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.

Cathy W. shared her experience with Clear Lens Extraction & ReSTOR® Lens Implants…

“I have worn glasses since I was 5 years old.  After 52 years, I decided to give myself the gift of never having to wear glasses again.  During my examination with Dr. Milstein, he recommended I have lens replacement surgery and recommended the ReSTOR® lens.  The entire process was easy!  On the day of surgery, I went home and took a nap and when I woke up, I could read the smallest of print!  I never dreamed I would never have to wear glasses again.  This procedure was well worth the investment.  Thank you Dr. Milstein!

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 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.

Brandon N. shared, “I had LASIK a few years ago but I am still a patient at The Eye Clinic for my routine eye exams. At my last visit, Dr. Fradkin and I were talking about a fishing trip I was recently on and he asked me what type of sunglasses I wore.  I was a little taken aback by this but told him that I just used a cheap pair I got at a gas station.  He took me to the optical shop and showed me a pair of polarized sunglasses called Maui Jim.  I was in shock at how much of a difference a polarized lens makes in what you can see versus a non-polarized lens.  I really never thought sunglasses were different, I just assumed they were all the same.  I am so happy I purchased the Maui Jim and actually have bought another pair since then.”

If you or someone you know has questions about sunglasses or sunwear, 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.

The Eye Clinic of Texas suggests that patients to be knowledgeable about UV exposure, the risks of eye damage and injury and the need to wear sunglasses or UV protecting eyewear-especially if they have had previous eye surgery such as LASIK or cataract surgery. The risk of sun and UV damage to your eyes occurs both due to short term exposure as well as over the long term on a cumulative basis. Thus, you may or may not feel the UV effects immediately and it is easy to become complacent. Further, most people don’t realize that the risk of UV eye damage can literally change from day to day with the weather, the cloud cover and your physical location. Sunny days at the beach are certainly riskier than cloudy days and thus you may need to adjust the time you spend in the sun along with being particularly cautious about wearing properly selected and fit sunglasses at that time. LASIK patients and cataract surgery patients with advanced technology lens implants most often don’t need to wear eyeglasses after their surgery-and they often just forget about the need for UV protection. We want them to remember!

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

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 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 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.

About 20% of patients with cataracts either have somewhat high IOP or actually have glaucoma and require treatment. For these patients with either a high eye pressure or who are actually being treated for glaucoma, there is good news in that one of the effects of cataract surgery is to lower their eye pressure.

Research on Cataract Surgery & Lowering Eye Pressure

According to a report in Current Opinion in Ophthalmology researchers reviewed the effect that cataract surgery had on eye pressure-or intraocular pressure (IOP). From their review, there are sufficient data to suggest that cataract surgery provides a lowering effect on IOP in the long term and the amount of the lowering is proportional to the preoperative IOP. That is, eyes with higher preoperative IOP have the greatest average lowering, whereas eyes with IOP in the lower range of statistically normal tend to have an IOP that is unchanged from before cataract surgery, or even higher following cataract surgery.

If you or someone you know has cataracts, high eye pressure or even glaucoma and is thinking about cataract surgery, please share this information 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 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.

Lisa B. told us, “I tell everyone I know, if you have ever considered LASIK, then don’t wait any longer.  It was the best decision I ever made.  No more contacts or any of the problems associated with contacts.  I wish I had done it a lot sooner!  It is a life changing surgery, in the best way.”

If you or someone you know has questions about LASIK or would like to schedule a Free Zeiss VisuMax LASIK Consultation, 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.