Mobile LASIK and Cataract Surgery Blog

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

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.

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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.

December 11, 2017

LASIK patient Mobile ALAre you considering LASIK eye surgery? In Mobile, experienced ophthalmologist Dr. Chris Walton has performed thousands of LASIK surgeries. About 600,000 to 800,000 people get LASIK in the U.S. each year, according to the Food and Drug Administration, and a high percentage are satisfied with the results.1 But will it be right for you? The only way to know for sure is to arrange a one-on-one evaluation with Dr. Walton. To do so, please call our office at 251-581-7484.

LASIK results can be advantageous for a wide variety of lifestyles. Below, we point out some of the benefits you may not have thought of yet.

For Athletes

LASIK surgery can be especially beneficial for people who engage in sports, particularly contact sports. It remains essential to wear proper eye protection! Even after you've had LASIK, you'll need to protect your eyes from trauma. But freedom from glasses and contact lenses means you can perform at the top of your game even in the most intense sports, including:

  • Soccer

  • Running

  • Swimming

  • Football

  • Tennis

  • Baseball and softball

You won't have to worry about dislodging or displacing your contact lenses anymore. With LASIK, you wake up with your best vision, no glasses required.

For Outdoor Recreation Enthusiasts

Bicycling after LASIK in AlabamaLove the outdoors? LASIK may be the right way to make your outdoors adventures even more exciting. Leaving for the great unknown is a breeze when you don't have to worry about losing your glasses, or placing and removing your contact lenses with gritty fingertips.

Life free from lenses can be beneficial for all outdoorswomen and outdoorsmen, including those who love:

  • Rock climbing

  • Hiking

  • Trail running

  • Backpacking

  • Skiing and snowboarding

  • Mountain biking

Just think how much lighter you can pack without contact lenses, case and solution. Don't forget your sunglasses!

Cost Conscious

LASIK can also be a good choice financially. Yes, it is a higher upfront cost than buying a pair of eyeglasses. But over time, LASIK can be the more cost-conscious option. Think about it: You spend money every time you get new contact lenses or glasses. With LASIK, you pay for the procedure and the results are lasting, which translates to savings over the years.

Freedom From Eyewear

For some people, the freedom from glasses and contact lenses feels like a breath of fresh air. It can boost confidence, which can positively influence all aspects of your life. The only way to know if it is right for you is to discuss your options with Dr. Walton. As an experienced eye surgeon, he can determine all of the options for reducing your dependence on corrective lenses.

Your LASIK Evaluation

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Walton in Mobile, please call our office at 251-581-7484. We proudly provide advanced care for people from all over, including the Gulf Coast area. LASIK isn't right for everyone, but Dr. Walton and our team will help you decide if it is right for your goals and your lifestyle.


December 06, 2017

Ophthalmologist Dr. Chris Walton has performed thousands of LASIK surgeries and eye procedures over his years in practice. But he also provides other services, including routine care, eye exams and treatments for general eye issues, such as:

  • Nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism

  • Glaucoma

  • Macular degeneration

  • Dry eyes

  • Retinal detachment

  • Diabetic retinopathy

  • Implantable lenses

If you have any questions about your eyes or general ocular health, please call our office at 251-581-7484. Dr. Walton and our team want you to enjoy your best vision and eye health. We'd be happy to arrange a consultation for you at our Mobile, Alabama office.

November 27, 2017

Senior couple eye care Mobile AlabamaIn Alabama, we enjoy mild winters. But that doesn't mean the winter doesn't throw things our way from time to time. Cold temperatures, storms, dry air and sunshine are some of the things that may affect your eyes over the winter months. Please read below to learn more. If you have any questions about your eye health or want to schedule a consultation with Dr. Christopher Walton in Mobile, please call us at 251-581-7484.

Keep Wearing Sunglasses

Even though the sun feels less intense in the winter, keep wearing those shades! Unprotected exposure to UV rays, in any season of the year, increases the risk of developing1:

  • Cataracts

  • Snow blindness

  • Macular degeneration

  • Growths on the eye

Rays are especially harmful at midday. Be aware that UV rays pose the same risks in the winter, and they can be harmful on both sunny and cloudy days.

Dealing with Dry Eyes

Dry eye lubricating drops Mobile ALWinter is accompanied by greater dryness in the air, both inside our homes and outside. Inside buildings, heating systems cause the air to be dry, while outside it is the cold temperatures themselves that cause dryness. A humidifier indoors can help keep the air moist. Lubricating eye drops are another option.

If You Travel for Skiing or Snowboarding

UV exposure increases with elevation. If you are making a ski trip this winter, remember to bring sunglasses and sunscreen. Not only is the UV more intense, but there is also the double effect of the sun reflecting off the snow, into your eyes from below. Wear sunglasses or goggles with 100% UVA/UVB protection.

Considering Next Year's Goals: Is LASIK in Your Future?

Perhaps the winter months have led you to reconsider your vision correction options. If you are a skier or otherwise enjoy recreational activities, you may long for a day without fumbling for glasses or placing your contact lenses. LASIK surgery provides a path to reduce or potentially eliminate your reliance on those corrective lenses.

Dr. Walton has performed thousands of LASIK procedures over a decade in practice. LASIK has a long-standing safety profile: The complication rate is low, and the chance of achieving 20/40 vision or better is high.

If you are over 40, you should know that you will still have to wear glasses when you read, even with LASIK. Presbyopia is an age-related change to the structure of the eye, which causes poor focus on near objects. But when you aren't reading, you will find you can live life without having to use eyeglasses or contact lenses.

The only way to know for sure if you are a good candidate is to contact us. We'll tell you more about the procedure, and if you're interested, you will have a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Walton.

Arrange a Consultation with Dr. Walton

Want to arrange a FREE LASIK consultation? Want to schedule a routine eye exam or other ophthalmic appointment? If so, please call the practice of Dr. Christopher Walton at 251-581-7484. Our eye care office is located in Mobile, Alabama, and we proudly serve people from across our state.


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.