.  I am so happy I had LASIK! Dr. Van is awesome!’

If you or someone you know has questions about LASIK or would like to schedule a Zeiss VisuMax All Laser LASIK Free Consultation please call The Eye Clinic of Texas, an affiliate of Houston Eye Associates, at 800-423-3937, visit The Eye Clinic of Texas, Google+  or facebook.com/ecot.lasik.

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 with offices at 1100 Gulf Freeway, Suite 114, League City, Texas 77573, 7111 Medical Center Drive, Suite 110, Texas City, Texas 77590 and 2302 Avenue P, Galveston, Texas.

Make fireworks eye safety a priority this July 4th in order to have an enjoyable celebration with family and friends and avoid eye injury!

Since fireworks eye injuries are the second most common call we get from the emergency room each July 4th, having some common sense safety tips and taking straight forward precautions can help you avoid the ER visit.

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Fireworks Eye Safety Tips

  • Never let kids play with fireworks of any type.
  • Do not purchase, use or store fireworks of any type-leave it to professionals.
  • Attend only authorized public fireworks displays conducted by licensed operators
  • Should a fireworks accident occur:
    • 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 person’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 person to the emergency room at once.
    • Do not apply ointments or drops. They may not be sterile and may make the area around the eye slippery and harder for the doctor to examine.

If  you are seen in the emergency room please instruct them to call us at 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 has questions about fireworks eye safety and eye injuries please call The Eye Clinic of Texas, an affiliate of Houston Eye Associates, at 800-423-3937, visit The Eye Clinic of Texas, Google+  or facebook.com/ecot.lasik.

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 with offices at 1100 Gulf Freeway, Suite 114, League City, Texas 77573, 7111 Medical Center Drive, Suite 110, Texas City, Texas 77590 and 2302 Avenue P, Galveston, Texas.

In general patients take a daily multivitamin in order to supplement their diet which may or may not meet the necessary requirements for good health. In addition, some patients learn about taking higher doses of vitamins in order to prevent certain conditions and illness-so they think! There is some confusion about taking high doses of vitamins and whether they help to avoid cataracts and lower your risk of cataract development. So, are vitamins good or bad for affecting your risk of developing cataracts? vitamins

Research on Cataract Risk & Taking High Dose Vitamins

Researchers reporting in the American Journal of Epidemiology evaluated the risks and benefits of taking either high dose supplements of vitamins C and E or low-dose multivitamins with the risk of developing age related cataract.  Their study looked at any associations of high-dose supplements of vitamins C and E and low dose multivitamins with the risk of age related cataract in a group of 31,120 men who ranged in age from 45–79 years of age. Their results suggest that the use of high dose-but not low dose-single vitamin C or E supplements may increase the risk of age-related cataract. The risk may be even higher among older men, corticosteroid users, and long-term users.

If you or someone you know takes high doses of vitamins or is concerned about their risk of cataracts please call The Eye Clinic of Texas, an affiliate of Houston Eye Associates, at 800-423-3937, visit The Eye Clinic of Texas, Google+  or facebook.com/ecot.lasik.

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 with offices at 1100 Gulf Freeway, Suite 114, League City, Texas 77573, 7111 Medical Center Drive, Suite 110, Texas City, Texas 77590 and 2302 Avenue P, Galveston, Texas.

What do calcium, osteoporosis and cataracts have to do with each other? Most people are aware that calcium plays an important role in bone health and the occurrence of osteoporosis. But, most people are unaware that calcium is also an important factor in cataract formation and development.

Research on Calcium, Osteoporosis & Cataract Development

Researchers reporting in the journal Clinical Ophthalmology shared some interesting information regarding an association between cataracts, cataract surgery and osteoporosis.

 

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The researchers evaluated the association between osteoporosis and cataracts.

First the noted that age, female sex, higher socioeconomic class, smoking, chronic renal failure, hyperthyroidism, rheumatoid arthritis and inflammatory bowel diseases are all associated with an increased prevalence of osteoporosis. Then through careful statistical modeling also found that these factors and osteoporosis are ALL associated with an increased prevalence of cataracts.

Thus, they concluded that osteoporosis is associated with the presence of cataracts which may be related to calcium imbalance, hormonal abnormalities, and even a shared genetic predisposition.

If you or someone you know is concerned about osteoporosis and their risk of cataracts, please feel free to call The Eye Clinic of Texas, an affiliate of Houston Eye Associates, at 800-423-3937, visit The Eye Clinic of Texas, Google+  or facebook.com/ecot.lasik.

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 with offices at 1100 Gulf Freeway, Suite 114, League City, Texas 77573, 7111 Medical Center Drive, Suite 110, Texas City, Texas 77590 and 2302 Avenue P, Galveston, Texas.

We know that that early cataract development occurs because of insufficient antioxidative activity in one’s metabolism. Interestingly, insufficient antioxidative activity is also a known factor for increasing the risk of cancer. This begs the question as to whether there is an an association between the early onset of cataracts-in patients under 55 years old and the potential risk for developing cancer.

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Research on Early Cataracts & Cancer Risk

Researchers reporting in the journal Cancer Science, the official journal of the Japanese Cancer Association investigated the risk of cancer after being diagnosed with early onset cataract. The researchers examined claims from the Taiwan National Health Insurance Research Database (NHIRD) of patients with early onset cataract, aged 20-55 and also compared it to a group of the same age range without cataracts. By using powerful statistical analysis they found that the overall incidence rate of all cancers was 2.19-fold higher in the early onset cataract group as compared to those without cataracts.  Further they were able to analyze where these patients were at greatest risk of developing cancer and found head and neck areas highest, followed by liver cancer and then breast cancer. This study suggests that patients with early onset cataract are at an increased risk of being diagnosed with cancer in subsequent years.

If you or someone you know is concerned about early cataract development or needs a regular eye exam where do a routine cataract screening and exam, please share this information with them and ask them to call The Eye Clinic of Texas, an affiliate of Houston Eye Associates, at 800-423-3937, visit The Eye Clinic of Texas, Google+  or facebook.com/ecot.lasik.

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 with offices at 1100 Gulf Freeway, Suite 114, League City, Texas 77573, 7111 Medical Center Drive, Suite 110, Texas City, Texas 77590 and 2302 Avenue P, Galveston, Texas.

Charles T. shared his cataract surgery and ReSTOR® Lens implant story…..
“After my initial visit with Dr .Van, I was confident in her ability to improve my vision with the multifocal ReSTOR lens implant.  Not only did this improve my vision, but it totally eliminated the need for wearing glasses for reading and driving.  I have recommended Dr. Van and her staff to many friends.  I am so happy with my experience with Dr. Van and my vision.”

If you or someone you know has questions about cataracts, cataract surgery or lens implants or needs to schedule an appointment for a cataract evaluation, please call The Eye Clinic of Texas, an affiliate of Houston Eye Associates, at 800-423-3937, visit The Eye Clinic of TexasGoogle+  or facebook.com/ecot.lasik.

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 with offices at 1100 Gulf Freeway, Suite 114, League City, Texas 77573, 7111 Medical Center Drive, Suite 110, Texas City, Texas 77590 and 2302 Avenue P, Galveston, Texas.

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Understanding Facial Wrinkles

Understanding a bit about facial wrinkles will allow us find the best ways to help you look your best-as facial wrinkles are not all the same! Facial wrinkles vary from fine surface lines to deeper creases and folds. Wrinkles can actually be grouped into two types: Dynamic Wrinkles, which are formed when muscles contract, or Static Wrinkles, which are lines or depressions that exist even when there is no muscle action or pull on the skin. Dynamic wrinkles are best treated with BOTOX® Cosmetic, Dysport® or Xeomin® whereas static wrinkles are best treated with substances that plump up, volumize and fill out the problem lines. These substances are known medically as “dermal fillers” or “gel fillers. Gel fillers are easy to inject and are biodegradable and thus not permanent. The most popular dermal fillers are Radiesse®, Restylane® and JUVÉDERM®. Depending on your areas of concern and the type of wrinkle, we may suggest just using BOTOX® Cosmetic, or Radiesse®, JUVÉDERM™ or Restylane®, or perhaps injecting a combination of the materials in order to achieve the best possible results.

If you or someone you know has questions or needs to schedule an appointment for a cosmetic consultation please call The Eye Clinic of Texas at 800-423-3937, visit The Eye Clinic of Texas, Google+  or facebook.com/ecot.lasik.

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 with offices at 1100 Gulf Freeway, Suite 114, League City, Texas 77573, 7111 Medical Center Drive, Suite 110, Texas City, Texas 77590 and 2302 Avenue P, Galveston, Texas.

 

At one time or another almost all of us has experienced red, itchy, runny or sticky eyes and have wondered whether it’s a symptom of allergies or dry eyes or a more serious condition, such as an eye infection. To help you be a more knowledgeable participant in your care we have provided some useful facts and information.

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About Allergies & Dry Eyes

Symptoms of Allergies or Dry Eyes

  • If you work at a computer for an extended time or have allergies to products or airborne substances, you may experience dry, red or irritated eyes.
  • Generally allergies and dry eyes affects both eyes.
  • Treatment options usually include resting your eyes or using an over-the-counter or prescription eye drops, as recommended by your eye doctor.

About Eye Infections

Symptoms of Eye Infections

  • Frequently occurs when bacteria, fungi or viruses attack any part of your eye, including the surface, membrane lining of the outer eye and inner eyelid, interior portions or the soft tissue of the eyelid.
  • Infections inside the eye or in the soft tissue of the eyelid are the most dangerous and if left untreated, the condition may spread throughout the eye.
  • Symptoms usually include redness, pain, discharge, watering and sensitivity to light; usually occurs only in one eye; if symptoms are detected, immediately contact your eye doctor for an evaluation

Types of Eye Infections

  • Pink Eye (Conjunctivitis)-A common infection that is highly contagious.
  • Viral Keratitis-Can be simply related to a respiratory virus or cold or more serious such as Ocular Herpes that occurs when exposed to the Herpes Simplex Virus.
  • Fungal Keratitis-A fungus commonly found in organic matter such as soil, leaves or branches of a tree.
  • Acanthamoeba Keratitis-A parasite that attacks the eye more often in individuals wearing contact lenses and swimming in pools, lakes, ponds, hot tubs or streams who are at increased risk for contracting this infection.
  • Trachoma-Usually found in underdeveloped countries. Typically infects the inner eyelid along with eyelashes touching the area can infect the cornea and cause permanent blindness.
  • Endophthalmitis-Occurs with a penetrating eye injury or complication following eye surgery and if left untreated, may lead to blindness.

Preventing Eye Infections

  • If you experience symptoms associated with an eye infection, contact The Eye Clinic of Texas immediately. Prompt treatment is necessary to reduce the risk of permanent blindness.
  • To avoid eye infections, wash your hands throughout the day, especially if you are near an individual with a red eye or other signs of infection. Contact lens wearers should follow care and handling instructions provided by their eye doctor.

If you or someone you know is concerned about having an eye infections please call The Eye Clinic of Texas, an affiliate of Houston Eye Associates, at 800-423-3937, visit The Eye Clinic of Texas or facebook.com/ecot.lasik.

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 with offices at 1100 Gulf Freeway, Suite 114, League City, Texas 77573, 7111 Medical Center Drive, Suite 110, Texas City, Texas 77590 and 2302 Avenue P, Galveston, Texas.