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Can I Get LASIK if I Have Macular Degeneration?

Middle aged woman with blonde flowing hair facing the camera and smiling indoorsThe month of February is Age-Related Macular Degeneration Awareness Month. If you have poor vision and have received an AMD diagnosis, you may be wondering if LASIK surgery is still an option for vision improvement. The truth is, it depends.

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Middle aged woman with blonde flowing hair facing the camera and smiling indoorsThe month of February is Age-Related Macular Degeneration Awareness Month. If you have poor vision and have received an AMD diagnosis, you may be wondering if LASIK surgery is still an option for vision improvement. The truth is, it depends. Although LASIK is safe to perform even when certain types of AMD are present, it may not be the best treatment option for you. Please call the Mobile, Alabama, practice of Dr. Chris Walton to learn more: 251-341-3385.

What is AMD?

This eye disease involves a damaged macula, which is the center of the retina. For Americans over 50 years of age, AMD is one of the leading causes of vision loss. AMD causes a blind spot right in the center of your vision, so it becomes difficult to drive, to recognize someone’s face and to read when you have age-related macular degeneration.

There are two types: wet and dry. Dry AMD is by far more common. In the dry type, retinal waste products accumulate beneath the retina. There, the deposits prevent nutrients from reaching the retina and cause the cells in the macula to die, which means your eyes won’t process light as well and your vision will become blurry. In the wet type, new blood vessels grow beneath and within the retina. These blood vessels tend to burst, which is what causes the loss of central vision.

LASIK is not a treatment for any type of AMD. If you are unhappy with the loss of vision and decreased quality of life you are experiencing because of this eye disease, we encourage you to call Dr. Walton or your regular eye doctor. Treatments and interventions can help you slow the vision loss and live a full, active life despite low vision.

LASIK Is Usually Not the Answer for AMD Vision Loss

If you have dry AMD, it is probably still possible to get LASIK. The question is whether LASIK is the best option for your vision and eye health. Wet AMD is a contraindication for LASIK so you will not be able to pursue the procedure if you have that type.

If you have dry AMD and want to find out more about your vision improvement options, please arrange a consultation with experienced ophthalmologist Dr. Chris Walton. Each person’s circumstance is unique, and he’ll first want to hear about your goals and review your health history, before making any recommendations.

LASIK re-shapes the cornea, thereby adjusting for the nearsightedness, farsightedness and/or astigmatism you are experiencing. After LASIK, light entering the eye is focused more precisely on the retina. As you can see, this doesn’t address the root cause of age-related macular degeneration. Typical AMD treatments include:

  • Vitamins and supplements targeted at the condition
  • Anti-VEGF medication via injection
  • Changing lifestyle habits (eating healthy, exercise, smoking cessation, etc.)
  • PDT laser therapy or laser photocoagulation

These therapies help to stop the progression of AMD and improve your quality of life.

Dr. Walton is an Experienced Ophthalmologist

To schedule a LASIK consultation in Mobile, Alabama, please call the practice of Dr. Chris Walton at 251-341-3385. While he does perform LASIK routinely and the procedure is a major focus of our practice, Dr. Walton cares about finding the right procedure and treatment for each patient. Discuss AMD and your options for seeing more clearly during a one-on-one consultation.

What is the LASIK Process Like?

Experienced ophthalmologist Dr. Chris Walton has been performing LASIK surgery in the Gulf Coast area since 2007. He is driven by helping his patients achieve clear vision with glasses or contact lenses. To learn more about us or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Walton in Mobile, please call 251-341-3385.

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Experienced ophthalmologist Dr. Chris Walton has been performing LASIK surgery in the Gulf Coast area since 2007. He is driven by helping his patients achieve clear vision with glasses or contact lenses. To learn more about us or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Walton in Mobile, please call 251-341-3385.

Common Complaints about Eyeglasses and Contact Lenses

Close up of young woman looking upward and wearing glassesWhen our patients come to us for a LASIK consultation with Dr. Walton, it's usually because they are interested in life free from glasses and contact lenses.

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Close up of young woman looking upward and wearing glassesWhen our patients come to us for a LASIK consultation with Dr. Walton, it's usually because they are interested in life free from glasses and contact lenses. While these lenses are time-tested, convenient and easily accessible to a lot of people, they aren't necessarily the best or only choice for everyone when you add the option of LASIK vision correction.

There tends to be common complaints when it comes to glasses and contact lenses. Whether you share one of these complaints or have other reasons for wanting to ditch your lenses, we hope you'll stop by to talk about your options with Dr. Walton. You may find that LASIK or PRK is just the thing you've been searching for.

Typical Glasses-Related Frustrations

Eyeglasses have been around for a long time. The first wearable eyeglasses were invented in Italy in the year 1284.

Some people love their glasses. Frames are endlessly customizable. You can choose just the right pair for your style, personality and facial features. Plus, they offer grab-and-go portability. Maintenance is little more than storing them when not wearing and giving them a quick swab with a cloth when they get dirty.

Even with all those advantages, many people jump at the chance to ditch their glasses. LASIK provides just such an opportunity for those who are good candidates for the procedure. Here are some of the main reasons people look for alternatives to spectacles:

  • Not so comfy. Glasses frames are not always the most comfortable. They may put pressure on the bridge of your nose and the area behind your ears. If it's an issue of how the frames fit, you may be able to fix the problem. Or you could be one of those people for whom glasses simply always feel uncomfortable. You may be constantly aware of them on your face, and headaches may be caused by the pressure of the frames.  
  • Foggy vision. Glasses have a tendency to fog up from humidity. They tend to get blurry and streaky in the rain. You may have encountered other issues related to the clarity of your lenses in response to weather and climate.
  • Not a next-to-skin fit. Glasses sit about half an inch away from your eyes. This issue with fit can be bothersome for a few reasons. First, you may find you are distracted by how your peripheral vision isn't completely covered by the lenses. Second, it may make you more aware of your glasses and that you are wearing them.
  • May not be your favorite look. Some people really don't like the way they look in glasses, regardless of frame style. You may feel like they hide your features, change your natural facial appearance or don't really feel like you.
  • Inconvenient or impossible during certain sports or in certain careers. Swimming, firefighting, marathon running – these are just a few of the activities where wearing glasses isn't possible. That means you have to switch to contact lenses, which have their own drawbacks.

What About Contact Lenses?

Close up of a man's finger balancing a contact lensFor a long time, contact lenses were the go-to option for people who did not want to wear glasses. LASIK surgery has been a third option for several decades now, and many people find the surgery makes it possible to leave the cons of contacts behind:

  • Difficult technique. No matter how long you've used contacts, you may have trouble getting them in from time to time. Worse yet, it's easy to drop them on the ground as you try to insert them. Some people get contact lenses stuck behind their eyelid, which is not a good feeling.
  • Less oxygen to your eye. These lenses block the amount of oxygen that reaches the surface of your eye, so they may make your eyes feel dry and irritated.
  • Increased risk of infection. Contact lenses must be cleaned daily, and your fingers must be clean to insert and remove them. Grime, grit and bacteria introduced to the contact lenses may infect your eyes.
  • They aren't great for sleeping in. While you simply pluck glasses off your face before you go to sleep, it's easy to forget to remove your daily lenses before going to bed. The next morning, you may wake up with red, irritated eyes. Extended wear contact lenses may be a good option if this happens frequently; or, better yet, find out if you're a candidate for LASIK and never bother with contacts again!

Consider LASIK as a Third Option

Initial LASIK consultations with Dr. Chris Walton in Mobile are complimentary, so there's no risk and no cost to find out if LASIK surgery is an option for you and if it will be a good fit for your goals. Dr. Walton cares about helping his patients find the vision correction that works best for them, and he looks forward to helping you compare glasses, contacts and LASIK. To arrange your visit, please call the practice at 251-341-3385.

What's Required for LASIK Success?

Man looking into the camera and smiling with clear eyes after LASIK surgeryThe patients at Dr. Chris Walton's eye surgery practice achieve good results because Dr. Walton first makes sure they are great candidates for their intended procedures. That's really the only way to know if LASIK is right for you – visiting an experienced ophthalmologist like Dr. Walton for a consultation.

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Man looking into the camera and smiling with clear eyes after LASIK surgeryThe patients at Dr. Chris Walton's eye surgery practice achieve good results because Dr. Walton first makes sure they are great candidates for their intended procedures. That's really the only way to know if LASIK is right for you – visiting an experienced ophthalmologist like Dr. Walton for a consultation. He'll assess your eyes and vision, and let you know if LASIK can reduce or eliminate your dependence on corrective lenses.

Your eyes should be free from any infection or disease.

Ocular health is one aspect of evaluating your candidacy. Problematic conditions include:

  • Conjunctivitis
  • Eye injury or trauma
  • Ocular infection
  • Severe and persistent dry eyes

Overall, your eyes need to be healthy so that the surgery can be performed correctly and so the eyes will heal successfully afterward. These eye issues can most often be treated and resolved before LASIK, if they are present.

Ask Dr. Walton whether your vision is considered "stable."

Your prescription must have been stable for a year prior to LASIK. If your prescription fluctuates more often, then you may need to delay LASIK. This is an important part of getting good results.

Find out where your prescription falls.

Prescriptions that are very high need to be evaluated by Dr. Walton. That's not to say you definitely aren't a candidate, but Dr. Walton wants to make sure. Very high prescriptions may have less predictable LASIK outcomes.

Get yourself into good overall health first.

A healthy body will be ready for the procedure and the short recovery afterward. Certain health conditions may make it more difficult for your body to heal. Dr. Walton will help you decide what to do next if that is the case. Treatment and management of the health condition may be adequate to make you a LASIK candidate.

Don't get LASIK while you're pregnant.

Hormonal changes during pregnancy and breastfeeding actually change the shape of your cornea. Therefore, you want the cornea to stabilize before it gets re-shaped by LASIK. Dr. Walton will help you plan the best timing for this eye surgery.

The issue of corneal thickness.

The cornea needs a certain thickness in order for the LASIK procedure to work. The results may not be satisfactory if the cornea is very thin. No need to try to figure this out on your own – Dr. Walton will determine if your eye anatomy is acceptable for LASIK. Also, if you've been told in previous years your corneas were too thin, you should still visit Dr. Walton – modern LASIK procedures can treat corneas in ways that weren't possible with older technology. There also may be an alternative vision procedure, if your corneas are in fact too thin.

Learn More About Your LASIK Candidacy

Ready to find out if you are a good candidate for LASIK surgery? Dr. Chris Walton is an experienced ophthalmologist who has been performing this procedure for over a decade. He is passionate about achieving outstanding vision results for each and every patient. To arrange your consultation in Mobile, Alabama, please call our staff at 251-341-3385.

Reasons to Get LASIK this Summer

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Imagine all your favorite summertime activities in Alabama without glasses or contact lenses. Although corrective lenses are very effective at letting you see, they can also be inconvenient. It's less easy to take a dive into the pool or hit the volleyball court unexpectedly, when you have these lenses to worry about. After LASIK surgery, you'll likely be able to ditch your glasses altogether (it's possible you may need them for night driving, reading or other activities, but most people don't).

The only way to know if you are a good candidate is to arrange a one-on-one consultation with experienced ophthalmologist Dr. Chris Walton. To schedule a visit at our practice, please call our team at 251-341-3385.

The LASIK Process

LASIK corrects nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. The procedure itself is completed in less than 15 minutes, and the recovery is rapid. The next day, you wake up with clear vision. We'll make sure you are prepared for all aspects of recovery and the LASIK process as a whole. To learn more, or to arrange a complimentary consultation with Dr. Chris Walton in Mobile, Alabama, please call our team at 251-341-3385.

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LASIK corrects nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. The procedure itself is completed in less than 15 minutes, and the recovery is rapid. The next day, you wake up with clear vision. We'll make sure you are prepared for all aspects of recovery and the LASIK process as a whole. To learn more, or to arrange a complimentary consultation with Dr. Chris Walton in Mobile, Alabama, please call our team at 251-341-3385.

Infographic explaining the LASIK process

Things To Avoid After LASIK Surgery

Woman glancing upward playfully excited about LASIK resultsLASIK makes it possible to wake up each morning with clear, sharp vision without glasses or contact lenses. For many people, this freedom from corrective lenses is life changing. Imagine never having to bother with contact lenses again.

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Woman glancing upward playfully excited about LASIK resultsLASIK makes it possible to wake up each morning with clear, sharp vision without glasses or contact lenses. For many people, this freedom from corrective lenses is life changing. Imagine never having to bother with contact lenses again. The modern LASIK procedure is completed quickly and you'll be able to get back to normal activities the next day; however, there are certain activities to avoid as your eyes heal. Learn more about that in the sections below.

In the Hours Following LASIK

Here are a few items to look out for right after surgery:

  • Don't forget to take a nap. It really helps the healing process to go home and lie down with your eyes closed after the procedure at our office. You will wake up with noticeably improved vision.
  • Remember you don't need your contacts anymore. For some of our patients, it takes a little time to adjust to their new lenses-free lifestyle. You may need to give yourself the pleasant reminder a few times that you don't need to insert contacts upon waking.
  • Don't rub your eyes. Eye rubbing interferes with the healing corneal flap created during LASIK surgery. Keep reminding yourself throughout the day!
  • Don't forget your protective eye shields when you go to sleep. These eye shields prevent you from unconsciously rubbing your eyes while you snooze.

The staff at Dr. Walton's practice will arrange your follow-up appointment with you before you undergo surgery, so you'll know when to come back for a check-in.

In the Days Ahead

You'll love your vision when you wake up the next day, but technically your eyes are still healing. Here are a few items to avoid:

  • Use eye drops as prescribed. Dry eyes and a gritty feeling is normal for a few days after LASIK.
  • Stay out of potentially dirty water. This includes swimming pools, hot tubs, lakes, streams and rivers.
  • Don't drive a car until Dr. Walton clears it. Someone will need to drive you home from surgery and drive you back to your follow-up appointment the next day. Dr. Walton will check your vision and let you know if you are cleared to drive.
  • Watch the suds and water near your eyes. While you can start showering the day after LASIK, keep soap and water away from your eyes for at least a week.
  • Take a day or two off. For most modern occupations, patients can return to work a day or two after LASIK. Remember to pack artificial tears to prevent dry eye. This becomes especially important in dry office climates and for work that involves prolonged use of a computer screen.
  • Take it easy on exercise. Talk to Dr. Walton about the specific physical activity that is part of your routine. Generally speaking, it's safe to resume exercise a few days later. It's important to prevent sweat running into your eyes because it may cause you to rub them.

We will provide you with recovery tips specific to you and your daily routine. We're available to answer your calls if any questions or concerns should arise.

Learn More About LASIK

If you are interested in LASIK vision surgery to improve your eyesight, then please call the practice of experienced ophthalmologist Dr. Chris Walton at 251-341-3385. Our practice is located in Mobile, Alabama, and we proudly provide vision services for people from across the Gulf Coast and surrounding regions.

Dry Eye after LASIK Surgery

After LASIK, dry eye is completely normal. You may be prescribed lubricating eye drops to help relieve the sensation of dryness. Most cases resolve within 6-12 months. Treatment is available in cases of permanent and chronic dry eye after LASIK. To learn more, please call the practice of experienced ophthalmologist and LASIK eye surgeon Dr. Chris Walton in Mobile, AL, at 251-341-3385.

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After LASIK, dry eye is completely normal. You may be prescribed lubricating eye drops to help relieve the sensation of dryness. Most cases resolve within 6-12 months. Treatment is available in cases of permanent and chronic dry eye after LASIK. To learn more, please call the practice of experienced ophthalmologist and LASIK eye surgeon Dr. Chris Walton in Mobile, AL, at 251-341-3385.

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Reasons To Consider LASIK in 2019

Group of young people celebrating 2019 New YearWith the New Year upon us, is it finally time to achieve the glasses-free vision you've been dreaming about? LASIK surgery re-shapes the cornea – painlessly and quickly – in order to correct the way light rays are bent by your eyes, thereby creating clear vision. Millions of people have gotten LASIK.

Group of young people celebrating 2019 New YearWith the New Year upon us, is it finally time to achieve the glasses-free vision you've been dreaming about? LASIK surgery re-shapes the cornea – painlessly and quickly – in order to correct the way light rays are bent by your eyes, thereby creating clear vision. Millions of people have gotten LASIK. To discuss your candidacy for this procedure, please arrange a consultation with Dr. Chris Walton in Mobile by calling 251-341-3385.

If you have a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) or Health Savings Account (HSA), LASIK may be a qualified medical expense in 2019. Under such circumstances, the beginning of the year may be a great time to use money from your health accounts to get the LASIK procedure you've been wanting.

The Benefits of Being Lens-Free

Our patients report seemingly infinite benefits to getting LASIK, with some of the most common being:

  • Swim, camp, hike, run, play sports, all without glasses or contact lenses. Active people love the ability to get up and go without first worrying about finding their glasses or putting in their contacts.
  • Save time in the morning and before bed, even if it's only a few minutes. LASIK patients adore the feeling of waking up and going right into their day. There's no fumbling for glasses before you can see clearly. See the clock and your surroundings clearly as soon as you open your eyes! If you wear contact lenses, you'll be spared the routine of placing them and removing them.
  • Save money in the long run. If LASIK results in eliminating the necessity for daily glasses or contacts, then you will no longer have to purchase new lenses like you do now. In the long run, these savings can really add up.
  • Feel more confident. Many people report feeling a lift in self-confidence after getting LASIK. Perhaps you've never liked the way you looked in glasses or simply felt burdened by having to wear corrective lenses. With LASIK, you can free yourself from lenses and feel more comfortable moving through the day.

Of course, the only way to know if the procedure will benefit you is to arrange a consult with Dr. Walton.

The Track Record of LASIK Itself

Young man smiling and happy after LASIK results If you are trying to decide if LASIK is the right choice for you in 2019, we'd also like to point out its long-standing safety and effectiveness profile. This laser surgery has high rates of success and low rates of revision. Dr. Walton's Allegretto Wave laser procedure has thus far achieved at least 20/20 vision results for 100 percent of patients who have received it! Some patients have achieved better than 20/20.

Discuss What is Right for You as an Individual

Regardless of the historical and general benefits of LASIK, it's important to find out if it is right for you. Each person has their own expectations, goals and concerns, and Dr. Walton is personally committed to matching good LASIK candidates with the procedure, and providing alternative recommendations for those people who are not good candidates. First, he wants to meet you in a consultation to discuss your vision and what you would like to achieve. Rely on Dr. Walton for clear and honest information about your options.

Schedule Your Consultation with Dr. Walton

If you are interested in discussing the LASIK procedure with an experienced ophthalmologist, please call the Mobile, Alabama practice of Dr. Chris Walton at 251-341-3385. We look forward to arranging a complimentary consultation on your behalf, so that you can decide if this procedure is right for you.

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