Mobile LASIK and Cataract Surgery Blog

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

March 06, 2020
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A young man having his eyes examined by the optometristYou care about your eye health and your vision. How do you make sure you’re “seeing” the right doctor for these things? What’s the difference between an optometrist, ophthalmologist and optician? Let’s take a closer look:

  • Ophthalmologists are doctors who specialize in eye surgery, and the diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases. Their area of expertise includes cataracts, poor vision, age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and many other serious problems that can rob you of your vision. They must complete at least another 8 years of specialty medical training after they earn an undergraduate degree. They can provide vision prescriptions for glasses and contacts if they need to.

  • Optometrists are the Doctors of Optometry (OD) that prescribe glasses and contact lenses. They perform your annual or bi-annual eye exam. After...
February 03, 2020
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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...

January 13, 2020
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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.

December 16, 2019
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The new year is almost here! And, fittingly for our practice, the start of 2020 is an ideal time to look at the steps you can take to keep your eyes healthy and your vision clear all year long.

Below are some tips to up your eye care in the new year. For personalized recommendations based on a thorough eye exam, contact Dr. Christopher J. Walton today.

1. Quit Smoking

man breaking cigarette in two - stop smoking for healthier eyesOne of the most common New Year's resolutions is also one of the best things you can do for the health of your eyes and your whole body. Smoking increases your risk for a host of eye disorders; some are simply irritating, while others pose a significant threat to your vision:

  • Dry eye condition

  • Cataracts

  • Diabetic retinopathy (in patients who have diabetes)

  • Macular degeneration (also known as AMD, or age-related macular degeneration)

November 20, 2019
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Close up a smiling woman and her eye after cataract surgeryCataracts are much more than a minor inconvenience. They affect your daily tasks and your overall quality of life. If left untreated, cataracts can eventually rob you of your vision completely. Fortunately, cataract surgery is a safe, effective procedure. Ophthalmologist Dr. Chris Walton removes the clouded lens of the eye and replaces it with a premium intraocular lens. Imagine all of the things you will once again enjoy when clear vision is restored.

How Treating Your Cataracts Benefits Your Day-to-Day

Clear vision makes it possible to perform everyday tasks effectively and efficiently. Such tasks may include:

  • Reading

  • Driving

  • Crafts and hobbies

  • Working

  • Cooking

If you've been living with a cataract, you may have already made accommodations. Maybe you've stopped driving in the dark or avoid reading in anything other than full daylight. Perhaps...

October 29, 2019
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Happy Halloween man in a witch hat with glasses and a leather jacket holding orange and black balloonsEven cosmetic contact lenses must be made according to your prescription. These contact lenses, like any other, must fit your eyes correctly, otherwise they may cause serious injury. With Halloween upon us, please hear our advice: skip the decorative lenses this year, unless they were made by a reputable business using your prescription.

Beware Decorative Contact Lenses!

While cat eyes or red lenses may seem fun and festive, no costume is worth injuring your eyes.  Your vision can be damaged by non-prescription contact lenses. A poor fit may lead to:

  • Corneal scratches

  • Corneal sores

  • Infection

  • Pink eye

  • Scarring

  • Blindness (in extreme cases)

According to the FTC...

September 24, 2019
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LASIK surgery makes it possible to wave goodbye to eyeglasses and contact lenses. The benefits are many, but you need to make sure it's right for you. To arrange a candidacy consultation with experienced ophthalmologist Dr. Chris Walton in Mobile, AL, please call us at 251-341-3385.

August 07, 2019
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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...