Mobile LASIK and Cataract Surgery Blog

Eye Doctor Serving Mobile, Alabama and the nearby Gulf Coast Area

November 17, 2017

LASIK eye surgery has a very high rate of success. Over 90% of patients with nearsightedness have 20/40 or better vision after LASIK. In Mobile, Alabama, Dr. Chris Walton has performed thousands of LASIK surgeries over almost a decade in practice. He can determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure. To arrange a FREE consultation, please call our team at 251-581-7484.

November 15, 2017

LASIK is one of the most commonly performed surgical procedures in America today. It has a safety record going back decades. It has provided millions of people with improved eyesight. It can reduce or eliminate your use of glasses and/or contact lenses. Want to find out if you are a good candidate for LASIK? To arrange an appointment with experienced ophthalmologist Dr. Chris Walton, please call our Mobile, AL, office at 251-581-7484.

October 23, 2017

LASIK surgery is a great way to live free from glasses and contact lenses. In Mobile, Dr. Walton has been performing this vision correction procedure for decades. To find out if you are a good candidate, all you have to do is arrange a complimentary consultation with Dr. Walton by calling 251-581-7484.

Reasons to Consider LASIK Surgery

LASIK surgery in Mobile ALMillions of Americans have undergone LASIK surgery. It has the potential to provide life-changing results. Imagine seeing the time on your clock clearly in the morning, as soon as you open your eyes. Imagine a morning cup of coffee without first having to find your glasses, or hiking one of Alabama's scenic trails without having to worry about your contact lenses. LASIK can lift a weight from your shoulders by freeing you from dependency on glasses and contacts.

You may want to consider LASIK if:

  • You want to reduce your reliance on glasses and/or contact lenses

  • You want as close to 20/20 vision as possible

  • You want a long-term answer to vision correction

The changes made to the eye are permanent changes. Most patients enjoy lifelong vision improvement, although it is possible for nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism to return if the shape of the eye's lens changes for some reason. But significant vision changes are uncommon. All people experience presbyopia at some point, which is age-related farsightedness. Most people with presbyopia use glasses to read and to drive at night.

The Evaluation Appointment

If you are interested in LASIK, the next step is to arrange an appointment with experienced ophthalmologist Dr. Christopher Walton. The best part? Dr. Walton's LASIK consultations are free! There is no financial obligation involved in finding out if you are a good candidate.

During your consultation, Dr. Walton will examine your eyes and discuss your expectations with you. He wants to make sure LASIK is the best match for you. Our front office will discuss cost and financing with you, and arrange your next appointment if you decide you want LASIK.

The LASIK Surgery

The LASIK Lifestyle in Mobile, AlabamaThe procedure is painless. It takes only 6 minutes per eye. You may feel pressure on your eye, but it will be light. A topical anesthetic will be administered so that the sensation in the surgical area is numbed. The great thing about this procedure is that you can remain fully awake and conscious, so there is no prolonged anesthesia recovery afterward. 

Dr. Walton creates a flap in the corneal tissue, which is folded back so that the underlying tissue can be accessed. Using a laser, Dr. Walton re-shapes the corneal tissue to correct the vision disorder. The flap is laid back over the eye in its proper position. The flap does not require sutures. It naturally heals as you recover from LASIK.

Arrange Your Free Consultation

Dr. Chris Walton looks forward to discussing your vision improvement options with you. To arrange your free LASIK consultation in Mobile, Alabama, please call our practice at 251-581-7484.

October 12, 2017

Dr. Chris Walton has been performing cataract surgery for more than a decade. During that time, he has completed approximately 4,000 cataract procedures. This surgery is so vitally important for people who have cataracts. It restores vision by removing the clouded lens and replacing it with a premium intraocular device.

If you would like to arrange a consultation with Dr. Walton in Mobile, Alabama, please call our friendly, experienced staff at 251-581-7484.

September 21, 2017

Corneal transplant surgery Mobile ALHave you been told you need a cornea transplant? Has a friend told you about the surgery and you are wondering if you need it? As an experienced, skilled ophthalmologist and eye surgeon, Dr. Christopher Walton can determine these things, and help you get your vision and eye health back on track.

What is the Cornea?

The cornea is the outer layer of your eye. It functions as a protective layer, keeping debris out of your eye's delicate structures. Anytime the cornea is damaged, your vision is negatively affected. Corneal injury can cause corneal scarring, which is another reason your vision could be affected.

The following are possible indications of corneal problems, but you must schedule a consultation with an experienced ophthalmologist like Dr. Walton to get an accurate diagnosis:

  • Blurry vision

  • Eye pain or discomfort

  • Excessive tearing

  • Sensitivity to light

  • Redness of the eye

It is possible your symptoms will manifest in a different way. If you are at all concerned about your eye health, you should schedule an appointment with Dr. Walton. He'll get to the bottom of any problems and make sure you understand all of your treatment options.

Why Would I Need a Transplant?

You may need a corneal transplant if your cornea is affected by one of the following:

  • Injury

  • Disease

  • Infection

Not only will the quality of your vision be affected, but the health of your eye may be in jeopardy. A cornea transplant accomplishes the following:

  • Fixes problems caused by a damaged cornea

  • Alleviates corneal discomfort

  • Restores vision damaged by corneal problems

  • Halts damage from worsening

Dr. Walton can determine if the procedure is called for.

Vision results with corneal transplant Mobile ALHere's how it works: The purpose of the procedure is to implant corneal donor tissue in place of the damaged corneal tissue. Dr. Walton uses an advanced technique that removes only the damaged tissue and nothing else, allowing you to keep about 95 percent of the healthy corneal tissue. This technique is called a partial thickness corneal transplant.

Not only is this technique less invasive, it shortens the recovery phase by about 9 months compared to other methods.

Preventing Corneal Issues in the First Place

Here are basic tips for prevention:

  • Don't sleep with your contact lenses in

  • Don't place or remove your contact lenses without first washing your hands

  • Avoid contact with people who have an eye infection, such as pinkeye

  • Wear eye protection for high-intensity or contact sports

  • Don't share eye cosmetics

  • Don't share contact lens accessories with someone who has an eye infection

Some forms of corneal disease cannot be prevented because they are genetically inherited.

Here Is What You Should Do Next

Want to find out if you can benefit from a corneal transplant? Wondering why you are experiencing certain eye or vision symptoms? If so, please arrange a consultation with experienced ophthalmologist Dr. Christopher Walton, by calling 251-581-7484. Our practice is located in Mobile, Alabama, and we are proud to care for people from across the surrounding regions.

August 18, 2017

Correcting cataracts in Mobile AL

Cataracts are very common. A significant portion of the population over age 65 has cataracts. If you are living with cataracts and considering correction, take into account some of the life-changing benefits of doing so:

  • Improves your quality of life. Many people don't realize just how precious clear vision is until they develop a condition like cataracts. It robs you of clear vision, which can leave you feeling depressed or like you are living a less fulfilling life. Restore your quality of life with cataract surgery performed by Dr. Chris Walton.

  • Reduces the risk of falls and other accidents. Although cataracts don't make you completely blind, they do diminish your vision. Falls, trips, slips and other accidents are much more likely when you can't see as well.

  • Return to doing the things you enjoy. Some cataract sufferers stop doing beloved hobbies and activities because of the diminished vision caused by cataracts. This can be really depressing and can lead to anxiety. Don't let cataracts stop you from living your life.

  • Remain independent. Because cataracts make it difficult to read, drive and perform other activities, you may feel isolated and dependent on others. Cataract surgery enables you to do all of those things on your own again.

Enjoy all of these benefits with one of the safest and most effective surgeries today. Cataract surgery has a very high satisfaction rate. During the procedure, the clouded eye lens is removed and replaced with a premium intraocular lens.

To learn more about cataract surgery or to schedule your appointment with Dr. Walton in Mobile, please call our experienced staff at 251-581-7484.

August 11, 2017

Total solar eclipse eye safety in Mobile Alabama

Don't look directly at the sun! You've heard it before and it remains true, even during a partial solar eclipse.

If you have an appointment at the practice of Dr. Chris Walton during the month of August, don't forget to grab a pair a free solar glasses (also called solar filters) from our team. These glasses allow you to view the upcoming total eclipse safely, without doing irreversible damage to your eyes.

This month, on Monday, August 21, parts of the United States will be in the path of a total solar eclipse. This extraordinary event occurs about every 18 months, according to But it's not visible everywhere in the globe. In fact, the last time a total eclipse was viewable from our country was in 1991, and it won't be back again until April, 2024. The one occurring this year is incredible because of the wide swath of the country that will be in the path of totality – that is, the 70-mile wide path stretching from Oregon to South Carolina, inside which the disk of the moon will fully cover the disk of the sun. Viewers will be in for a few minutes of sheer thrills, as twilight suddenly descends upon the middle of the day and the sun's outer atmosphere (the corona) blazes like a halo around the dark circle of the moon.

Even if you are outside of the path of totality, viewers in all other areas of the continental US will be able to see a partial eclipse. The sun will be partially covered by the moon.

Do not look directly at the sun at any point during the partial solar eclipse. It is okay to view the total eclipse with your naked eye ONLY when the sun is 100% covered by the moon. In fact, you'll have to remove them in order to see anything at that point. But you must wear your glasses right before totality, and as soon as you see the disk of the sun growing after totality.

Total eclipse phases

In the photo above, the only time it is safe to remove your solar glasses is during the brief minutes of totality, the phase right in the center, when the solar rim has disappeared behind the moon.

Looking at the partial eclipse without solar glasses can cause blindness. Sunlight is intense light. It's so intensely bright it can blind you when you look at it because of the extreme eye damage that occurs. It's as though your eyeballs are sunburned permanently. The solar radiation strikes the retinas and damages the cells. It causes what ophthalmologists call "retinal photochemical injury." The end result can be legal blindness at worst, and some form of visual damage at least.

Safety glasses for total eclipseSunglasses or any other type of casual eyewear is not sufficient. They must be approved eclipse glasses or an approved viewfinder. Looking through a camera, dark sunglasses and most types of telescopes is not enough. Certain types of welding masks will work if they are rated at Shade 12 or higher. Note that a lot of households who own welding masks DO NOT meet this threshold. Don't use it if you aren't sure.

 Here is what to look for in solar glasses:

  • When you are choosing glasses, look to see if they meet the international standard. You will see this somewhere on the glasses: ISO 12312-2.

  • Dr. Walton's team is handing them out to patients who have appointments with us during the month of August.

  • The solar glasses should not be torn, damaged, scratched or ripped in any way. If they are, they are useless for viewing the eclipse.

  • The glasses should have the manufacturer's name printed on them, as another sign that they are legitimate.

  • Do not use solar glasses older than three years.

Look out! Recent news reports have cited a rash of fake solar glasses making their way into the hands of unknowing eclipse viewers. Follow the tips above to avoid these fakes. If you don't have an appointment with Dr. Walton this month, visit the American Astronomical Society's approved solar filter vedors page to find out where to purchase solar filters.

Once you have your safe solar filters in hand, you are ready to enjoy this rare and extraordinary event!

Dr. Walton and our team are committed to your best vision. To learn more about us, or to schedule an appointment in Mobile, Alabama, please call 251-581-7484.

August 10, 2017

Dr. Chris Walton has been performing cataract surgery for more than a decade, having first completed procedures during his residency and training. He has been performing it in private practice for eight years.

Cataract surgery is an indispensable procedure these days. The majority of adults get cataracts at some point: more than 90 percent by age 65. The clouded vision can significantly impact your quality of life, especially as the cataract progresses and robs greater degrees of your vision. Fortunately, cataract surgery is a highly effective, safe and successful procedure. To learn more, or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Walton in Mobile, Alabama, please call our experienced staff at 251-581-7484.