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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? 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 Space.com. 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.


July 31, 2017



An experienced ophthalmologist and laser eye surgeon, Dr. Chris Walton also performs routine eye exams. If you are curious about eye exams because you are experiencing problems or changes with your vision, then definitely schedule an eye exam regardless of your age. Dr. Walton will determine the cause and help restore clear, sharp vision.


If, on the other hand, you are not experiencing any problems or changes, you don't wear glasses or contacts, and your vision is generally good, then you really don't need to have an eye exam. For people without lens prescriptions and no vision issues, there's simply no need to see an eye doctor. That being said, be sure to schedule an eye exam if you have any reason to think you may need one.


For people without any problems, you should plan to have an eye exam around age 40. At this age, every person begins to develop presbyopia, which is an age-related change to your eyes that affects your near vision. Everyone around the age of 40 requires reading glasses because of presbyopia.


Interested in learning more? Want to schedule an eye exam with Dr. Walton in Mobile, Alabama? If so, please call our experienced staff at 251-581-7484.


July 24, 2017

Cataracts affect over half of Americans over the age of 80, and are one of the most common causes of vision problems. Most people will experience cataracts to some extent as they age, but certain people are more at risk than others.who is at risk for cataracts mobile alabama


Risk factors for cataracts include:


  • Age: While middle aged men and women can develop cataracts, they tend to be small and don't interfere with vision too badly. However, those aged 60 and up are at worse risk for developing severe vision problems due to cataracts.

  • Eye injury: Injuries to the eye or previous eye surgery can be a risk factor for developing cataracts.

  • A family history of cataracts: If your parents or grandparents had cataracts, it's likely that you'll develop them too.

  • Excessive sun exposure to the eyes: UV rays can play a part in the development of cataracts. If you go out in the sun a lot without wearing sunglasses or a hat to protect your eyes, you'll be at a higher risk for developing cataracts.

  • Diabetes: A high glycemic index is a major risk factor for cataracts, and diabetics are highly likely to develop so-called "sugar cataracts."

  • Smoking and alcohol abuse: Smoking can double the risk of developing nuclear cataracts, which impact vision more severely than other types. Alcohol abuse raises the risk of developing a number of different eye diseases, including cataracts.  

As cataracts are so common, it's important to get your eyes checked at least once a year, especially as you get older. Cataracts are progressive, and if caught early enough, the progression can be slowed or halted. If left untreated, cataracts will cause increasingly blurry vision, color loss, and eventually blindness.


Treatment Options for Cataracts


Luckily, there are effective cataract treatments available. When caught early, cataract symptoms can often be treated through simple means such as adjusting your eyeglass prescription or using anti-glare lenses.


However, as cataracts progress, eventually you may need cataract surgery. Dr. Chris Walton uses the LenSx laser system to safely and effectively treat cataracts. This laser treatment offers a better outcome and faster recovery time than other cataract surgery options.


Cataract surgery involves replacing your eye's natural lens with an artificial one in order to restore clear vision. This intraocular lens eliminates cataracts and can also correct your vision, so that you don't need glasses after surgery.


Schedule Your Cataracts Surgery Consultation


If you have begun to develop cataracts, talk to Dr. Walton about your treatment options. Schedule your free cataracts treatment consultation by calling 251-581-7484 today. We serve patients in Mobile, Alabama, and nearby Gulf Coast areas.


 


July 19, 2017



Dr. Chris Walton is proud to bring his patients the very latest in bladeless technology: the LenSx. This laser technology makes it possible for Dr. Walton to offer a bladeless cataract surgery. It greatly improves the quality of your vision after surgery, and can correct astigmatism, as well as nearsightedness and farsightedness.


Are you interested in finding out if LenSx is right for you? No one should have to live with the blurry, cloudy and overall poor vision caused by cataracts. Dr. Walton can help you find the solution. To arrange a consultation in Mobile, Alabama, please call our experienced staff at 251-581-7484.


July 17, 2017

There is no right or wrong age for cataract surgery. If you are concerned about your vision, we encourage you to call our experienced eye care staff at 251-581-7484. In the vast majority of cases, cataracts do not begin affecting vision until a person is in their 60s or older, but oftentimes the cataracts begin forming in a person's 40s or 50s. With today's modern technology, cataract surgery is highly effective. Some people are seeking out treatment in their younger years because they want to maintain their vision for as long as possible, and to treat problems in their early stages.


Cataract surgery procedure in Mobile AL

Of course, the only way to know for sure if you have cataracts is to schedule an assessment with an experienced ophthalmologist like Dr. Walton. In the meantime, here are some of the most common symptoms of cataracts:


  • Cloudy vision

  • Fading of colors

  • Poor night vision

  • Halos around lights at night

  • Double vision

  • Increased sensitivity to light

During laser cataract surgery, laser energy breaks apart the clouded lens, which is then removed. A premium intraocular lens is implanted in its place. These IOLs, as they are called, provide outstandingly clear vision. Cataract surgery today is painless and has a very high success rate.


Concerned you may have cataracts? Call the practice of Dr. Christopher Walton at 251-581-7484 to schedule a vision assessment. We proudly serve patients from Mobile, AL, and all of the surrounding areas.


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