Mobile LASIK and Cataract Surgery Blog

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March 15, 2018

Computer eye strain treatment in Mobile ALThe organization Prevent Blindness designates March as a month to raise awareness about eye safety in the workplace.

It's the end of an 8-hour work day, and your eyes feel fatigued, gritty, irritated and dry. This is quite common among office workers and other professionals who use digital screens for more than 2 hours a day. Screen time causes eye strain, and there is some concern among ophthalmologists that the blue light emitted by screens may increase the risk of macular degeneration and cataracts. But more research is needed.

The sun is the greatest source of blue light and UV light. We need light for our general health. It helps us feel awake and alert during the day, and it regulates our sleep/wake cycle so that we get a restful night's sleep. But we know that long-term exposure to UV light and blue light from the sun can lead to cataracts, macular degeneration and other issues. So we wear sunglasses to protect our eyes.

Taking a break at work to reduce eye strain in Mobile ALAnother source of blue light is screens: your computers, laptops, phones, televisions and tablets. Ophthalmologists know that these screens can strain your eyes, and it's possible there is a link between extended screen use and a heightened risk for macular degeneration and cataracts. Research is ongoing. In the meantime, stick to these tips to protect your eyes from the harmful effects of your workplace computer screen:

  • Follow the 20-20-20 rule – every 20 minutes, take 20 seconds to look at something at least 20 feet away

  • Position your computer monitor 20 to 24 inches from your eyes

  • Take frequent, short breaks throughout the day to get up and walk around

  • Reduce glare from your computer screen – consider using a standup lamp instead of bright overhead fluorescents, and adjust your screen brightness so it matches the surroundings

  • Make sure font is large enough and the contrast is strong enough that you aren't straining to read what is displayed on your monitor

  • Don't forget to blink! We blink about a third as often as we do when we are away from our screens, and blinking hydrates and moistens your eyes

There are also things to be done outside of work. Stop looking at your electronic devices and television a few hours before bedtime. Research has shown that viewing blue light close to your bedtime interferes with sleep. And schedule routine eye appointments so that Dr. Chris Walton can look for signs of vision problems and provide you with individualized tips for workplace eye safety.

For any questions about your eye health, or to schedule an appointment at our Mobile, AL, office, please call our team at 251-581-7484.

March 08, 2018

If you know you need cataract surgery, of course you probably want to know whether glasses will still be necessary after the procedure. And the answer is, it depends. With bladeless cataract surgery – performed with the LenSx® - prescription glasses will not be necessary, and there is a good chance you won't even need reading glasses. After conventional cataract surgery, most people still need to wear glasses for good vision. The bladeless procedure is not currently covered by insurance, which is the main reason why some people choose the conventional procedure instead.

Both procedure types have high success rates, although you may still need glasses after conventional cataract surgery. Dr. Chris Walton makes sure you feel empowered to choose a procedure that is right for you. He will provide information, guidance and support, but ultimately he wants you to make the decision that feels right to you.

To arrange a consultation in Mobile, Alabama, please call our office at 251-581-7484, or complete the contact form on this page.

February 26, 2018

Using a computer after LASIK surgery in Mobile ALComputers have become an essential part of our lives. It's the rare person who doesn't use a computer at some point during their day – most likely at their jobs, but almost certainly during their personal lives.

Considering this, it's not a surprise that those considering LASIK have a lot of questions about how the procedure will affect their ability to use a computer. The specific question many prospective patients ask is, “How long will I have to wait before using a computer after LASIK?”

It's important to fully invest in your recovery from LASIK.You shouldn't rush yourself – take your time and allow your eyes to fully recover.

Resting Your Eyes After LASIK

Generally speaking, you should refrain from looking at a screen – computer, phone, TV – for about 24 hours after undergoing LASIK. After that, you can begin to gradually ramp up your screen exposure. It's usually safe to use your computer in a normal fashion a few days after LASIK.

Of course, it's important to understand that LASIK will pose some challenges to your eyes for a few weeks afterward. Specifically, your eyes will be more vulnerable to losing moisture and drying out after LASIK. This is particularly true when looking at your computer, as we tend to blink much less often while staring at a computer.

So once you start using your computer after undergoing LASIK, make sure you take precautions. These include:

  • Using the artificial tears we will provide or recommend to you after your procedure

  • Remember to blink – it sounds simple, but as we've already mentioned, it's really not. Make a conscious effort to blink frequently while using your computer

  • Take breaks. The rule of thumb is 20/20/20 – after 20 minutes of computer use, take a 20-second break and look at something at least 20 feet away

And, of course, make sure to get enough sleep. Go to bed early and give your eyes a chance to rest. And try not to use your computer or smartphone in bed or right before you go to sleep.

Of course, every patient is unique, and everyone recovers at a slightly different rate. Don't push yourself. If you feel your eyes growing dry and fatigued, step away from the computer. Take a long break. Go home early from work and take a nap. Give your eyes time to recover.

And if things don't feel exactly right, if you're still struggling a bit after LASIK, don't hesitate to call us. We don't abandon you after your procedure – Dr. Walton and his staff are here for you in the days, weeks and months after LASIK.

If you live in or around Mobile, Alabama and you have questions about LASIK and how it will affect your life, please call Dr. Christopher Walton, M.D today at 251-581-7484. We're happy to arrange a consultation and examination, or simply answer your questions and concerns.

February 06, 2018

Farsightedness is one of the most common vision disorders. It affects near, intermediate and distance vision, which is a surprising fact to many people. It doesn't mean that you can see well at a distance only, which is what many people believe. If you think you may be experiencing farsightedness, Dr. Chris Walton can help you determine which treatment is right for you. With LASIK and other surgeries, clear vision at all distances can be improved. To arrange a consultation with Dr. Walton, please call our experienced staff at 251-581-7484.

January 29, 2018

Millennial male after LASIK surgery in Mobile ALAt the LASIK practice of Dr. Christopher Walton, you will enjoy a smooth surgical process. This includes making sure you know what to expect during recovery. Since the recovery from LASIK is quite rapid, most people want to know what to expect in the time immediately following surgery:

Driving home. You will not be able to drive yourself home after LASIK surgery. Your vision will be a little unpredictable. You'll likely see an immediate result, but it's also expected you'll have blurry vision as your eyes heal. Eye drops administered during the procedure may also make your eyes sensitive to light. If Dr. Walton recommends a sedating medication as part of the procedure, that will also affect your ability to drive. So, in advance of your surgical appointment, be sure to arrange a ride home from a friend or family member.

Getting back to your normal activities. Today's advanced LASIK procedures mean downtime is minimal. You should be able to get back to all your normal activities a few hours after the procedure, and certainly by the next day.

Computer work. If your job involves computer screens, it's safe to go back to work as early as the day after surgery; however, you may want to use artificial tears for any dry eye you experience for the first few weeks.

Woman smiling after LASIK surgery in Mobile, ALWhen each eye is treated. In virtually all cases, LASIK is performed on each eye on the same day, in the same surgery. It takes about 10-15 minutes to complete each eye. There's usually no reason to schedule each eye separately, and completing the entire thing in one procedure is better for the patient, as you won't have to undergo the appointment twice.

Showering. You can shower or take a bath the day after surgery. But you must not let water, soap, facial cleanser or anything else get in your eyes! So it's best to keep your head turned up and away from the stream of water. You'll want to wait about a week before getting your face and eyes wet. If soap, water or other things get in before that, it could lead to an infection or to irritation that causes you to rub your eyes.

Eye cosmetics. Purchase all new eye cosmetics. This will help you prevent eye infection from any germs contained in your old cosmetics. Wait about a week before wearing mascara, eye liner or eye shadow.

Finding the Best Time for You

If you are ready to take the next step, Dr. Walton and our team are ready to guide you through the process. We'll help you find an appointment time that works for your schedule and commitments. Although the recovery is quick, it's important to make sure you have the time you need to bounce back. If that means taking some time off from work, having a spouse or loved one perform childcare duties, or taking a break from exercise and social outings, we encourage you to take that time for yourself.

To arrange a consultation with Dr. Christopher Walton in Mobile, Alabama, please call our staff at 251-581-7484. You can also complete the contact form on this page. Your LASIK consultation is FREE!

January 16, 2018

LASIK surgery is a great way to obtain freedom from corrective lenses. Many people are good candidates for this procedure. The only way to know for sure is to arrange an exam and consultation with an experienced ophthalmologist. Dr. Chris Walton has performed thousands of LASIK procedures and he will help you decide if the surgery fits your goals. To arrange a FREE LASIK consultation at our Mobile, AL, ophthalmology practice, please call 251-581-7484.

Signs of LASIK candidacy in Mobile - Infographic

January 03, 2018

An experienced eye surgeon, Dr. Chris Walton utilizes sutureless techniques for cataract surgery. One of the benefits is a short recovery, about 24 hours. You'll come in for the surgery and by the next morning you will be back to the full range of normal activities. You can even go back to work, although we wouldn't blame you for taking the day off! Your vision will be fully recovered within 3 to 4 days.

To learn more about Dr. Walton and cataract surgery, please call our Mobile, AL, practice at 251-581-7484. We are happy to answer any questions you have and arrange a consultation for you.

December 21, 2017

Woman after LASIK in Mobile, ALQuestions about LASIK eye surgery? Please give our Mobile ophthalmology practice a call at 251-581-7484. We are personally driven by seeing our patients enjoy their results after surgery. Experienced eye doctor Chris Walton can first determine if you are a good candidate. If you are not, he will discuss other options for improving your vision.

Below are a few of the common questions we hear, but we know there are many more. We are happy to answer all of your questions and concerns so that you can decide which treatments are right for you.

Do I still need routine eye exams?

Yes, you should continue to see an eye doctor every 2 years for an exam. Although you won't be going to get a new prescription like you did before, your eye exam is an important way for the eye doctor to look for signs of any eye problems, such as:

  • Cataracts

  • Glaucoma

  • Eye-related refractive errors (presbyopia)

  • Dry eye

Your LASIK results will be best preserved when you avoid these eye issues.

Is it possible to have LASIK while pregnant?

You should wait until your baby is born and you are no longer nursing. Medications prescribed after LASIK may not be good for your developing baby. Plus any stress you experience during the surgery may not be good for your baby.

One of the great things about LASIK is that it is completed in a single appointment, and you will be able to get back to your normal activities soon after. You should spend the day of surgery resting, but you should be feeling normal within a couple days.

What about LASIK for seniors?

You aren't necessarily hemmed in by age when it comes to LASIK. The number one qualifier is whether your prescription is stable. Another important qualifier is that your eyes are free of disease. For example, cataracts are very common in older age. If you have cataracts, those will need to be removed, and the lens of the eye replaced with a premium implantable lens. But if you have generally healthy eyes and stable vision, then it's not too late for LASIK.

Am I too young for LASIK?

Man after LASIK surgery in Mobile ALThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved LASIK for people who are at least 18. Dr. Walton performs LASIK only when the eyes have fully developed and the prescription is stable. Your eyes – and your vision as a result – will continue to change through college. For that reason, most patients benefit from the procedure in their mid-twenties and older. In very limited cases, a younger patient may be approved for LASIK for reasons related to flight school or a career path that doesn't permit corrective lenses, or for other reasons.

Your LASIK Consultation

Want to find out if you are a good candidate? Please schedule an evaluation with Dr. Chris Walton by calling us at 251-581-7484. Our ophthalmology practice is located in Mobile, Alabama. We look forward to discussing your vision correction options with you.