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The eye doctors and staff at The Eye Clinic of Texas alerted patients getting ready to celebrate the July 4th holiday to use both common sense and caution when enjoying fireworks displays. Eye safety is quite critical with fireworks as fireworks related eye injuries are the second most frequent injury we see from emergency room each July 4th weekend.

Some common sense precautions everyone can take to prevent eye injuries includes:
• 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

Keep in mind that even professional displays can be dangerous. However, if an eye accident does occur, there are a few things you should 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 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.

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 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 or facebook.com/ecot.lasik to schedule an appointment.
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 77550.

 

 

It is disappointing and disconcerting that patients may only have a limited understanding of diabetes, diabetic retinopathy and its treatment. A recent study exploring patients’ understanding of the risk factors, cause and controllability of their own diabetic retinopathy revealed considerable misunderstanding, gaps in knowledge and potentially damaging beliefs about the cause and treatment of diabetic retinopathy.

Focus groups and interviews were conducted with patients with diabetic retinopathy (DR)-nearly half of whom had severe proliferative DR-a serious complication. Most of these patients had also undergone laser treatment. At the conclusion of the study, patients were found to have had a reasonable understanding of the basic risk factors for DR, such as diabetes control, but they were less clear about specific risk factors such as blood pressure and lipid control.

Most patients attributed their DR either to poor diabetes control or to failings of the health care system, rather than having a basic understanding of the small blood vessel disease including circulatory and oxygen deprivation that results from the damaged blood vessels in the retina. Some patients believed that their DR was a result of health aspects beyond their control or environmental factors, whereas others were unsure about the cause.

Improving patients’ understanding of the major risk factors for DR as well as helping them have a better understanding of the causes of diabetic retinopathy and being able to grasp expectations of realistic outcomes of laser treatment may improve patients’ coping mechanisms, adaption to disease and ocular outcomes.

If you or someone you know has questions about diabetic retinopathy 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 to schedule an appointment.

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 77550.

There are a number of types of eyelid lumps and bumps that we often encounter at The Eye Clinic of Texas. Hordeolum is a common, painful inflammation of the eyelid that is usually caused by a bacterial infection of the oil glands in the eyelid and results in a lump. Most often, the infected lump drains and heals by itself with no treatment. However, the infection can sometimes spread to other glands in the eyes and can become longer lasting or even turn into a cyst which is called a chalazion. Hordeolum can be internal, on the inside of the eyelid, or external, on the outside of the eyelid near the eyelashes-where it is known as a stye. Common treatments for hordeolum include warm compresses applied at home, prescription and non prescription lid scrubs, antibiotics, steroids, lid massages and others types of treatment.

If you or someone you know is concerned about eyelid lumps & bumps such as hordeolum, stye or chalazion, 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 to schedule an appointment.

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 77550.

A Pinguecula is a common, non-cancerous growth of the clear, thin tissue covering the eye called the conjunctiva. The growth is raised slightly from the surface of the white part of the eye called sclera. While the exact cause is unknown long-term sunlight exposure and eye irritation may be factors. Welding is a major job-related risk. Usually no treatment is needed however keeping the eye moist with artificial tears may help prevent the area from becoming inflamed. Sometimes the temporary use of mild steroid eye drops can also be helpful.

Occasionally the growth may need to be removed for comfort or for cosmetic reasons especially if it grows over the cornea and impairs vision. Laser treatment for Pinguecula may be an option where other types of treatment have not been satisfactory according to researchers reporting in the journal Cornea. The overall cosmetic results were excellent or good in 90.5% of laser-treated cases and the laser treated cases had minimal scarring or hemorrhage. They concluded that argon laser photocoagulation is an effective and safe method for removing a Pinguecula for cosmetic purposes and the laser method facilitates control of the extent and depth of removal and thus minimizes conjunctival defects and other complications.

If you or someone you know has a question about Laser treatment for Pinguecula, please to 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 to schedule an appointment.

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 77550.

Protecting your eyes from UV is a necessary precaution-especially in the Houston sun-in order to avoid eye damage and injury. Exposure to UV has been linked to many eye problems and in some instances is 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. May marks Ultraviolet (UV) Eye Protection Awareness Month and The Eye Clinic of Texas wants to comment on UV protective eyewear and common sense precautions people should take to preserve eye health and vision.

Some precautions regarding UV eye protection include:

  • Always wear sunglasses that block 100% of UVA and UVB rays. Sunglasses without UV protection may shade the eyes but actually cause the pupils to dilate, allowing in even more harmful rays.
  • Wear a brimmed hat along with sunglasses that block 100% of UVA and UVB rays.
  • Choose wrap-around sunglasses to protect the eyes and the skin around the eyes.
  • Be aware that although some contact lenses may offer UV protection, they cannot protect the entire eye and the skin around it.
  • Choose sunglasses made of unbreakable polycarbonate, especially for children and for those who lead active lifestyles.
  • Be sure to ask your doctor about the photosensitizing side effects of any medications that you might take.
  • Always wear eye protection when using a tanning bed. According the American Academy of Ophthalmology, tanning beds can produce UV levels up to 100 times more than the sun, which can cause serious damage to the external and internal structures of the eye and eyelids.

The Eye Clinic of Texas has 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. Patients visiting The Eye Clinic of Texas can speak with our staff who will be able to provide the proper counseling and fitting of UV protecting lenses and eyewear. These eye care professionals can offer a wide variety of UV blocking lenses, coatings and color changing lenses to keep you safe.

If you or someone you know has a question or concerns about ultraviolet (UV) eye damage and injury and how to select protective eyewear 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 to schedule an appointment.

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 77550.

The effective treatment of a type of glaucoma called Normal Tension Glaucoma can be more difficult in patients with vascular disease.  Normal Tension Glaucoma is a less frequently found-but important type of glaucoma-that is characterized by patients having “normal” intraocular pressure but still experiencing eye damage such as loss of their visual field or “side vision” and optic nerve damage. Researchers at the World Glaucoma Congress reported that certain patients who suffer from Normal Tension Glaucoma who also have vascular disease or even a predisposition to vascular disease such as a family history of stroke, the presence of cardiovascular disease or migraine may not be as easy to treat in avoiding the progression of Normal Tension Glaucoma. In fact, these factors related to vascular disease may indicate less effectiveness of eye pressure (IOP) treatment putting patients at greater risk. The the Collaborative Normal Tension Glaucoma Study is the landmark study for guiding treatment-in which 65% of patients in the untreated group of that study never showed any progression during 7 years of follow-up. But, for those at greater risk due to some other vascular disease we have to be diligent in our examinations and testing to help preserve eye health and vision.

If you or someone you know has vascular disease or is concerned about their risk of glaucoma, 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 to schedule an appointment.

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 77550.

Bernard Milstein, M.D., a Houston LASIK Surgeon at The Eye Clinic of Texas shared information on what factors contribute to the accuracy of All Laser LASIK even more.

Dr. Milstein explained, “We have learned that the accuracy of the refractive procedure is dependent on the initial examination, the laser used for the treatment, and the quality of the team working in the laser center. For that reason, at The Eye Clinic, our surgeons always examine their own patients before they prepare a treatment plan. Once the plan has been formulated, the treatment is carried out using Wavelight Allegretto Wave® Eye-Q Excimer Laser along with the Zeiss VisuMax® Femtosecond Laser. These are considered among the fastest, safest, most effective and reliable lasers for corneal laser eye surgery available today.

The laser center team is composed of individuals who have all been involved in LASIK treatments for a minimum of 3 years, and some for over 20. Our team is very well experienced, having been a part of thousands of refractive laser or LASIK procedures.

The combination of experienced surgeons, experienced personnel, and state of the art lasers allow us to offer patients a safe, predictable, and enjoyable refractive experience.”

If you or someone you know would like to learn more about All Laser LASIK accuracy with the Zeiss VisuMax® & Wavelight Allegretto Wave® Eye-Q Lasers at The Eye Clinic of Texas or to schedule a Free LASIK Consultation please call us at 800-423-3937 or e-mail Amy Trittel at atrittel@ecot.com.

Cost is always a consideration when thinking about LASIK. It is no wonder that our Houston patients considering LASIK do take the time into evaluating cost. Whether buying a car, clothes, a computer, or medical care such as LASIK, cost is a factor in making the final decision. We know that when people can have refractive surgery at no cost, an amazing number of them will elect to have the procedure. The armed forces actually provides free refractive surgery and they are unable to keep up with the demand. When it was offered to incoming freshmen at Annapolis at no cost, 70% of those who could have the procedure, elected to do so. When it was made available to people who were covered by insurance policies that paid for the procedure, it is similarly very popular. So cost is always a factor.

At The Eye Clinic of Texas, we have been involved with LASIK for many years and have been able to keep our costs as low as possible. We are able to do that because we have an excellent relationship with our equipment manufacturers who know that we are very interested in controlling costs – so that we can pass those savings on to our patients – and they make every effort to support us.

Our cost is also lower than most because we are not in the middle of Houston and our overhead is less. It is important to us that we make LASIK affordable to everyone because we believe in the procedure.

If you or someone you know would like to learn more about the of All Laser LASIK at The Eye Clinic of Texas or to schedule a Free LASIK Consultation please call us at 800-423-3937 or e-mail Amy Trittel at atrittel@ecot.com.

You can prevent sports related eye injuries with proper eye protection and protective eyewear. April is Sports Eye Safety Awareness Month and the American Academy of Ophthalmology asks eye doctors to remind Houston residents who are athletes or who participate in sports of any type that 40,000 people suffer from eye injuries related to sports every year. These eye injuries from sports can be devastating, and the only way to prevent them is by wearing protective eyewear. The range and risk of sports eye injury can span corneal abrasions, eyelid bruises, retinal detachments and inner eye hemorrhage. The more serious risks can involve permanent vision loss as well as permanent disability.

Amateur athletes, school athletes and anyone participating in sports really needs to use eye protection. Specific designs are available for most sports, including basketball, baseball, hockey, football, lacrosse, fencing, paintball, water polo, golf and others. Athletes and sports participants should understand that wearing properly fitted protective eyewear will not harm their performance or interfere with their activity-and it may well save their eye health and vision. 90 percent of serious eye injuries are preventable. Make sure the level of eye protection you or others in your family use is appropriate for the type of activity. Regular eyeglasses do not offer proper eye protection. Stay safe with sport-specific protective eyewear properly fitted by an eye care professional. Lenses made from polycarbonate materials provide the highest level of impact protection; they can withstand a ball or other projectile traveling at 90 miles per hour.

If you or someone you know has questions or would like help in selecting, fitting or choosing sports protective eyeglasses, 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 to schedule an appointment.

The Eye Clinic of Texasis 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 7155 Katy Road, Houston, Texas 77573, 1100 Gulf Freeway, Suite 114, League City, Texas 77573, 711 Medical Center Drive, Suite 110, Texas City, Texas 77590 and 2302 Avenue P, Galveston, Texas 77550 that provide all aspects of general, medical, surgical, laser and optical eye care services.

asprinAspirin is one of the most widely used over-the-counter medications but it may actually increase your risk of age related macular degeneration (AMD). Aspirin is used as an effective remedy for headaches, body aches and fever and by millions of people at high risk of heart attack due to atherosclerosis as a preventative measure, thanks to aspirin’s anticoagulant properties.

As part of The Beaver Dam Eye Study 5,000 participants (aged 43 to 86 years) were followed for more than 20 years and received eye examinations every five years with participants being asked if they had regularly used aspirin at least twice a week for more than three months. Researchers found that regular aspirin use 10 years prior to eye examination was associated with late AMD, with estimated incidence of 1.76 percent, compared to 1.03 percent in non-aspirin users. Researchers concluded that these associations, though small, were statistically significant. Regular aspirin use 10 years prior to eye examination was significantly associated with the “wet” form of AMD, which accounts for 10 percent of all AMD cases, but is responsible for the majority of catastrophic vision loss associated with the disease.

Another study from a 15-year Australian population-based group completed a questionnaire that assessed aspirin use, heart disease status and AMD risk factors. In addition, they received four eye examinations during the 15-year study period. Regular aspirin users developed wet AMD—an astounding 24.5 percent. Even after adjusting for other risk factors like age, sex, smoking, history of heart disease and body mass index, regular aspirin users still had a higher risk of developing wet AMD. Researchers concluded, “Regular aspirin use is associated with increased risk of incident neovascular [Wet] AMD, independent of history of cardiovascular disease and smoking.”

Alternatives to Aspirin

If you’re a regular aspirin user, you should get a thorough eye exam as soon as possible to determine your AMD status. This is extremely important because AMD often doesn’t show any symptoms until well after the condition has taken hold.

If you or someone you know has questions about the risk of age related macular degeneration (AMD) and taking aspirin, 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 to schedule an appointment.

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 77550.